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I repaired this Lapis inlay in these earrings

A jewelry designer in Denver designed and built this unique pair of earrings several years ago. If you look closely, you will see that the back part of the earring is positioned in a 'V' shape. They had us inlay the Lapis before the 2 sides were joined by laser welding.

They sold the pair and their customer wore the earrings for several years until they dropped one of them which caused a crack in one of the inlays in the rear of the 'V' shape.


Lapis inlay earring with cracked inlay

In the close-up photo, you can see the crack in the inlay in the rear.

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This is a very difficult repair to perform because of the 'V' shape. The front portion of the V makes it very hard to get 'into' the area where the rear inlay is located.

To do the repair, I needed to carve and fit the inlay and polish it outside of the earring and then glue it into place.


The finished Lapis inlay
which has been repaired

Here you can see the finished Lapis inlay which also matches the other pieces in both color and texture.


Another photo of the Lapis inlay earrings

This is just another photo of the pieces.


Another view

This is a different angle showing the Lapis inlay that I repaired.

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Denton Anderson,
Gemologist & Gem Cutter
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Photo of Denton the gem cutter.

Graduate Gemologist, GIA, GG
Over 20 years of experience.