Post # 1
Hey Bees. My collection of inherited rings has just grown as I lost someone very close to me this week. We knew it was coming but it doesn’t make it any easier. So, I find myself with a whole stack of beautiful, small, old rings. A couple of which I wouldn’t (or couldn’t) wear. They are all 14k yellow gold. And they all mean a lot to me because of the women to whom they belonged. And I want to wear all of them because they make me feel close to those women.
So… I’ve been thinking… What if I took all the diamonds and all the gold and smooshed them all into one ring? I have a jeweler here locally who is always up for an adventure and I like his work. I would then have one band I could wear as a RHR or as an alternative wedding ring when I felt like it. And I would have all those memories rolled into one ring.
Here are all of the rings I have currently:
And here are a few examples of what I’m envisioning:
Post # 2
- Wedding: October 2019 - City, State
desertgypsy : I am so sorry for your lost. I think melting them down and turning them into something you really love to wear and would wear every day would be a great way to remember your loved ones.
You could also do a pendant if you aren’t sure about a ring. Or like a charm bracelet where each ring gets made into/incorporated into a charm that represents each woman. Though that could get pretty pricey.
Post # 3
I love this idea. You should do what brings you joy in this life. Their memories will be with you either way. What good are rings if you never wear them?
Post # 4
Check out Marrow Fine. She specializes in reworking heirloom pieces!
Post # 5
desertgypsy : my mum did the same thing with all the gold necklaces and bracelets, hoop earrings that were quite ugly tbh that she had and that belonged to her and both my grandmothers. They weren’t really the sentimental pieces that she used but being Italian we ended up with lots of gold pieces that nobody this generation would wear because they were hella ugly. My mum got 5 gold bangles made. One for her and one for all of her children. We are all pretty much wearing a matching bracelet every day but it’s nice to wear something that is the result of the legacy from all the women who mean a lot to us. We call them our Wonder Woman bracelets 😋
I say go for it but I’d do three smaller ones with diamonds and have one as brushed gold and two as regular gold and wear them as a stack. (Or maybe each can have a different finish)
Also like to say that I’m sorry for your loss.
Post # 6
First off, I’m sorry for your loss.
I adore this idea and agree with vintagelover. They won’t bring you any joy just sitting in a jewelry box! I had a decent sized collection handed down to me from my grandmother, who I was very close with. Unfortunately I had to sell most of the pieces when we hit a rough patch financially. I wish I could’ve done something like this with her rings. Do what makes you happy!
Post # 7
Thank you, Bees for the condolences. It sucks to assume you have more time and then suddenly… you don’t 😔
cmsgirl : I love the idea of multiple bands! It would be cool to do the .47 diamond on the top as a solitaire, then a combination of the bigger ones on a scattered band, then the tiniest ones in like a 1.5mm band.
AOriver : Checking them out now!
Post # 8
Here is the problem with melting down old gold IMO and this is my past experience. Your jeweler won’t be using that exact gold. What you’ll get is a ring 10 times lighter than the originals with a much lighter patina. I lost 2 old rings that way until I finally cought on and asked the jeweler. They make money off of the old ones because more of the gold [than other mixed metals] was used. My only advice is this… weigh everything before you turn it in for “melting” and have a conversation with the jeweler. Just tell them look, this is xxx grams of gold here.. I dont want a 1gram ring when I just gave you 15 grams. That’s all I got.. good luck 😀
Post # 9
marriedalready69 : Good advice! I was also told by a jeweler that they could use my scrap toward my purchase (credit wise, based on weight) but it wouldn’t be used in my new ring.
Post # 10
marriedalready69 : I’m confused! It seems shady that they used other gold because your old gold was more valuable? I want him to use my old gold dang it. He can add more gold to it if he needs to because I want a pretty thick ring, but to just take my gold and stash it away somewhere is definitely not what I want!
I’ve used this jeweler for other projects, but never for making something out of stuff I already had. I will have to see what he says.
Post # 11
I just did this actually. I had a yellow gold ring I inherited from my grandmother who has passed, it had a very ugly stone in it that was worth a $1. I had my jeweler use her ring setting and a 14k Claudaugh ring my husband bought me years ago to make my yellow gold wedding band. It came out beautiful and means the world to me.
Post # 12
desertgypsy : It sound like the either the poster’s jeweler was dishonest or there was a miscommunication, but it’s definitely worth clarifying with jeweler how much gold will be used and what will be done with any that remains.
Post # 13
AOriver : So I messaged MF and they replied very promptly and were very kind! And their prices start at 4K to even design a ring… out of materials I already have!! And they said that price is just for design time. Actual fabrication and anything else would be extra. Which is definitely out of my price range. I was thinking like under a thousand! I’m pretty certain my local jeweler will have a significantly more reasonable price… ugh… I hope.
Post # 14
desertgypsy : I am so sorry for your loss, death is so hard and painful. I think melting it all down and making one of those gorgeous bezel…gypsy (no pun intended miss desertgypsy 🙂 ) set bands is so perfect. I LOVE it. I have always loved this look and I just think its so beautiful and perfect yet imperfect, much like life and death, especially the last ring I LOVE IT. I think it would be wonderful. But absolutely be sure to inform your jeweler you want YOUR gold to be used period end of story, explain the sentiment and ask him if this is something that can be done. I would hate for what happened to Marriedalready69 (good to know) happen with you too. But as far as the design, its amazing.
Post # 15
desertgypsy : holy moly!!!! I had contacted them about two years ago and it was like half of that. Their prices have gone way up! Well…maybe you can get some idea from browsing the internet and have someone local make it!