Many couples love the idea of setting an heirloom or estate diamond in a newly handcrafted engagement ring with custom detailing. These meaningful creations take something old and beloved – perhaps passed down the generations – and reawaken their brilliance in a brand new style. Here are our top tips for resetting an antique diamond for a stunningly personal engagement ring.
Ask For Permission
If you are resetting a family member’s diamond, you should discuss your plans with them before doing so. This can help prevent any hurt feelings that could occur by completely changing your mother’s or grandmother’s beloved engagement ring. Thank your family member for the ring, and let them know why the setting needs to be changed. For example, if the setting is worn down or damaged, this is a perfectly valid reason to reset the diamond.
Get Your Diamond Appraised & Examined
It’s important to have a gemologist examine your diamond to understand its traits. Learn about its unique qualities, what you would want to highlight, and what you might wish to conceal in the setting. Whether it has an Ideal cut grade, or an icy lack of color, decide which distinctive elements are the most important for you to celebrate in the stone. It’s important to note that the more inclusions a diamond has, the more difficult it will be to reset. Getting your diamond examined will uncover where inclusions are located, if any.
Getting an appraisal is important for insurance purposes. It’s recommended that you get your antique diamond insured before resetting it. If anything were to happen to your diamond, insurance will cover it.
Choose a Setting
Next, consider the wide range of setting styles and precious metals available. While your diamond is an antique, that doesn’t necessarily mean you should feel pressured to select a vintage-inspired style. Choosing a modern bezel, two-tone metal combinations or another contemporary style brings an unexpected twist to an estate diamond that feels fresh and exciting.
If any chips or other blemishes have occurred from wear and tear over the years, look for settings that might conceal this. Some halo and bezel ring settings will hide the sides of the diamond, and will protect its structure for future wear.
Many vintage diamond shapes, such as old mine and rose cut diamonds, were not cut to produce the level of sparkle that today’s modern cut diamonds do. If you want your ring to sparkle more, consider adding side stones or pavé diamonds along the band.
Find a Reputable Jeweler
Resetting an older diamond can be tricky. It’s important that you find an experienced jeweler to reset your diamond in order to not damage it. Read reviews online and ask friends or family members about their experience with resetting a diamond.
Ritani can also reset your antique diamond into one of our settings. Contact customer service at 1-888-9RITANI to get started.
How much does it cost to reset a diamond ring?
The cost to reset a diamond ring will vary depending on which jeweler you go to. At Ritani, we can reset your antique diamond with one of our settings at no extra cost.