Tuesday, April 19, 2011
A Family Heirloom repaired (sort of)
This is my Grandma's engagement ring, given to her by my late Grandad sometime in the 1940s. The ring was given to my Mum when I was a little girl, but I can never remember it having a stone in the middle and for a long time it sat in a drawer in the kitchen looking sad and lonely. It was passed to me, by my Mum, about 5 years ago and I took it to a jewelers in Hatton Garden in London to have it repaired. The jeweler put a very pretty opal in it, which fell out on the same day. I, like my Mum before me, gave up and stuck it in a drawer in my bedroom.
But recently I've been thinking about it again, mainly because I thought it would be lovely to give to my daughter when she's all grown up. It has little value, although it is made of platinum and has small diamond chips in it, I can't imagine it has much of a resale value. But the sentimental value is huge and we are not a family loaded down with family jewels.
I tried a jewelers at Lucky Plaza on Orchard Road who said they could not do anything with it - the ring is weak and beyond repair it seems. But they suggested I try Jewel Harbour, a small workshop on the fourth floor, who might be able to help me. The staff seemed rather annoyed with me for wanting to rescue this sad old ring, but they listened to my story and said they could glue a pearl in to at least give it a centre again.
So that's what I ended up with. To be honest, I do not love it (the opal looked much prettier, albeit with the crucial flaw of falling straight out), but at least it is no longer an empty vessel. I am now in two minds - to put it back in the drawer or try again and look for someone else who will give it the TLC I think it deserves...