Whether you’re looking to purchase an engagement ring, a wedding ring or a very special ring for a very special someone, it’s always worth considering all the options. While a new ring can make someone’s eyes sparkle, an older ring can have an equally exhilarating effect.
Unless a highly valued antique, people sometimes tend to overlook older rings and leave them as memorabilia rather than using them as a functional piece of jewellery.
Old rings aren’t always family heirlooms passed down from generations. Sometimes it can be a great find in an antique shop or perhaps just an old piece of jewellery acquired years, if not, decades ago. While some pieces retain their original timeless look and increasing value, others tend to not age so well and need a bit of updating. Equally, this can be a ring from a previous relationship that carries unwelcome memories.
Whatever the case, thinking about resetting an old ring is something worth considering. To help guide you in this decision, we have put together a list of pros and cons regarding resetting an old ring.
There are many reasons why you might want to reset an old ring and give it a new life instead of choosing a completely new ring. Some of the most common reasons for resetting old rings are:
There are a few things you might want to consider before heading off to the jeweller’s to reset your old ring and give it a new breath of life. While it is always welcome to have a consultation first, it is best to have some things already sorted through that would then help speed up the process of resetting the old ring.
Being emotionally attached to a piece of jewellery isn’t something that should be overlooked. Whether it is an inherited ring or one that carries other emotional ties, it might not always be as easy to let these attachments go as it might have seemed in the beginning.
First, consider what personal value your old ring holds for you. Ask yourself, whether you are ready for a change. If thinking about it is too hard, then perhaps it might be best to not go through with resetting the ring.
On the other hand, perhaps it’s worth considering keeping some of the most prominent and memorable features of the old ring in the new design. This is one of the key things you can discuss with your jeweller. Make sure to mention what it is you don’t like about the old ring and which features you do like and would prefer to keep. This will give your jeweller a much better idea for what to suggest design-wise for the new ring. Keeping some of the old features is an excellent compromise that still allows you to reflect on the memories you have with this piece but also gives the ring a second life.
When it comes to old rings or other pieces of jewellery for that matter, it is always worth looking at its financial value too before considering resetting it. On some occasions, a piece of jewellery in its original form will be much more valuable than a remodelled one. Look at it this way – with antique jewellery pieces, the whole piece is likely to be more valuable than some of its parts.
Talk to your jeweller about the value of the piece and how it would increase or decrease with modifications. Consider whether that matters to you. Even though certain rings can be great pieces for investment, it’s not always about the numbers. Perhaps, you just want something with a fresh look and something that you can have daily use from instead of sitting in a jewellery box.
A change doesn’t always need to be significant. Old rings can be modified and remodelled completely or they can simply be restored in case of being damaged. Look at your old ring and think about what it is that you want. Sometimes even the smallest changes can have a significant impact. For example, if you have a yellow diamond or a gemstone within a band that doesn’t compliment the stone, a simple change of the band can give the ring a whole new fresh look without changing the overall design.
Nowadays, there are endless opportunities for resetting old jewellery and sometimes a simple update to a ring’s design can be a much better option than getting a whole new ring.
Discuss your options with us and we’ll suggest something that fits your needs best. From getting a new band for your ring to incorporating bespoke diamonds in an old ring to make it more modern, there is plenty to choose from when it comes to resetting.
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