Reusing Old Gold To Make A New Wedding Ring

Reusing Old Gold To Make A New Wedding Ring

Author: Marc Choyt | Monday, November 18, 2019

 

Making a new wedding ring from old gold, or creating new jewelry from old jewelry, has been our specialty since 1995! 

If you’re wondering what to do with your old earrings, or what to do with an old engagement ring or wedding rings, or are interested in resetting grandma’s diamonds into a new ring, we can do it!   We specialize in all kinds of custom jewelry design. 

We're not a typical jewelery store. We’re makers, artisans, and Santa Fe New Mexico’s Green Business of the Year! Check out  all our five star Google Reviews.  

Here's how to get started right away! 

Take a quick look at the photos below which will give you an understanding of what we can do at our shop.  Then, call 888-733-5238 and speak with me, Marc, the author of this piece and the co-owner of Reflective Jewelry.  You can also email Marc (at) ReflectiveJewelry.com.  Then, we can discuss your project and how to move forward.  

PLEASE NOTE:  If you leave a comment at the end, please note sometimes it takes a day for me to get back to you.  So, in general it's better to email or call.  

If you want details in the various options that would allow you to transforming old jewelry to new jewelry, below is the most thorough explanation of how to repurpose old jewelry into new jewelry of anywhere online.

 

What to Do with Making Old Jewelry Into New Jewelery and  Ideas for Old Wedding Rings 

Jewelry has profound talismanic meaning and symbolism. A ring, bracelet, or necklace often carries spiritual sparkle or ancestral energy into a new generation. Using inherited old diamonds in a new ring or having old wedding rings redesigned into a brand-new piece of custom gold jewelry not only makes perfect sense, but can also save you money.

We can repurpose that old wedding ring or old gold jewelry to make a new wedding or engagement ring. We have transformed countless pieces—whether it’s using old diamonds in a new ring, converting a ring to a necklace, transforming old gold earrings, bracelets, or chain into a ring or something else, or otherwise making old jewelry into new jewelry, we’ve got you covered.

It all comes down to special skills developed over 80 years of combined bench experience as artisans and makers. And also, living and working in Santa Fe, NM where we are part of a Southwest jewelry fabrication tradition that stretches back 500 years to the Spanish Conquistadors. 

We work with hand forged anvils, cow horn mallets, domed steel and a huge variety of specialty maker tools that give us a rare set of skills. To learn more, check out our Custom Jewelry page, with details on how we create your custom jewelfry from start to finish. You can even see how we make our Fairtrade Gold wedding rings by hand!

If you want to visit us in Santa Fe (virtually) and learn  more about what makes us unique to do your job, check out this short video of our studio that shows the range of what we can do and the set of tools we've accumulated over the past 25 years of being in business:

Let me clarify how Reflective Jewelry is different... 

While most jewelers focus on CAD/CAM computer programs, we hand make most of our jewelry designs in our Santa Fe, New Mexico Studio—from our Classic Comfort Fit wedding bands to our mixed-metal two-tone wedding rings

 

Melting Gold Jewelry into New Jewelry:  The Process

We can take an old ring, flatten and mill it thin, and incorporate it into another band. This gives you an infinite number of custom options if you want to combine our designs with your creative dreams.

We can also redesign old wedding rings into a new ring by melting the old material into a small ingot. We can do the same with an old bracelet, old pair of earrings—whatever gold you want us to use.  

From the ingot, we can flatten the gold out and turn it into wire of various lengths from which we can actually make a new wedding ring of any width.   

You can even send us a simple drawing for your custom idea. (See Case Study 7 at the bottom of this article.) Don’t worry about not being an artist! We can work with you. 

As the only certified Fairtrade Gold jeweler in the USA, we are used to making rings from scratch, totally in house—and we have special tools and skills that allow us to do this. 

