Is it possible to swap clusters for a diamond?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Sorry I don’t know the answer to that question. It’s a beautiful ring as a cluster though!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’m no jewel pro but I imagine you would have to rework the setting to accomodate that and it would be expensive because it is tedious. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

you would really have to go to a master custom jelewer to get prices for the work and I’m sure there will be a lot of labor involved. But I’m sure it can be done!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@sporting:  it would be cheaper/easier if they can just switch out the head, but the center cluster seems solidly part of the ring from your photo.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I did! Granted mine was not the same style as yours, but it was all one piece that looked like prongs. The jeweler cut it off below the cluster and used the remaining length of the prongs. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@sporting:  The top picture is the before photo. It looked like it had prongs, but really the cluster and the prongs were all one solid piece. It was a round disk of metal with diamonds in it. The jeweler cut the disk off the prongs since they were actual open prongs below it. He was able to use the head that was already in the ring. I bought the moissanite on eBay for a steal and the actual labor was $40. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I just wanted to chime in and say that it’s going to be more expensive working with platinum. I was quoted $40 to resize my ring, but when they realized it was platinum, the cost went up to $110! Platinum is very difficult to work with, so just factor that in.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@sporting:  some clusters are the shared pronged cluster set into a regular peg head, which is then set into the setting itself. This is especially common with round or floral clusters made of up round diamond melee. For this type of setting, the jeweller will either remove the cluster and reuse the peg head, or change to a new peg head that fits the new stone. This is less costly that cutting out parts of the setting because the ring remains mostly intact. 

Post # 15
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Honey bee

@sporting:  It’s a beautiful ring as it is. (As a cluster, as opposed to a single center stone.) I agree with what others have said regarding replacing the center cluster with a single stone. If the middle part of the ring is set up above the sides, a jeweler might be able to remove it and install a new kind of peg (setting) that has prongs to hold a center diamond. It might be expensive to get one made in platinum. I have no idea of the cost of this; it probably varies depending on which jeweler you go to, as well as the cost of the platinum itself.

Do you have a picture of the ring from the side? It might be easier to see how the center part is attached in a side-view photo. From the photo you posted, it looks like your center part is set down into or almost flush with the sides and band of the ring. It might not be possible to cut the entire middle part away as one piece.

Also, your ring is an invislble setting. Some cluster rings are shared prong settings, but yours is done in a different manner. The princess diamonds in your ring are cut so that they fit onto little metal tracks that run across the inside of the setting. Each stone is cut precisely and each one has to be hand fit into the setting so that it “snaps” into place exactly right. To redo a setting like this might take more work than just cutting the central part of the ring off and replacing it with a new and different type of peg. The jeweler might have to remove all the princesses in your center part and then build a completely new peg/setting for that part.

I have a setting that is very similar to yours, style-wise. Mine came ready for a center stone, but it is invisibly set with princess cut diamonds on the shank and band. And, style-wise, they look like they could be cousins! Here’s a picture for reference. It might help you to envision how your ring might look with a center stone … ?

 

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