How do I open and close Smooth Segment Rings, Ball Closure Rings or Bar Closure Rings?

The ball of a BCR or segment of a bar closure ring is held in place by the tension of the ring; there is a dimple on either side for the ring to clip into. To remove the ball or segment, you must push it out of the ring - it does not unscrew. The best place to do this is over a sink with the plug pushed in, just in case you drop a piece.

To make this easier, we would advise the use of Ring Opening Pliers (or similar tool), especially for larger gauge jewellery as it is a lot tougher.

To fit the ball, line one dimple on the ball up with one side of the ring. Hold the ring firmly and push so that the other dimple clips into place. If the ring is too tight to clip your ball or segment into, the Ring Opening Pliers will make this process easier as you will need to expand the ring slightly.

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