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Fashionvictim

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My DF''s beloved Crucifix chain broke. Our anniversary is in June, and I was thinking of surprising him by having the chain fixed, and having a small ruby(his birthstone) placed on top of the cross.

How much do you think it would cost to do that? And what size ruby should I go for?

Thanks!
 

Heileman&Co.

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Yeah it depends on the size and color, origin, cut of ruby, how you would like it set, how intricate the chain is that is broken.
 

eac

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Have the chain fixed, definitely. That would be a nice surprise.

But if I had a favorite piece of jewelry, to which I had a sentimental attachment, and somebody fixed it AND changed it, I would NOT be happy! Even if the change added value to it, it would be a bad surprise.

This is something to keep in mind, especially with a man involved. He might prefer the crucifix as it is, just plain gold. Not all men are comfortable wearing gemstones.
 

Mag00

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Date: 6/6/2007 10:17:35 PM
Author: eac
Have the chain fixed, definitely. That would be a nice surprise.


But if I had a favorite piece of jewelry, to which I had a sentimental attachment, and somebody fixed it AND changed it, I would NOT be happy! Even if the change added value to it, it would be a bad surprise.


This is something to keep in mind, especially with a man involved. He might prefer the crucifix as it is, just plain gold. Not all men are comfortable wearing gemstones.

I second this
 

enbcfsobe

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Definitely have the chain fixed. DF has had the same thing happen a few times. This last time we actually had to make a shorter chain out of the original chain b/c it broke so many times, but he''s really attached to it.

I agree with not changing the cross itself -- I know my FI might not be so about this. I think a better idea would be to get an embellished bail if that is possible, and you could set a tiny ruby into that (that''s the part that the chain goes through). This might require a bit of custom work, but if it is small I wouldn''t think it would get too extravagant, and it would definitely stay understated. By changing the bail instead of the cross itself, you''ve added to it in a way that is removable -- if he doesn''t love it he can go back to a plain bail.

Even if you decide not to go this way, make sure the jeweler checks the bail when you get the chain fixed -- they can wear down with time and may need to be repaired/replaced anyway.
 
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