Reusing Old Gold To Make A New Wedding Ring
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Reusing Old Gold To Make A New Wedding Ring

Author: Marc Choyt | Wednesday, September 16, 2020

SPECIAL NOTE:  WE CAN REDESIGN OLD JEWELRY USING YOUR GOLD AND GEMS TO CREATE ANYTHING YOU WANT,  from a pavé setting to converting a ring into a necklace. Check out our 130+ Five Star Google Reviews. Then, call my cell at 505-699-8179 to discuss your project.  Marc Choyt, co-owner


Making a new wedding ring from old gold, collaborating in old wedding ring redesign, or creating new jewelry from old jewelry is our specialty! 

Having your grandmother's wedding rings or gold jewelry redesigned into necklace allows you to wear that connection to your ancestors. Additionally, with gold around $2000 an ounce, repurposing jewelry saves you money!  Many of our current customers even pay for the job with excess gold, which we'll purchase at 93% of spot value. 

If you want to repurpose old earrings, bracelets, an engagement ring or wedding ring into new jewelry or rings, or are considering converting a ring to a necklace in a jewelry redesign process, we are the jewelers you've been looking for. 

This article, which specifically illustrates more with great detail more repurposing jewelry options than you'll find anywhere else online, is divided into four sections:

1.  About us:  This covers who we are and what we're capable of doing in our repurposing jewelry projects. Your material has tremendous personal value, so it's probably important that you get a sense of our company. You can also explore our website further and see our design line. 

2.  Case studies:  Over the past few years we've done hundreds of custom jewelery from old jewelry projects. However, only just recently did we start doing before and after shots. You'll find some of these jewelry redesign before and after photos in this article.  

3.  How we redesign old jewelry into new:  This section, mainly studio photos, shows how we actually make an old wedding ring into a new wedding ring.  

4.  Costing:  What will your jewelry redesign project cost? Some of our redesign old jewelry project have a fixed price, while for others you'll have to contact me for a quote. The good news is, if you're on a budget, as most of us are during COVID, we have ideas to cut costs!



Since 1995, we have been making new jewelry from old, focusing on old wedding ring redesign and creating new jewelry from old gold. 

We also specialize in all kinds of custom jewelry design using old gold that our customers send us from all over North America to make new pendants, bracelets or even earrings.   


The Reflective Jewelry gallery, located in Santa Fe, New Mexico in the Baca Street Arts District.

Visit us in Santa Fe New Mexico! We're Santa Fe's 2019 Green Business of the Year. Our workshop is adjacent to the store.


Three things give us an extraordinary capacity for this kind of custom work that few others can match: 

First, we can design just about anything any other jeweler can using CAD/CAM computer programs using your gold! That means that if you want a three-diamond ring, reset an engagement ring, create earrings with 60 pavé diamond, or simply to convert a wedding ring into a pendant or cross, we can do it.  

Second, we are experts in hand fabrication using repurposing old jewelry using your gold and gems. Though we have technical expertise, we are designers, artisans, and makers. We have over eighty years of combined bench work experience. For example, while most jewelers (including us) can design something on a computer and send it off to be made, few have the skill to take on this sort of project:


From old and forgotten, to new and "absolutely exquisite!"


We are part of a Southwest jewelry fabrication tradition that dates back to the Spanish Conquistadors. We work with hand-forged anvils, rolling mills, cow horn mallets, domed steel and a huge variety of specialty maker tools used to cut metal by hand, forge designs, and stamp out motifs. 

Third, With most projects, I'm the lead contact and project manager.  Except when I am on vacation, (which isn't often because we're so busy even during COVID), you get to deal directly with the owner of a small designer jewelry studio. That's me. 

Here's the bottom line: 

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,we can take on projects that few jewelers would ever consider.  


PART 2:  Repurposing Jewelry Case Studies 

CASE STUDY 1:  Using Your Material To Redesign Jewelry Based On Our Designs

One of the most popular options for our jewelry redesign customers is to choose one of the designs in our extensive line and use old gold to make something that they love.

