- Apr 5, 2009
I had some questions on an antique OEC ring I found at a local store. The price seemed a bit high for the specs, and under the loupe, I saw that the platinum prongs would need to be repaired for safety, and also that a few of the single-cut diamonds in the setting were damaged and would need replacing. The owner of the store said the repairs would be "no big deal" and he recommended several local jewelers to do the repairs. He was, needless to say, not that happy with my reply that restoring platinum rings is beyond the skill of most of the local jewelers (which they themselves admit!). I told him I was going to check with a professional restoration business in LA -- Single Stone. I left a message on Single Stone voicemail, and that same day I got a phone call back from Ari! What a polite, friendly, and professional person he is. We discussed the price of the item and said that he'd be happy to give me his professional opinion on the amount of work that needed to be done on the piece if I could send him some detailed photos. The seller is pretty firm on the price, so I'm not sure if this is going to happen, but I just wanted to publicly say thank you! to Ari for his help, and post my appreciation for Ari and Single Stone here on PS. We are so fortunate that experts like him are part of the PS community.