(Closed) Two heirloom rings…both important, should I combine? NEED HELP!

posted 9 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
3076 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

@AudieToo:  What an interesting dilemma! I love family rings, they offer such possibilities. You’ll get a lot of suggestions here!

First of all: I hate that starburst ring guard on your grandmother’s pretty little vintage ring. That thing has to go in its current state–canibalize it for other use.

There are some killer halos made with baguette diamonds, Google to see some. I think this kind of halo is incredibly handsome and fresh but yet they pay homage to vintage jewelry. If it were me, I would really consider making a halo out of the baguettes for that ring even though I think the engagement ring is charming AS IS. It looks like it’s from the 1940’s – 1950’s.

I’d leave the Great-grandpa ring as is and wear it as a right hand ring.

Or another option: Make a 3 stone diamond ring by:

  • Use the two center stones of the two rings you’ve got


  • Trade in the baguettes and grandma’s metal to get a third stone


  • Put the 3 stones in a contemporary setting


  • Have GG’s ring polished and wear as RHR. This is a hunk of gold that is worth A LOT in tolday’s world of high gold prices. OR, would you consdier giving this to your Fiance as his wedding band?

I like the idea of 3 stone rings especially when made with heirloom stones, it brings additional meaning to: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow that the 3 stone rings represent.

Let us know what you decide!

Post # 4
2623 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I don’t know. Personally I feel odd about changing or combining family heirlooms left to me. Just because eventually I would like to pass on things to younger family members. But that just me personally. I also have ring that is not to my taste that I put on my necklace that I got for my sixteen birthday.

However do what best for you, and if other family members won’t freakout then go for combining them.

Post # 5
4176 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@FauxPas2012:  I second the idea of leaving grandpa’s ring as is.

Remove the starburst and either put a halo on it or a 3 stone ring.


Post # 6
336 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@AudieToo:  Could you post a pic of your grandmother’s ring without the guards? I have a feeling it is stunning as is!

I also like PP’s idea of turning the stones in the ring guard into a halo of sorts, maybe to go with the diamond on your great aunt’s ring?


Post # 8
3828 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1998

I would use your grandmothers ring without the guard and make the guard into a wedding band with bagettes all around ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 10
411 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

I second @GelaMac:.  I love the way the e-ring looks without the wrap! 

Post # 11
8375 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@GelaMac:  THIS! I was thinking something similar!

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@AudieToo:  Your grandmother’s e-ring setting is so beautiful!

ETA:  Because of the length of the baguettes, you may only be able to use three across the top of the ring and the rest of the ring may need to be metal to accommodate the curve of your finger, so perhaps you can end up with multiple rows of baguettes in the wedding band or two bands, one on each side of the e-ring.  You may even have some baguettes remaining to use for another purpose!

Post # 12
1203 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

The ring without the guard is perfect. SO beautiful and dainty. I’m not sure what to do with the ring guard — PPs have some good suggestions — but just weighing in to say YES YES YES to your grandmother’s ring as is.

Post # 14
336 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@AudieToo:  Oh I’m so glad. The original ring is just stunning. And the fact that it fits you…meant to be!

Post # 16
125 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I say, keep the centerstones in both rings to be remounted as you choose so that you will have something to keep from both rings. Perhaps use one in your engagement ring and the other in something else, such as a pendant or RHR (or alternate e-ring :p)? Sell the gold and baguettes to use the money towards your new mountings (could also use some of the baguettes as accent stones in your e-ring if you like the look).

I agree with pp, the cost of gold is pretty high these days and you’ll likely get a fairly decent amount for the thick band and guards with the baguettes added as a bonus.

Edit: Just read the OP completely and saw that the thicker band and diamond are from more than one person. In this case, you could possibly use the band for your FI’s wedding band if you would rather not sell it?

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