Post # 1
Ok, my boyfriend and I were ready to look at rings to consider a budget to get engaged soon with a ring. I have a ‘diamond’ left to me by my beloved great grandmother, a 1.25carat necklace, it used to be her ring until her husband died. She had it reset and then left it to me in her will. I’ve always dreamt of using it as my engagement/wedding ring.
I took it to the mall jewler to have it cleaned recently and the jewler tested it and said it wasn’t a diamond but just a super high quality cz. Its still lovely, they said that it was either switched when she had it reset or they just got a cz thirty years ago. My dad isn’t sure either. I’m bothered by the fact that it isn’t real but I still have sentimental value in it.
Should I have it set in the ring anyway and keep it for sentimental value? Or get a whole new ring with a 5000 budget? Or even get it set how i want and later on when the cz wears out and we have more money get that stone replaced with a diamond so no one knows that it was changed?
Post # 3
- Wedding: January 2011 - Midland, TX
Can a CZ last for 30 years?? I am kinna skeptical about that. Is is cloudy at all? I say get your own ring because even if it really is what she wore, a different stone may last longer and that way you might can pass it down to someone else later down the road.
You can get a really nice ring for $5,000
Post # 4
I wouldn’t think a cz could last 30 years and be in good shape. Maybe you could have another jeweler look at it on the off chance this one is wrong.
Post # 5
I would have another jeweler look at it, just to be sure!
Post # 6
I voted to buy your own diamond, because CZ will not last forever without getting cloudy, especially in a ring. If this holds a LOT of sentimental value to you, you’ll risk damaging it and needing to replace it at some point. If you keep it in the necklace, you can wear it on special occasions and it won’t be exposed to things that can damage it (hand sanitizer, cleaning products, etc.) and you’ll have it for a long time. Do a little research here and on BTD on how to care for a CZ, and that necklace will last forever. We’re harder on rings than necklaces.
Before doing anything, I’d bring it to another jeweler entirely and see what they say. I know they make super high quality CZ now, but chances are they didn’t have the best quality when she got married which leads me to believe it may have been switched out, or the jeweler didn’t know what he was talking about. Keep us posted!!
Post # 7
I would definitely take it to another jeweler, first.
I would then pick a ring in my budget (is that $5,000?).
I would strongly consider wearing my grandma’s necklace for my wedding!! How wonderful! If it is not the right style, I would wrap it around my bouquet!
Post # 8
If it looked good enough before, why wouldn’t itstill look good enough.
But, I second the thought of getting a second opinion.
Post # 9
I also agree, get a second opinion. But in the end, its your ring to wear. I personal would love to wear my grandmothers ring if it was real. But since its a CZ and you rather a real ring then maybe make a brooch or necklace out of it and wear it on your wedding day as a way to honor your grandmother. Skys the limit on what you can make out of it.
Post # 10
Thanks for the quick replies! Well I took it to two different jewlers to get diamond tested and it is faux. I believe it is 30years old. Maybe 15 or 20. I know it wouldn’t last forever, thats why I was considering having it set for my wedding and then like for my 5year anniversary get a diamond to replace the cz?
Yes 5,000 is the budget my boyfriend and I feel ok with at this time, we wanted to discuss this now so we have a few years for him to finish saving since we are finishing up our undergrads.
Post # 11
Because of the sentimental value of the stone, I wouldn’t set it in a ring with the risk of damaging it. I’d keep it in the necklace so that you can wear it on special occasions and then get your engagement ring with yur $5000 budget.
Post # 12
I would keep the necklace as is 🙂 I would wear it as my “something old” for the wedding. It will be fun picking your own ring and centre stone weather it is a diamond, sapphire, moissanite, CZ, etc there are endless options and that’s a great budget. Enjoy this special time 🙂