This means that you can turn a wedding ring into a pendant of our design, for example. (And, even if we typically make the piece in gold and silver, we can make it in solid gold.)

Though we've done many projects where we convert a ring into a necklace, in this case study we show two old wedding ring into new wedding ring options. 

Here, one of our customers choose to make our Donegal Engagement Ring design using his gold and his grandmother's nearly 2-carat diamond. You can see below the material he gave us on the left — except for the diamond which I had immediately removed for safe keeping.


We can turn a ring into a pendant, or a pendant into a ring! Here, we took old gold chain and an inherited diamond and created a brand new engagement ring redesign.

We’re often resetting heirloom diamonds in engagement ring redesigns.


In the second case, 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. I don’t have the before image in this case, just the after.   

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. 


You can see from this custom ring design, which features 6 hearts and diamonds, that we can make old jewelry into new jewelry of any kind!


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 borders. Then, we finished the design, using old diamonds in a new ring!

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

What's really cool is that we can use any of the motifs you find other jewelry. You can look at our necklaces for women, for example, for inspiration. If you don’t find what you want, let us know what you're looking for. I’m sure we can make it!


Redesigning Wedding Rings And Engagement Rings From Old White Gold Jewelry

CASE STUDY 2 involved using white gold, which poses its own set of challenges. 

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 when repurposing jewelry.  

Here’s what’s essential for you to know…

If you want a smooth, high-polish finish, about 75% of the time, there's no issue. But about 25% of the time, small impurities in the form of tiny pits show through. This issue comes up specifically when using old white gold to make new white gold jewelry or new white gold wedding rings.   

Some of our customers embrace this look. But for those who don't like it, we highly recommend, when considering ideas for old wedding rings, a design like our Playa style rings or rings with a hammered finish.  

We can hammer, texture or matte the surface of your old wedding ring redesigned at no extra cost. But if you opt for a smooth high-polish finish, you may end up with a surface as shown below: 


We can redesign wedding rings and engagement rings from old white gold jewelry, as shown here! We transformed this old white gold engagement ring into a brand new pair of white gold wedding rings.


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.

To some, this pits shown on the upper part of the right ring add a depth of character. But if this doesn't speak to you, and you don't want a textured finish, we can simply buy your gold at 93% of its value and create your design using new white gold.

Here's what I recommend: 

If you want a high polish, let's just go for it. If not, or if we do have pitting, then we can talk about options. Finishes are always applied as the last stage in ring production. 


Casting Using Old Gold To Make A Custom Wedding Or Engagement Ring 


Actually, this isn't quite "before" and "after." Case study 3 involves casting a new ring using old gold, to make old jewelry into new jewelry.

When casting rings, best practice is to purchase alloy from a supply house and mix it with 24K (pure) gold. Recasting old gold from an old ring can pose difficult challenges due to the fickle and unpredictable nature of heat, precious metal, and unknown alloys in a hot flask. 

While the vast majority of jewelers will not even consider using your gold to cast a new ring, we have successfully done it so many times that we say, no problem!    

We were asked to duplicate the ring on the left, which is made in base metal. We used the customer's old gold to make the new ring on the right, which we set with a ruby and lab grown diamonds.  


We can cast using old gold to make a custom wedding ring, engagement ring, or even designer ring—as shown here with this class ring!



Incidentally, we source our lab grown diamonds from the Diamond Foundry, the only carbon neutral lab grown diamond manufacturer. 

But here's what you have to know before you start:

There needs to be a lot of extra gold in the casting process for the sprew—the piece of metal that attaches the wax to a structure within the casting flask. The sprew can have as much gold by weight than the ring.  

So, if you want us to cast a ring using your gold, send us lot of gold. Or, we can move forward using our gold to create the cast. In this case, you would have to be OK knowing your new ring will not be 100% your gold, but a combo of our gold and your gold.

But what this option does allow is for us to make virtually any engagement or wedding ring that you can imagine. Learn more about custom projects here.  


Converting A Ring To A Necklace


 This is the kind of project that involves our bench work skill to convert a ring to a necklace.