Here's an illustrative series of photos that show how we work, followed by detailed information on numerous options you might consider:

 

Creating New Wedding Rings from Old Wedding Rings

After receiving your rings, and deciding upon what type of new ring you’d like, we melt down your rings as shown here:

 

Second, we go through a process where we take that lump of gold and flatten it and roll it through our mill:

 

At this point, what we end up with is a piece of gold, as shown below:

 

From here, we shape and form the new ring, using a special type of pliers:

 

We form this metal into the right width and thickness of your wedding ring.  It takes a lot of skill, but between our three jewelers we have over seventy years of jeweler/maker experience!  We work on old cottonwood stumps—a tradition for Southwestern jewelers that has been passed down for hundreds of years. 

 

Once this polished up, we have the ring shown!

 

How Much Does it Cost to Remake a Ring from Old Jewelry? 

As you can see, the process of redesigning an engagement ring or wedding ring is a complex and multiphase job that can take over five hours, and we can encounter all kinds of issues depending on the alloys in the gold itself. 

Let’s say that you want to make a simple wedding ring, the kind your parents or grandparents might have worn—or a comfort fit: meaning the edges on the inside are narrower than the middle, which can be either domed on top or flat topped.

The cost to remake this style of ring from old jewelry is $450 per ring. If you want a second ring and it has the exact same width as the first, then that costs an additional $250.

Let me elaborate…. 

Because we specialize in custom design, we can also incorporate a vast array of design elements on top of that band. This allows you to work with a two tone engagement ring or wedding ring style—using different colored metal on the borders and center of the ring. 

If you want some ideas, start with looking at our two tone wedding rings. Or you can send us a design that you would want on your ring.

You can put any finish you want on our rings. Whether it be hammered, textured, or a matte finish, there’s no extra charge

One thing to keep in mind is that most likely, due to complexities in our manufacturing, we’ll have to use our own gold to create the design element—though we can use your gold as the base of the ring.   

  

Does it Matter What Old Jewelry is Used to Make into New Jewelry?

The short answer is, no.  

Take this custom design, CASE STUDY 1, for example:

A customer wanted us to create something innovative with the gold from a wedding ring that had been her grandfather’s. She also had a bracelet with several diamonds on it that she wanted incorporated into the ring. 

She wanted some kind of heart motif on the design, so I suggested a variation of our Corazon ring. Instead of having one center stone, we could use the heart motif around the ring and set her smaller diamonds in it. 

She wanted the piece to be two tone, gold and silver. So, we used her gold to make the center of the ring and soldered on silver boarders. Then we set the diamonds. 
 

Whether you're sending us old rings or any other piece of old gold jewelry, such as old bracelets, pendants, or earrings, it makes no difference what jewelry we redesign into a wedding ring.

The price stays the same if what you want is a simple classic wedding band like your grandmother or grandfather wore.

However, we do not typically melt white gold with yellow gold. Making custom new jewelry from gold using white gold takes special consideration.   

 

Redesigning Wedding Rings and Engagement Rings from Old White Gold Jewelry

White gold is made with alloy that turns yellow gold into its white color. This alloy has special unique qualities that often make a high polish finish difficult. 

Here’s what’s essential…

If you want a smooth, high-polish finish, we will do our best but there might be small impurities that show through. This issue comes up specifically when using old white gold old to make new white gold jewelry or new white gold wedding rings.   

Sometimes in the polishing we find tiny pits on the surface of the white gold wedding ring or engagement ring. Some of our customers don’t mind. But for those who do, we highly recommend a design like our Playa style rings or rings with a hammered finish.  

 

As an example of our work using white gold, see CASE STUDY 2 here:

This white gold engagement ring contained an inscription on the inside of the band, marking the wedding date of a young couple. When we re-purposed this piece as a pair of smaller wedding rings, we re-created the inscription on the outside. You might notice some of the small pits mentioned above in the "After" photo. To some, this adds character to the ring! But if it's not your style, we can simply buy your gold at 93% of its value and create your design using new white gold.

 

What if There is Too Much or Not Enough Gold to Make New Jewelry from Old?

What if you have a size five, 3mm-wide ring, and you want to create a size nine 6mm-wide ring? We can do it!

What we will do is add Fairtrade Gold, which we source from this mine. While there are over 250 Fairtrade Gold jewelers in the UK alone, we are the only certified Fairtrade Gold jeweler in the entire US! We believe that Fairtrade Gold is the most precious and ethical gold in the world.  

