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
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
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