Melting gold & remaking Ring?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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1721 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Faith123:  I will be doing this for my great grandmothers wedding band. I wore it for our ceremony but it’s from the 20’s and very worn so I didn’t want to take the risk in something happening to it. it is a platinum and diamond eternity ring and after talking to 6 jeweler a they concluded my best chance would be to melt it down and remake it. Unfortunately for me it is really expensive to do so… So I’m having to put it off for another year or so 🙁 

Post # 3
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1136 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

Faith123:  I haven’t but i’ve heard plenty of people do it! I assume once its melted down and remade you’d never know the difference! And i’m quite certain they’ll often add a little bit to it unless you’re going for a finer/smaller design than the original.

A family friends’ ER was completely destroyed/flattened and she had to have it melted down and remade but you’d never know now!

Post # 5
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3097 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - A court...

I’m curious too! I had to have my wedding band cut off and I may go this route later…

Post # 6
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1721 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Faith123:  they quoted me $1700 (one of the other jewelers told me $2600!!) for platinum (which is what the original ring is) and to replace 6 of the cracked diamonds :/ one jeweler told me he could do it cheaper if I wanted to do white gold. But If I changed the metal in my mind it’s no longer my great grandmas ring, which defeats the purpose. the jeweler Im planning on going w basically said that since the ring is so old and worn that they need to melt it, add more platinum (the ring is a 7.5 and I wear a 4.25) and then replace the cracked/missing diamonds to complete the eternity band. I had a few jewelers that told me not to waste my time bc it wasnt worth fixing it ( which made me want to cry bc it’s something so sentimental to me)

Post # 8
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1080 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Faith123:  I wear my Grandma’s wedding band and had this done. It’s platinum, not gold and doesn’t have stones in it but it turned out really well.

The difficulty with my band is that it was too big for me and pretty worn after 40 years, but also that it’s octagonal. To make it smaller they would have had to cut one of the sides, changing its shape and taking away everything I loved about it. The jeweller basically told me it was a waste of time and that he had plenty of vintage bands if that’s what I wanted. Doh.

In the end he agreed to melt it down, add a small piece of platinum and reshape it to look like the original. I absolutely love it and it also worked out much cheaper than having a new ring. The extra metal and work together cost £400 and to buy a new platinum band in the UK can be anywhere from around £800 +.

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