For nearly fifteen years we’ve been pioneering ethical sourcing in the North American jewelry space.   

If we do use Fairtrade Gold, we’ll charge you simply for the additional gold needed for your project.  

If there is gold left over from your wedding ring redesign, we will either send it back to you or we’ll buy it at 93% of spot price.  That's basically using your gold as cash, because we can apply this gold as a credit toward the custom work that we do.  Please note also that we fix the gold price for purchase at the time that we receive the gold from you in our shop.  

 

Why Not Just Cast Using the Old Gold to Make New Rings? 

When casting rings, best practice is to purchase alloy from a supply house and mix it with 24K (pure) gold. 

If there was a way to refine your gold to 24K, we could use a casting process. But refiners capable of doing that kind of work do not refine the small amounts of gold because it is not financially viable.    

Recasting old gold from an old ring poses difficult challenges due to the fickle and unpredictable nature of heat, precious metal, and unknown alloys in a hot flask. You can end up with small bubbles or other irregularities on the surface of the ring. Therefore, it is always preferable to use pure metal with fresh alloy. 

But there’s an additional issue with redesigning old wedding rings into new custom jewelry. Suppose we melted down an old ring, intending to use this gold to cast a new ring.  When casting with old gold, best practice is to add a  percentage of new gold in with the cast. 

We also find that often our clients just send in one or two rings and there's not much extra to make the new ring. But there needs to be extra gold in the casting process for the sprew—the piece of metal that attaches the wax to a structure within the casting flask.   

What you need to know is this:

Casting from old gold poses difficult challenges. That's why we remake old jewelry into new jewelry by hand. Check out the handmade beauty crafted in our Santa Fe, NM studio in these two case studies:

 

CASE STUDY 3

This example is not exactly making a ring from a ring, but it might help you imagine what’s possible.

A woman who sadly lost her husband after many decades of marriage wanted us to make something out of his wedding ring.

We were able to cut the ring and stretch the gold into wire, from which we made this heart pendant. 

 

CASE STUDY 4

This project was a bit more challenging, but again it gives you a sense of what we can do as custom jewelers who make pieces by hand.  

Our client asked for a free-flowing wide ring that used her existing diamond.  We worked with her back and forth over what that image should look like and we came up with this design. It required a lot of finessing from our jeweler, Michelle, who is more accustomed to making less organic looking designs.  

In the end, our client wrote, "I received the ring and I love it. It fits perfectly too!"

 

Recycling Old Wedding Rings or Jewelry into Our Designs

Suppose you have an old gold bracelet, earrings, or pendant. We can melt down that gold jewelry to create new jewelry. Recycle your old wedding ring or jewelry into anything you like: wedding rings or even possibly other jewelry, such as a pair of simple cufflinks or even the heart design shown above in Case Study 3. 

The process for doing this is pretty much the same as we've shown in the photos at the top of this article. We melt down the gold, roll it out and form it into a flat sheet. From here, we cut and form the gold sheet or wire from your actual pieces of gold.  We take that gold wire and incorporate it into our regular maker processes. We can then add our designs on to this piece of gold which allows an infinite number of  design options—using our motifs or creating motifs of your choice as an overlay.

 

Making New Custom Designs Using Old Jewelry 

Since we started our company in 1995, customers have requested absolutely anything and everything, ranging from changing out gemstones in existing designs to immortalizing the pawprint of a beloved four-legged friend.

We can modify one of the engagement rings offered on our website or create the custom wedding ring of your dreams.

For more detail on this, check out this 2 minute video on our Custom Jewelry Design process.

 

There are some limitations on what we can make by hand, but we're cabable of doing a huge range of projects, as you'll see if you watch the video  above.   Just give us a call and we'll talk about it! 

Is Recycling Your Gold Eco Friendly? 

Despite white other “ethical” jewelers may misleadingly claim, the answer is, not particularly.  The bottom line is recycled gold is greenwashing.   

Regardless of how much jewelry is recycled, gold mining will continue, particularly in the case of small-scale miners who live in impoverished exploited conditions.   

