Post # 1
Any input from someone who has experience in this area would be much appreciated!
My boyfriend and I recently went ring shopping and I found ‘the ring’! It is perfect in every way and I love everything about it. It has a rose cut diamond and is a round halo vintage style ring. Center diamond is around .64 cc.
We recently found out that his family has a family stone that his mother is willing to let him and I use for a ring. The diamond is 1.5 carat brilliant round cut (33 years old). It is quite a bit larger than the diamond in the ring that I am in love with.
To get to the point, my question is… Can a brilliant round cut diamond be re-cut to a rose cut? Esentially to replace the diamond in the ring I love. I am working with a place that does custom work and I know they could do this.
What are your thoughts on this? Will I lose too much carat weight in the process? Is it worth it? Can that type of re-cut even be done?
Post # 2
kailee.nicole: A better option might be to ask the jeweler if they can replace the “head” that holds the rose-cut centerstone with one that would hold a bigger RB.
Post # 3
kailee.nicole: I have never had a diamond recut, but if the jeweller does custom work, why not get the ring made with the 1.5 diamond? You’ll lose a lot of carat weight if you get it re-cut. You would probably be better off buying the ring as-is and using the family diamond for something else. The cost difference between a .64 carat diamond and a 1.5 carat diamond is quite a bit. It wouldn’t be worth it to me.
Post # 4
We had our diamond recut to improve our cut grade from good to excellent. Our girdle was also extra thin so we were worried about it chipping. The cutter did a beautiful job and we only lost about 0.1 carats. our final carat weight is 2.1 so really not a lot percentage wise. We also live in NYC where the best diamond cutters in the world are here.
I will warn you that if you get the diamond recut the risk is on you. you will hear horror stories of diamonds cracking while on the wheel. Just nore most insurance won’t cover anything that happens during that kind of work
We took the risk and the reward was great. Our stone improved both a clarity and color grade in addition to the cut grade.
However, if I were you and that 1.5 ct stone is in excellent condition i would take it and not do anything to it. Put it in the setting you love and run. Diamond cutting is risky and expensive. If it’s not necessary, I wouldn’t do it.
Post # 5
It seems like a waste to re-cut a 1.5 round brilliant into a rose cut. I agree with PP about seeing if you can replace the center stone with this larger stone. Or else, why are you replacing the center stone anyway if you love the ring? But you should talk to a jeweler.
Post # 6
It would be a big risk and could possibly ruin a family stone. Can the jeweler not make a setting that will fit the new stone?
Post # 7
A rose cut is like the top 1/3 of a RB. Look at the stones side by side and they may not be that different in size. Don’t cut most of the stone away, have the jeweler set the family stone as is in the setting you like.
Post # 8
soontobemrsKB92615: That’s kind of what I had been thinking about.
Also, I am not familiar with the etiquette of handling a stone given to someone from another family. I almost feel as though it would be disrespectful to cut it to how I want it and comprimise the weight of the stone.
His mom doesn’t have any emotional ties to it becuase it was her grandmothers that apparently she was not close to. But regardless I still feel honored that they would be willing to give it to us.
The only reason I wouln’t get the larger diamond put in the ring that I love (picture below) with the smaller diamond is that the larger diamond is a brilliant cut and the smaller diamond (currently in the ring) is a rose cut. I’m afraid it will comprimise the look of the ring too much by doing that with out getting it recut.
I do like your idea of using the diamond for something else down the road though.
Thanks for the input!! 🙂
Post # 9
I wouldn’t. Either have the jeweller make a similar setting to accommodate the family diamond, or buy the ring with the current stone in it. You would loose almost two thirds of the weight of the family stone. Plus recutting is risky. Rose cut diamonds are often cheaper than rb. If you really must have one (I get it, they’re beautiful!) I would suggest buying one and saving the family diamond for your kids. If you do decide to have it recut make sure you talk to his family members. They might be upset to have its size go down significantly.
Post # 10
Scarlett11: only reason I would replace the stone is for the sentimental value of a family stone.
Post # 11
I wouldn’t get it recut. I would feel it is a waste of the stone to do that. Maybe use the stone for another ring? or pendant?
Post # 12
No, I wouldn’t consider cutting a perfectly good diamond from a round brilliant (substantially) sized diamond down to a small rose cut (simpler) diamond.
Post # 13
kailee.nicole: You’re welcome! Why not put it into a necklace to wear on your wedding day? Then it becomes something special and sentimental to you. Maybe your daughter will want to wear it some day. I know I wore my Mom’s diamond and pearl necklace that she wore on her wedding day to my prom.
Post # 14
That looks like a setting that very commonly has a round brilliant diamond in it, I’m sure it would look lovely with the family stone.
Post # 15
I’m trying hard to be polite here, but this is a horrible idea. Why on earth would you consider making a family heirloom something you like right now? It’s older than you are, shouldn’t you just take it and respect it for that purpose alone? Take the gift and enjoy your 1.5 carat round that most of us would do anything for.