Share your Heirloom Rings (Before and After)

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Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

my mom passed this on to me. I did ask if she would be ok (asked my dad too, since he purchased) with me turning it into something completely different. They were both totally fine with it. Went from this….

To… 


and the round diamond was used in this bezel

the small stone in the bracelet is actually from my mom’s first ering. I don’t have a picture from when it was set as a ring. 
I love repurposing jewelry. 

Post # 4
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Honey bee

The center pear in my engagement ring was a gift from my mother. Here is my original set using that pear:

I got divorced and the set languished in my jewelry box until I finally changed it up. Here is the pear now:

And here is the ring re-set with a Chatham lab sapphire:

I love both re-sets and so happy to be able to wear them again!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2020 - Titusville, FL

Oh what a fun thread!! The diamond in my engagement ring is an heirloom from my husband’s late grandmother.

 

Before we had it reset, it was in a platinum setting. The setting was cracked and way too small for me.

After we had it reset in a solitaire 14k rose gold setting 🙂 I absolutely love it!!!

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Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 1999

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@cafeconleche:  I don’t have any before and afters as the ring is in its original state, just sized and polished by the jeweler. It was given to my great grandmother when my grandmother was born, 95 years ago. It means the world to me that she left it for me

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2021 - Chicago, IL

here’s my pre-WWII heirloom engagement ring. Same diamonds, same setting. I had the platinum re-shanked since it was worn and thin. The rest is original. It’s not perfect and some of the diamonds are set all wonky, but it’s unique and mine!

Post # 10
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Busy bee

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@danzie89:  i love your beautiful pre-WWII ring! My partner just got his grandmother’s engagement ring from 1943, and the platinum band also needs repair… he’s been thinking he would have to scrap it and have a new band built – what is the “reshanking” process like?

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2020 - Titusville, FL

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@elisabetn:  
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@cafeconleche:  thank you both!! I think the diamond looks so much livelier in the rose gold setting!

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2021 - Chicago, IL

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@workingonmynightcheese:  thank you! Also, that’s amazing that your partner received his grandmother’s ring (mine is my fiancé’s grandmother’s ring!)

After he proposed, he and I went to a local reputable jeweler and had an inspection. Thankfully due to the platinum setting, all diamonds are still secure and strong. The shank, however, was super thin and worn due to many years of wear. The jeweler removed the lower half of the shank and reconstructed the ring with new platinum. They even matched the knife edge and re-stamped the interior. It took about two weeks, but it was well worth it! 

Post # 14
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Busy bee

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@danzie89:  nice! I’ll let him know what to discuss with the jeweler! I’m glad they were able to retain some of the setting for you – it’s really beautiful! 

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2021

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@FinallyMrsSmith2020:  Gosh, that looks beautiful!! It looks so much more vibrant in the after photo. What an interesting thread =))

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