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Why is my ring dented and scratched?

Why is my ring dented and scratched?

Posted on Thursday, May 26th, 2011 at 10:36 am by Preston

Every once in awhile, somebody comes to us with a ring that looks like it has been totally beat up.  Most of the time, they have no idea what happened to do so much damage and are shocked at the cost to repair.  Under the gemscope, the ring has dents all over it—top, bottom, and sides.  Prongs are smashed, and sometimes the diamonds are broken or chipped.

I have found out that when this occurs, the person wears a ring on both hands and usually has been to an event where he/she was wildly excited (i.e. a son’s soccer game, an awards ceremony, a great concert).  While they were clapping, unknowing to them, their rings were hitting each other.  This is what I call the “Clapping Syndrome”.  To avoid this, with one hand, try to clap into the palm of the other hand and thus avoid doing the damage in the first place and the expense to repair.

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