Getting a diamond recut… QUESTIONS!

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2050

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
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Bumble bee

 

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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
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Bumble bee

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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 # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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 # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

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.

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Post # 13
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Bumble bee

 

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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
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Busy bee

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.

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