Post # 1
My grandmother passed away three years ago, and left each of us girls one of her rings. She really loved yellow gold, and topaz, and she left me this trillion topaz in a huge yellow gold setting. It was cloudy and huge, and I love my grandmother dearly (my family is very close and very small) so I kept it locked up safe in my jewlery box. Recently, I pulled it out during a jewelery cleaning spree and I scrubbed it up with a diamond dazzle stick and WOW. I had no idea the stone was this beautiful. Now that I am getting married, I thought it would be really nice to re set the ring into white gold or platinum, and wear it as my something blue (and daily RHR too.) I’ve really been missing her, and this could be a nice tribute. Like she was there with me. Wearing it as-is isn’t an option either, as it doesn’t fit on any of my fingers.
Has anyone done this? I am a little anxious about sending it away because it is so sentimental, and I am also confused – there is a LOT of gold in the setting. Would I just loose that gold? Would a jeweler subtract the cost of the gold from the new setting? It’s far too late to call anyone, and I can’t get it out of my head now that the idea has wedged in there. I just want to throw it into a plain white gold solitaire, or a bezel setting for safety’s sake. Something simple and classic that wont go out of style.
Anyway. Here the old lady is, in all her thick, tall, gold set glory.
Post # 2
Beautiful stone! I had my grandma’s diamond set into a new band for my engagement ring. It cost about $50 to get it set. I personally chose to keep the gold band the diamond was originally in and sell it myself to a gold buying company – the jeweler we took it to offered to keep the gold and deduct that from the price of the new setting, but we felt it was a low-ball offer. Just do your research! But yes, most jewelers will simply keep the gold if you don’t want it back and will give you “credit” for it.
Post # 3
Love both the ring and setting. Have the topaz reset in white gold but keep the yellow gold setting as is. Your taste might change when growing older and one day you may love the setting with a different stone. The setting also should remind you of your grandma.
I would never sell the gold towards the new wg setting!
Post # 4
I reset a family heirloom diamond with David Klass, had to send it to Cali and I live in Texas so it was very stressful but I am so happy I did. He did a fantastic job and ended up getting two rings made out of the original setting. I’m a vote to reset it and make it yours
Post # 5
how long did It take from start to finish? I really want to be able to wear this ring to my wedding in July. I’ve been considering sending It to Richard Homer to have It recut as well. Not sure.
Post # 6
Its beautiful! I just had my wedding band made. I asked the jeweller if we could use the gold from my parents wedding bands to make the setting. He said absolutely not a problem so we took their yellow gold rings, melted them down and turned them into a white gold setting for my wedding band.
If you don’t want to go that route, you can sell the gold to the jeweller 😊
Post # 7
it took 2 months and 1 week from start to finish for me but if you have it recut that could take months just for cutting. My process took a little longer than most becuase I had to pick side stones that I liked (which he had to source) and I had him send it off for GIA grading so most of the time it can take up to 6 weeks from what I have seen on here.
Post # 8
Could you just resize and maybe rhodium plate the ring? I love it it’s beautiful! Resetting would be fairly simple for a jeweller and should take approx 3 to 4 weeks depending on how busy they are.
Post # 9
My custom ering used all heirloom stones. I love the idea of this as your something blue and also view my ring as a tribute and sentimental reminder that they’re always with me. It has a center stone from my mother and side stones from my grandmother who passed earlier in the year. The gold from the rings the stones were taken from was melted down and they credited us the value, but the jeweler we went to did offer the option of just giving them back to us. All in all it took about 3 months for my Fiance to design the ring with them but once they landed on something it only took a few weeks for them to actually make the ring as they do it all in house.
Post # 10
So beautiful and such a lovely idea to make it your something blue.
I’d reset it into white gold using the original yellow gold and yeh, i’d bezel it too for safety. Shouldn’t take that long to do maybe a fee weeks depending on where you go and how busy they are.
Keep us updated!!
Post # 11
Thank you for all the advice ladies – to those who said to keep it the way it is, it is REALLY big and really tall and thick. I would feel completely uncomfortable wearing it the way that it is. I tried it already and it wound up stashed in my safety deposit box.
I am currently speaking with a very well known gemstone cutter. I brought it to a store today to be appraised and it has some pretty significant graining on the top from every day wear. They took some detailed photos and I sent them over to the cutter, and he suggested a square step cut with a bezel to protect the stone from further damage. I really like the idea of taking the stone (which is the sentimental part) and changing it to be something I would feel comfortable wearing daily. I just need to figure out how much this is going to run – some places were quoting me 450 to make a custom setting because the stone is 10×10, much larger than they typically carry in a trillion cut.