(Closed) Family Heirloom or Bigger Stone?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 31
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 1984

What about re-setting the heirloom diamond into a pendant that you can wear close to your heart everyday? 

Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Heirloom for sure!  That stone is stunning… and saving the money for something else doesn’t hurt either.

Post # 33
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: March 2007

Hi There,

I am a London jewellery designer and I would say keep the heirloom diamond but it is your decision.

It could be a beautiful part of your future and your history and a lovely story to tell. If you want a bigger presence on your finger I would suggest that you have the ring redesigned by either adding a halo that complement the diamond (maybe even colour diamond/gemstones) or accent diamond/gemstones or having a more sculptured/engraved band that the diamond sit in/on. There are so many options, it just finding what you truly like. This diamond has the potential to be very unique, your taste and totally personal.

When I take on a commission to design an engagement ring I normally start with as much details of what the couple or lady/gentleman sitting in front me like, or sometimes the bride to be brings lots of ring pictures. We look at what element of these rings they like. A lot of the time there is one/few elements on the ring such as the accent diamond or a scroll on the side of the ring supporting the centre diamond, the halo effect being square shaped around the centre round diamond, the art deco design of the ring…that really resonate with the couple.

It might be good starting point for you. Find pictures of rings you like, stick them onto a big piece of paper (A3) or do this on your computer (but I think seeing it on A3 limits and focus you to narrow it down. On a computer you have endless space), to see what rings you like and then look for what the rings have in common. Really try and understand what drawn you to these rings rather than a similar design. If you have time go and try on rings. Then go and see a jewellery designer and discuss what you like and see what they suggest. You might be pleasantly surprised.

If it is the old fashion cut of the diamond that doesn’t quite work for you then either have the diamond recut to the new brilliant cut but remember will lose some of the carat weight doing this or just reset the diamond in a pendant or something.

Best of luck whatever you decide. J ;O)

Post # 34
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

smac423:  Family ring for sure!! Its beautiful on you and if you re-set it and give it your own touches it will be even more gorgeous. the stone does not look small on your hand at all!

 

Lily_of_the_valley:  your ring is lovely and I REALLY love your nail polish!!

Post # 35
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

smac423:  That is a big diamond and it looks great on you, I would stick with it!

Post # 36
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Definitely the heirloom as well.  That makes your ering unique and more special.  It is a gorgeous stone (and not small at all) and usually stones that old are of very good quality and you don’t have to worry about issues such as blood diamonds. 

Post # 37
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I guess I’ll go against the grain… I’d choose the larger stone.  If your family wants you to have your grandmother’s stone, then set it in a beautiful necklace that you can enjoy and wear daily.  I know you think you could never want to change your ering if you went with the smaller stone, but trust me… you will wish you’d gone with the larger stones you imagined you’d have and have been shopping for all along.  DSS will set in — quickly.  🙂

This is just what I would do, though… do what you feel will make you happier, and don’t let anyone sway you one way or the other.  It’s your ring, and you will be the one wearing it each day.  🙂

Post # 38
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

 

mgbser:  Actually, older stones run a much higher risk of being “blood diamonds” than newer stones, since laws have been put in place outlawing this activity and major diamond brokers will not buy if there is a question.  Rewind to 100+ years ago when the stone may have been mined and there are no laws regarding the ethics of diamond/gemstone mining.  That said, the whole blood diamond argument is blown way out of proportion.

The OP should get which ever stone will make her happier.

Post # 39
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Helper bee

I think the heirloom stone is beautiful and a great size on your finger. But if you and Fiance have already discussed a new stone and you want the larger size, then get that.

Personally, I would reset the heirloom stone as a pendant. I’d wear it on my wedding day and any speical occasion (or everyday. lol). Then I’d give it to any future daughter as a sweet 16 gift/to wear for her special occasions/grad … Make it a real family piece that can be shared by many and worn for multiple special events.

Post # 40
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

FWIW, my stome is 1.3 carats and I love the size.  I think your heirloom stone is beautiful.

Post # 41
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

Does the OEC have to be used as a ering?  Can you set it as a rhr, or as a pendant?  I would want the larger diamond, personally.  And I would want to keep that one too, lol.   And since I love old cuts,  I would look for a larger oec or omb for your ering.  😉

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