Remounting Diamonds and Revitalizing Your Jewelry
If you have old jewelry lying around, it’s a good idea to look at getting it repaired. Old, heirloom items can be remounted or revitalized in order to make them fit with modern fashions or to make broken pieces wearable again. There are many reasons that you might want to remount a piece of jewelry. Perhaps it is an old piece that is worn or broken, and it cannot be worn without extensive repair work. Perhaps the setting is dated and looks gaudy and you would like to change it. Alternatively, may be you have two pieces that you really like but would like to modify and merge to ‘make them your own’.
Often people inherit a sentimental stone and want to find a way to wear it that will suit their style. If you have an old stone that is highly valuable, and you want to show it off, then remounting that stone could be a good option. Another option is to remount the stones from an engagement ring when you get married or to take an inherited item that you can’t wear or that is damaged and turn it into something that suits you.
Some people remount items that don’t have sentimental value, but that are financially valuable. For example, you may have bought some yellow gold in the 70s or 80s and want to get the stones re-set in white gold because it is a more contemporary look.
Things to Consider when Remounting Diamonds
Having a diamond re-mounted will typically cost less than buying an entire new piece of jewelry, but there are some exceptions. You will need to consider things like if there are any changes needed to the stone after it is removed from its original mounting. You will also need to factor in the cost of buying a new setting, and how intricate it might be to mount it.
Some stones are hard to remount. If the stone is set into a bezel then it will need to be handled carefully. While diamonds are very hardwearing and durable, not all jewelers will feel comfortable working with all stones and all settings.
If a stone has been damaged (this is more common with other gems than with diamonds) then you should ask the jeweler if they think it would be a better idea to remount it as a pendant or in a pair of earrings. Often, these mounts will offer more protection for the stone, so will extend its useful life.
If you have any unused, or broken, gold jewelry then you should talk to your jeweler about using it to make the new piece. Sometimes the jeweler can recast it, and sometimes they will be willing to take the old items in as a part payment towards the new piece.
If you have gems that have suffered some wear and tear then you can get them repolished and recut, to bring them back to their original luster. It’s a good idea to have that done before you remount the jewelry so that you get the best possible looking piece.
Gems Can Last a Lifetime
Gemstones, and diamonds, have a huge amount of sentimental value and are often passed from generation to generation. Rather than letting them sit untouched and unloved because you don’t like the style of the ring or your hands are too larger or too small to fit the jewelry, why not get them remounted?
When you get a diamond remounted, it’s a good idea to consider the setting carefully. Some settings look better than others, and some are more hardwearing than others and therefore better suited to certain sizes of stone. Popular remount settings include:
The Classic Prong
Prong settings are popular with engagement rings. There are several metal claws, or prongs, that extend from the base of the ring and hold the diamond in place. The setting looks beautiful and can be used with most stones, but the prongs can loosen or break over time so these settings will need maintenance.
A bar setting uses long bars over the stone, instead of prongs. Bar settings are popular when you have several smaller stones, and they can look great – especially if you choose a contemporary style of ring.
Invisible settings use a metal cup to hold the diamond in place, and the entire face of the diamond is exposed. This is a stunning way of setting stones that have a lot of brilliance, but it requires a very high-quality diamond to really get the most out of it, and it is a setting that can be quite fragile, so there may be some risk of the stone working loose.
Bezel settings feature a band that wraps around the diamond to hold it in place. This can hide some occlusions and can make a small diamond look bigger. This means that it’s a nice way of showing off a slightly less desirable stone.
A channel setting is another way of showing off multiple stones. If you have several diamonds or gems to remount, then inserting them into the ring band can be a good way of working with them – this works best when all the stones are a uniform size and shape, however.
If you want a setting that is quite secure and low-maintenance, then a flush setting where the diamond rests into a hole and blends in with the rest of the band can be a good option. This is not seen as often as others but can be quite eye-catching when done well.
Cluster settings are a lovely way of mounting several diamonds or gems, and it can be a nice way of showing them off, even if the stones are different cuts and sizes.
There are many different mounts to choose from. Having an idea of what you want before you go to the jeweler is useful, but Elizabeth Diamond Company Jewelry and Repair shop will guide you based on the stones that you have.