Post # 1
Hi Bees, I need your help. My grandmother gave me this ring when I turned 30. It was her mother’s and as a kid, I wore it around the house whenever I went over. I’m estimating it to be from the 30’s or 40’s but I have absolutely no idea.
There’s no stamps inside the ring and I’m guessing that they are garnets but I’m not positive on that either. I’ve literally had it sitting in a box for 8+ years because it’s too small to wear and I’m afraid to have it sized due to the estimated age and structure of the ring.
Has anyone ever had an appraisal done on an heirloom piece? What should I expect with it? I’m not sure yet what I’ll ever do with the ring, but seeing it in my jewelry box has gotten me wondering.
Post # 2
- Wedding: October 2016 - Wedgewood Las Vegas
I have an heirloom ring from my grandmother that has been passed down in my family for a few generations, so I’ll chime in…
Appraisals generally don’t hurt the ring, as most jewelers won’t remove the stones. It’s a lot of measuring, and using microscopes, or loupes, to determine stone types, clarity, etc. As long as you take it to a reputable jeweler, I wouldn’t worry about it being damaged. 🙂
I also had my ring resized when my grandmother gave it to me. I believe she had it resized at one point too. I had it resized from a size 4 or 5, to a size 8. The ring came back perfect, with no noticeable damage or anything else. Once again, I’d only get it resized at a jeweler you would trust, but it definitly is possible to resize it. 🙂
It’s a pretty ring!
Post # 3
Looks like an older garnet cluster. I would guess Victorian. Garnets were considered symbols of love and affection during that period. I have a few similar garnet rings on my wishlists!
It is very pretty.
An appraisal does not hurt the ring. You can also find out if the metal can handle resizing. I expect given fhe design if can be resized though depending on thinning, a bit of gold might need to be added.
Post # 4
What a lovely cluster ring and what a lovely story! I agree with steny03 and that a reputable jeweler should be able to give you a good appraisal without damaging the piece. As to wearing it now at the size it is, why not use it as a scarf slide? I wear many rings this way and enjoy it. Bling!