I have several rings with small marcasite stones in them that have fallen out and been lost. Can I replace them? If yes, does Fire Mountain Gems sell the stones and do I just glue them back into the setting?
Yes the stones can be replaced, and Fire Mountain carries several sizes of the small stones to use as replacements. Swarovski crystal crystal chatons are a great replacement option and come in a large variety of sizes and colors. To determine the size of the stone you lost, measure the opening with a gauge or caliper. Once you have the size, select a chaton that matches as closely as possible yet is not larger. Clean the opening using ODX Degreaser; this is a great product for removing any dirt or oil and preps the area for a better bond between the metal and the chaton. Prepare a 5-minute two-part epoxy following the manufacturer's instructions then dab a little into the opening. Using a pair of tweezers or the Tweezer Vac™ system, place the chaton into the opening. Let your crystal set for the manufacturer's recommended amount of time before wearing the item just repaired.