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 converted the ring into a necklace in the shape of a heart.


Our jewelers can convert a ring to a necklace, creating new jewelry from old in ways many other jewelers can't!



Heres's another example...  For this project, we melted the white and yellow gold from the ring on the left—which belonged to our customer's grandfather—and made the new two-tone ring on the right. We had some extra gold from this project, which we used to create a heart pendant for our customer's grandmother which served as a wedding gift for an additional $175.  


We converted this old wedding rings into a necklace and a new ring.




If you want to turn a ring into a necklace, we could actually do a much more extensive project than just bending wire. This would involve creating a wax carving and casting out the new design with your gold. 


Unusual Ideas For Old Wedding Ring Redesign

CASE STUDY 5 is an idea for inherited old wedding rings. Our client, when considering ideas for an inherited old wedding rings, asked for a free-flowing wide ring that used her existing diamond. 


We can combine two rings into one—or even four rings into one, as shown here! We even reset the customer's old diamond in the new piece.



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. After completion we sent her back all her gemstones.  

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

Another project that illustrates our capacity as makers with over 80 years of bench handwork experience...This is the ring from the video early in this article:

Turn your forgotten old gold jewelry and gemstones into a brand new diamond ring redesign!

On the left is our customer’s 14K gold baby bracelet on top of a silver spoon. She also gave us her diamond. What we did was create the ring to the right, using elements of the gold as design motifs on the ring. The silver spoon was melted and became the base of the ring. 


Redesign Custom Jewelry Using Your Gems

CASE STUDY 6  involves resetting diamonds and rubies. 

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.


For this custom jewelry design project, we immortalized the pawprint of a client's beloved four-legged friend.

For this custom jewelry project, we recreated the pawprint of a client's beloved dog on a pendant. More details on this here!


This customer actually sent us a muddy paw print on a piece of paper after her beloved dog passed away. We collaborated closely, coming up with this pendant design which we made entirely by hand. 

Here's a short video  on our Custom Jewelry Design process.


Combining Two Rings Into One

CASE STUDY 7  is for those who may be confronted by a painful qustion: what do do with a wedding ring after a death? Combining two rings into one may be one of the most poignant options for old wedding rings. 

In this case, we were contacted by a gentleman who had lost his wife. We combined his wedding ring with her wedding and engagement ring to make a new ring. We also set the diamond from the engagement ring into the new wedding ring.


Combining two rings into one is a beautiful way to honor a loved one. We'll even reset your diamond in the new piece.


In combining two rings into one, we can also set any gemstone, from a small melee to a center gemstone, into the new ring.  

We are always honored to do these kinds of projects. 


Resetting Diamond Engagement Rings: Using Old Diamonds In A New Ring 

CASE STUDY 8  involves resetting diamond engagement rings. Using old diamonds in a new ring is such a common request that we always have these kinds of projects going through our shop. 

We can take your old gold and make a new ring with it, or we can reset your diamonds into one of our designs. Here's a recent job we did using diamonds from our client's mother and grandmother:



In this example below, the customer provided us with a diamond and two old signet-style rings which we melted down and used to make a new engagement ring:

Melting down your old gold to combine two rings into one is no problem!

We hammered the ring for additional texture and used the extra gold to pay for the project. The ring itself cost $450 and setting $165.


Another example: the ring below is one of our designs, but was reset with a customer's diamond of over two carats:


This diamond engagement ring is one of our Open Rope designs. This exact version was reset with a customer's old diamond.

What a beauty! Our Open Rope Engagement Ring designs, some of our most popular, feature a low-set center stone—perfect for an active lifestyle.


Jewelry Redesign Before And After 

With CASE STUDY 9 we cover a few additional jewelry redesign options. The two examples of old wedding ring redesign show how the transformation can be quite dramatic.

The "before" photo here is an older, inherited piece. The "after" photo is the engagement ring which used the customer's diamonds and sapphire.  



The gold from this old wedding ring was repurposed into a new engagement ring. We were able to reset the customer's diamonds and sapphire in this new design.


