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INSTALLING FINGER MATE IN
YOUR OWN SHOP
 


FINGER MATE SHANKS CAN BE INSTALLED BY ANY QUALIFIED RETAIL JEWELER, MANUFACTURER, TRADE OR REPAIR SHOP
 

What makes one QUALIFIED?

Any jeweler who can remove and replace a plain solid shank with a new one by gas soldering in the normal manner, is qualified to attach Finger Mate shanks.

 In fact, Finger Mate shanks are easier to attach because Finger Mate provides a special clamping tool to aid the jeweler in the various cutting, filing, fitting and soldering steps.

 This special clamp assures that the jeweler will cut the bridge portion of the Finger Mate shank accurately and match it properly to the cut-off portion of the ring being converted. The clamp then holds the ring in perfect alignment with the male hinge portions of the Finger Mate shank so that they may be soldered without fear of anything moving.

 In order to guaranty uniformly high quality workmanship and to protect the reputation of the product, we limit the sale of Finger Mate shanks to those jewelers who:

 Install Finger Mate shanks according to the procedure described in the instruction booklet that accompanies the clamp.

 Do so in the high quality workmanlike manner established by the factory.

 Use the special clamp for each and every conversion in the manner prescribed.

 

 

The tool shown is required for the
installation and is supplied with an
illustrated instruction booklet;
for a moderate cost.

Do not order shanks as findings unless you or your trade shop have the clamp, or unless you are ordering the clamp along with the shanks. Our records indicate all accounts who have the clamp.

If you do not have your own repair department, but want to have your local trade shop attach Finger Mate shanks for you, we must first determine if this trade shop has the special clamp and indicate that in our records for you.

Or, you may call us, and we will be glad to refer you to a trade shop in your area who is installing Finger Mate shanks.

 

A TYPICAL INSTALLATION OF A FINGER MATE SHANK
ONTO A CONVENTIONAL RING BY THE FINGER MATE
FACTORY OR ANY QUALIFIED JEWELER

1.

The customerís ring should be inspected for any repairs such as retipping.Repairs should be done before the Finger Mate shank is installed.
Installation clamp
2.

Select the correct* Finger Mate shank. 

*Correct for closed finger size, width, height, hinge position and metal.

3.The customerís ring is sized to the closed finger size, and then the existing shank is cut off at the point where the Finger Mate shank will be attached.
Shank top only clamped
into installation clamp.
4.

The Finger Mate shank top only (with the male hinges) is put into the installation clamp. 

The bottom of the Finger Mate shank, with the female hinges, is set aside, as it is complete and requires no jewelry work.

5.With the shank top in the installation clamp, the portion of the Finger Mate top to be replaced with the customerís top is sawed out.
Middle portion of shank top removed to be replaced with the customerís top.
6.The customerís top, is soldered to the Finger Mate top, while being held in position by the installation clamp.
7.The customerís top, (now with the Finger Mate top attached) is removed from the clamp and reassembled with the Finger Mate bottom.
Customerís top held in position
by the installation clamp.
8.

DO NOT SOLDER
HINGE PINS!
 

The hinge pins are riveted in place.The ring is polished. Then, the catch and spring is lubricated with Castor oil.The finished ring can now be delivered to the customer.

 

This is only an example of a basic Finger Mate installation.
There are many other variations

For example two rings on one common shank.

 

See Product Line page for other styles.

Full instructions are provided to the bench jeweler with the Installerís Clamp Tool, or can be downloaded here (Installation Instruction Book).

 


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