We have to do something for those impoverished small-scale miners—25 million of them.  Fairtrade Gold gives them the best chance to live dignified lives, and reduces global mercury contamination.  

The real value of reusing or recycling your own gold is that the gold has talismanic importance. Using your gold can also save you money.  

If you want to learn more about this issue, read my article: 15 Reasons You Should Buy Fairtrade Gold Jewelry Vs. Recycled Gold Jewelry.  

 

Resetting Diamond Engagement Rings

Resetting diamond engagement rings with your diamond or gemstone is very common for us! We can take your old gold and make a new ring with it, or we can reset your diamonds into one of our designs. The ring below is one of our designs, but was reset with a customer's diamond of over two carats.   

 

Case Studies: Jewelry Redesign Before and After 

Finally, here are a few additional case studies to demonstrate what we can do:

CASE STUDY 5

Now for an example of a query and my response which might help you understand a bit more about these issues: 

Here's a question I received in my email  in Oct. 2018:

I've got an 18K gold ring and a 14k gold rings and I want to create one ring. I also have two small diamonds and I'd like to add an emerald as well into the design. Can you give me an estimate? Thank you! 

And here' are my initial considerations

Let's say that, with the two small rings, melted into one, you want a basic ring such as this classic wedding ring style.   That's easy for us to do. 

I don't know whether she has white gold or yellow gold....  Sometimes with white gold we recommend a textured finish—such as our Playa style,  which we can make in any width. We could also do a hammered finish, as shown with our River ring design.

Another option would be for us to overlay one of our designs on top. For example, our Flores motif here, shown on top of a gold base, can be applied on top of a ring made with your gold. We have numerous designs to choose from.  

Setting the diamonds-- the issue is, the new ring has to be wide enough to accomodate the diamonds.  Flush setting, which is setting small diamonds (under 3mm) inside the ring itself costs $39 each.   If they are larger then the price would be different, depending upon the size. 

As for the emerald: again, that depends on the size. But a 5mm round emerald set in gold would cost about $150 to set. We have some great emeralds in house if you are interested. Here's info about our emerald sourcing.

 

CASE STUDY 6

Here's an example of us using a customer's center stone sapphire and small accent diamonds to make an entirely new ring. In this case we did not re-use the gold, but gave the customer 93% of its spot value toward the making of the new ring.

Celtic motifs are near and dear to our hearts, so we were thrilled to create this Trinity Knot design!

 

CASE STUDY 7

You can even send us a simple drawing for your custom idea. Don’t worry about not being an artist! We can work with you. 

With the ring above, we used our client’s diamonds. The whole custom job, entirely handmade,  from the customer’s drawing to the final product, ran $2200.  

 

We hope this provides at least a starting point! If you have any more questions, let us know. The best thing for you to do is to call me, Marc, at 888-733-5238, so we can talk personally about the project. Otherwise, you can email me at  Marc (AT)reflectivejewelry.com. You can also leave your question or comment in the comment section below. Once it comes through to my personal email, I'll approve it and respond back. (This can take less than an hour or 24 hours, depending upon what I'm involved with at the shop!)  

Thanks for taking the time to read this article.  We hope to work with you!    

PS:  One more thing: shipping.  We recommend US Post Insured.   Send the jewelry to me, Attn: Marc , Reflective Jewelry,  912 Baca Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505.  

 

 



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Comments ( 62)

