One of the most frustrating things that can happen to your jewelry is a bent ring.
This is especially true if it is one of your favorite pieces.
At one time or another, most people have experienced it. When your ring bends, you may have the sudden urge to try to bend it back to its original form with your fingers.
Do not do that.
You can warp the ring more and make it more difficult to fix.
Continue reading to find out how it happens as well as how to prevent and fix it.
Bent Ring: How Does it Happen?
Many people do not notice their ring is bent until they take it off to clean, re-plated or polished.
They are shocked to see that it is misshapen, as they initially assumed gold or platinum are indestructible. However, all metals can be bent under the right circumstances.
You can bend your ring in many different ways.
- First of all, if you drop it on a hard surface, step or sit on it, your ring can bend
- Second, any kind of manual labor or even playing sports can damage it
You’ll also want to be careful at the gym as lifting weights or using exercise equipment can cause it to become misshapen.
- Finally, normal wear and tear, like from gripping your steering wheel a lot, can cause it to bend
Sometimes it can seem as though the ring became bent overnight or was suddenly noticeable. This is a common complaint in the jewelry industry (particularly with platinum), and it is not always the case of poor quality but rather damage done without realizing it.
Bent ring: platinum and gold
Wedding and engagement rings put up with a great deal of wear–and are not indestructible.
Some platinum alloy mixes are softer than others, and one of the most common blends jewelry stores sell is platinum (95/5 iridium) which is weaker than consumers realize.
Jewelers use it because it is the least difficult of blends to cast and does not cause as many problems as the stronger 95/5 ruthenium.
It may surprise consumers to know that gold is less prone to bend or conform shape to one’s finger than platinum. While platinum is a heavy and dense metal, it is softer than one thinks.
Some may confuse its strength with that of titanium, which is stronger than steel. Gold is lighter and more brittle and prone to breaking if the band is thin enough.
The most durable choice for gold is generally 14K or 18K, with 24K being too soft to use for jewelry.
How You Fix a Bent Ring?
Although it may look like a daunting task, jewelers are great at creating, fixing and reshaping rings. Most jewelry stores can fix a bent ring very quickly, and often at no charge.
That is the beauty of fixing jewelry: it isn’t usually a problem.
Some of the tools they use are mandrels, pliers and talents (pictured below). They will bend, reshape, solder and polish the ring to get it back to its original state, and it is usually a fast and simple process.
As always, be sure to go with a reputable jeweler for repairs.
The only way that a ring might not be fixable is if the shank (band) is too thin or the damage is severe. When rings are sized, they can thin out the shank and make it less sturdy.
If one can afford to have a thicker band initially, this will save the possibility of a less expensive band bending in the future. In other words, one gets what they pay for, and inexpensive rings will be thin.
Sometimes it may require taking out the stones, re-shaping the band and then adding the stones back into the setting, which can cost more for the labor.
How to Prevent a Bent Ring
- Avoid wearing the ring while doing housework, lifting objects or weights, moving
- Buy a thicker band, to begin with
- If finances permit, consider adding more metal to the base of the band to give it more durability.
Just as with other purchases (such as cars, bikes, homes, clothing), jewelry can require maintenance. Fortunately, a bent ring is one of the easiest and least expensive things a jeweler can fix.
By taking extra care when wearing a ring, you can usually prevent a bent ring.
This will keep it looking as beautiful as the day you received it.