- 6 years ago
- Wedding: December 2013
Don’t change it!
Don’t change it!
I would not alter this ring. It is a true antique treasure. I would just get a new ring if you do not love this one.
@adbritton: I think it’s awesome and has such a cool history!! I would not have it reset at all, personally, because it has lasted this long and just wouldn’t be the same. If you don’t love it as an engagement ring, maybe you could switch it to your right hand later and get a blingy wedding band after you’re married?
I think that ring is gorgeous the way it is, and I wouldn’t break up any piece with a 200 year history. I’m not big into looking at past threads, but I was just reading your other thread about the 200 year old brooch in your BF’s family.
If both these pieces are in his family, I wouldn’t destroy either of them to make an e-ring. Perhaps you should choose a new ring and start your own jewelry related history in the family?
I think it is stunning. But I may be biased since I have an heirloom ring. But I wouldn’t rest it. Wear it as is or get a new ring. It would be a shame to alter it (other than basic sizing, of course).
If you have already sent the brooch off to be made into a ring, why consider altering this ring at all?
@echomomm: I have to agree. This is killing me!
@adbritton: I am curious what your Fiance and his family think about your resetting the heirloom brooch and e-ring. Are they really okay with it? For me personally I find so much value in the historical significance of things, and heirloom jewelry is so precious. If you feel that you cannot appreciate it as is I would think the family might be better served to have you get something else that you do like so that their historical piece can remain intact. But then again maybe they don’t care at all?
It is gorgeous, and it would be an awful shame to have it reset or modified too much. At over 200 years old, it is a very precious antique and to change it too much would be destroying a piece of history. I agree with @echomomm:, if you don’t like how it is, perhaps start your own tradition?
Please, respect such an ancient piece for what it is, and be proud to wear such a wonderful ring 🙂
wow, I did not expect any hostility. Thank you for your honest opinions. The ring and brooch are a matching set that my future mother-in-law has kept in her jewelry box for years and are never worn. We have sent the brooch to be appraised for a special ring. The reason for this thread was for an opinion on antique cluster/halo rings as an ering because I want my custom ring to look similar, only in white gold. Yes they are roughly around 150ish years old and there is paperwork on them as well. Knowing that my Fiance and I have been together almost 6 years, my FI’s mother gave the ring and brooch to her two sons to be able to use them for erings if they desired. I was thrilled at the aspect of an antique piece, as I also love them. She herself suggested to him and I that if I didn’t like the gold color, he should take the diamonds and make a custom ring so that the diamonds could be enjoyed and cherished and passed down throughout our family. This way it could be both an establishment of our love and our own personal touch on a piece of history that had not been able to be enjoyed and viewed for so many years. I had no intention to destroy or maime a valuable piece of history, but thought it would be unique to utilize an old piece of history into something special and new in my life, to carry on the life of the old diamonds. It never crossed my mind that I would be construed as arrogant or narcassistic for wanting to incorporate a special piece of my fiance’s history into our new life together. I want to bring a new history to these diamonds and be able to share their story and pass it down through my family, I think sometimes you have to make your own history. I think we will keep the ring intact and give the brooch a new life. The owner of these items owned hundreds of rings and jewelry just like it, I think it’s unique that I will be able to show this piece off when otherwise it would be sitting in a jewelry box gathering dust. Again, thank you for your very honest opinions and understanding and I hope you all can share in the joy of my new engagment and the fusion of old and new history we hope to create.
I think it is a beautiful piece.
It reminds me of a snowflake! I like it as it is, but I wouldn’t wear it as an e ring. Reset it could be gorgeous, so long as the family are ok with it, or just have it as a RHR? If you are buying an antique I agree I wouldn’t change it, but if it’s been passed down to you I don’t see why it should be a problem.
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