(Closed) Not sure what to do about a wedding band

posted 9 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I think that might be high considering that you are supplying the majority of the materials.  I had my half eternity platinum and diamond band (size 6.5) custom-made for less than half of that.

Great idea though!  I think it will be the perfect modernization of your grandmother’s wedding ring 🙂

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I don’t have any advice really, since I don’t know a thing about jewelry. But I wanted to say that is an AMAZING ring! I love, love, love it! Are you sure you don’t want to save the original wedding band, and just purchase a new band. It will probably be less than $1500 and you can save the original and mix it up if you want.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee

I think it’s high too.  My band was custom-made in platinum with diamonds and engraving for $1100.

Are you willing to go custom online?  Brian Gavin Diamonds and Whiteflash get raves on Pricescope.com.  You have to e-mail Brian Gavin though:  [email protected].

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i love the original ring too! i vote that you keep it the way it is!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

omg don’t change the original!! save the 1500 for a sweet ass trip. I would pick that ring set on sight if i saw it at the store where i bought my antique ring. (though mine is wonderful, so is that one! haha)

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

I think that might be too high considering you’re supplying almost all of the materials and I can find rings similar to what you are describing (including the diamonds) for under $500 each. Keep looking, and come back to them if the price turns out to be reasonable after all (since I’m not a jeweler; what do I know?).

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

That definitely seems too high, especially for a white gold band.  I had a brand-new band (i.e. I didn’t already have the diamonds) in platinum made by Brian Gavin, and it was only a few dollars more than you were quoted.  Definitely try a different jeweler!

ETA: I’m in favor of keeping the originals and getting a different band for everyday wear, too — the original set is really pretty, even though the style isn’t very “now.”

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

a friend of mine wanted to do the same thing with her grandmother’s ring- have it re-worked- it costs more because it’s harder for them to take it apart, melt it down, then start over instead of just making something from scratch, or selling something that is mass produced.  You can get a band like the one you pictured at JamesAllen.com for like $600.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

hmmm I just tried to post and I don’t think it went through, so sorry if this is a double-post.  What I said was, a friend of mine went through the same thing- she wanted to use her grandmother’s wedding band and have the diamonds removed, the gold melted down, and have the ring remade.  It costs more because you are paying for the labor of taking out the diamonds, and re-mixing the gold and remaking the ring.  It’s harder and more expensive than getting a custom piece made from scratch for that reason.  You can get a white gold half-eternity band like the one you posted on James Allen for like $600.  But if you want to use your grandmother’s ring, you may have to pay more, which might be worth it to you!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

If i were you, i would get a new ring, and keep the old rings intact.  That way, if you changed your mind about wearing this kind of jewelry in the future, you’d have the option of having it for a cocktail ring or something.  Pluusss.. you’d save some moola

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

That’s totally awesome!  I’d recommend going to look at new rings to decide for sure what you think you want–the half eternity or two bands with 7 stones.  I really like the idea of having your grandmothers ring melted down and reset.  I’d probably decide based on whether I had the money to spend on it or not.

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