HAVE BIG KNUCKLES?

Unfortunately, many of you are plagued with arthritic knuckles and have a hard time getting rings on and off. And once we get them on, they swing around freely and the top of the ring usually winds up underneath the finger!

There are devices that can be installed in the ring that will reduce the problem considerably, not 100%, but will take care of most of it. First of all, there is a temporary guard that is simply clamped on. Not very pretty, but inexpensive and does the trick. For something more attractive and permanent in which the knuckle isn’t huge, beads or cleats can be soldered on the inside bottom of the ring that will prevent the ring from swaying. For a more serious problem, a butterfly spring can be soldered on the inside bottom that will move outward going over the knuckle and then press back against the finger after it slides on. This works quite well. For a serious problem, hinged shanks can be installed. A bit more expensive, but they can really do the job.

For those of you that struggle with the ring sliding on and off with ease, use Windex to lubricate the knuckle. The liquid will dry and not leave a film like it does when using hand lotion, which will accumulate and all the sparkle is gone!

Cos Altobelli, is a third generation jeweler and president of Altobelli Jewelers in Burbank, previously located in North Hollywood for 60 years. His specialty is appraising for all functions and acting as an expert witness.

He holds a graduate degree from the Gemological Institute of America and the title of Certified Gemologist Appraiser, from the American Gem Society, is the author of three appraisal books, and has appeared on “Prime Time Live” several times.

Mr. Altobelli can be reached at (818) 763-5151.

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