In the case below, we brainstormed with considering various ideas for old wedding rings. She settled on this one-of-a-kind design based on one of our existing designs:  

This jewelry redesign before and after features a sapphire and diamond engagement ring. We remade the ring into a more contemporary design, and reset the diamonds and sapphire in the new ring.

In this case we did not re-use the gold. We gave the customer 93% of its spot value toward the making of the new ring.



Custom Jewelry Design Projects

CASE STUDY 10 shows a few examples of full-on custom jewelry. 

Here again, the customer provided the diamonds and a basic design. We drew up this sketch and then created this piece entirely by hand: 


We'll create your custom wedding ring, custom engagement ring, or custom jewelry design making new jewelry from old from your own sketch.


You can always 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.  


But now for something completely different for a custom design from old jewelry:

Send us a drawing of what you're looking for, and we'll help you create the jewelry redesign (or wedding ring redesign) of your dreams!

We used the gold from the rings on the left to create the gold band with a silver backing shown on the right. The customer sent us a drawing of the pattern which we put on the ring itself.  


And last, here’s a great gift for those elk hunters (like myself) reading this post:

Our custom ring redesigns, creating new jewelry from old, can be made using any inspiration!

This client sent us his old bracelet and his elk tooth and we carved and fabricated the ring on the right. Custom repurposing jewelry projects like this run about $950 or so.  


CASE STUDY 11 involves 24K Gold!

While most wedding rings are made in 14K or 18K, because the alloy makes gold stronger, we can create wedding rings of any carat gold you wish, even 24K gold. 

A pair of custom wedding rings, crafted in pure 24K gold!

The photograph above shows the two rings that are made of 24K gold. The customer sent us a pure gold ounce from which we fabricated the rings by hand:

A bar of 24K gold. A customer sent us this to craft their wedding rings of out.


Is Recycling Your Gold Eco Friendly? 

Now, a few final points before we conclude...

Despite white other “ethical” jewelers may misleadingly claim, the answer is, not particularly. The bottom line is recycled gold as an eco-friendly proposition is just another form of greenwashing.   

We are poineers in ethical sourcing in North America and the only Fairtrade Gold jewelers in the USA. There are over 250 in the UK alone, but here, the movement has not taken off. If you want to know why, take a deep dive into my Ethical Sourcing Exposé.

But the key point is this: 

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. I explain why in this July 2020 feature article I wrote for Canada's top jewelry trade magazine. 

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.  


Fairtrade Gold ensures fair pay and labor standards, and safe working conditions. Fairtrade premiums are fed back directly to the community.


The real value of reusing inherited gold in a new engagement ring, or considering what to do with an inherited wedding ring is that the gold has talismanic importance and saving money. 

If we need more gold for your ring, we can use recycled gold or Fairtrade Gold. Fairtrade gold is better, as I explain in my 15 Reasons You Should Buy Fairtrade Gold Jewelry vs. Recycled Gold Jewelry.  


PART 3:  Melting Gold Jewelry Into New Jewelry 

These photos (and video) below show how we work with most of our old wedding ring resdigned projects, which involve handmade fabrication.    

Melting gold jewelry is the first step to redesign old jewelry. This video shows how we do it:



Because we're melting it down, we can use gold from any source to repurpose old jewelry. And, it doesn't matter so much if we end up mixing carats. We can combine a 10K ring with a 14K ring, melting together. 

If we are going to cast, we would use this gold as shown above in its ingot form. 

But with hand-fabricating, we take that lump of old gold and put it through our mill shown below:


This mill is used to roll out an ingot of gold into a wire, which can then be fashioned into a circular ring shape.

On the very left, here, you can see the gold wire coming through the mill.


Even if we are going to convert a ring to a necklace, old jewelry into new jewelry involves rolling out metal. The key difference is that in jewelry redesign projects (aka non-rings) we create a sheet of gold from which we cut out design motifs.

For a basic wedding ring redesign, as you'll see, we modify the wire shape.  


This rolled out gold from an old wedding ring is ready to be reshaped into a new wedding ring, engagement ring, or other piece of jewelry.

