Post # 1
Hello everyone! My grandmother has given me her bridal set, which includes a platinum channel set wedding band and an e-ring with the same channel set on the side and a .55 ct EC round diamond. The diamond is actually my great grandmother’s and dates from the early 1920s! The rings themselves are from 1948.
I love these rings. Absolutely love them. My one qualm with the look is that the diamond is set in a very old fashioned four prong style, which makes it look completely square. I do want to get the prongs changed to six prongs. However, I love the symbolism and family connection they have and also think they are a great reminder of my grandparents’ wonderful, happy, 63+ year marriage. I would love to model my own marriage after theirs.
Here’s where it gets a little tricky. The e-ring is the exact ring that my ex-FI used to propose to me a while ago. When he cheated on me and we broke up (thank god), my mom took the rings and held them for me. Now I am with my dream man and we are planning to get engaged in December. I would still like to use my grandma’s ring in some way, but want something that is a little more unique to us. We have decided together that our budget is around $1,000 (we would rather save for the wedding and the future), and along the way I have fallen in love with moissanite! I love the idea that I could upgrade my stone without breaking the bank.
SO, here are the different things I am thinking of doing. Let me know what you think!
1. Changing the four prongs to six prongs, using the original ring and diamond. This may be too similar for me.
2. Changing the four prongs to six, using my very own 1.25 ct moissanite and the original ring.
3. Getting a new setting and using the heirloom diamond (may break the budget since if I upgrade the setting, I want it to be my dream setting!) I am also concerned that the setting will look strange with the platinum wedding band if we can only afford a WG e-ring.
Ok… basically I want to use my grandmother’s ring in some way, but I want it to be more unique to the two of us and our relationship. Also, if I decide to get a moissanite, anyone have any suggestions about what to do with my great-grandma’s diamond? Necklace? Right hand ring? I don’t know!!
Thanks for your help 🙂
Post # 3
@MrsZynxy: I voted to just change the prongs, but do you have a picture of the rings? Maybe someone will have another suggestions of something else you could alter so the ring will be a bit different but still be your grandma’s ring and not break the bank!
Post # 4
That’s tough. I guess it depends on how you feel–has your ex-FI tainted the meaning of the rings for you? I think what I would do is reset her diamond into your dream setting, because that would still be a piece of her ring, but with your own new setting that is uniquely you. Have you got a picture?
Post # 5
I’ll post a picture later tonight when I get home from work! Love my level of work productivity today..
Post # 6
If I inherited an heirloom ring I wouldn’t dream of changing it in any way as it’d lose its sentimental meaning to me and my family. So I’d either wear it as it is or get a completely different one and wear the heirloom on your other hand.
Post # 7
I would DEFINITELY not change the stone–at was your great-grandmother’s!
Post # 8
I think I would change the prongs and keep the original stone, maybe you could have your SO get the inside of the rings engraved with something personal to the two of you to make them more personal to your relationship and wiping away any memory of your ex?
Post # 9
@MrsZynxy: Alright this really may be out of budget, but if it were me, I would get a platinum setting (6 prong) for the original stone, use the original wedding band as is, and keep the original e-ring setting for a colored gemstone for your other hand!! 🙂 What an awesome position to be in!! Do you have any photos? I have FI’s grandmother’s round .65 carat diamond (we got a new setting) and I lurve it! 🙂
Post # 10
@BlondeMissMolly: Ex-FI hasn’t tainted the ring too much- it’s family value is worth so much more to me than anything else.
@wrkbrk: I love this idea!! Especially using the original setting for a colored gemstone. I may not be able to afford a platinum setting right now but we could definitely upgrade in the future. I am definitely planning to use the wedding band as is. I will post pics later! Do you have a picture of yours?
Post # 11
@MrsZynxy: Yes ma’am! Here it is. My setting is platinum and semi-custom and therefore more than I think it should have been but honestly you could probably do it for $1,000!!
Post # 12
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Do you really mind the 4 prongs that much? Mine is also an heirloom with 4 prongs. When I first got it, I thought, hmm, it looks a little square – for about 30 minutes. Now I think, “I LOVE MY RING!!!!” Is this something you couldn’t get used to and embrace? Just curious, cause that seems like the easiest option if possible…
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Post # 14
I didn’t vote because I love it as is!! It’s gorgeous.
Post # 15
@stephee: she hasn’t posted a pic yet
Post # 16
@MrsZynxy: oh big whine, no photo of the rings? so sad, love heirlooms.