Post # 1
Like today for instance. I was cleaning out the jewelry box (I am getting ready to move and am going thru stuff) when I found an old tennis bracelet set in 14k gold with 31 diamonds on it..each a decent size (about a .20 to .25).
It was a gift from the ex h. Thus, I never ever wear this anymore.
I came up w/an idea, and called my friend who works at a nearby jewelry store where they do custom work, and told her about my vision and popped in after work and showed her.
Ended up selling them the bracelet part (the 14k yellow gold part) and they took out the diamonds and they’re going into my WEDDING BAND! Woo hoo!
It totally will rock! And look exactly like my dream wedding band from Memoire (this one)
Best part, is the price. For $350 I can have the ring of my dreams and use my own diamonds! It’s so awesome! I can save T $ by doing this, and also have the ring I wanted.
Other best part, is my friend told me what the ring would cost without supplying the diamonds…and the estimation would be b/w 8-10k!
Not a bad deal eh? 350 for an 8k ring? I’ll still have a decent # of diamonds left over, and my friend has suggested me having earrings made for about $100 and have gorgeous diamonds dangling from my ear on my wedding day too!
have you “up-cycled” any old jewelry you won’t wear again?
Post # 3
That is so awesome, please post pics once they are done!! What a steal, T will be so happy I’m sure, what a great way to reuse the diamonds!!
Post # 4
Wow, that is so many kinds of awesome!! Congrats on the great re-find and smart move using the diamonds to make your dream band!
We are upcycling for my new e-ring. When my mom lost the diamond solitaire from her first engagement ring, my dad bought her a whole new ring. Then she lost the diamond again. The third time he bought her a channel-set anniversary ring 😉 That left her with two stoneless yellow gold settings. So we’re having them used to make my new e-ring! We’ll save money and get to incorporate my mom’s old rings into my own. So excited.
Post # 5
That is awesome!!
My FI gave me a white gold channel-set ring for our anniversary a few years back. It looks really nice with my engagement ring, so I’m thinking about getting a second one for my wedding band and then using the anniversary ring for the other side of my e-ring. We’ll see if it works!
Post # 6
I LOOOOOOOOOVE that band. It is absolutely gorgeous! That is so awesome that you had that just lying around.
Post # 7
That’s awesome! I wish I had diamonds just sitting around to make into other jewelry!
Post # 8
Thanks everybody! He’s thrilled with the price and is loving the idea of using the extra diamonds. At first he didn’t want to use any diamonds given me by the ex, but he said that he’d love the idea of me having the band I’d always dreamed of deep down.
My dream band was from the memorie precious prong collection btw. I’m so excited! They can order the ring and have the band in 1 week and then set the diamonds for me.
I think being smart financially is great and a diamond is a diamond..a rock who did really great under pressure!
it’s also so great to see ya’ll “up-cycling” your jewlery too! Very smart in this economy !
Post # 9
I understand the recycling, but in my opinion & my opinion only, isn’t it weird that your new wedding band will be made of diamonds that were a gift from your ex-husband? It is GREAT that you are recycling, but I don’t know about using a present from an ex-husband that your new husband will give you……I guess I am just a little weird.
Post # 10
No, it’s not wierd, I think that it’s smart!
The diamonds were just sitting there..in the bottom of my jewelry box in a bracelet I’d never wear again. I’d actually picked the bracelet out 15 years ago myself, so it was my choice but he did buy it for me. I can’t even remember what it was for.
I am just stoked I’m getting my ring now! Diamonds are millions of years old and there’s a good chance any diamond we’re wearing now might have belonged to somebody else at some point? We just check the quality.
If I felt wierded out, I wouldn’t do it. Obviously I do not have a prob w/it!
Post # 11
That’s fantastic! I’m all about the reusing and upcycling. My wedding band was given to my mom by my dad before they divorced. That would probably be too weird for some people but I was all about the free wedding ring! For that matter, my engagement ring was patched together from a couple different sources but no divorces in there (that we know about anyways!) 🙂
Post # 12
Heck I say if you have a problem with an inanimate object, then that’s maybe a personal thing? lol! Heck, we could always have our minister bless it or have a priest sprinkle holy water on it! I’m not worried about a “thing”. It’s a creation of nature, and if it comes to us in a different form, and can take on meaning and beauty , then why not?
Post # 13
So what is everybody designing with their upcycled stones and jewelry?
I also have some aquamarine loose stones and am considering using them and the extra diamonds from this tennis bracelet to use to make the wedding earrings! Something old and something blue and new at same time!
Post # 14
I didn’t mean any disrespect by what I said. That is why I said I would have a problem with it. I wear my grandmother’s wedding ring everyday. For me, that is different than wearing something, even if it is in a diffent setting, from an ex. I am happy for you that you are getting your dream wedding band. That is GREAT! I was just saying for me, I don’t know about doing that. I have upcycled jewelry before. I had a ring that was melted down from my dad’s wedding band after my parents divorce & had another ring made from it. I got half & my sister got the other half, as a reminder to us that my parents loved each other at one time & that is how we came into this world, from their once love. So congrats on getting your ring!
Post # 15
That’s great. I took all my (ex) gold and cashed it in to pay for part of the wedding and also took my FI out to a really good lunch. I was very surprised at how much cash I got for the nonwearable gold that I had.
Post # 16
- Wedding: July 2010 - The Tower Club
I think it would be a symbol of like, rejuvenation… regrowth, starting something again, etc. Like a way of representing that your past experiences shape who you are now. I think it’s cool!
Hey congrats on getting the ring you want! I also want a band with diamonds, but it will have to be a 1st anniversary present or something.