This gold wire is what we get from running a gold ingot through the roller mill above.


This modification—shaping and forming the metal, by hand, into the desired width and thickness—is the key to redesigning an old wedding ring.

Once we have the size, width and thickness correct for your ring redesign, we shape and form the new ring, using a special type of pliers:


Once the gold from the old wedding ring is rolled out, our artisans use hand tools to form it into the shape of the new wedding ring.


It requires tremendous skill and takes time to get everything just right. Below the ring is further shaped on a mandrill. 


Hammering the old gold into a new wedding ring is a key part of the process—it helps define the size and shape of the new ring from old gold.


Our four jewelers, an all-woman team, bring decades of maker experience to redesigned old jewelry and redesigned wedding rings.  

Once this is polished up, we have the ring shown!



You would never know that this new wedding ring was crafted from old gold!



This design is our basic 3mm flat-topped comfort fit ring, but again we can make in any width. 

The process of redesigning an engagement ring or wedding ring is a complex and multiphase job that can take many hours. Sometimes, when we use an inherited gold wedding or engagement ring we have to endlessly polish to get out pits and impurities because the alloys in the gold come to the surface. 

This is particularly true when we repurpose gold chain, which can have a lot of solder in it. Pitting happens about 25% of the time when repurposing white gold and about 5% of the time when repurposing yellow gold. In almost all cases, we can fix the pitting. When we can't, we can explore options such as a hammer or textured finish. 

Let me elaborate: on this question how we go about reusing inherited gold in a new engagement ring, or what to do with an inherited wedding ring, every project is somewhat of a custom design project. 

The good new is: you have endless options!  

As long as we are making new jewelry from old jewelry with gold, we can make an infinite number of old wedding ring redesigns in gold or silver. If you want something in platinum, we can purchase your platinum at 93% of spot price, and put this toward your jewelry redesign.


PART 4:  How Much Does Jewelry Repurposing Cost?

One of the primary concerns when using old jewelry to make new jewelry is cost. Many wedding ring redesign or engagement ring redesign projects are fabricated by entirely by hand in our shop, as illustrated below. 

Jewelry redesign cost depends mainly on the complexity of the project. Our basic projects, which involves melting old jewelry into new jewelry starts at $450.  

For that, we’ll make a comfort fit flatted topped ring or our comfort fit domed ring, as shown in the photo below. 


Our Flat topped vs domed comfort fit wedding rings. These rings are both 6mm wide, but can be made in any width you choose!

These comfort fit flat-topped and domed rings are both 6mm wide, but can be made in any width. Learn more about comfort fit rings here and see our selection here.


The price is $450 regardless of the size and width. 

If you want a second ring and it has the exact same width as the first, then that costs an additional $250. That's because we don't have to go through all the complex processes of melting and rolling out your gold, as shown in more detail in this article here

So, one question that often comes up is, do you save money on this kind of old wedding ring redesign? The answer is: given the price of gold, which is hovering around $2000 ounce, you do save money in making new rings from old.

Here's another key point: 

The $450 price assumes you provide enough gold.  

Otherwise, we can use recycled gold or Fairtrade Gold, sourced from this mine. We are the only Fairtrade Gold jewelers in the entire USA. (I tell why in  this article I wrote for Canada's top jewelry trade magazine.) 

But what if you want your old wedding rings redesigned and you don't have enough gold or budget?   

We can still work with you! 


Ideas For Old Wedding Rings Repurposing That Save Money 

Let's say that you want to have old wedding rings redesigned. Your existing material is a 14K gold ring weighing a fifth of an ounce. Maybe it's two 3mm rings that are size 6. You want a size 10 ring that is 4mm wide.   

Plus, you're asking "how much does it cost to get a ring made?" because of strict budget reasons. Adding recycled gold and Fairtrade Gold will be expensive!

Here's the good news: we have three options to save you money when considering ideas for old wedding rings!   

