(Closed) Help! Re-setting an Heirloom Stone

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

IMO, since it is an heirloom ring and no amount of money could replace the sentimental value, then I would “suck it up” and drive.

I have a stone (OEC – my great-grandmothers) and had it reset years ago. I used a jeweller who I trusted implicitly. I needed to feel it was in good hands.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

@jaisi:  I’m from Philly could you share the jeweler? That sounds odd. An heirloom stone has no monetary value. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@jaisi:  I sent my heirloom diamond out of state to be reset.  I was a bit nervous too but everything turned out fine.  I insured the diamond (insurance cost around $40) and sent it so the jeweler had to sign for it.  They also had me sign a waiver saying they weren’t responsible if they broke the stone – I think that’s standard procedure if you do not purchase the stone from them.

When it was ready they called me and emailed me the tracking number.  I too had to sign for it once it was delivered.  I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again.

Good luck!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

The drive is only a couple hours. I’d just do it. You could even take NJ transit if you didn’t feel like driving, I think it would be NYC- Trenton, then Trenton-Philly on the SEPTA.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@MASPA:  I’m not sure if you are responding to my post, but just in case I thought I would highlight “sentimental value”. I am certain there is a monetary value. It’s just not something I would care to gamble with. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@country chic:  I didn’t know that. My stone was purchased elsewhere so resetting it was risky? Wow, thanx Country chic, while I am not considering resetting it, I did want an appraisal done and that would involve removing the stone.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@womanofsubstance:  Resetting a stone is always “risky” because there is always a chance that it can be chipped during the resetting process.  I think the jeweler’s do it as a CYA (cover your ass) thing.

OP – I should have also made clear that my diamond was already insured through my insurance company (I have a separate waiver on our homeowner’s insurance), but then when I sent it via UPS, I purchased additional insurance through them (that was the $40 I was referring to in my original post).  The reason for insuring it through UPS was in case they lost the package, they would pay for the diamond so I wouldn’t have to claim it on my own insurance.

If you feel more comfortable making the drive and it’s not too big an inconvenience for you then I would make it.  Plus, is this a setting you have seen in person, or are you purchasing it sight-unseen?  I strongly recommend you seeing it first.  The reason why I had to send my diamond to a jeweler out of state is because I bought a designer setting that no local jeweler around me had.  I bought it sight-unseen and wound up not liking it at first.  Now that I’ve had it for a while, I definitely like it, but when I first got it back I was disappointed.  I have seen so many settings online that I thought I loved but when I saw them in person, either hated them or was disappointed. 

Post # 10
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5423 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

@womanofsubstance:  I wasnt referencing ou specifically but I meant that when you have something sentimental you can’t put a price on it 

Post # 13
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5001 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

We did this, sending my grandmother’s stone across the country to a jeweler, and it was fine. It was insured and had to be signed for, so the likelihood of something happening was very low. I’m going to send it back to get resized too, I’m sure it will be fine!

Post # 15
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5423 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

@jaisi:  hmm I never heard of him. I assumed you were using a jeweler down on jewelers row. And I thought well anything our jewelers row does you can easily find on 47th street. I think it’s worth the drive to talk him. Its not far. Probably 2 hours by car, closer to 3 on public transit. 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

If I were you, I’d go to 47th Street and look around for the mounting you want to reset it in.  They have setters in the city that let you sit in front of them and watch them do the removal and remounting of the diamond.  You can also take the ring to a local appraisal lab and they can identify any damages to the diamond that may have happened from the setter.  But these setters do this for a living…a skilled setter is less likely to chip an unchipped diamond as a plane is likely to crash.  If the diamond had chips already, a setter should loup it and tell the customer ahead of time.  This was a ring with a chipped diamond.  My friend wanted my setter to put a new diamond in and build prongs instead of bezel setting.  Her diamond already fell out and the originalal setter from the jewelry store who did it was terrible.  My setter who did my engagement ring did a great job for her too.

 

 

If you aren’t comfortable shipping to a jeweler, buy the ring from the jeweler and have the labor done in the city.

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