A client had inherited two ruby rings and approached us with a view to having the stones re-set. Both rings had been worn for many years, so the stones exhibited significant signs of abrasion- rounded facet edges and scratched and damaged facets which produced a notable loss of lustre. We explored the merits of having the stones re-cut/re-polished to restore them to their former glory. This was the obvious time to consider these options as the stones would be removed from their existing setting. One of the rings has been featured below.
However, upon closer examination, both specimens were unusually free of inclusions and had not been cut with the sort of care and reverence one would have expected of such impressive stones- this always sets off alarm bells. As a precautionary measure, we undertook some preliminary gemmological tests to establish basic facts before embarking any further.
Hence, despite the sentimental value attached to the stones, neither had the material value which would warrant being re-cut and re-set.
Four weeks later, after being hall marked at the London Assay Office, she took delivery of her stunning ring…