As an emotionally significant piece of jewelry, having an engagement ring that holds an heirloom diamond is particularly meaningful. Whether from your side of the family or your partner’s, this gemstone has been passed down the generations with memories and love. Understandably, you will want to preserve its beauty, as well as wear a ring that feels in keeping with your own sense of style.
First and foremost, consider the qualities of the inherited diamond. This doesn’t only mean the AGS and GIA grades of cut, clarity, color and carat weight – although these should also be regarded. Rather, try to focus on what it is you love most about the diamond. Is it its unusual shape? Its crisp white color – or indeed, the intense yellow? This will serve as your starting point, because you want to choose a setting that enhances and showcases these factors the most.
We worked with this customer, for example, on setting her grandmother’s diamond with a style that she felt was her own:
“My husband and I were fortunate enough to be given a very sentimental gift – my grandmother’s 72-year-old ring. While the ring itself, was not in great shape, it was very sentimental, and we had permission to remove and reuse the stone.
The stone meant a lot to me, but it was an old cut (European cut, not a modern round brilliant) and had a chunk taken out of it. My jeweler suggested Ritani, and I asked if this setting might protect the stone. Ritani looked at the stone and built the halo around it, which provides nice protection. The setting is modern, and just what I wanted, and the stone is old and sentimental. The setting also provides a beautiful way for the wedding right to sit alongside – looking like one ring.” – JHC, New Jersey
With JHC’s engagement ring, we worked together to preserve its antique beauty – and to protect it from wearing with age. She loves it because it bridges the old and new in a way that feels meaningful to her marriage and family. Rather than simply adding your diamond to a stock solitaire setting – unless that is what you actually want – work with expert designers to create a handcrafted engagement ring that complements its unique nature.
Whether you’ve fallen in love with one of Ritani’s antique style engagement rings, or already possess a vintage etsy engagement ring that you scored online, setting your heirloom diamond in it is always an option. Finding vintage engagement rings Etsy, eBay or your local jewelry store, always make sure to get an appraisal of your purchase as soon as possible. You want to know what your ring is worth and how to protect it.