Reusing stones in a new ring
Gems can normally be removed from old pieces and reused in a completely new engagement ring. There is always a small risk of damage although luckily this has never happened to us.
See reusing gemstones within the ethics section of the website for more information.
Re-using old metal
It is possible to melt down old gold and reuse it in a new engagement ring. The cost of reusing low carat gold can equal or exceed the price of buying new gold though, so this only really makes sense if there is a sentimental or ethical reason to do so or if you have a good quantity of higher carat gold. Alloy refining is a large scale process, so yellow gold cannot be re-refined to become white gold.
See reusing metal within the ethics section of the website for more information.
Reworking old designs or combining with a new ring
We are always happy to use your existing engagement ring as the basis for your new one, whether this involves repairing or altering the old engagement ring; or simply using it as a basis for a similar design.
By pairing your older piece of jewellery with, for example, a specially designed wedding ring, a new lease of life can be given to it. We often design wedding rings that actually fit around engagement rings giving an old fashioned design a more contemporary appearance.
Sometimes we also remake a brand new engagement ring bought elsewhere that the wearer didn't really like - adding more stones or remaking in a different metal can sometimes make all the difference. We commonly remake tension set engagement rings into a safer more practical alterative that we call tension style.
If you have any questions or would like to arrange a design consultation, please contact us.
- Read Kate's blog on old to new.
- Read Harriet's blog article on re-using platinum.