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Hi, I was wondering if it was possible to add a diamond and prongs to a plain band. I have a round diamond already and would like to use it for a solitaire engagement ring. Is this possible? Is there a certain band I should by? Thank you.

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Martha,
Many Jewelry manufactures sell heads to solder on to bands. It depends on the type of band you have as to the type of head you would order. Most Jewelers can help you with that if you don't have the experience at using a torch to solder it on. there is a split head with 4,6, or more prongs that you would cut the band and notch it to fit in between the prongs to be soldered in place or there is a peg head which has a peg that you drill a hole in the band and then put the peg into the hole and solder the head there. There are also round based heads that you can drill a hole and insert the entire base of the head into the hole and solder it on. it all depends on the size of your stone and the shape as well as the type band you have.
Most jewelers can easily do this for you.I hope this helps you.
Good luck
Chris  

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Chris Eilertsen

Expertise

I have been in the Jewelry Industry 20 years and Apprenticed as a silver smith took classes in Casting sculpting repair and trained under master gold and silver smiths as well as some experience in Faceting and diamond cutting and polishing for repair. Plating, Wax work, Diamond Setting, Engraving, Carving, Mold Making, design, some watch repair, tool making, enamel work, refining, mining, sales, sand blasting, casting. Have worked in Platinum, Gold, Silver, Pewter, Brass, Bronze, Aluminum,Steel,Titanium,Wood, Plastic, and Stone. 10 years Appraisal work in Jewelry.

Experience

20 years commercial experience in Repair Manufacturing and sales of Jewelry 3 years school 4 year apprentice. Worked on the duplication of the treasure found on the Spanish Galleon Maravalla by Dr. Cecil Humphreys. Traveled with and manufactured the souvenirs and miscellaneous replicas from the King Tut Exhibit when it visited the US.

Organizations
Former member AGTA and GIA and a ten year member of Memphis Jewelers association. 17 years experience in Tuscon Jewelry shows buying and selling.

Publications
JCK Tuscon Show Gude

Education/Credentials
Classes at MSU and The Memphis art academy in Jewelry sculpting, Specialized Repair school, and 2 apprenticeships in Silversmithing from Juelius Astor, and Goldsmithing from Katchic Yacubian both masters for over 35 years each.Studied with Dr. Richard Prilliman, and several others.

Awards and Honors
JCK Tuscon Show honorable mention in design.

Past/Present Clients
Dr. Cecil Humphreys Finder of the Spanish Galleon Maravalla, The Vanderbilts, Miscellaneous repair antique estate pieces. Elvis Presley Repair and Appraise 2 pieces of jewelry. Rifat Hassan and Nihall Mumtaz With the King Tut Exhibit. Trade work for over 36 Major Chains from Zales to Sams.

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