Having an heirloom diamond or engagement ring is such a treasure. I love getting to have a loved one close every day and wear something with so much meaning and history. If you’ve received a family piece but are wondering what to do next, this post is for you. Maybe the ring isn’t in great condition or maybe it is totally not your style and you’d like it reset. The diamond and engagement ring experts at Ritani are sharing some amazing tips on blending the old with the new!
heirloom ring seen in this handmade wedding | from Magnolia Adam’s Photography
If you have been given the ring of your dreams and you don’t want to change a thing, there are just a few things you want to do before you pop the question or place it on her finger:
- Take it to your local jeweler to have it examined for damage (wear and tear is inevitable). You want to make sure all the stones are secure and add new prongs if needed.
- If it is made out of yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, silver, have it re-plated for renewed shine.
- Have the ring re-sized and polished.
On the other hand, if the ring is not a style you like or if it is in poor condition, Ritani can help you reset your stone with their custom ring design option. This is the fun part! You can set up an online consultation to figure out the best way to make your heirloom yours. When trying to figure out the best design, first think about what you love most about the diamond or gemstone. Is it the shape, color, sparkle? Use this as your focus to guide which setting would be the best fit. You want to select a ring setting that will accentuate and showcase the heirloom stone to it’s brightest.
If it is a very old or very small diamond and you are worried about it holding up, Ritani can build a halo around the diamond for extra protection. Halos will also add extra brilliance to vintage diamond cuts that don’t display as much sparkle (because who doesn’t want a little more shine?) If it is a more unique shape such as a pear or marquise, try prong settings. It will both protect and highlight the diamond and it’s uncommon shape. Or for a more modern touch to an heirloom diamond try bezel and bypass settings.
So now that you’ve used Ritani’s custom designer to create the perfect engagement ring, next you get a 3D rendering of your ring for approval. Then your handcrafted ring then gets sent to your local store for you to try on. Simple right? They make it so easy to revive a vintage engagement ring or heirloom piece into something really special that you will love for a lifetime.