It is important to consistently check the prongs on your diamond engagement ring. These rings are typically worn every day and are subject to much wear and tear. I recommend you bring your ring to Spiegel and Son once a year for an inspection, where we will pay particularly close attention to the prongs on your center diamond.
When examining the prongs on your center diamond we will see how thick they are. We will look at the thickness of the metal on the top and the side of the diamond. If the metal on the top is worn down, but the metal on the side of the diamond is still thick, the prong is a candidate for re-tipping. In this procedure the prong is cut below its weak area, and a new prong is soldered on.
If several of your prongs are significantly worn down your ring is a candidate for a new head. A head is the four to six prong gem setting that your diamond sits in. In borderline situations, where there is some question whether we should re-tip or go with a new head, my goldsmith and I tend to be conservative and advocate a new head. It is better to be safe than sorry, it is better to replace your head a touch early, before you lose your precious diamond. When the head is replaced and your ring is filed, polished, and refinished, it will look like new. Depending on factors such as the style of the ring, the height of your diamond, the metal your ring is made of, and your lifestyle, the prongs on your diamond may last ten, fifteen, or twenty years. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Please be proactive and stop by Spiegel and Son so we can make sure your diamond is safe and secure.