Post # 1
Recentlty I got a family ring from my FI’s uncle. The ring is from 1950 and I am very honored to be able to wear the ring.
The ring is gorgeous vintage 18k white gold diamond ring. Me and my FI have decided to not make any changes to the setting. Instead, we decided to have the ring re-dipped and to have the diamond certified.
We went to the local jeweler yesterday to have the ring re-dipped. He quoted $50 for re-dipping. We told the jeweler that we would send the diamond to a local lab to have the diamond certified while the ring is re-dipped. He took the diamond out in front of us so that he can send only the ring to his craftsman. The jeweler told us that it would cost another $30 to put the diamond back to the ring later on.
Today, the jeweler e-mailed us to say that he is suggesting that I plate the ring only once I have certified the diamond. As they will have to re-plate the ring after the setting and that would cost another $50. So instead of plating now ,then setting ($35) the plating again ($50), we can save the $50 by plating after setting.
Does this make sense? If they replate a ring without the diamond, do they really need to replate the ring again after setting the diamond?
Any advice is appreciated 🙂
Post # 3
I don’t know why they took the stone out to plate it at all? That is not necessary. I also would not want to be doing that much with an antique ring.
To reset will require them to bend prongs (and maybe a light polish) and such so it may wear/scratch off the rhodium. It makes sense to wait to replate until diamond is set back in.
You should find a bench jeweler who replates IN the store and does not send it away. You should not have to send your ring away to someone else or remove stones for replating.
ETA I see you want to get the diamond graded/certified so it makes sense to remove it for a better/accurate grading but the ring should not need to be sent away!
Post # 4
To be completely honest, it sounds a bit like they’re trying to make a few extra bucks off of you.
I *never* need to have my diamond removed to have my ring re-dipped (my e-ring is white gold as well, as are all of the RHR I wear) though I understand in your case you would have the diamond removed simply to have it certified.
I can usually just take mine in, pay $35, and they’ll have it redipped for me in an hour or two, without taking my diamond out of the setting.
So no, I don’t think you need to pay to have it dipped twice at all!
Post # 5
Reset it then dip it. The jeweler is right, you will have to have it dipped twice if you do it the other way. I am also not understanding why you took the stone out in the first place.
Post # 6
I would imagine that the stone has to be removed in order to be certified. Stones have to be unmounted in order to be graded.
Post # 8
I believe for GIA grading they require it to be unmounted. So that makes sense that you had the diamond removed. I would go with just having it dipped after you reset the diamond in to save time and money.
Post # 9
Thanks everyone for your tips 😉
After seeing the comments I just dont have good feelings about the jeweller.. I mean, he should have told us about it before agreeing to take the diamond out of the ring.
Even if I take the benefit of the doubt, I still find him unprofessional and not reliable.
We will have the ring replated after having the diamond reset.