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Fitting a 6mm diamond into a 5.5mm bezel? + more ques :)

february2003bride

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There's a halo bezel ring that I'm contemplating buying and I have a few questions from the bezel experts :)

It's a bezel halo setting and it currently has a .50 carat diamond in it. The jeweler said that it wouldn't be a problem or damage the bezel to remove it and set mine. I had always read that once a diamond is removed from the bezel that the piece is a goner. Is that incorrect?

The bezel holds a 5.5mm(.50 carat) diamond and mine is 6.01-6.03mm (.80 carat). When I told this to the jeweler, they said no problem, that it would fit. The actual bezel is somewhat thick, and I was hoping to have it thinned out and probably milgrained. Again, I thought for a bezel that the bezel had to be made to fit that diamond. Am I wrong? :confused:

I guess everything I've read on PS over the years contradicts what I was told today :?: The jeweler is a very reputable one so I don't have any reason not to believe them. They are currnetly double checking with a benchman to make sure it would fit correctly.

Thank you!

Feb03Bride
 

Laila619

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Hi Feb! I'm not an expert, but I'm surprised that it would fit. It just seems like too big of a difference to me?

ETA: Okay, if the jeweler is a reputable one, then I guess I'd believe them. But hmmm.
 

mjertl

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will they guarantee their work? If they have a very strong guarantee/waranty, then it is in their best interest to be very honest with you, and I'd trust them. I'm not an expert though.
 

diamondseeker2006

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Can you show us a ring with similar design? I think they'd have to remake the whole bezel to fit a larger stone. I probably wouldn't risk doing this, personally.
 

Circe

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What they're going to do, in all likelihood, is saw off the top of the bezel and solder on a new, thinner bezel into which to set the 6 mm stone. With a good jeweler, I'd feel perfectly comfortable doing this, especially if you think the current bezel is on the fat side.
 

Gypsy

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Get it in writing, insure the piece and talk to the benchman yourself and make sure you are on the same page.
 
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