Post # 1
OK, so I’ve recently been given some rings that my dear great-aunt set aside for me in her will.
I’m conflicted what to do.
The rings are one blue sapphire solitaire – it’s a Thai vivid royal blue oval that’s around 5.6 carats and a diamond ring with a 1 carat centre and about another carat or more in side stones. Bearing in mind that the diamond ring was purchased and designed by my great aunt around 35 years ago or more – the style is not really “in” and the sapphire’s setting is also a little out of style.
I’m unsure what to do or what would be considered appropriate (all my family have told me to do what I like with them).
So, would you keep them as they are or change them? Honest opinions please
Post # 3
That does not look like just a one carat diamond
I would have the sapphire reset into a pendant, and the diamond reset into a ring of your style 🙂
Post # 4
I agree. Turning the sapphire into a pendant is a fabulous idea.
Post # 5
I’d set the diamond in a setting more to your taste and either set the sapphire in a necklace or set it aside for any future children you may have.
Post # 6
Holy Canoli, that diamond ring is gigantic! I agree with @Mrs.SleepyKitty. I’m sure your great aunt would want you to enjoy the heirlooms as much as possible and wear them as much as possible. Do whatever will give you the most joy and allow you to rock them all the time. The more you wear them, the more people will comment and the more you’ll be able to say, “Thanks, they were my great aunts and she was awesome!”
Post # 7
i am trying to get a better look. are there 2 bands, one on either side of the large diamond ring? are they the same?
start by researching designs that you like and would be comfortable to wear on a daily basis.
i would sit down with a jewellery designer who you trust and dicuss about your options for resetting the diamonds into a setting that you will wear every day. will this be your engagement ring and wedding band??
as for the sapphire, i would leave it as is for a cocktail ring or set it in a pendant.
Post # 8
I voted to keep them as they are because of sentimentality. I’m just one of those people. Then again, I don’t wear jewlery often (not even my e-ring) so if they were given to me they would end up in a box getting older and unused.
Post # 9
Thanks for the suggestions everyone!
@Mrs.SleepyKitty: @Azalea_Bee: Haha thanks, I’ll take it as a compliment! My middle finger is around size 5.5 so maybe it looks larger cos of that?
@mypinkshoes: It’s all one ring, a double shanked ring joined at the top and the bottom. Here’s a side view.
Post # 10
Maybe you could melt the metal down and have a new setting made from it?
I also like the idea of resetting the sapphire into a pendant. It’s beautiful.
Post # 11
Don’t worry about what is “in style” right now. We wear our rings for a lifetime, so they all go out of style pretty soon into the marriage.
Do whatever will make the stones the most useful to you. If she meant them to stay in the original setting, she would have said so in the will.
Post # 12
I’ll put in my 2 cents.
I was given my grandmother’s engagement ring and wedding ring to give to my girlfriend when I propose, and my mom told me to do whatever I like with them. They were very dated, and I felt that my girlfriend wouldn’t love them if I gave them to her. So I asked around and eventually decided to buy a new ring and save those to give as a sentimental gift to her later. Then, she could decide to wear the rings as often as she likes, and the rings are preserved in their original condition. Well, I guess that kinda upset my mom, and now she’s talking about taking them back and giving them to my younger brother to use. That kinda hurt, but I totally see her reasoning. I thought it would be better to not alter the rings; she didn’t care what happened as long as they were used.
So I would encourage you to make the best use of the rings you can, in any way that would make you proud to wear them!
Post # 13
I would keep them as they are. I have worked as a jeweler and I think there is something charming about keeping original jewelry. To me, that makes it more valuable and charming than what is “in.”
Post # 14
@Ms_Midori: I agree with the other posters! my ring is a 5.5 with a 1 carat center stone and I still think yours looks larger! (have you had it checked?)
Its funny because my ring is a bit similar with the cluster of diamonds on each side but I think it might be a bit bulky with the two bands attached to it… However, I think it is still really pretty – I personally dont think I would have it reset unless I was planning on using it as my engagement ring which I would be wearing every single day. Its a beautiful ring in style or not.
Post # 15
I think you should do whatever will allow for you to wear them more often 🙂 They deserve to be enjoyed and not sitting in a drawer.
Post # 16
I think they’re both lovely and don’t really need any changes. There is a lot of sentiment attached to seeing the rings as she saw them. Does that mean you shouldn’t change them. No. I personally wouldn’t. But, if i did, i would save the settings. I don’t think i could bear to mel down the settings she’d bough or had made for herself. But heck, they’re yours now! do what feels right to you! BTW that saphire is beautiful!!