What would you do? need help deciding what to do?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
  • poll: How would you fix it?
    reinforce it? : (3 votes)
    23 %
    re-set the stones in a whole new setting? : (4 votes)
    31 %
    re-set into two half eternity bands? (to prevent future issues) : (4 votes)
    31 %
    Have the loose stone reset and then only wear for special occasions? : (1 votes)
    8 %
    other? : (1 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 2
    Member
    4939 posts
    Honey bee

    kittywolf13:  I think this would be such a hard and heart-breaking decision. I love your band — both the look of it and the history behind it. I voted for reinforcing it, since that might let you keep the overall character of the piece — even if it means losing the beautiful engraving on the sides. Would it be possible to have the setting reproduced exactly and use your original stones in it? It wouldn’t be the same, but at least you would have your original stones.

    Post # 3
    Member
    724 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I would keep talking to new jewlers. It may not be cheap or fast but knowing jewelry they should be able to add gold to thicken and fix the stone settings.   

    I have several rings from the 1860s-1920’s. And I know a good jeweler will not want to lose the history.  

     

     fyi I my grand mothers rings from the 1940’s need all the little prongs added gold to so they held the stones secure again because they were so worn down and the stones wiggled.  jareds first quoted $600 ($40 a prong for gold +labor it has 18 prongs). Another jeweler said I needed a whole new setting for the top of te ring ($500) and I found a historic restoration jeweler who added gold to each prong for $100 total. 

    get at least a second and third opinion 

    Post # 4
    Member
    724 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Looking at it close up its similar to mine. Each of the stones has little prongs at the corners see if they will rebuild/add to each prong to hold the stones in better. 

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by  NEAM2014.
    Post # 5
    Member
    5228 posts
    Bee Keeper

    kittywolf13:  Have you thought about having a the ring recreated to wear and keeping the original as an heirloom? It could be something passed down for wedding ceremonies, and then displayed in the home in some way. It is so beautiful, it could easily be a conversation piece.

    a shadow box maybe?

    or something artsy like this?

     

    Post # 6
    Member
    6487 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I honestly think that beautiful and loved things should be worn and enjoyed, not put in some case to be preserved, but that’s just my take on it. I think resetting in two half-eternities would be beautiful and would be really meaningful if you one day pass down to your daughter(s)/DIL(s).

    I would love to be able to look down at my ring and think of my mother any time I please.

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