Re-Engraving a Boring Old Tiny Band Ring, Or How Re-Engraving Saved This Ring

Tiny band

Tiny Band Before Fixing and After a Lifetime of Wear. Click to Enlarge

Sometimes rings fall through the cracks in life. My client Carol inherited a tired looking tiny band ring. It had wonderful memories because it was from her Grandmother. It had never really seen the light of day since she’d  received it years ago.

She wondered if there was a way to make it look more interesting so it could become a 16th birthday gift to her daughter Faye.

Really Looking at an Older Ring

It did look a bit underwhelming at first. But upon closer inspection it showed that it started its life as a pretty and detailed engraved ring.

I suggested  re-engraving it to the time period it was made in.

Picking the Right Hand Engraver

Re-engraving done on tiny band ring

This Tiny Band Ring Sings After it was Re-Engraved

Before you have this work done on an older ring, know that it will probably need to be hand engraved as  that was the method used fifty years ago and earlier. Here is a cool engraving glossary.

Work with a jeweler who has a good hand engraver they work with, who has experience working on older rings. Ask to see pictures of work they have done so you’ll know they have the quality you wish for.

I recommend reading my blog on the different methods of engraving, so you’ll know the difference between them and see why hand engraving is my recommendation.

What a Difference Re-Engraving can Make

Re-engraving shown on tiny band ring

The Side View of This Cool Old Re-Engraved Tiny Band Ring

Sometimes a ring looks boring and your eyes glaze over and move on to something more interesting. But look again, you might be able to see potential in that boring ring. Look twice.

When her re-engraving was all done Carol said, “Good thing you’ve already sized it for Faye. I’d so wear that now!”

That totally made my day!

Other Before and Afters of Re-Engraving

Re-engraving and restoring a ruby and diamond ring

Re-engraving and restoring a grandma’s diamond wedding ring

Re-engraving an inherited ring with a big change in design

Re-Engraving Jeweler,
Calla Gold

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About Calla Gold

Calla Gold is a Personal Jeweler and Author who takes pride in working with clients one-on-one to integrate their personal sense of style and taste into custom designed jewelry and repaired jewelry pieces.   Unlike typical Santa Barbara jewelry businesses, Calla Gold has no brick-and-mortar location. Calla Gold comes to you, bringing you the jewelry collection you want to see and collaborating with you to create unique custom jewelry. Calla also works with at-a-distance clients.

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Linda Menesez
10 years ago

This is so pretty, Calla! I like what it represents for them, and also really like the hand-engraving. Have you rescued many little bands in your day?


4 years ago

On an antique, platinum engagment ring, that is likely non resizable, due to it’s design and engraving, could a jeweler cut out the upper bridge section of the ring and it’s engraving that runs right up to the ends of the bridge? The bridge is a half eternity band with an old mine cut diamond solitaire held by 4 prongs. The ring’s prongs also need to be repaired as their half clover like shape has worn down to a dangerous degree. I would like to have the new rings, look as much like their original predecessors. They were my mothers,… Read more »