Post # 1
Hello bees, I have been a long time lurker — this is my first post. 🙂 My boyfriend of almost 4 years and I have been talking engagement and rings for the past year, it’s been very exciting!
My mother remembered recently that she had a ring that my father (who died when I was 8) gave her after they were married. He actually bought it from her father, my maternal grandfather, who died when I was 2 (he sold jewelry). She always liked the ring, so my father made a point to make sure she had it. :’)
My mother has offered it to me to use in our engagement ring! My sister’s wedding ring has the diamond my father gave my mother when they got engaged, hence the reason she would love for me to use this one.
Bees, the diamonds in this ring are top notch, the center is about 3/8ths of a carat I believe and the surrounding 6 are 1/4th carat, I am guessing. We’ll find our for sure when we get it to a jeweler. But the ring itself is in terrible shape — it’s broken and the prongs are WAY worn dorn (my mother wore the absolute heck out of this ring, she loved it.)
My beau and I are going to go look at getting it reset next week! What do you think would be a pretty way to set it? Keep it just a simple cluster? Throw a halo on it? (which is what I was thinking, but it might look too blingy?) Or maybe a pave band?
I wouldn’t want to replicate the exact same setting, because it sits up WAY too high — I remember as a child this ring scratching me to death when my mother hugged me, lol.
What do you think?
Post # 3
@Dorian5: OOoh its gorgeous!!!!!!!!! I would leave it to look as it is! Reset it to tighten the prongs maybe and lower the setting but it is so beautiful as is!
Post # 4
I wouldn’t add a halo to it. The original design is beautiful on its own.
Post # 5
@Dorian5: I would have it remade to look the same, but with a lower setting.
Post # 6
Thank you for your input, ladies! It’s funny, my mother is the one who keeps talking about adding SO MUCH MORE to it, but she’s been known to like rather… ostentatious jewelry.
Another thing she suggested was maybe putting the larger stone in the middle and the smaller ones on either side. Hmm.
Post # 7
I think it’s really lovely the way it is, or could also be beautiful in a linear setting (like a graduated eternity band)
Post # 8
I’d probably channel-set the smaller stones and use the bigger one as a center!
Post # 9
@Dorian5: Ohhh please don’t add a halo!!! (Obviously, it’s your ring and your preference!!!!) I think the halo is very beautiful on rings but this one has so much character on its own and is so different! You’d definitely had one of a kind!
Post # 10
@dreamer1288: I’ve always liked halos, but I always thought I’d have a cushion or a pear. I have to admit I’m not really sold on the idea of a halo on this one. If I did it would look something like this:
Only problem is, that cluster already gives me so much finger coverage (I wear a size 4.5-5) and with the halo too, it might take up my whole finger and that’s definitely not the look I’m aiming for. I tend to like more dainty jewelry.
@BrandNewBride: I like this idea too!
@PromiseRooster: I thought this too, I think I would have just enough finger space for it to go completely around the front, which would be beautiful.
Post # 11
@Dorian5: I agree. I love how thin the band is compared to the cluster. I have small hands and love my dainty thin band with an emerald cut diamond. Simple is prettier to me!
Post # 12
@PromiseRooster: +1 that’s what instantly came to my mind as well when I was reading the OP!
Post # 13
My friend was given a family ring but she hated the design she found a jewel to re-use the diamonds and gold to design her dream ring and turned out awesome.
Post # 14
@Dorian5: eh i would add the halo 🙂 it would be gorgeous, like the ring you posted, and you could design that part with your FI so there is old AND new in the ring 🙂 dont worry about too much finger coverage 😉
Post # 15
Thank you for the input! I am more conflicted than ever now, haha. All I know is that I love these diamonds and I can’t wait to have them on me in my dream ring! I think we might be going next weekend to talk to a jeweler!