Post # 1
I need some assistance please! I’ve worn my wedding & e-ring for 17 years now, and it is the most important thing I own.
Unfortunately, it’s seen better days, and now for the past 2 weeks, I’ve been ringless – and I HATE IT. I knew I would have to replace them, but truthfully, I was hoping they would last until our 20th Anniversary in 2014. Alas, they didn’t, the cracks in the band caught on a dishcloth and pulled apart and bent the gold.
Picture #1 is a photo of my ring. Picture #2 is the where it is broken, however, it doesn’t show that the actual band is bent backwards and ready to snap off leaving a 1/2″ wide gap. There is no way these rings can be saved or soldered any longer, as they have already been stretch to accommodate my weight gain thru the years.
Darling Husband has also purchased me the 3-stone diamond, which is Picture #3.
Ruby is my birthstone, and I also have a solitaire genuine Ruby / diamond ring, and almost matching another ring, which is Emerald. I LOVE RUBY and Diamond. Darling Husband has said it’s time for me to get something new now – but I am heartbroken over it, as I really LOVE MY set – it isn’t that big, or that expensive, but it’s “my wedding set” – hopefully y’all understand where I’m coming from on this.
Question – how do I fix this? How can I incorporate my wedding set in a new setting? I would like to do something with the 3-diamond ring; I only wear that one out if we go out to a nice place.
I am at a loss, as the wedding set is marquise cut; the 3-stone is square; also, I only like very thin bands.
Ideas? Help? Thank you!
Post # 3
Ugh.. I don’t know why I can’t post text FIRST, and then inset the images! Every time I’ve tried, my images inserted delete my text post! So I tried the old linky-link img tag – that didn’t work either!
ANYWAY… here’s my photos of my ring front (#1), my broken bands (#2), and the 3-stone I have (#3)
Thank you for your ideas, help & suggestions!
Post # 4
What about resetting your diamonds and gold and having a jeweler use the materials to make a new ring?
Post # 5
Why not make a pendant with your original diamonds instead?
Post # 6
Turn the rings into pendant/earrings/bracelet?
Post # 7
both very good ideas. I was going to say have the stones removed and put into another piece of jewelry, you can even have another band made, a bracelet, pendant, even earrings. You could have them use the gold in your band to make the new piece.
Post # 8
Thank you ladies for your replies & ideas.
The only diamond salvageable is the marquise, even though it looks bigger in the photo, the others are just chips, which I don’t know if are even worth it to include in a different ring.
As far as a necklace, that would be an issue, as the 2nd most important thing I have is the 1st Christmas gift is a gold cross from Darling Husband, which I’ve never taken off in 21 years this Christmas. Bleh, I’m a mess, shooting down helpful gals!
I thought about earrings, I’d have to get a second marquise though – studs only, which would work, I already have 1/2 carat studs for 2 piercings; and 1/3 carat for the other 2 ear piercings, which are the only earrings I wear.
I also thought about getting another ring that has rubies on each side with the marquise in the center with just a thin gold band as a wedding band.
Do chain jewelry shops help you with settings?
Post # 9
I LOVE your idea of your diamond in the center and rubies on either side, i think it would be beautiful and mean just as much to you as your original band because it’s custom just for you but still includes your original diamond. I’m not sure if chain shops do those things but you could call around and ask. I would try a few places to get their thoughts and price quotes.
Post # 10
anything made of metal can be fixed. trust me. if your jeweler said he/she could not, take it to a different one.
it looks like your ring broke at the solder joint. but whether it broke at the joint, or just broke randomly, it can be soldered back together. I suggest in addition to that, make the band stronger. you could have a thin sleeve of metal added to the inside of the band. it will only change the look minimally. however, that can be a little bit expensive. I had a sleeve added to mine, and it cost about $400 (it’s a lot of work).
or another option- maybe by soldering the two rings together, they will be stronger as one.
if you can’t fix or reuse your old ring, maybe it’s time to put it away in a box until you can think of something to do with it. I LOVE your three stone ring. what if you started wearing it all the time, and got a plain gold band with it. I think that would be so pretty!
whatever you do, post pictures so we can see it! good luck!
Post # 11
I think your original e-ring can be salvaged, actually. If you go to a good benchman, they can reshank 3/4 of that band without you even noticing work was done on it. They would cut off the majority of the shank and then laser weld on a new shank. I’m not sure if this is something you would consider, but it’s just my 2 cents! Good luck!
Post # 12
I also agree, by the way, that the three stone ring with a plain band would look very nice.