(Closed) Is it possible to swap clusters for a diamond?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 17
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Bee Keeper

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@sporting:  It does look like it’s all one piece. I am sure that a jeweler could rebuild it for you, but you are probably getting into a total rebuild/redesign of the ring at this point. The reason I’m thinking this is because the setting tracks seem to run across the entire length of the ring, from one side to the other. They are not separated in the middle, where the thicker bands of metal appear on the top view of your ring. As you probably already know, with these types of settings, removing one stone makes it difficult to keep all the others in place. It might be cheaper and easier to start from scratch.

I am no expert, either, though! So I could be totally wrong. (And hope I am. I hate feeling like the “Voice of Doom” or something. >.O)

It is a truly beautiful ring as it is. If it’s not something you had imagined for an ERing, maybe you could keep it as a RHR and look for something completely new for your left hand?

Post # 18
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@flowercrowns:  hey! i think that’s the yellow gold version of my head!! 🙂

Post # 19
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Looking at the design of your ring, I’d be willing to bet that it would be cheaper to get a whole new setting than it would be to try and find a diamond that fit exactly and rebuild your current setting to fit it. I think you’re at risk of ending up with structural problems in your ring. I’m not a jeweler, so the only way to know is to ask.

Post # 21
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

I agree that it would be less expensive in this case to have a new setting made. Sometimes a cluster is held in a head that is attached to the ring much like a single stone would be. In cases like that, the head can be swapped out with a prong head and a single stone can be placed in the ring. But other rings are built specifically for the cluster, which means that the part holding the cluster is built into the band – like in this case. Add to that the cluster is commonly set lower unless it is placed in a head and has an artificially high gallery (because smaller stones are naturally less deep), meaning that a single stone of significant size cannot take its place unless the ring is entirely rebuilt.

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - parent\'s backyard

@sporting:  well, maybe. take it to a place that designs custom jewelry (not just a reagular jewelry store), and see what they think. they would probably have to think of a way to remove the head and solder a new one in. the modification might have to be custom made, but that way you could keep the band. 

but as PPs said it might be less trouble – and therefore less expensive – to just trade it in for a new ring. 

Post # 22
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Wannabee

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MammaPants:  thank you and wow. I bought this ring from Kay and got a moisy for a center stone also. I am laying in bed stressing over how it’s going to look and I stumbled across your picture. Great minds think alike….. Thank you for thinking of it first!

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

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JonathanC:  I saw one in an estate store with a diamond and it was amazing! Of course I wasn’t ready to spring for a two carat diamond, so a moissanite was bearable. My jeweler was able to use the existing head as well, so all in all it was an easy swap!

Post # 24
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Newbee

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MammaPants:  I love your ring….both versions lol. By any chance, is the original this ring? I ask because it’s the very ring I picked out for my ering and I think  your modifications are gorgeous and may have sparked some ideas.

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

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eashabeejd:  That’s the one!

Post # 26
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Newbee

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MammaPants:  ohemgee! I’m super excited now!! Yayayayay!! 

Post # 27
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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MammaPants :  Hi! chiming in super late here. But I have the exact same ring and wanted to know if you had to get your ring measured before purchasing your diamond? Also is your ring still mounted since you had to get your prongs cut down? 

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