Reset Heirloom Or Family Diamonds

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
3836 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

missjz:   My FI offered me either his grandmother’s engagement ring, or a new ring of my choice, of equivalent value.  Without a moment’s hesitation I chose the heirloom!  I love family traditions.  We had the center stone, a 3 ct Old Mine Cut diamond, remounted in a bezel setting.  I wanted to be able to wear the ring every day and we felt that was the safest mounting for it.   

My suggestion to you would be to have the diamond properly appraised, and insured.  

Post # 4
878 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

missjz:  I chose an heirloom from his family but I will not be resetting it. It is a smallish center stone in a beautiful platinum setting from the 1940s. It’s engraved with the date his grandparents got engaged and their initials. I would never change it

Post # 6
878 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

missjz:  and oddly enough the ring fit me perfectly. And I’m a size 4!! So we won’t even have to ruin the engraving by sizing it. And the stone is small (prob .3-.4 carat) but super high quality! 

Post # 7
9859 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

LittleE3:  that is beautiful! 

Post # 8
6158 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i don’t have a picture of the original.  but my mother gave DH my grandmother’s engagement ring.  the ring was gold with an emerald cut diamond, setting was big and not my style at all.  though i was close with my grandmother, the ring had no sentimental value to me. 

DH used the diamond as the center stone and traded in the ring setting so i could have a plantinum ring.

here is my ring:

Post # 9
2831 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

the centre stone of my engagement ring was in my FI’s grandmother’s ring. we had it set into a setting i chose, because the original ring was too old and worn out to be worn.

Post # 10
8847 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I wear my great-grandmother’s engagement ring. I love the setting so I never considered resetting it, but if that’s what you prefer – go for it. I would just make sure your mom or whomever wouldn’t have some unexpected bad reaction to that. 



Post # 11
2231 posts
Buzzing bee

I used a 100+ yr old family heirloom the first year or so I was engaged, then my FI purchased a different e-ring from him. I had the heirloom reset as a RHR. It was previously set in yellow gold (last time it was reset was in the ’80s). The new setting is white gold with diamond accents on the band and gallery. I love the updated setting! They did milgrain details, which brought it back to a more Art Deco vibe. I prefer that to the ’80s YG Tiffany style setting it was in when I inherited it, mainly b/c in that setting it was top heavy and would spin. The stones stay the same, so even if you reset you have those same stones worn over the decades (or in my case centuries). Re-setting was fun and it gave me the opportunity to “make it mine”. My ring was originally a mens 5 stone Emerald Cut ring, then a ladies 3 stone, reset over 3x. It has been through a lot of history over the ages! Before & After its most recent transformation:

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 6 months ago by  GemmaBella.
Post # 13
2364 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014


missjz:  My 1ct pear center stone was from my mom’s ring.  It means a lot to me b/c my father died very young, and he and my FI share the same name.  I don’t have a pic of her ring as it was, but she had two small accent stones on the side in white gold.  I feel what my FI had it reset into does it more justice and is much more me.  I have my “something old” now!

Here is the band I just ordered:

Post # 14
191 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

missjz:  In the same boat as you! My late grandmother had left two rings – one that belonged to her and one that belonged to my sister. My sister got married last year and re-set the diamond and I just got engaged in March and my fiance had done the same (with my mom’s approval of course).  The middle diamond is the one from my grandmother and my fiance chose a design that would go well around it. I’m not going to lie, I was SUPER nervous about getting it re-sized since the diamond had such a sentimental meaning attached! 

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