Jeweler Won't Reset Heirloom Diamond

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
20 posts

I’d get a second opinion before doing anything.

Post # 3
1581 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Get a second opinion.


Post # 4
479 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I would even get a second, third, fourth opinion from other reputable places and see what the consensus is.  If they all won’t touch it, then there is your answer.  But maybe this place is overly cautious or not as experienced with this particular issue.

Post # 5
6166 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

agree with a second opinion. 

my engagement ring is my grandmother’s diamond.  the jeweler had no problem taking the diamond out of the old setting and putting it in a new setting.

good luck!


Post # 8
9859 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

I would get a second opinion, and if that one is totally different than the first, i’d get a third. 

if the first guy is worried about it fracturing, I would think that his concerns are probably valid (he has more to gain financially by re-setting it, so I dont’ think he’d decline for no reason…)

Post # 9
32 posts

I reset my mil’s diamond that was in a 4 prong setting to a 6 prong. When I got it appraised, he told me that it was a good thing I got the 6 prong because it has a tiny chip but it would be more secure with the extra prongs so I shouldn’t worry but get it reappraised and checked every few years. He also mentioned that the diamond was from the 40’s or 50’s so it was an older stone. 

Personally if I was told no by the jeweler I would get a second or even a third opinion… but regardless, I’d definitely get it appraised and get insurance before I proceed with anything, even if I decide to just keep it. If by chance it does crack due to resetting or just from regular wear and tear, at the very least I can get it replaced although I would be devastated to lose the heirloom diamond. 

Post # 10
367 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

my soon-to-be-e-ring is made of heirloom stones, one of which has a serious underside chip.  We had it set bezel-style for my ring, with the statement of “I know the risk I am taking by resetting an already damaged heirloom stone.”  We had no issues beyond that, and  the jeweler was even able to balance the ring by adding more gold to that bezel.  

Some people are very hesitant to work on antique/damaged stones, but I have found that if you lay out that you know the risks but want to continue, many will work with you.

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