Posted by: Jo Smith on Nov 09, 2017
I already have had some of my dad's yellow gold rings looked at and they are able to be melted down and made into a 6mm band with an edging. Im looking at other estimates?
Posted by: Brand Ambassador @ RJ.com on Nov 21, 2017
Hello Mr. Smith, yes we do this sort of thing all the time. Are you local to Santa Fe? Or are you out of town?
Posted by: Rob Lara on Jan 13, 2018
I have my grandmother wedding ring and I would like to make it into a different ring that fits my fingers are you able to help me
Posted by: Marc Choyt on Jan 15, 2018
Rob, we can generally make a new ring from an old ring, especially if you are looking for a simple wedding band. We melt the gold, then reform the gold into the material from which we make the band by hand. The cost isn't as much as buying a new band because you just pay for our time. If you are interested in this, please give us a call. 888-733-5238,
Posted by: Gloria Gfeller on Jan 23, 2018
Do you make new rings out of old rings
Posted by: Marc Choyt on Jan 24, 2018
Hi Gloria, In some cases, yes, we can do that. Please contact us at 888-733-5238 to discuss possibilities. Thanks!
Posted by: Barry Hatton on Jan 29, 2018
I have ~20gm of old gold rings (~6rings ) from family and previous marriages that I was hoping might be used to make two plain wedding rings (1x 2-3mm and 1x 3-4mm) that could be inset with an emerald and two diamonds reflecting the emerald and diamond engagement ring I gave my fiancé last year. I have two emerald and diamond rings (1x eternity ring and 1x engagement ring) that were my mothers that could provide the gemstones. What are the prospects of my realising my dreams ?????
Posted by: Marc Choyt on Jan 29, 2018
Hi Barry, We can do this. Give us a call at 888-733-5238. We'll also give you 93% of the spot value for the gold that we don't use, which can go toward the cost of producing a ring.
Posted by: Rebekah Nimtz on Apr 30, 2018
Hello, My fiance and I were wanting him to use an family heirloom ring (18k simple band 3 or 3.5 mm) that happens to be a number of sizes too small. It's 8.5 or so and he needs 12. We are located in Indiana. Are you able to take long-distance requests? If so, what might that run? We'd be interested in it being flattened a touch too as opposed to rounder in shape.
Posted by: Marc Choyt on Apr 30, 2018
We definitely work long distance customers all the time. We can help you reshape and remake your ring. Give us a call at 888-733-5238 or email me: Marc(AT)reflectivejewelry.com and we'll figure out the next step.
Posted by: Heather Morin on Jun 10, 2018
I have my original wedding ring and I was wanting to see if I could take it and make a new one
Posted by: Marc Choyt on Jun 11, 2018
Hi Heather, We might be able to roll out the gold and produce a new ring... it just depends on what exactly you want.... Thanks for your comment. Marc
Posted by: Dee Cresina on Jun 13, 2018
I have a wide gold wedding band that I want to reshape into a square ring with my initial on it. Is that possible.
Posted by: Marc Choyt on Jun 13, 2018
Yes, I think that your request is possible. Feel free to contact us with your idea.
Posted by: Susanna M Newsom on Jun 29, 2018
I would like a rough estimate on making a new wedding band for my husband out of my old wedding band?
Posted by: Marc Choyt on Aug 30, 2018
Sorry for my slow reply. Generally, it depends upon the time it takes, but a range might be between $300 and $500,.
Posted by: Judy on Jul 12, 2018
I have two substantial wedding bands of mine and my deceased husband. They are yellow gold with a flowers engraved around (I, of course, can send you pictures). I would like to have a small (I have small wrist) simple bracelet made out of them and retain at least one of the flowers in the design. I realize that more gold may be required - and wouldn't mind a mix of white and yellow. Is this something you could help with - or do you have any other ideas for repurposing such sentimental jewelry? Thanks in advance!
Posted by: Marc Choyt on Aug 30, 2018
Sorry for my slow reply. We definitely can assist with these kinds of projects. Please contact our shop at 888-733-5238 or email us at info(AT)reflectivejewelry.com
Posted by: Julie Lombard on Aug 06, 2018
I'm confused. This article essentially says you can't make a simple gold band using other gold bands (new gold band made from Granny's old bands). But in the comments attached to the article, you say, test, we do it all the time. I have 3 inherited gold bands, I'd like made into one gold band. Is that possible?
Posted by: on Aug 30, 2018
