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Aibu to think jewellery shouldn't break so easily?

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Anotherdayanotherdollar Fri 10-Feb-17 16:51:09

I'll admit that I know nothing about jewellery so maybe I am unreasonable.

It's less than 5yrs since I got engaged. My husband chose a ring himself (9ct white gold with solitaire diamond), he was told 9ct was more hard-wearing as the gold isn't as pure.

Within a few months two claws holding the diamond had been damaged and the diamond was loose. We returned to the jewellers and they repaired it. Less than a year later the same thing happened, only the diamond was missing before I noticed. As the ring was still under warranty it was replaced (for another ring the same).
Skip to this week, I noticed that a claw has broken again!

Aibu to think that it shouldn't break Iike this?

I don't wear rings to work so it's only around the house etc and I wear gloves when cleaning. I've never heard of other people's rings being damaged like this but it's less than 5 years and 3 breaks to 2 rings!

RB68 Fri 10-Feb-17 17:03:50

its the style of ring and they are prone to it - the 9ct is harder but because it is a claw design and a solitaire they do catch on things and are vulnerable,

SillySongsWithLarry Sat 11-Feb-17 10:01:30

It seems like it's not fit for purpose. I have a 9ct solitaire engagement ring and a 9ct diamond set wedding ring. Both have been resized which weakens the setting and they are never taken off so take a regular beating and both are still going strong.

KateDaniels2 Sat 11-Feb-17 10:04:33

Isnt white gild meant to 9 be softer than than the same ct in yellow gold?

I have had my white gold engagement ring for 7 years and never had a problem. But it doesnt have claws. I wonder if the claws are catching and (assuming i am correct about if being softer) they just cant take the strain.

Unsure123456 Sat 11-Feb-17 10:07:32

Thats awful. Where is the ring from? Reason why i ask is my engagement ring is not expensive particularly although its very special to me. Its from ernest jones and I've had it for 8 years and it is still perfect. I only wear it when i am out (i take it off when i get home each day and never wear it to clean etc, same with all my jewelry) and it has claws and a diamond set within. I would be asking for a refund or bite the bullet and exchange for something else even if you have to pay the difference.

kel1234 Sat 11-Feb-17 10:18:07

I have a 9ct yellow gold solitaire with a 6 claw setting, and it's fine. In fact all my jewellery is 9ct yellow gold and I never take any of it off. I've never had suck problems at all

Peachypeaches Sat 11-Feb-17 10:21:52

I have a white gold 6 claw solitaire. It's 15 years old now and still perfect. I wear it all the time including washing up, beach, sleeping. It doesn't sound like yours is fit for purpose if the claws are that weak.

TondelayaDellaVentamiglia Sat 11-Feb-17 10:22:02

I've an antique opal and diamond ring, so goodness knows how old it is, i NEVER take it off, and I have had it on without issue for thirty years.

I'd go and complain long and hard, on a nice busy saturday before Valentines you should have quite the audience in a jewellers.

Anotherdayanotherdollar Sat 11-Feb-17 10:28:13

Unsure, it was bought in Ernest Jones. As engagement rings go it wasn't the most expensive but very expensive for us (1k).
I love the ring and I'm pretty sentimental. But I don't want to spend the rest of my life repairing and replacing!

My sister's and friends have rings with claws and they haven't had problems. If I were to replace it I would probably choose something very similar but if they claw is the issue it might just happen again!

Unsure123456 Sat 11-Feb-17 10:32:05

Mine is from ernest jones too as i said and was £900 although it is 18ct gold its lasted really well. Go back and complain and don't take no for an answer xx

peppersaunt Sat 11-Feb-17 11:18:25

The diamond in My 4-claw engagement ring kept loosening as the claws caught on things. Last time I had it repaired they recommended having it reset in a 6-claw setting, the thinking being that if one of four loosens the stone can't be secured by only 3 but 5/6 will still ensure the stone stays secure. Fingers crossed!

bigbluebus Sat 11-Feb-17 11:51:58

I've just had to have a diamond replaced and the claws repaired on my 23 year old engagement ring. It was not a very expensive ring and has been worn daily including when doing housework. YANBU to expect it to last longer than 5 years - although maybe they're not built to last these days!

Anotherdayanotherdollar Sat 11-Feb-17 17:22:49

Just to update, I returned the ring to the jewellers and it has been replaced (again!) They said it was clearly a manufacturing problem and is very unlikely to happen again. I was given the option of choosing a different ring and paying the difference but that wasn't an option for us at the minute!

So, although it's not ideal, I have a perfect ring and the customer service was very good. Thanks for the advice!

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