Melting down old rings to make one MASTER RING! Poll.

posted 8 months ago in Rings
  • poll: Should I melt these down to make one ring?
    Heck yes! : (32 votes)
    65 %
    Yes, but a different ring, let me show you! : (9 votes)
    18 %
    Absolutely not. Melting down old rings is an abomination. : (8 votes)
    16 %
  • Post # 2
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    65 posts
    Worker bee
    • 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
    Member
    285 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    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
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    1953 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Check out Marrow Fine. She specializes in reworking heirloom pieces! 

    Post # 5
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    4540 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    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 ๐Ÿ˜‹

    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
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    3085 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2006

    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 # 8
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    5530 posts
    Bee Keeper

    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 ๐Ÿ˜€

    Post # 9
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    3085 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2006

    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 # 11
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    203 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: City, State

    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
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    843 posts
    Busy bee

    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 # 14
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    1278 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚ ) 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
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    1953 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    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!

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