Are Heirloom Rings Still As Popular In Real Life As They Are on The Bee?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 31
1108 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I don’t know anyone in real life who has an heirloom ring as their engagement ring. My mom wears my grandmother’s engagement ring as a right-hand ring, and has promised it to me when I have my first kid (my grandma gave it to her when I was born). It’s a huge, emerald-cut aquamarine on a thin yellow band with tiny side diamonds, and it’s gorgeous. I may borrow it to wear for my wedding as my something old, borrowed, and blue. 

Post # 32
242 posts
Helper bee

I just inherited an heirloom emerald. I’m getting it appraised right now but when I get it back I plan on wearing it on my left finger and moving my diamonds to my hand. I love my wedding set from my husband but have always wanted something a little more unique and colorful as my wedding finger ring.

Post # 33
83 posts
Worker bee

I don’t have one. My extended family generations ago were all mennonites, and they frowned upon having jewelry. I’m also fortunate that my grandparents are still living, so there’s nothing to pass down. I’m sure if I asked, my Mom would’ve given me some family gemstone rings (there are maybe 2-3 we have from distant aunts) or even her diamond which she never, ever wears. But I wanted moissanite, so I thought, why bother. Not sure about my BF’s side of the family, but his family is enormous, so even if there were some rings to go around, I think one of his siblings would probably be first in line. He never mentioned it. 

Post # 34
6290 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

In my social circle engagement rings are a fairly new thing. Some of my friends’ parents didn’t have engagement rings, and a fairly large number of grandparents didn’t. Add to that the fact that the majority of my friends grandparents are still alive, and I guess there just aren’t any pieces that could be passed down. 

I actually love the idea of an heirloom engagement ring g, but only where there is a close relationship between the person passing it down and the recipient; in other words, it needs to have real meaning. I wasn’t close to the one grandmother I knew so for me it would lack that meaning. 

Post # 35
247 posts
Helper bee

My grandmother left her jewellery to me as I was the only granddaughter. My older brother’s wife took off her engagement ring in a busy restaurant washroom to wash her hands within a few days of getting engaged, forgot about it and left the restaurant to go to her car. Of course it was gone when she rushed back in. He had saved up and had it custom made and it had not been insured yet. So he asked me if I would give him one of my grandmother’s rings to replace it. She has very happily worn it ever since. He offered to buy her another custom ring later but she loves the antique one she has.

My younger brother’s wife is very sentimental and family tradition mean a lot to her. He asked me if I could give him one as well as it would mean so much to her. She loves rubies and I don’t, so I gave him my granmother’s ruby ring. She adores it. Both my SIL’s had girls so hopefully they will turn into heirlooms!


Post # 36
466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I only know one person who has the heirloom stone! The Fiance snuck the ring from her jewelry box(it was her grandmothers) and went and got the gold melted down, but kept the stone and made it into a more modern version that he thought she would love. I thought it was super cute idea!

Post # 37
2568 posts
Sugar bee

suspend :  Whoa! I hope he asked her! I would be absolutely livid if my SO took my family jewelry and melted the gold down to redesign without consulting me. 

Post # 38
116 posts
Blushing bee

myself and 2 of my friends have heirloom stones. they were all re-set and the band redesigned. my husband chose a rose gold setting – i get so many compliments! 


Post # 39
466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

browneyedgirl24 :  I believe she had expressed to him it was outdated looking but loved the sentimental value. She absolutely loves it.

Post # 40
11 posts
  • Wedding: October 2017

I also received an heirloom stone from my FH that belonged to his mother, for my engagement. His father proposed to her with it, so it is very sentimental for his family to pass on since he is their only son. The setting is new and while it has a timeless, beautiful classic look to it, it is actually so very not me, lol. Which I think add to me liking it so much more.

I would have liked a more modernized yet vintage look to my band, but nonetheless, I love my engagement ring so very much because I know the story of how my fiance worked so hard to save up for it. He spent all of last summer doing a weekend side job under my father’s landscaping business to gain his respect and later asked for my father’s hand, and used the some of the money to fund the setting, and designed it with a local reputable jeweler in his parent’s hometown. 

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