Resetting or resizing a family diamond

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
2364 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

savannahcrane38:  My FI and mom would know more about this than me since he had her stone reset but I think doing that is a great idea. 

I think it depends on if you like the ring as it is or not.  I don’t think there’s anything wrong with resetting but if you love it as is, just have it resized 🙂 

Post # 3
262 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I have my great-grandmother’s center stone in a completely new setting. Her wedding ring was passed down to me and since the diamond was the only thing with real sentimental value, my grandmother melted down the gold that it was set in and gave the money from selling the gold as well as the center stone to my FI to reset to make a totally new ring! This way, my ring represents two people who were and are extremely important to me. I feel like I now carry a piece of my great-grandmother with me (who passed away four years ago), AND I have a setting that FI and I picked together, so it is extremely sweet and sentimental. The old ring was beautiful yellow gold, but extremely chunky and not my style, so I highly recommend resetting it (unless you are in love with the old setting of course)!

Post # 4
2031 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 1995

Sounds pretty. I guess it depends on whether you like the style of the ring or whether you want something completely different. also on whether the particular style can be resized safely. And here is the part where we ask for pics please 🙂

Post # 5
462 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I received my granmother’s engagement ring and decided I wanted to center stone used in my engagement ring. My husband had the diamond reset into an absolutely gorgeous setting he picked out and then had a green amethyst (a stone that has meaning to us) set into my grandmother’s old setting (which was resized to fit me). He gave them to me together when he proposed and I wear the green amethyst ring as a RHR. I love them both so much and it’s really cool that they are both part old, part new.

Post # 6
395 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Sunset Hills Country Club

My enagagement ring isn’t big, but the diamond came from my husband’s grandmother’s engagement ring. She passed away in 2010. We had it reset into a white gold setting instead of the yellow gold that it was in. It’s just a solitaire in a tulip 4-pronged setting, but I love it. I have really small, dainty hands, so the smaller ring fits my hand and personality better. I am a simplifier.


  • This reply was modified 2 years ago by  TiaMP.
Post # 7
917 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I have a family diamond that we reset for me. My now-husband picked the new setting out based on what I’d told him I liked and had the diamond reset before he proposed. (I had seen the old ring and given the ok to use the diamond.) We didn’t like the old setting, so we returned it to his mom. If you want to keep the old setting, you could always have something else set in it down the road and wear it on your other hand.

Post # 8
8589 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

I’d the get a new setting for the diamond. Then get a gemstone for the old setting and wear it on your right hand. I think blue sapphire looks nice with light blue accents so the aquamarine would look really nice! 

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