Post # 1
My Great Grandmother passed away when i was 9. She left my Grandmother a box of jewellery which she then handed down to me.
My mother and i sortedd through the box and came across a beautiful 18ct white gold and platinum, ruby and diamond ring.
We told my Grandmother what we found and she told me to keep it for when i am older. I did.
The ring is far too big on me. I took it to the jewellers who sent it away for a quote to be resized. The ring is very thin and fragile (circa 1920) and the basket underneath is slightly broken. We were told they could resize however they would only attempt this after the basket had been restored and the ring insured. We were quoted £750.
The ring as it is now is worth around £700 and i dont think restoring it will increase its value but it will make it wearable.
Now im stuck as to whether i should restore and wear with pride, or sell and buy a ruby eternity ring to wear with my wedding set.
The other option is to use the stones from this ring and either turn it into a necklace or something else.
Post # 3
- Wedding: April 2013 - A court...
I think its beautiful! I’m not sentimental but I’d have a hard time selling something like that! Though what would be the difference remaking it vs making another piece of jewelry ? Do you see yourself wearing one over the other ? Or what about price difference ? As long as it gets worn or loved 🙂 (though if you were tight on cash then I’d lean towards selling assuming youre not attached to it )
Post # 4
@ChocolateLime: It’s gorgeous. I would definitely do all I could to get to wear it!!
Post # 5
I don’t know if this may be considered harsh, but I’m the kind of person that doesn’t hold too much sentimental value in family pieces. It’s my belief that I think when someone gives you a gift, they wanted to be useful in your life, however you see fit. If The ring is not useful for you right now as it is, then you should use it in the form in which it is useful for you , And if that form is in a currency, I don’t see a problem with that. There are many other ways to remember your grandmother (Pictures for me are very important). Remember that you also have numerous other pieces of jewelry to remember her by. Just my two cents.
Post # 6
@atreyu547: If i made another piece of jewellery i would likely wear it more often.
If i got this one restored i would wear it as a right hand ring.
I really want a ruby and diamond etenity band. ruby for my birthstone and diamond for my daughters birthstone. If i sold this one, i would put the money towards that.
I dont really remember much about my great grandma. I went to see her before she died. She was 98 when she passed but i love this ring and have formed quite an attachment to it.
I do think though that if i sold and bought an eternity band i would have more attachment to that perhaps.
Post # 7
There are the two rings i bookmarked a while ago that i would replace the beautiful art deco ring with. I would be sad to see it go, but its currently sat in a box in the drawer not seeing the light of day.
Post # 8
@ChocolateLime: i would make it into a beautiful pendant or brooch. to have something so beautiful from such a relative is very rare – i would never sell something like that. you can always save up for the band you want, but once you sell that piece, you can’t ever get it back.
Post # 9
I would never sell that. How beautiful. How lucky you are!
Make it into a necklace or better yet, save it for your future daughter or daughter in law. Keep it in the family. It will mean a lot to someone along the way.
Post # 10
Do not sell it. You should continue the tradition and pass it on. PS it could be close to the cost of having the ring restored to get the necklace or whatever made Unless the necklace is real plain. I would only sell it if you were flat broke and were in a bind.
Post # 11
I would have it restored and wear it as a RHR. It is so pretty…I love it!
Post # 12
- Wedding: September 2013 - Ontario, Canada
@ChocolateLime: I would get a second option on the restoration. £750 sounds very high. Was thins through a high street jeweller or a independant one?
Post # 13
@MrsGo: It was an independant reputable jeweller in Oxford. That was the price for the basket to be repaired, the ring to be resized and cleaned and the hallmarks to be put back in at thr assay office etc. The band has to have extra metal added to it as it is so thin.
Post # 14
I have to say, i dont hold too much sentimental value in things, i’d sell it, im sure your grandmother would want you to have what you want, and if that means selling it, then she would be happy
Post # 15
@LuluInLove: This is exactly why im unsure. I have a daughter, i am sure she would love all my rings when shes older but then i think if i got the eternity ring, would it mean more to her as it was purchased to signify her birth? She will have never met either my great grandmother or grandmother so will not have any sentimental value to her.
It doesnt have any sentimental value to me really. I would miss it if it wasnt here but only because its so darn pretty.
I dont know.
I think i am going to put money aside each month for the next year then decide then whether to put it towards restoration or towards a new ring and just keep this one as it is in the box.
Post # 16
I would take the head of the ring and have it made into a pendant. That way you are not changing the look of the ring, but changing the ring into something you would wear more.< no idea if that makes sense, but it did in my head 🙂