If you’ve had a gem fall out of your silver ring and you're wondering how to attach gem stones to silver ring, this article will show you how to repair your ring until you can take it to a jeweler. A jeweler experienced in stone setting—attaching gemstones to jewelry—will be able to provide a permanent fix.
You can temporarily repair the ring and attach gem stones by gluing the stone back in place with a two part epoxy. There are several brands available and they all will work the same. Do not attempt to use a “super glue” type adhesive to attach gem stones to a silver ring. Gem stones are non-porous and very slippery. Everything about a gem stone is smooth and this kind of glue will not form a lasting bond. Keep in mind that while these epoxy type glues will work well on natural gemstones and metals, they might dissolve and damage costume jewelry.
- Good quality two part epoxy cement
- Newspaper for work surface
- Tweezers and/or metal pick
- Cotton tipped swabs
- Small clamps
- Small adhesive felt “dots”
- Acetone fingernail polish remover
- Prepare workspace. Cover your work area with newspaper and have a cloth handy for wiping your hands and tools. Have all your tools and materials laid out on the work space. Apply the felt dots to the jaws of the clamps.
- Check gemstone fit. If you have the original gemstone, check to make sure it is clean and free of any glue residue on the back. Check to see the area you plan to glue the gemstone to—usually a cupped area—is also free of glue residue. Use the metal pick or tweezers to remove any glue. If it is stubborn, use a cotton swab dipped in a little acetone to remove it. After the gem and cup are clean and dry, use the tweezers to test the fit by setting the gem into place on the ring. The gem should sit squarely and snugly with no rocking or sliding room. If using a replacement stone, check the fit in the same way.
- Epoxy. Mix your epoxy according to the instructions on the container. Mix the smallest amount you can because you will use very little during this repair. Use a toothpick to place epoxy into the cup on the silver ring. Use a small amount—a drop or two depending on the size of the gem—and do not overfill. If you use too much, you will have epoxy oozing around the gem that will have to be cleaned off. Some epoxies set up really hard and this will be difficult.
- Once the epoxy is in place, let the ring set up for a few minutes according to the instructions. Apply the felt-lined clamps, tightening just enough to put gentle pressure on the gem and the ring to form a good bond. Let sit overnight to complete the repair.
Remember that this is at best a temporary fix. If you value the gemstone, you should take it to a jeweler for permanent repair. Jewelers are skilled in attaching gemstones with a variety of methods such as bezels, prongs and wires.