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Marcasite bracelet
Marcasite bracelet  
My boyfriend gave me a bracelet a year and a half ago for my birthday. It has very very small marcasite stones in it. I've been wearing the bracelet every day since then and it seems to be losing stones. So far I've lost 5 but was able to hold on to one which is taped to the piece of paper in the photo. The stones don't seem to be set with prongs or anything so I don't know how they are affixed. Is there any hope of repairing or replacement?

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Dear Monica,

First of all, thank you for the good photo.

Most jewelers with a service or repair department have access to marcasite stones.  They may not have the exact size in stock but it can be ordered. Keep in mind, the jeweler will have to order a minimum quantity of marcasites, such a 10 or even 25 to the package. You could purchase the package and have stones on hand  or just the lost ones replaced.

Marcasites are often lost during cleaning and everyday wear. The prongs are sometimes uses to hold the gems with light pressure so the stone is not chipped or the stone is cemented into place. A replacement will likely be cemented in place and that is a secure method when done properly. (Epoxy cement is far superior to super glue for this work.)

The simple answer is YES, most any jewelers with a repair department should be able to replace the lost marcasites. They should give you an estimate prior to doing the work. If by chance they happen to have the right size in stock, the replacement may cost less than if the stones must be ordered.

There you go...thanks for asking.  

God Bless and Peace.  Thomas.  

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Have a question about jewelry repair or working with precious metal jewelry and gemstones? For many years up to December 31, 2010, I was a working professional bench jeweler, involved everyday with setting stones in mountings, designing and making jewelry, repairing and limited custom manufacture. If you work with jewelry as a hobby or as a profession, I might be able to help. I deal with the retail business, not mass production. Ask privately if you wish. See the box for that: It keeps your question between us. Please DO NOT ask MAKER'S MARKS, but metal quality marks are fine to ask. Please DO NOT ask diamond prices. See a gemologist for that.

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I have extensive experience in design, service and making of jewelry. I deal mostly with precious metals and gemstones but work with many materials as needed and usable to create an artistic design. My experience also includes freelance photography and photographer of jewelry and similar items for a former employer and individuals. Design of custom items requires reading the desires of the client and being clear on what can be done within that framework...then fulfilling the transition of idea to reality. Effective communications is essential in a working designer/producer and customer relationship.

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Education is English/Physics! Started in human resources, to advertising, to jewelry...wow, what a road. I have had formal training in jewelry work and many shared experiences with top grade jewelers. We just never know were we will go or be. Follow your best, your dreams, with some discretion! Don't let the work tear up your body along the way as it has mine.

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