Problems With Prongs
When your ring starts snagging your clothes and other things is usually your first sign something is wrong with one of your prongs on your ring. If this is happening, you need to act on it so you don’t end up losing your diamond or gemstone.
Rings usually snag for two main reasons. The prongs are either raised or they are worn out. Either way, you need to have a jeweler evaluate and fix the piece.
If the prong is a bit raised above your stone and doesn’t lie flat on it, then you are lucky to have an easy fix. The prongs just need to be pushed down so they lay flat against the stone. This could have been caused from origin that they were never in line or you may have bumped your ring somewhere, and the prong got bent.
Although this might seem easy, we don’t recommend you trying to fix the issue yourself as you may damage your stone or not secure it properly.
Another common reason that prongs snag is that they are worn out and thin. They become flat and their heads are no longer rounded. This is the reason why the prongs catch your clothes and hair easily.
This can be especially dangerous because they can break off and your stone can fall out of the mounting leaving it to get damaged or lost.
Most often prongs in the same mounting wear equally, so if one is worn, chances are the others are thin and pose a risk to your gemstones. You should get these fixed as soon as possible.
Fixing Thinned and Worn Prongs
Your jeweler will usually retip the prongs. This means that the worn heads of the prongs will be rebuilt with the same metal they were made of.
The cost of retipping will depend on the number of prongs that need fixing, the type of metal used, and the size of the prongs.
When the prongs are too worn out, retipping is not be an option. In this case, you will most likely need to get an entire new ring head. This would be more expensive than retipping, and the price will be based on the type of mounting your ring has.
In any case, you should have your prongs repaired as soon as you notice that something is wrong with them, and you shouldn’t wear your ring until you get it fixed