It had shrunk a half size due to the cooling/casting, so it was a bit nerve racking, but Scott had warned me about it, so I didn't totally lose it.
That being said, after Christine wore the band around for a few days (spikes and all without the stones), I had to persuade her to give it back so that we could clean it up and have the stones set!
I called around, and went back to Diamonds Direct where I purchased the stones, and I'll just say they gave me a deal I couldn't refuse. I gave them the band and the stones and handed it off to their jeweler, who said the features Scott and I designed into the ring to hold the stones would be more than enough (praise God!).
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So way back in the beginning of all of this back in January, I thought I'd check out a jewelry casting class in Richmond to see if I could make Christine's ring all on my own. The class schedule never worked out with my workweeks, so I could never join, and I absentmindedly left the instructor hanging when he asked me if I'd sign up another time.
Guess who the jeweler at Diamonds Direct turned out to be?
DANIEL. The jewelry instructor. SMALL. FLIPPIN. WORLD.
I was a bit sheepish for having fallen off the face of the earth back in January, but he was a super cool guy to talk to and really knows his stuff about jewelry materials and stone setting.
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I left the store knowing the stones and ring were back in good hands and was scheduled to return a week later to pick them up! Pictures to follow...