Thanks for pointing out the inconsistency. Our processes have evolved over the two years since the article was first posted. I just modified the article to eliminate the inconsistency that you pointed out. So, in fact, we can make bands from Granny's old wedding ring.
Posted by: Drella on Sep 28, 2018
Can a gold band with 8 small diamond chips and a small garnet be made into a white gold or platinum band with or without the jewels?
Posted by: Marc Choyt on Oct 29, 2018
We can remove the stones and set them in another band, but we can't use the same gold. If we have yellow gold, we can make a simple new yellow gold band by melting it and forming it into a new band. But we can't make a yellow gold band into a new white gold band, or a platinum band....
Posted by: Jay Mickenberg on Oct 28, 2018
Where are you located?
Posted by: Marc Choyt on Oct 29, 2018
We're located in Santa Fe, NM. But you can always send us what you have. We work a lot over the phone with people and have for over 20 years.
Posted by: Annette Leonard on Nov 22, 2018
Thank you for this informative post. I’m hoping to have my recently deceased mama’s wedding band turned into simple bands for my sister and me. I’m not with my mom’s ring (and it was remade 15 years or so ago, she lost her 1965 original). From memory, it is likely 24ct and about 5mm. I was imagining something like your simplicity bands for my sister and me (no diamonds) and wonder what ballpark we might be looking at for expenses and timelines. Thank you so much, Annette
Posted by: Marc Choyt on Nov 23, 2018
Hi Annette, It your mama's ring is indeed 24K gold, then it would be quite unique. I've never had 24K gold rings come into my shop. More than likely, it is 18K or 14K gold. That being the case, we could certainly make two rings out of it, provided that there is enough gold for us to do so. Ultimately it would depend upon how wide your mama's ring is and how wide you want your rings. But assuming all this worked out, I think that for us to make two new rings out of that one old one would run about $800.
Posted by: Jessie Fabling on Dec 17, 2018
Hello, I am interested in repurposing a ring. Please call me at 5408728144 or email. Thank you!
Posted by: Marcf Choyt on Dec 18, 2018
Sure, Jessie-- I'll call you later today.
Posted by: Jennifer Bieri on Jan 05, 2019
Hello, I'm interested in remaking my wedding ring and band into one single ring. I'd like something simple with the diamond imbedded. It's a small diamond, so I'm thinking that would help to imbed it. I have no idea if this is possible. I'm wondering where you are located, and what the process is? Thank you for your response.
Posted by: Marc Choyt on Jan 10, 2019
We can definitely do what you'd like. In terms of process, the best thing is that you email me : Marc(AT)reflectivejewelry.com or just give us a call at 888-733-5238 so that I can answer your specific questions. In most cases I can give you a pretty good price estimate. If you decide to move forward, you just send us the rings and once we agree upon everything I take a 50% deposit, and the balance once the job is done.
Posted by: Martin on Jan 22, 2019
Just an amazing service your jewelry-shop provides here. You are among the most competent jewlerers I have ever known. Congratulations.
Posted by: Marc Choyt on Jan 23, 2019
Thanks for your very kind words about our shop. Most jewelry today is designed on a computer, printed out on a 3 D scanner, and sent to casting. Very little handwork, except setting stones. We are really old style jewelers, working by hand. Using anvils and hammers. We have over 80 years of bench experience among our jewelers. The love of craft and tradition is infused in the piece itself.
Posted by: Justine on Jan 25, 2019
I have an old sapphire ring that I would like to make an engagement ring out of and a wedding ring and if possible use 1-2 of the stones to put into a male wedding band? Let me know how you want me to send you the photos of the ring.
Posted by: Marc Choyt on Jan 27, 2019
We can definitely do that. Just send images to me: Marc(AT)reflectivejewelry.com
Posted by: on Jan 27, 2019
Hi Cher, If it is white gold, we can work with it. If it is platinum, we can take the metal and recycle it and give you 93% of its market value. Give me a call at our shop: 505-988-7393 and we can discuss futher.
Posted by: Cher on Jan 27, 2019
Good morning! I want to repurpose a family engagement ring, as my wedding band. The ring looks to be white gold or platinum, I'm not sure. The ring has a small diamond that I'd like to keep, maybe in a bezel setting. I would also like to purchase smaller diamonds to set around it in a channel or pave type setting. Lastly, I would love to engrave two dates inside the ring. Is this possible? I would love any of your suggestions/creativity!
