A Goldsmith's Amazing Restoration Of A Man's Wedding Ring That Went Through The Garbage Disposal

January 21, 2015

A man brought me his wedding ring that went through the garbage disposal. This is the aftermath before the repairs.

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wedding ring garbage disposal repair
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wedding ring garbage disposal repair
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Step 1: Reshaping.

I used pliers to force an opening big enough for the ring to fit on a ring mandrel.

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Just large enough to slide on the mandrel.

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Once the ring is on the mandrel, I am able to use a goldsmiths hammer to see quick results. As I am hammering on the ring, I pull the ring tighter on the mandrel to restore its round shape.

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Now that the original shape has been restored, I can focus on taking care of the gouges and dings.

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Step 2: Refurbishing

I used a ring file to take out surface scratches, as well as restoring edges.

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It is important to note that filing removes a bit of material from the ring. I wanted to make sure that thinning was minimized, so filing was only used for scratches and dings that were not very deep.

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In order to preserve the integrity of the ring, I filled the deeper gouges with 14kt gold using a hand torch.

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Step 3: Replace Broken Diamonds.

Unfortunately the two diamonds in the center did not survive the crushing blades of the garbage disposal.

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I popped out the two broken diamonds and prepared to replace them.

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I replaced the broken diamonds with the same size and clarity of the previous ones.

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Step 4: Polishing.

This diamond felt lap restores the crisp edges on the sides of the ring.

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This buffing wheel completes the polishing processes, restoring the high polish of the ring.

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Restoration complete!

wedding ring garbage disposal repair
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wedding ring garbage disposal repair
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wedding ring garbage disposal repair
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This was a fun project for me as it is not often I get to work on something that has been destroyed that badly. The gentleman was very pleased to have his wedding ring back good as new!

It cost around $500 for the whole thing, diamonds included.

Credit: nais_kong_ipamahagi.

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