I just received the ring I will use to propose to my girlfriend. It was handmade.
The problem is that the bezel "beading" (if that's the appropriate term) is asymmetrical and as such, I'm wondering what part is due to being handmade, to the stone being asymmetrical and can/should be fixed.
- The outer one is more an issue of being on a straight line (there are minor deviations).
- The inner bezel is not perfectly symmetrical i.e. the corners do not have the same curvature (bottom left vs. bottom right on attached, same with top). Is this because it follows the stone which itself isn't perfectly symmetrical?
- the "dots" from the bezel are evenly spaced/sized on one side (e.g. 20 on left side of attached picture) vs. 50-60 tiny ones on the other sides (top and right sides)
It is mostly the last point that concerns me and not sure if/how this gets fixed.
All of the "problems" that you are mentioning are things that can only be seen through a loupe or looking at a magnified image like the one you've shown. The answer is, "You are WAY too close and WAY too picky" about things that don't matter at all once this is on someone's finger and has been worn for a while. The bezel and outer millgrained edge look pretty good to me and the lack of perfect symmetry around the stone could easily be from the girdle of the stone being less than perfect. The spacing on the millgrain beads is by it's nature absolutely even, since the millgrain effect is placed by rolling the edge with a cupped wheel with cups which are quite evenly spaced.
What's the deal with this "perfect" stuff anyway. You don't see people walking up to paintings and complaining about this brush stroke or that being out of place. You back up and enjoy it for what it is. You need to do this with that ring and feel lucky that you were able to find someone who could do this good of a job in making it. Wake up and smell the roses man!