Post # 30
My setting cost close to that without the center stone included. It really depends on the metal, style, etc. Even with a “cheaper” stone it would have been more than 1500. Settings can really drive up the price of a ring.
Post # 31
- Wedding: June 2017 - A vineyard
Is it possible to get the ring reshanked? And check the head where the stone sits with a jeweller to make sure it is serviceable. If its reshankable then engraving might be able to be restored to it too. But if you don’t want to do all that I understand! It’s too bad she won’t let you restore the setting and see if it’s possible to place a coloured stone in there if it is. That way it gets some use.
I have my grandmother’s set. I had the stone pulled and once I can afford to have it reshanked and polished I plan on trying to replace the side diamonds and putting in a garnet so that I can wear the set. Just because I didn’t want it as my wedding set doesn’t mean I don’t want to wear it!
Post # 33
DappledDuchess : I’m not actually a fan of the setting :/ I don’t know how much the setting needs to be repaired, the bottom half of the ring is trashed. Hopefully she will at least fix it at some point, otherwise I find it disrespectful to my grandfather for someone not to wear what he worked so hard to buy, while it sits broken in a box.
Is your grandmother’s stone in your engagement ring?
Post # 34
anonymousbee001 : where the heck did you get a 1 carat diamond solitaire for less than $1500 including the setting?? What are the specs on the diamond and what metal setting?
Post # 35
- Wedding: June 2017 - A vineyard
downonmulberry : ah I see. That’s unfortunate. I hope she will fix it eventually too. I think it’s a very pretty ring! Obviously I’m not a jeweller so I can’t know for sure but it really does look repairable to me.
And to your question. No I took her diamond out and my husband reset it in a setting of his choosing because he felt he should and because her set needs restoration work like your grandmothers ring. It’s much too big for me and too thin to be safe wearing. So right now the set chills in my jewellery box until we can do the work.
Post # 36
Ring Concierge, Jewels by Grace, Victor Barbone, Erstwhile Jewelry all have antique diamonds. Both rings and loose stones. If you contact them I’m sure they’ll be able to help you.
At the end of the day, in an ideal world, it’s a ring you will wear for the rest of your life. So find something you love that you are excited to wear for the rest of time! Worry about quality and withstanding the test of time not what it could be sold for.
Post # 37
Also if you are ever in a situation to get rid of it, the resale value is so bad in general, it’s best to just hold on to it till you are ready to upgrade, right hand ring or new engagement ring. Then you get the full value of your ring towards something you actually want from the same jeweler.
Post # 38
Speaking strictly from personal experience, I think that the re-sale value of both diamond and moissanite are pretty low, compared to retail price paid. You might get a decent price reselling a diamond in a private sale , but it will take a relatively long time to find a buyer. I have resold both diamond, gold jewelry, and moissanite. I was pretty shocked by how little gold buyers & jewelry stores offer to pay, even on consignment. I’ve sold loose moissanite for about 1/3 what I paid for it retail to an eBay buyer. I wouldn’t think about your jewelry as an investment. If you’d like a diamond, or a moissy for that matter, you can probably find a great deal in the second hand market. Gems can always be reset.
Post # 39
DoeEyes : It was from an estate sale. 1 carat, VS clarity, near colorless, set in platinum.