For Your Staff: Selling Quality
Retipping Platinum Prongs
Knowing the techniques to retip platinum prongs professionally
demonstrates another aspect of quality in your shop
Retipping prongs is one of the most challenging repairs a
jeweler is asked to do. By definition, retipping implies the
stone is left in place while the repair is performed. The ability
to do this well enhances the service you offer.
Retipping platinum prongs requires special skills. And, because
more platinum jewelry is being sold today, the need to be able
to retip platinum prongs properly becomes more important.
This issue of The JA Professionals' Guide to Fine Jewelry
Craftsmanship shows the proper way to retip platinum prongs using
the soldering method.
Features of Quality Retipping
These are the essential features of professional retipping of
- No visible seam at the prong tip.
- Even prong thickness.
- Matching prongs.
- Matching metal color.
- No damage to the stone.
by Jurgen J. Maerz, JA® Certified Master
Bench Jeweler Director of Technical Education, PGI
Jewelers of America and the Platinum Guild International have
produced a new 30 minute video featuring platinum fabrication
skills. In it, JA® Certified Master Bench Jewelers
demonstrate platinum welding and soldering techniques in a variety
of applications. They also reveal a series of bench tricks used
during platinum fabrication. To buy a copy, call Jewelers of
America at (800) 223 0673 or Platinum Guild International
at (949) 760 8279. Illustrations by Lainie Mann Visual
Communications © 1999 Jewelers of America Inc.
The JA® Professional's Guide to Fine Jewelry
Retipping Platinum Prongs
by Mark B. Mann, Director of Professional Certification
Jewelers of America®
© 1999 Jewelers of America Inc.®
Professional Platinum Prong Retipping
- There is no visible solder seam or line where the new prong
tip and the prong join.
- All prongs are finished with a high luster.
- All prongs match in size, shape and dimension.
- All prongs are in alignment.
- There are no visible tool marks or unfinished areas.
Potential Problems in Platinum Prong Retipping
Prong with a visible solder seam
There should be no visible seam or line where the prong tip
and prong are soldered.
Incomplete solder joint
During normal wear, incomplete solder joints will result in
a "broken" prong tip, the potential loss of the gemstone
and the customer's loss of confidence in your work.
All prongs match
The prongs should match in size, shape and dimension when
seen from various angles.
The prongs should be an equal distance from one another
The prongs should be an equal distance
from one another. The prongs should not be out of alignment.
They should be an equal distance from one another.
This information is required for the second level of the
JA® Bench Jeweler Certification program.
The installments published in Professional Jeweler
from February 1998 through July 1999 have been reformatted and
published as a countertop book titled The JA Professional's Guide
to Fine Jewelry Craftsmanship. To order a copy, call JA at (800)
Illustrations by Lainie Mann Visual Communications
Copyright © 1999 by Bond Communications.