Resetting An Engagement Ring – Pros And Cons

Resetting an engagement ring is a decision that should not be taken lightly. The process of remodelling an engagement ring involves resetting the stones in the ring. This may include possibly changing the design of the ring to fit the stones. It is important to consider the pros and cons of a new design and the outcome of the ring before making a final decision.

Reasons to Reset or redesign Your Ring

Often times people’s rings just become worn down due to everyday use. These days people are often opting for ring designs which are more complex than in the past. Sometimes the more intricate rings may not be as steadfast as the more common four or Six claw rings of the past.

Rings can come in and out of fashion. Perhaps you just want to update the style while holding onto the sentimental value.

You may simply have become bored with the design and want something different.

Your wealth has changed and you can now afford a ring you may never have been able to afford years ago.

Pros Of Redesigning A Ring

Change the Design and Style

Resetting an engagement ring can give you the opportunity to change the design and style of your ring. You can choose a design that better reflects your personal style, or you can choose a design that is more current. For example, some clients like to add a halo to their ring to give a larger size to the appearance of a ring.

Refresh the Ring

An overhaul of the design can help to refresh the look of the ring. Even if you do not change the design, resetting the stones can give a new look to the ring and make it look new again.

Save Money

The remake of an engagement ring can be a cost-effective way to change the look of the ring. By resetting the stones, you can avoid having to purchase new stones, and you can save money on the overall cost of the resetting process.

Keep the sentimental value intact

Jewellery has a very high sentimental value. Incorporating parts of a loved one’s rings Jewellery is something we often experience.

Religious significance

In many cultures, rings are blessed in a wedding ceremony so keeping the original ring as at least part of the rebuild is often requested also.
Adding Colour or a birthstone

Cons Resetting An Engagement Ring


Resetting an engagement ring can be costly, depending on the design and the stones that you are using. The cost of resetting the ring can add up quickly. Especially if you are changing the design of the ring and purchasing new stones.
Damage to Stones. Resetting engagement rings can be risky because it can potentially damage the stones in the ring. The resetting process can sometimes cause the stones to crack or chip, which can decrease the value of the ring. Removing a stone from a ring is best done by cutting through the claws and removing them. A more brutish way is to bend back claws. However, this can often cleaver a stone and chip it.

Loss of Setting

A remodelling of your ring can also cause you to lose the setting that was originally used for the ring. This can be difficult if you are trying to maintain the original look and design of the ring. Overall, resetting an engagement ring can be a great way to refresh the look of the ring or change its design of the ring. However, it is important to consider the cost, the potential damage to the stones, and the potential loss of the original setting before making a final decision.
Upsetting a person who chose the ring for you. There is a delicate nature to engagement rings in particular. The very nature of the proposal and the sheer overwhelming delight at the realisation of the moment. Sometimes our racing emotions can get the better of us and ultimately everything can seem amazing. It is only after the dust settles and often after the wedding is long forgotten that we realise that perhaps the design is not really what you would like to see on your finger. Our advice is to be kind but also be honest. Gently explain that although the ring is beautiful you don’t feel it suits you.

Engagement Rings You Don’t Like

An engagement is one of life’s most emotional times. Your mind is racing and things need to settle.

Our advice is to give it a few days at least. Wear the ring and see if perhaps it grows on you. Maybe it is just something that you hadn’t thought of before. Now you have had a chance to wear it for a few days and give it a little more thought.

Be considerate, tactful and thoughtful but most of all honest with your fiance. If the ring is shop/store bought you should be able to take it back and exchange it. The ring must be in perfect condition and returned within less than a week of the proposal.

If the ring is a family heirloom it can be a little more difficult and require a little more finesse. But again be honest. You are not comfortable wearing it as your everyday engagement ring. You would prefer to keep it safe and wear it on special occasions or to special events. Store this one for special occasions and purchase another for your everyday wear.

Another option if the ring you are presented with is a family heirloom, is to have it remade but using all or some of the gems and metal of the heirloom. The original has over time most likely become brittle and worn around the claws. This is an opportunity to both change the setting and secure the stones.


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