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  1. ShinyIsMyFavoriteColor
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    by ShinyIsMyFavoriteColor » Mar 8, 2010
    My mother, who died about 5 years ago, left me her engagement ring and wedding band. The engagement ring has a diamond that appears to be around a carat and the wedding band has 6 channeled stones (quite small). They were both yellow gold rings and I wanted to set them all (round stone and all 6 small stones) into one white gold setting that I could wear on my right hand everyday.

    I stopped at Littmans Jewelers in the mall and they were having a "remounting event". I chose a very simply and comfortable rounded white gold band. The jeweler is setting the stone in the center with 6 prongs. The smaller three diamonds will be set on the sides using 4 prongs for each one. I am also having the stone appraised on its own before it goes into the ring, and then having the ring itself appraised.

    The total cost is $800. The gold ring and remounting came to $650 and the appraisal was $150.

    When the sales associate took a look at my diamond, she said that it was probably very old and my mother wasn''t the first one to have it (which makes sense because my parents loved estate jewelry). She said that it was probably a "mine cut stone" because of the way that it was cut and the fact that if I look through the lens, I can see a small circle in the center of the stone. Does this make sense? I thought mine cut stones were cushion shaped. This is definitely round.

    I''m curious to see what the appraisal brings. The stone is not very white and she said it had a fair amount of inclusions. I traded in my scrap gold for $75. I''m just nervous and hope that I didn''t pay too much...

    ::sigh::

    Ok that was a very long first post. Someone tell me that this is a decent deal. lol.


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  2. dreamer_dachsie
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    by dreamer_dachsie » Mar 8, 2010
    Most setting cost about that much. My concern would be that the end product is the quality level that you would want -- are the cobbling together a setting from diffeent pieces they have on hand? Or will it be cast? If it is not what you want when you see it, do not be afraid to speak up!
     
  3. CharmyPoo
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    by CharmyPoo » Mar 8, 2010
    It could be an old european cut.
     
  4. ShinyIsMyFavoriteColor
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    by ShinyIsMyFavoriteColor » Mar 9, 2010
    After doing some research and looking at pictures - it definitely does look like an old European cut! Is that a good thing or bad thing? Are they valuable or not really?

    The sales associate told me that I could have it recut to increase the value, but that would reduce the size by 1/3. I don''t want that.
     
    


    


  5. Stone-cold11
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    by Stone-cold11 » Mar 9, 2010
    It is an antique with a history, keep it as it is I say.
     
  6. Upgradable
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    by Upgradable » Mar 9, 2010
    DO NOT LET THEM RECUT THAT STONE!!!!!!!! AAAAAAHHHHHHHHRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!! [​IMG]

    Sorry, vintage stone junkie here who hasn't had her morning coffee yet. [​IMG] Please keep us updated on how the remount turns out. Oh, and a big old WELCOME to Pricescope![​IMG]
     
  7. ShinyIsMyFavoriteColor
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    by ShinyIsMyFavoriteColor » Mar 9, 2010
    Don''t worry. There is no way that I would ever have them recut the stone and the sales associate said that since it is a sentimental stone, she would not recommend it.

    How old are these stones? Is there any way to tell?

    Thanks!
     
  8. ericad
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    by ericad » Mar 9, 2010

    +1 to everything Uppy has so eloquently expressed (I haven''t had my morning coffee yet either). And the circle the jeweler mentioned is the culet. Your stone is likely an Old European Cut (some Old Mine Cuts can be quite round too) which is very special!
     
  9. ericad
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    by ericad » Mar 9, 2010
    When you get the ring back, post some photos and I will tell you what I can about the diamond. OEC''s were being cut 100+ years ago.
     
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