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Re: Anyone have experience re-designing jewelry pieces?

My mother and I have had several pieces remade, and I would suggest pre-made mountings if possible. Sometimes the workmanship is not what you might think it would be on custom made pieces. Some we've had made have been wonderful, some not so.

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Re: Anyone have experience re-designing jewelry pieces?

I did just get this three stone design semi mount from Gelin Abaci. You can only set gems 9 or above on the mohs scale in these tension settings. You can see their whole catalog online.

http://www.gelinabaci.com/html/360_degree_viewer.php?sNum=TR-182

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Re: Anyone have experience re-designing jewelry pieces?

Many of the companies do have online catalogs you can look though online. If you find something there should be a dealer near you, especially Stuller who sells parts and findings to most every jeweler.

http://www.stuller.com/browse/mountings

http://www.gelinabaci.com/html/tension_collection.php

http://www.novelldesignstudio.com/

http://www.leoingwer.com/engagement-rings.html

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Re: Anyone have experience re-designing jewelry pieces?

Wanted to add- i am fortunate enough to have a very good local MOM & POP jewelry store. The jeweler actually popped the diamond out of its old setting and weighed it in front of me before resetting it. If you "interview" a jeweler and don't get a good feeling about his opinion or his work, seek out another opinion before deciding.
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Re: Anyone have experience re-designing jewelry pieces?

Esmeraldagooch's post is perfect. I have had my engagement diamond reset onto a beautiful Florentined finish braided gold band. My longtime jeweler suggested to have the diamond prongs be platinum for safety's sake rather than gold. She was right on. Since she had done several redesigns of my unworn jewelery, I have had her use the before and after photos of her work so others could get a feel for her creativity. Suggest you ask prospective redesigners for samples of their work. Price compare only then. Since your piece is for a lifetime, don't scrimp on the labor: it will pay for itself. You can use unwanted jewelery to reduce the money outlay. If jeweler suggests adding stones, remember they've more experience in this field and want you to be satisfied with the end product!!! Good luck!
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Re: Anyone have experience re-designing jewelry pieces?

Really, truly, I can't thank you ALL enough for your replies. Especially, Esmerelda. Smiley Happy I feel that I am now armed with such great info before I head into this process.
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Re: Anyone have experience re-designing jewelry pieces?

Good luck with whatever you decide to do. Please let us know the result. And Happy New Year!

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Re: Anyone have experience re-designing jewelry pieces?

The only thing I have to add is to look extensively to find what you like. You can google rings and see thousands of designs. Make sure you go to a jeweler who does this all the time. Do not go to a mall jeweler. The cost will depend on what you choose, but please make sure you take the old setting back or sell it.

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Re: Anyone have experience re-designing jewelry pieces?

I had several items that I took the stones from and had new pieces made. It would be good to look around on the internet to see what sort of style suits you so you will have a feel for where you want to end up. Then go visit with jewelers who do this type of work. Once you see their design books you will know when they match your vision. How fun for you.

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Re: Anyone have experience re-designing jewelry pieces?

I think that an eternity band comprised of the two smaller diamonds from your original engagement ring, along with additional stones of the same size (could even be good quality CZ), would be classic.. and classy.

A deceptively-simple perfect circle. Smiley Wink

Your could wear it either way:

*stacked next to your anniversary band

or

*on the opposite hand's ring finger

HTH, and let us know what you decide!

(funny you should ask this, as 2015 is the year that I hope to get my p/t jewelry creations business off the ground, LOL)

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