Posted by: Adam Jackson on Mar 24, 2019
I have a very new ring that I’d like changed. I proposed to my now fiancé a little over one year ago (wedding scheduled for October of this year), with this ring. We have since bought a newer ring of the exact same style, but fit better so I have the original ring (minus the center diamond which is in the new ring) that I’d like to have turned into the wedding band. Is that possible? It is 18k white gold.
Posted by: Marc Choyt on Mar 25, 2019
Hi Adam, Yes, definitely possible. Just contact me directly. You can reach me at Marc (AT) reflectivejewelry.com
Posted by: Lionel Torres on Apr 29, 2019
I have lots of broken jewelry, and would like to make a ring or 2 with it. Im not sure u still exist or in business still I'll send u a picture of the broken jewelry I have, hoop earrings and bracelets and just waiting for a correspondence and then I'll give you more details thanks
Posted by: Marc Choyt on Apr 29, 2019
Lionel, feel free to contact me directly and send photos if you like to my email: marc (AT) reflectivejewelry.com. We can definitely make wedding rings from old gold jewelry.
Posted by: Denise on Jul 22, 2019
I have my mothers pink gold wide wedding band. I’m interested in having it cut in half and having two wedding bands made from it. Can this be done and approximately what would the cost be?
Posted by: Marc choyt on Jul 23, 2019
Hi Denise, We can definitely do that. The width of the new rings is going to depend upon your sizes and the size of your mother's ring. The initial cost for one is $450. They take about 4.5 hours of time. Assuming that the new rings are the same width, the additional cost for the second would be $225. Please feel free to call me personally at 888-733-5238 or email Marc (at) reflectivejewery.com to discuss further.
Posted by: Allyson Steen on Aug 05, 2019
My fiancee has his grandfathers ring that has been passed through the family. we were wondering if it would be possible to have it sized for his finger and to just create a simple band for him. the band also has 2 very small diamonds in it that he is indifferent about.
Posted by: Marc Choyt on Aug 06, 2019
Hi Allyson, We can definitely remake your fiancee's ring, sized to his finger. Simply send us the gold and we can get started. Address it to me: Marc Choyt, Reflective Jewelry, 912 Baca St. Santa Fe, NM 87505. You can send it via the US postal service, as they insure precious metal and stop by our shop every day to deliver. I'll also need your fiancee's size. Be sure to also give us your address and phone number.
Posted by: Amy Rusch on Aug 21, 2019
Good afternoon, I have an heirloom plain gold comfort band wedding ring that I would like to have pave set with some stones and have a design engraved onto it. maybe like an astrological theme with the pave stones being the center of the stars or something like that. Maybe even something as simple S a pave center stone and then a hammered finish. I dont want to melt the ring down, or change the size/shape of it. Is that something your shop could do?
Posted by: Marc Choyt on Aug 21, 2019
Hi Amy, Hammer finish-- sure. We we flush set stones very close to each other, but we don't do pave in our shop. If you're set on pave, we're not the right company. But if you're open to other stone setting options, we're happy to work with you.
Posted by: Judie Marlin Andrews on Sep 05, 2019
i am so glad to have found you! I have two old gold bracelets and I would like to have one of them repurposed to match the other. I have two daughters and I want to be able to give them each a bracelet that matches. Can you help? Judie 610-608-3078
Posted by: Marc Choyt on Sep 05, 2019
Hi Judy, Good to speak with you! Looking forward to doing the project together. Marc
Posted by: kori on Sep 18, 2019
Hi. I want to repurpose an old diamond set engagement ring into a minimalist thin band with the same diamond. Is this something you are able to do? I can/will provide pictures of the finished product I am looking for. Also, I am on the east coast. Do you only serve local business? Thanks! -Kori
Posted by: Marc Choyt on Sep 18, 2019
Hi Kori, we can definitely do exactly what you describe. And, we do this work for people all over the country. Please send the material to us at Reflective Jewelry, 912 Baca St. Santa Fe, NM 87505. Feel free to email me directly at Marc (at) Reflectivejewelry.com or call 888-733-5238 and we can discuss details.
