Post # 1
When I was 16 I inherited a pearl ring from my biological mother, who passed when I was one. I wore it everyday, but despite being a real pearl the ring itself wasn’t very well made, and during our honeymoon earlier this year I actually lost the pearl from it–it must have fallen out on the plane. What’s worse is that we talked about having it reset for a wedding present, but a jeweler we visited told us it wouldn’t be worth it because it was so old (?) so I just shrugged it off and told myself I would look into it this year.
All that said, I still have the ring part, and I’m thinking that I’d like to get a replica made in all gold (the original was just gold plated and was very prone to bending and warping) with another pearl. I’ve never looked into getting jewellery designed, though, so I have no idea what something like this could possibly cost. I’ve attached a picture of the ring here–it’s the one with pearl (ignore my sausage fingers!). Anyone out there with any ideas?
Post # 2
- Wedding: December 2014 - Catal Restaurant
Sorry to hear that you lost something of sentimental value, I know that must be tough.
As for the cost it should not be that much. Probably around $800 max. I guess it would depend on the pearl size and type. Freshwater and akoya seem to be around the color you may be looking for.
Post # 3
I’m so sorry you lost the pearl!
I can’t really answer your question, but I can share my experience. I was looking for a specific style of earrings but couldn’t find exactly what I wanted so I got them custom made. My custom ones ended up costing about 35% more than my inspiration pieces from places like Zales, using the same materials and stones as my inspiration pieces (but the quality was so much better). They were willing to do anything to suit my desires and budget. I loved the process, as now I truly have something unique!
So I suggest you look at pieces similar to what you want online (pearl ring with the same metal), and a custom piece will probably cost a bit more, but also not like 10x more. Then get a quote. My jeweler made a few sketch and offered a few quotes for free. Also, look for reviews (I just read the horror story of a Bee and her poorly-done custom rings!)