Jeweller said very difficult to set bigger stone into current ring setting?

posted 1 year ago in Rings
Post # 2
111 posts
Blushing bee

Often change in size does mean a change in the head, if a peg head, or a change is setting if a basket, like yours. Without knowing the dimensions, I would think that almost .1 difference in that range would leave some serious “muffin top” if it could be reused. Better to get something that fits than throw good money after bad trying to force it into a setting too small. 

Post # 3
1462 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2021 - Australia

whilst I haven’t done what you are planning, I have had jewellery remodelled. One way to keep your old ring might be to have the metal melted down to make the new one, and have a setting appropriate to the stone itself. 

The only other thing I could think you might do would be to take it to another jeweller, since different designers have different approaches to things and the second might have a way around the issue.

For example, both my friend and I have very similar trellis/basket 3 stone rings. Both of us had them made smaller, but when you look at hers from the side, the reduction in the size of the ring meant itis no longer circular underneath the middle stone – the jeweller has given the ring a peak there. Meanwhile, mine was resized as well, and yet the jeweller has kept the actual band circular underneath the stones. I have no idea how this was done, but as I said, different designers will approach a problem put in front of them differently, and maybe another jeweller will have an option for you!

Post # 4
7867 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

When a ring has a head that is easily replaced, then a new head can be soldered on to accommodate any size stone. However, your ring has a basket that is set into the band itself so it cannot be easily replaced. The band beneath the girdle of the stone would not accommodate anything bigger than what it currently holds. I woul not try to force a round peg into a square hole, as it were. If you are going to go with a larger stone, get a new setting to securely hold it. 

Post # 6
2204 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

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@onggie:  That size difference and the design of your current ring will mean that you either need to completely restructure your engagement ring to fit the larger diamond (which is costly) or simply keep your engagement ring as is and purchase an affordable simple solitaire setting to fit your new diamond. That way you would be spending about the same amount of money and you would have two rings to enjoy! 

Post # 7
658 posts
Busy bee

If you really don’t want to change the setting then could you look for a different diamond? You would be able to find a good quality 0.33ct stone that would fit. 

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