Post # 1
Hey everyone! Longtime lurker here.
So today my boyfriend’s mom gave him one of his dad’s old rings and told him to do what he wanted with it towards my engagement ring.
His dad is deceased, but he says he has no attachement towards it.
Options are to 1) sell it and purchase a ring or 2) pull the diamonds from it and make a custom ring.
I don’t know who would buy it though… it’s super 70s lol.
If we go the pull the diamonds out route, anyone have any Etsy recomendations? I don’t really know of any local jewelers who are any good, and I’d prefer a moissanite center stone which is non-traditional, so I figured Etsy would be a good bet.
Ok I can’t get the pic from my phone to come through, so here’s a link to one on ebay that is almost identical. Mine only has 18 diamonds, but I think they’re bigger than the ones in this ring.
Post # 3
Of course now the pic comes through lol. This thing is huge.
Post # 4
I’d pull the diamonds and reset them in a custom ring. Unfortunately, you likely won’t get much for selling it except the cost of the gold and diamonds from a dealer. You could also get the centre (is it a coin?) reset as a pendant for future kids or FI.
Post # 5
I would say to pull the diamonds and put them in your e-ring. I would feel sad selling something like that.
Post # 6
Yup! It’s a 1851 dollar coin, supposedly valued around $200. I’m sure that’s mint though, so my guess is this coin would be more around $100.
Post # 7
@MrsJimBeam: Keep the coin for your FI or future children! And definitely use the stones from the ring in a new e-ring!
Post # 8
I dont think you’d get enough for it to make it worth selling a family heirloom.
I agree with PP, pull the diamonds to make a ring, and keep the coin in the family.
Not sure about etsy, but you have you checked Yelp or asked around for a reputable jeweler nearby?
Post # 9
You could use the gold and the diamonds. Have the gold melted down & the diamonds added in the band and or halo, then add a moissanite center!
Post # 11
I wouldn’t really consider it a “family heirloom”. Apparently his dad was selling a house to someone, and this ring was given as part of the down payment. BF says he maybe wore it twice, then it just sat in a file drawer for 20 years until now haha.
Yeah, I’m thinking pull the diamonds, and sell the weight of the gold. I really want a white gold / platinum ring (no yellow for me!).
Thanks for the advice ladies! Other suggestions still welcome!
Post # 12
Wow, that ring is very…um, interesting. LOL, good luck on your decision.
Post # 14
@takemyhand: and @Sweet.Sugar.Rose: both have really great suggestions!