Post # 1
Hi everyone! After weeks of creeping these boards trying to find what I’m looking for, I decided to just create my own post.
My husband and I are doing things a little untraditionally (we’re already married and just now started ring shopping). After doing a lot of searching online, and a little searching in stores, I’ve decided that I’d like a morganite ring in the style of the one below. I’d also like to use moissanite instead of diamonds on the side, if that’s possible.
Now, what I’d really like to do is get a ring like this (I’m flexible on styling) made out of the gold from my parents’ wedding rings. I have both of their 14k gold rings, and I’d like to have them melted down and crafted into a new ring. I think this would be a great way to create a cool heirloom and a gorgeous ring.
I’m wondering if anyone has any experience with having a custom ring made out of old jewelry. I’m also concerned about cost. I feel like it should be more reasonable since I have the gold (I also have a small 10k gold ring and 10k gold cross, though I’ve been thinking of just selling those for scrap and putting that money toward buying a morganite stone) and want to use cheaper diamond alternatives. I also really love rose gold, and am wondering if I could have the ring plated somehow to get that look. I haven’t met with a jeweler at all because I’m worried about price. I really have no clue what working with a designer would cost.
Any insights/opinions/information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, ladies!
Post # 3
I don’t know the answer to your question, but wanted to say that morganite in that style of setting will be so lovely!
Post # 4
This is very possible! My ring is made from recycled jewelry, just that I don’t happen to know who the previous owners were. So I think it’s very possible to make it from rings you know who the owners were. The only issue would be mixing metals and what you want the final metal to be. Gold is not 100% gold and there are always other metals involved.
BrilliantEarth.com is where I got my ring. They do custom rings and take in old jewelry or use it for a credit. If you really want your new ring to be from the old rings, then ask about the time frame.
Post # 5
Schubach is making my ring. The first design I had given them was this:
I have since deicded to not have that ring made, but the quote they gave me was $1500 (they would provide the pave stones and gold, and I was providing the center stone). They have a contest each year, and website guests choose a winner. If you let them enter your ring in the contest, you get $250 off the cost of the ring, so the quote was $1250 to make the ring, provide the pave stones, and set the stone I buy.
I imagine the cost would be lower if you provide them with the gold.
Their process is making a plan with you, making a wax mold, perfecting it, making a rendering of what the ring will look like etc, and then making the ring. I think they’re amazing.
Post # 6
Btw, I made that crappy pic on picsArt, lol, not Schubach. Go to their website and see all their custom work. They are amazing.
Post # 7
@GFerg Thanks! I’ve seen a few pictures of similar Morganite rings around here and Pinterest, and they’re so beautiful!
@sienna76 I’m glad to hear that your ring is from recycled jewelry. I was starting to think that it would be more trouble than it’s worth. Can I ask if using old jewelry offset the cost at all, or if the customization of the ring brought the price back up. Feel free to not answer if you don’t want to 🙂
@bunnyharriet That ring is gorgeous! (And I’m super impressed with your picture of the ring. I tried to draw one to incorporate all of the elements that I like and it turned out absolutely terrible! I have to stick to Google images from now on.) Thanks for the tip with Schubach. I like that they have examples online and a whole section for jewelry redesign. That’s exactly what I was looking for.
Post # 8
I thought I’d pop back in and update my own post, in case anyone else down the line was thinking of going a similar route. I’ve seen so many posts that would have been very useful/interesting had the OPs had ever returned.
Anyway, we met with a local jeweler who thought that our idea was completely doable, and he quoted us $1500 total, which includes using the gold that we are supplying. We are talking about using a 10mm-12mm morganite stone, and my ring size is an 8.5. We’ll be meeting with at least one other jeweler to compare before we go ahead with making the ring. He also quoted us a time frame of 4 weeks once he gets the morganite.
Side note- I was surprised when the jeweler pronounced the word “moissanite.” I’ve only seen the word in print, and decided it was pronounced “moss-an-ite” for some reason. Go figure.