1.   Alloy down your gold. Simply speaking, if we add yellow gold alloy to the amount of gold you have, the material may end up 10K (.417 gold content) vs. 14K (.585 gold content.) The cost for this is just $25. The ring will still be gold — it will just have less gold content.  

There is obviously a difference in gold color. The higher the carat of gold, the more the gold But don't worry about it. Your ring will still look great. We often make rings that are just 8K (one third gold) and they look great! If the reasons for your repurposing is what to do with grandma's wedding ring, the carat of the gold really doesn't matter.  

 2.   Sell us your gold. If you're wondering, "where can I get my gold melted down," send it to us! We'll buy it from you at 93% of spot price — and put this toward your wedding ring redesign cost. We can also apply extra gold value from any old jewelry into new jewelry project.   

If you are not sure whether your old chain is real gold or merely plated, send it along anyway. If it is real gold, I'll credit you. If it is not, I'll send it back to you.  

Spot price is fixed on the London Bullion Market price on the day your materials are received in our shop. 

3.   Recycle old jewelry within your wedding ring redesign. Use extra gold that you have from jewelry you don't care about to mix with your wedding rings in the wedding ring redesign project.  We can melt all your gold together to make new rings from old rings. 

One final idea that can also save you money!

Suppose that you have 14K white gold rings and you want to make 14K yellow gold rings. I will exchange your white gold for yellow gold, one for one. The fee for that service is just $25. 


 How Much Does It Cost To Get A Ring Custom Made On CAD/CAM using your gold and gems?

Now, if your project is more complex or full-on custom and we can't build it by hand, we can produce it using CAD/CAM as shown below.

When you are considering ideas for old wedding rings, or custom jewelry from old jewelry, start by sending us your design idea.  We can assist with design decisions and we will give you a quote to make it. 

Whatever you want to make, we can produce a customized version of it. 


We can design and create any ring you can dream of using CAD/CAM software.

CAD/CAM software, used by most jewelers these days, involves designing a model on a computer and printing this in wax. 


CAD/CAM wedding ring redesign costs depend upon the nature of each project. Really simple CAD production can be as little as $650. 

But, generally, rings with gemstones are $950 and upward, depending upon the complexity of the project.    

This redesigning wedding rings project, for example, was also done on CAD/CAM and cost $1500:


This custom diamond ring redesign was created using CAD/CAM software. We combined two rings into one, including a diamond resetting.

This customer had just lost her husband, and she wanted us to take his wedding ring and her engagement ring and engagement diamond to create a new design. I consulted with her extensively, and she chose this design which symbolizes a new wholeness and the loss as well.


But what about the cost of other jewelry redesign projects? Making a ring into a necklace, or resetting a diamond, for example....

Again, we need to just talk because pricing varies according to the scope of the project and materials. But depending on the time and complexity, they generally start at around $650. 


Gemstone And Diamond Resetting Cost 

The good news is, we will happily set your diamonds and colored gemstones, even rough gemstones into your wedding or engagement ring redesign. 

In fact, probably about 30% of the repurposed designer jewelry we make involves using our customers' own gemstones.  


Here, one of our jewelers is shown setting a diamond into a custom engagement ring that uses our Flores motif.

Here, one of our jewelers is shown setting a diamond into a custom engagement ring that uses our ever-popular Flores motif.


The cost of custom ring setting, or resetting diamonds into a new ring, really varies according to the setting type, size of the stone, type of stone and complexity of the project. 

But I can still offer you some general examples of costs we typically charge when we 're repurposing rings. Please note that we cannot use your gold and silver for the mounting of gemstones. We typically purchase them from jewelry supply houses, ready-made. 


Here are five examples along with our general pricing for material in 14K gold:

1.  Flush setting.  Also known as "gypsy setting," we can do this type of setting for gemstones up to 2.5mm. There's no extra material involved. We simply drill a hole into the metal and set the stone. We charge $39

2.  Bezel setting.  This price has many variables, such as karat of metal and size of stone. A 3mm diamond with a 14K bezel in our ring would run in the $60 range. A 5mm bezel-set diamond would be about $150. The best thing to do is to call and discuss your project with me. 

