Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals/lost pearl


Hi Thomas,

A family member brought me a pearl and marcasite ring for my 21st birthday. It is very old looking, we think around 1930's.However I lost the pearl(it was in the centre)the same day and despite spending hours crawling around, I cannot find it. I was wondering where on earth I could go to have it repaired and how much it would cost. I didn't buy it from a jewellers but an antique store and there weren't any other rings like it there. Is it even possible to fix this or do I have to own up and say I have already lost it - I've had it less than a week.  

Many Thanks


Dear Rachel,

No need to be overly distraught in this situation because the replacement of the pearl should be easy.

Most any jewelry store with a repair/service department should be able to replace the pearl. If the pearl had any particular color shade such as silvery or white, let the jeweler know. The pearl will be taken from stock or ordered from a vendor and then set into the marcasite ring.  An estimate should be given you of the total cost for pearl and labor.

Do not blame yourself for the pearl loss.  I suspect the setting was not secure or was loose from age. Rachel, again, the replacement should go with ease.

God Bless and Peace.  Thomas.

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