Post # 1
Hi all –
This is my first post! My boyfriend and I have just started ring shopping. I inherited a 1.25 carat old mine cut diamond from the early 1900’s from my grandmother and I am planning to use it. Since it’s so old, it’s a little chipped on the sides. Nothing I can see with my own eye, but one of the jewelers insisted that I needed to get it re-finished or possibly re-cut. He couldn’t really offer me much of a reason for doing this, besides that it would make the ring sparkle more, but I honestly don’t care so much about that, so don’t really get the point?
If I got the sides cleaned up, it would cost $500 and take 6 weeks. I feel like this is a little pricy and a really long time to wait for something unnecessary. Any thoughts, or similar stories?
Post # 3
@lucylu12: Just curious how much it would reduce the size if you had it recut. Sounds like a gorgeous stine! Any pics??
Post # 4
*stone* Oh, and welcome to the bee!!!
Post # 5
I would get a second opinion. But if it’s possible that the chips have made it like, structurally unsound– like it could easily break in half if it were dropped– then it might be a good idea.
Post # 6
Contact Brian Gavin @ Briangavin.com and check pricier scope before you do anything.
Post # 7
@lucylu12: Honestly, I’ve been told by jewellers who are experts in antique jewellery NOT to get my slightly chipped antique stone cut because in doing so it would lose a lot of its personality. Antique stones have a totally different look from modern ones but once you’re used to them they have a charm all of their own.
A lot of less honest jewellers have made a fuss of the chips and told me I should get it recut or repolished… through them.
Barely visible chips on a 100 year old stones are pretty unlikely to cause an issue unless it was a poor quality stone, but if it’s already lasted 100 years then it will likely survive the same again!
You can just see the chips on my stone here, if you look closely. If you can’t then I’ll photoshop in some arrows.
Post # 8
@lucylu12: I was in the same situation with the diamond that my Fiance inherited from his grandmother. I said no way, and just kept it “as-is.” The jeweler who set the diamond in the ring for us said they could position the diamond so the chips could be protected by the prongs.
Another jeweler said they could refinish it as well as make it more of a “modern” cut, but would have to shave it down about 40%. I love the fact that it’s a vintage diamond that has some character AND sentimental value. I’d recommend finding a jeweler who will set it for you without changing a thing, like we did. I’m biased, but I still think it’s stunning and get compliments on it all the time.
Post # 9
Have you checked out settings for the stone yet? Some settings make chips less obvious or even hide them. I inherited my grandmother’s ring and it has a teeny chip in the side and a teeny chip on top. The jeweler set it so that one of the prongs totally disguised the side chip (round stone, 4 prong setting).
I think he polished the top up a bit too – not sure how, but the chip up there looks a lot less noticable than I remember it being when my grandma wore it. I’m kind of glad it’s still there though – it means it’s still my grandma’s diamond even though it’s in my ring now! :o)
Post # 10
diamonds chip sometimes. if you get it recut, it could chip again one day. they are strong, but kind of brittle. (hard to explain)
I have a vintage OEC diamond and it has tiny chips all around the girdle you can’t see with the naked eye. several different jewelers have looked at my ring, and not one of them has told me it must be recut.
I think my diamond looks perfectly good as-is and does not need to be recut. I certainly wouldn’t want to make it any smaller!
you might want to take your ring to a different jeweler and get a second opinion.
if there is any reason that the chipping is weakening the diamond, then you can get the cracks filled in. but then your diamond wouldn’t be pure anymore. I believe they fill in with glass (I think). if you are ok with that, it might be a good solution. however, if the chips are not making the diamond weaker, my instinct is to leave it alone.
as some PPs have said, having the diamond turned in its setting may help hide the chips.
Post # 11
Cut makes such a huge difference in your diamond’s appearance, so I’d certainly consider it. If it were me I’d probably send it to someone like Brian Gavin for a second opinion before doing anything, you want the best results with the lowest risk of damage and loss to the diamond’s carat weight…
Post # 12
@reebee: Wouldn’t recutting an antique diamond like that basically be sacrilege? It would become just another hearts and arrows stone. Don’t get me wrong, I think they’re beautiful but I wouldn’t recut my stone for all the tea in China.
Looking through that blog, even Mr Gavin was recommending not recutting antique stones in some instances.
Post # 13
Thanks SO much for everyone’s advice! I listened to you all (and my gut which had a funny feeling about it anyways) and decided against re-cutting. We picked out a beautiful Tacori setting and I think my antique diamond looks PERFECT, despite the tiny chips and off center table.
Post # 15
@Cupcake2012: Thanks so much Cupcake! 🙂
Post # 16
Just commented in another thread but seriously it looks stunning as is. I’m glad you decided against re-cutting!! It seriously looks perfect.