Post # 1
Since I discovered the “Hive” a few days ago I have been drooling over the “ring” section of the boards. I just love looking at everyone’s unique rings! lol My soon to be engagement ring is a princess cut solitaire set in white gold. I have been brainstorming about what kind of band I would like to have. I really want my band to have a very special meaning (not that it won’t already be very special to me anyway.) My mother passed away some years ago and I have all of her jewelry including her wedding ring. I was thinking that it may be possible that it could be melted down and cast into something new and the diamonds set in a different way? Or maybe just get the diamonds set into a new band because her ring is yellow gold? But my main questions are whether or not a small local jeweler could do this for me and if someone could give me a ball park price on something like this? Sorry for the length of the post but I had a bit to explain! lol All replys are greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
I had a similar experience- while I can’t say it’s the same with every jeweler, our jeweler told us that it’s a tad expensive to have the metal of old rings melted down into something new. So, we used the diamonds from my fiance’s grandmother’s ring and had the jeweler make us an engagement setting and a band- the new rings have a lot of sentimental value because of FI’s family diamonds, but the setting is unique and fits my style a little more (that, and the ring was a tad too small for my finger and had some small chips in the diamonds, so we would have had to redo it anyway).
I recommend getting some estimates from a few different jewelers- I would ask your small local jeweler for starters, and take the rings with you so that they can actually get a good feel for your current gems and settings.
Post # 4
It’s hard to say without knowing exactly what you want. I agree about getting estimates from local jewelers, I would narrow down your options & have some pics of what you like handy so they can quote you properly. On a side note, I think it’s wonderful you want to do this & I’m sorry to hear your mom passed. And a late congrats on your engagement!