(Closed) Has anyone reset an heirloom gemstone?

posted 4 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Helper bee

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
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Blushing bee

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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 # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

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yogabride2018 :  

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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yogabride2018 :  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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

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
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

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
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Helper bee

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!!

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