- 6 years ago
- Wedding: December 2003
Warning, this is a long post and pic heavy. Feel free to skip to the bottom if you just want to see the pics!
The backstory: A few years ago, I found out that my .5 ct diamond had a small feather/crack near one of the prongs. I was pretty upset and worried that if I kept wearing it, the stone would be further damaged. I got fixated on getting a new ring, specifically a larger center stone. Looking at all the georgous rings on weddingbee did not help. My husband wanted to buy me a new diamond, but I just couldn’t bring myself to ask him to spend that much money since I wanted a larger stone. I settled on moissanite, but every time we tried to finally order my ring some sort of financial crisis would occur. This spring we had the money to get a new ring, FINALLY. I ordered a CZ ring to see how a large 9mm stone would look on my hand. What I found interesting is how little I liked the ring even though it looked amazing. It looked nice, but did nothing for me emotionally. That made me realize that sentimental value was more important to me than having a huge stone. Honestly, I didn’t think I’d care as long as I had some new bling.
I decided to remount my old chipped .5ct stone instead of buying a new one. I talked with a local jewler and they looked at my stone and reassured me. The jewler was amazing he told me about his mom’s old diamond that is beat up, but still beautiful. I was impressed that instead of telling my stone was worthless, and trying to sell me something, he worked with what I had. I brought in a right hand ring that I purchased for myself about 10 years ago and the jewler worked with me to create two custom pieces. We ordered an empty halo mounting and set it with sixteen small stones from my old right hand ring. Then we ordered a blank seven stone mounting from Stuller and set seven of the larger stones in that. He placed the new halo head on my old engagement ring band and replaced one of my old missing side stones (on the band). I hadn’t been able to wear my wedding band becuase of all the loose stones, so they also tightened all the prongs and polished my original wedding band. Because I supplied my own diamonds I was able to get a halo setting and .5 ct seven stone anniverary band, plus repair my wedding band for less than $1500 including labor. Labor really is the most expensive part of a remounting project. But if you want to keep your sentimental stones, it is worth it.
I am so happy with the results becuase I’m still wearing my original engagement ring and wedding band, plus I have the bling I wanted, plus I didn’t blow our savings to do it. If you are on the fence about remounting, give it a shot! If anyone lives in the Maryland, DC, VA area feel free to inbox me for contact information for my new favorite jewler.
Finally here are the photos!!!
Here is what each ring looked like before the remount:
Here is the remounted halo engagement ring:
Here is the new .5 ct seven stone anniversary band:
Here is the remounted halo enagement ring with my original band:
Here is the halo with my new anniversary band: