Post # 1
I inherited my grandmother’s wedding ring and band. The ring is a solitaire with a white gold knife edge band. Let me just say that I was SO lucky because this is almost exactly what I would have chosen myself and I loooovvve it! I also love, love, love thinking about my grandmother wearing it when she was young and raising her family and throughout all her happy years of marriage. I had it sized and cleaned and that’s it! The wedding band is more of a ring guard that is one piece and goes on both sides with 7 diamonds on each side. I’m not sure what to do with it and what’s reasonable to pay. I think I would like to remove the diamonds and put them into a half-eternity band. I’m a size 4.25 so it will probably end up being a three quarter eternity if that’s possible. I also thought about two bands with 7 stones each as a way to modernize the original style. Again, my hands are small so three rings may be a bit much.
My FI has a family friend who works at a jewelry store so that’s where we’ve been going. They gave me a quote for the half-eternity and it was $1500. This would include removing the diamonds from the old ring and melting it down. Then they would use some of the gold from the old band mixed with some new to create the half-eternity. It would be made with a very slight curve so it would sit right up against the e-ring. They also said they might not be able to use all the stones due to the small size of the ring. Below is an example of the style I had quoted, I think it’s called a bead setting.
So . . . does that seem high considering I already have the diamonds? I’m going to ask for a breakdown of the costs because I’m curious as to whether it’s the work hours or materials I would be paying for. What do you think I should do with the ring? One band, two bands? Sometimes I think I should just be happy that the ring cost $0 and splurge on the band(s).
Post # 3
I think that might be high considering that you are supplying the majority of the materials. I had my half eternity platinum and diamond band (size 6.5) custom-made for less than half of that.
Great idea though! I think it will be the perfect modernization of your grandmother’s wedding ring 🙂
Post # 4
I don’t have any advice really, since I don’t know a thing about jewelry. But I wanted to say that is an AMAZING ring! I love, love, love it! Are you sure you don’t want to save the original wedding band, and just purchase a new band. It will probably be less than $1500 and you can save the original and mix it up if you want.
Post # 5
I think it’s high too. My band was custom-made in platinum with diamonds and engraving for $1100.
Are you willing to go custom online? Brian Gavin Diamonds and Whiteflash get raves on Pricescope.com. You have to e-mail Brian Gavin though: [email protected].
Post # 6
i love the original ring too! i vote that you keep it the way it is!
Post # 7
omg don’t change the original!! save the 1500 for a sweet ass trip. I would pick that ring set on sight if i saw it at the store where i bought my antique ring. (though mine is wonderful, so is that one! haha)
Post # 8
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
I think that might be too high considering you’re supplying almost all of the materials and I can find rings similar to what you are describing (including the diamonds) for under $500 each. Keep looking, and come back to them if the price turns out to be reasonable after all (since I’m not a jeweler; what do I know?).
Post # 9
That definitely seems too high, especially for a white gold band. I had a brand-new band (i.e. I didn’t already have the diamonds) in platinum made by Brian Gavin, and it was only a few dollars more than you were quoted. Definitely try a different jeweler!
ETA: I’m in favor of keeping the originals and getting a different band for everyday wear, too — the original set is really pretty, even though the style isn’t very “now.”
Post # 10
Thanks for all the great ideas! I’ve thought of keeping the original but I’m pretty sure I would never wear it. It’s not my style and it sits really high. I’m not a big jewelry person and I think the bulk would bother me. Maybe you can see it better in this picture.
I would hate for it to just sit in a drawer which is why I thought I would use the materials to make a ring I would wear. On the other hand, it would be nice to keep the original intact.
Post # 11
a friend of mine wanted to do the same thing with her grandmother’s ring- have it re-worked- it costs more because it’s harder for them to take it apart, melt it down, then start over instead of just making something from scratch, or selling something that is mass produced. You can get a band like the one you pictured at JamesAllen.com for like $600.
Post # 12
hmmm I just tried to post and I don’t think it went through, so sorry if this is a double-post. What I said was, a friend of mine went through the same thing- she wanted to use her grandmother’s wedding band and have the diamonds removed, the gold melted down, and have the ring remade. It costs more because you are paying for the labor of taking out the diamonds, and re-mixing the gold and remaking the ring. It’s harder and more expensive than getting a custom piece made from scratch for that reason. You can get a white gold half-eternity band like the one you posted on James Allen for like $600. But if you want to use your grandmother’s ring, you may have to pay more, which might be worth it to you!
Post # 13
If i were you, i would get a new ring, and keep the old rings intact. That way, if you changed your mind about wearing this kind of jewelry in the future, you’d have the option of having it for a cocktail ring or something. Pluusss.. you’d save some moola
Post # 14
That’s totally awesome! I’d recommend going to look at new rings to decide for sure what you think you want–the half eternity or two bands with 7 stones. I really like the idea of having your grandmothers ring melted down and reset. I’d probably decide based on whether I had the money to spend on it or not.