by OboeGal » Apr 18, 2019 Hello, all! I'm considering having a stone recut, and don't really know where to begin. I've searched the forum hoping to find a comprehensive thread on the subject, but haven't succeeded in finding one - just snippets of threads mentioning a recut as an option in a particular situation, or threads showing the beautiful results of one, but not containing much info on how to go about it, what to consider, who to consider, etc. My particular situation is that I am going to set a new stone in my original engagement ring setting. My wedding set was purchased about 14 years ago from a local small jewelry store. Neither my DH nor I knew diddly about diamonds at the time, and ended up paying way too much for an at-best 'meh' center stone. We were much more focused on selecting the setting, which was a compromise choice between his tastes and mine; once it was selected, we just said, "OK. Plop a nice looking 0.50 carat round in there for us - done!" So......12 or so reasonably contented years later, I developed an interest (obsession?) in diamonds, rings, jewelry, etc., ended up here, and opened a Pandora's box to seeing things that I can't now un-see! Hence, a new (ideal/superideal) stone will go in the setting, which I'm more sentimentally attached to than the center stone, since the setting is what really represents our joint "venture" in getting the rings. That said, I do have sentimental attachment to the stone, and when I consider selling it, I just can't quite go there, but at the same time, I don't see myself wearing it in another ring as it is when I will constantly be seeing something ideal in my engagement ring setting. I already have studs that I'm quite happy with, as well as pendants with stones about that same size. The stone is exactly 0.50ct, GIA G/VS2, no flour, with a feather and a cloud, but no plot as to where. (I was told by a local jeweler when I had new prongs put on that they were surprised that it wasn't at least a VS1, as they thought the inclusions were so minor.) It has the dubious distinction of being a triple "Good." And it is reeaally spready: diameter 5.18-5.21 x 3.07mm, depth 59.1%, and table 62%. Very 'meh'. Now, I know it will lose weight and size with a recut, but I'm a smaller stone person with small hands and super short, stubby fingers, so if it ends up more like in the 4.5-4.9mm range, I'm totally OK with that, as I have another ring that accommodates that size that I really like as a RH ring, which currently has an almost-equivalently-performing 'meh' stone in it that could be replaced. So......any advice on how to proceed, or if it is a decent/terrible idea to do so, would be really appreciated! Thanks!