Posted by: Natalie Douglas on Oct 15, 2019
I have a thick gold band that was my mother’s wedding ring, a ring with very small diamonds that was my grandmothers, and a ring that was my great grandmothers with small diamonds. I’d like to get 5 bands with some of the small diamonds put in them.. I’d like for all three golds from the rings used in each band. Is this possible? And how much money would I be looking at? I’m in Florida
Posted by: Marc Choyt on Oct 16, 2019
Hi Natalie, First, yes we can do the job. However, in context to price, there are a lot of variables in your question. We charge $39 per stone to set small diamonds into a ring. And, we charge $450 to make a new ring from an old ring. If we are making new rings of all the same width, then the cost of making a second ring would be considerably less-- $250 and maybe even less for the third ring. If there is not enough gold, then we would have to add gold and I don't know the cost for this without more specifics. Hopefully, this gives you a starting place. If you have any questions or want to discuss the project give us a call at 888-733-5238,
Posted by: Mary Jane Banyi on Oct 30, 2019
My husband of 52 years recently died of cancer. I'd like to combine our matching gold wedding bands into one pendant.
Posted by: Marc Choyt on Oct 30, 2019
Hi Mary Jane, we would be honored to make the two rings into a pendant. Do you like the heart design that shown in the picture above in the article, or something else? Please contact us directly via telephone: 505-988-7393. Or email: Marc (at) Reflectivejewelry.com
Posted by: chris manzone on Nov 11, 2019
Hello! I have an old charm bracelet that I would like to melt down and use to make a simple 4-piece puzzle ring. Can you give me an estimate of what this would cost? I can weigh the bracelet, but don't know if you will have too much (or too little) gold to make into the ring. Thank You.
Posted by: Marc Choyt on Nov 11, 2019
Hi Chris, I would have to see the design that you're thinking of to give you a price quote. Also, I'd have to know the weight of the bracelet. The best thing would be for you to contact me at marc (AT) reflectivejewelry.com with some images and we can go from there.
Posted by: Earl Swenerton on Nov 16, 2019
I had a shop accident and, thank God, I did not lose my finger; but, they had to cut off my wedding ring in the emergency room. It is a very plain ring (much like the remade rind in your photo) with a lot of sentimental value. I would like the ring remade from the old gold, and slightly larger (I realize you may need to add some gold). What is my next step?
Posted by: Marc Choyt on Nov 18, 2019
Hi Earl! The next step would be simply for you to send the ring that you have back to our shop. US post is good, as they will insure anything. Then, once I get the ring for you, I can let you know how much gold we'll need to complete the job. Send the ring to me: Marc Choyt, Reflective Jewelry, 912 Baca St. Santa Fe, NM 87505 If you want to discuss, feel free to give me a call at 8878-733-5238.
Posted by: Sarah on Nov 17, 2019
I am interested in buying a chunk of metal with my boyfriend and using that chunk for our wedding rings (both bands and engagement setting). I am interested in sleek bands for the engagement and male ring but a sapphire encrusted female wedding band. How much metal should I be looking at purchasing for this? I am interested in mainly white gold or platinum - what type of metal (or metals) should I look at acquiring for a jeweller?
Posted by: Marc Choyt on Nov 18, 2019
Hi Sarah, If you want to work with platinum, we would be casting your ring. If you want us to hand fabricate your ring, then we would use the white gold. But we can alloy the gold white, so it would be best if you purchase 24K gold, or a high carat gold coin. In context to the amount, that depends upon the sizes and widths of your ring. If you could just call me at 888-733-5238 we can discuss this further and sort it out. Thanks for your interest!
Posted by: Kevin Koontz on Nov 20, 2019
Can you take my gold weeding band and turn it into a cross that I can put on a necklace?
Posted by: Marc Choyt on Nov 20, 2019
Hi Kevin, thanks for contacting me via email as well as posting this. As I said in my response to you, yes, this is definitely something we can do. Cost depends upon whether we can form the cross with wire as we have done in the heart image above-- that would be $450. If we need to carve it with wax, then cost would be determined by the complexity of the design.

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