Creating New Generations of Family Heirlooms

A client stopped in who had originally bought her wedding ring from me years ago. She inherited her Mother and Grandmothers engagement ring and decided to incorporate here original wedding ring diamond with the other two diamonds from the past.

My client’s original wedding ring was an 18k yellow gold incredible band with baguette diamonds with a 1.0 ct round brilliant center stone. Her Mother’s ring was a platinum ring with a 0.90 ct round brilliant center stone and baguette side stone. Her Grandmother’s ring was a total weight set with a 0.75 ct center diamond. My client wanted to take the three large diamonds and make them into one ring. We decided if possible to use parts of her mother’s platinum ring in the design of the new ring. Here are pictures of the original three rings.

Three original rings.

Three original rings.

First, we removed all three center diamonds. My client’s original 18k yellow gold band was cleaned and is now worn without the large center diamond. This turned out to be a delightful look, maintaining her original wedding band. We removed the diamond from the old total weight ring and decided to use the mounting at the later date for another project for her daughter. The large platinum baguette ring was cut apart, saving the platinum and baguette pieces to be used in the new ring. We also used the platinum shank in the new ring. The three heads that hold the three different size diamonds had to be totally hand made to accommodate the height and diameter differences of the three diamonds. The baguette parts from the old ring had to be adapted so they could be welded to each side of the three center diamonds. Marsha had to make a new under bezel to hold all of the parts together. This was a very tedious project, fitting all the parts together and making it look like a unified design. The end result turned out fantastic. Here are pictures of the new ring.

One of the most delightful aspects of what we do at Richard Dolgin Private Jeweler is combining jewelry from the past and turning it into something that can be worn on a daily basis. These custom projects are a lot of fun to accomplish and mean so much to the families.

If you have family heirlooms that you are considering combining in a custom jewelry project or refurbishing for daily wear, stop in to Richard Dolgin Private Jeweler so we can discuss the possibilities.