I’ve got my grandmother’s diamond and ruby ring. It looks like it used to have more detail. I also remember it seeming really pretty when I was young. I considered getting it changed, but my best friend said that if I change it, I’ll ruin its value.
Truthfully, it looks pretty wrecked from being worn for fifty years or so. My mom says I should take the gems out and just have it redesigned into a new ring.
Do you have a more “middle of the road” idea for my ring?
– Loving Grammy’s Old Ring
Dear Loving Grammy,
I’m a big fan of returning an inherited ring to its original look, especially if there used to be engraving in its design. If a ring has been worn for as long as your mother wore hers, it often needs some repairing as well as a touch up on the engraving.
I feel that if a ring has been worn for many years that “value” that your friend is worried about you damaging is long past. To bring the beauty back to a damaged ring is the highest respect you can extend to an older ring. To restore a ring with enough hints at its former beauty can be rewarding.
And before following mom’s advice and giving up on a hard worn ring, imagine what it looked like years before. If its past glory was a look you would love to wear, restore it rather than pulling the ring apart.Your Personal Jeweler,