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Help with re-setting e-ring

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#1 jwilke5

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    Posted 28 September 2009 - 11:38 AM

    Hi Ladies!! I have a question regarding re-setting an engagement ring... My boyfriend's mom gave us her engagement ring, which is beautiful, but it's yellow gold, and completely not my style. Sooo I want to take the diamond out and get it re-set, preferable in a pave-style white gold setting. I found one on Blue Nile that is PERFECT, so I think we are going to call them and try to order the setting only, then take it to a local jeweler to get it set. My question is - will the average jeweler even do this, if you aren't buying any of their products? And how much would they charge? Have any of you done something similar? Just curious how the process works, i am totally clueless.

    Thanks in advance for your help, this forum is so incredibly helpful! :)

    #2 Jess

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      Posted 28 September 2009 - 11:51 AM

      I think the average jeweler will do this for a cost...you may want to take a picture to the local jeweler though...they most likely can beat Blue Nile's price as I've come to find Blue Nile really isn't that cheap.

      #3 ErinB


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        Posted 28 September 2009 - 11:52 AM

        I had my solitaire re-mounted into my wedding set.

        I'm sure any jeweler could do this for you, but I would go with a higher end or independent company as opposed to a mall jewler. Your best bet will probably be to call and get estimates.

        Be sure to check out warranties/guarantees/insurance and find out who (if anyone) will be responsible for the work.

        For example, when my ring was re-set we went with a different company than the one where my FI bought my ring. So, the second company (Shane, and they are fantastic) is responsible for my current setting. They do the cleanings, inspections, re-sizing, and will replace any stones/shanks/etc. Basically they will do anything to the ring EXECPT the center stone because we didn't purchase it from them. However, if my center stone were to be lost or damaged because of the settting, they will replace it with one of a similar quality.

        If anything were to happen to my center diamond, we're SOL. The store where it was purchased, voided our warranty because they didn't remove or replace the stone.

        #4 jwilke5

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          Posted 28 September 2009 - 01:06 PM

          Thanks for the responses!! Yikes, I didn't even think about the damage/warranty issues involved with leaving the diamond with a jeweler. I will definitely need to do some hunting to find a reputable jeweler.

          #5 Jen_S

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            Posted 28 September 2009 - 01:52 PM

            I would think any jeweler who repairs jewelry can do it. We had my wedding band made to custom match my ering you may find that it is cheaper then you would think to have one custom made for you.
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            #6 Destination Scout

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              Posted 28 September 2009 - 05:57 PM

              I also had my engagement diamond reset into my wedding ring. I would suggest the following:
              A) Go to a jeweler that has a 3-D CAD program. That way they can draw out the ring in three dimension before they make it. You make any changes to the ring right on the screen.
              B) Have them set your diamond in a simlar style ring (high setting, inlaid, etc.) Different settings show off different aspects of your diamond and you may not like your diamond in your new setting. It's better to know this before they make your setting.
              C) Pick out all of the diamonds they are setting into your new mounting, just as you would pick out your engagement diamond. Jewelers can get kind of lazy and throw in a lesser quality diamond if they think you won't notice just because it's smaller.
              4) Get a quote based on the amount of diamonds they think they will use. If they don't use that same amount (estimated 1K small diamonds but only used .75 carats) make sure they adjust your price. Make sure you discuss this before you order your ring.

              Have fun with this! You will love your new ring.

              #7 jwilke5

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                Posted 28 September 2009 - 09:39 PM

                Thanks for all your advice. I do think i will take your recommendation, Jess, and instead take a picture to see if the jeweler can match the price and style. Thanks everyone!! :)

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