Resetting old jewellery - a guide by RING jewellers
Here is our step by step guide to remodelling your old jewellery:
Firstly, send us photos of your current jewellery, along with pictures or a description of how you would like the new piece to look. The photos for the new design do not have to be exactly how you envisage the finished item, they could just be styles of ring or types of diamond setting that you like. Please also let us know who the ring is for because we sometimes make ladies jewellery from gents pieces & vice versa. You can email your photos to: [email protected]
Let us know if you would like the finished ring to be yellow, white or rose coloured. In the interest of honesty here's how we would use your metal: If your metal is yellow & you would like the finished piece to be yellow we will actually melt & reuse it. For finer gold work like collets (stone settings) we will supply metal to avoid multiple joins & weak points. If your metal is yellow & you would like the finished piece to be white or rose you can use your metal as part payment but we would not be physically using it. Alternatively we can return your old settings & just use your gemstones. If your metal is white & you would like the finished piece to be white you can use your metal as part payment but we would not be using it. This is because white metals contain alloys that make it prone to cracking when reworked.
Do bear in mind that you often need more gold weight than you may think. This is for 2 reasons. Firstly, there is a loss in weight when you melt & reuse gold. The other reason is sometimes customers rings have hollowed out sections inside (this can often be seen inside the ring in the shoulders, either side of the main gemstone). This means although a ring might look wide, it contains very little gold weight.
If you like the idea of using family gold but only wear white metals we can use the yellow gold as a subtle detail i.e. a gold 'liner' that you only see inside the ring when you take it off, or a narrow edge in gold (for example a 7mm gents ring with 1mm of yellow gold on one side).
Prices? We often have to see your jewellery to give an accurate quote but here is a guide to give you a starting point:
Making a plain, yellow gold wedding ring from your yellow gold: £245
Making a textured or engraved yellow gold wedding ring from yellow gold: £345 - £395
Resetting a diamond into a simple engagement ring style using your gemstone & metal (we would supply the metal for the collet): £545+
Resetting a diamond into a simple engagement ring style with us supplying the precious metal: £530 - £930 depending on the precious metal you choose (you can see the different metals by watching our short 'guide to metals' film here.)
Making a 'strand ring' using your metal & gemstones: £600+ You can see this style of ring by clicking here.
Making a 'strand ring' with us supplying the metal & using your gemstones: £995+ You can see this style of ring by clicking here.
Making a 'random set rubbover' or 'bubble ring' using your metal & gemstones: £600+ You can see this style of ring by clicking here.
Making a 'random set rubbover' or 'bubble ring' with us supplying the metal & using your gemstones: £995+ You can see this style of ring by clicking here.
Any questions just call 01273 773544 or use our 'contact us' page. If you would like to send us photos of your existing jewellery you can email them to: [email protected]