3.  Channel setting/Pave.  The price mainly depends upon how many gemstones and the nature of the project iself. 

4.  Prong setting.  Typically, prong setting of 5 mm gemstone can range from $100 to $200, depending upon the quality of the setting.

Honestly, it is difficult to quote exact pricing in an article like this, but I just wanted to give you some idea.  We are very transparent about our pricing structure.


Two final critical points!  

First, we generally have some flexibility in jewelry redesign cost. For example, suppose you want to add gemstones but you cannot afford them. You can send the repurposed jewelry back to us in a year, and we can reset the diamond or gemstones then.  

I can also offer you a payment plan that works for you. The key point is, I will do the best I can do meet your budget. There are a lot of variables in jewelry repurposing jobs.  

Also, while we generally require 50% down before we begin the repurpose jewelry job, often I can waive that fee because the gold you send in serves as a deposit.  

Second, we do charge for shipping on repurposing jobs

For simple repurposing wedding ring projects that do not contain expensive material, insured return shipping can run between $15 and $20. Sometimes, however, we receive high-value diamonds that might cost upwards of $50 to ship back. 

In these cases, we will contact you with the return shipping cost to ask how much insurance you'd like.


Concluding Thoughts 

We hope this provides at least a starting point for what to do with old gold jewelry! If you have any more questions, call me at 888-733-5238 so we can talk personally about the project. 

Otherwise, you can email me at  Marc (AT) You can also leave your question or comment in the comment section below. It can take me 24 hours to get back to you, particularly on the weekends. 


PS: One more thing: shipping. I get many questions over how to get the gold to me. We recommend US Post, insured. The postman comes into our store and we sign for high value packages.   

Send the jewelry to me, Attn: Marc , Reflective Jewelry,  912 Baca Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505.  



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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 @ 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) 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)
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: Marc Choyt on Dec 09, 2019
Hi Julie, sorry for the confusion. We have modified the article to correctly state that we can make new wedding rings from the gold in old wedding rings. We can also make new jewelry, earrings, pendants etc from gold in old jewelry.
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: on Dec 09, 2019
We can make a new wedding ring from an old wedding ring, and also use your diamonds and a small garnet set into the ring.
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) 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)
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: Marc Choyt on Dec 09, 2019
Hi Cher, we can definitely do exactly what you'd like us to. Make a new ring from old rings or old jewelry and set stones in them.
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)
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) 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) 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) 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)
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) 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.
Posted by: Haleigh on Dec 03, 2019
Interested in seeing how much it would be to remake and dip and male wedding ring. I would like it dipped in a silver coating just can not be white gold (he has developed an allergy to it) I have some thoughts in mind of the design please let me know if dipping is even an option.
Posted by: Marc Choyt on Dec 04, 2019
Hi Haleigh, while wI cannot recommend dipping the ring in silver, we can rhodium plate the ring. We can also make the ring in white gold with a palladium alloy. The allergy to the white gold is due to the nickle content in the alloy. In the EU, white gold cannot be alloyed with nickle, but in the US it can. As for the price, I really don't have enough info to give you a quote. Please call or email me and we can discuss the job in greater detail.
Posted by: Dinlaw on Dec 03, 2019
My wedding band was destroyed in a garbage disposal by accident can you melt and recast to the same design . mil-grain on both sided braid in middle and finished edge.
Posted by: Marc Choyt on Dec 04, 2019
Dinlay, yes, we can melt and recast the same design. Please contact me via phone and we can discuss the process further.
Posted by: Aaron Walker on Dec 14, 2019
I have a proximately 200 g of 14 karat gold divided into two approximately 24 inch chains. Would like to make one custom chain
Posted by: Marc Choyt on Dec 15, 2019
Aaron, we might be able to do what you want, but it depends upon the kind of chain. Almost all chain these days is machine made. We would have to make a chain that is handmade. Email me an image of the chain you're interested in at Marc (at) and we can continue this discussion.
Posted by: Tia Fink on Dec 17, 2019
Hello, I have two silver rings, from WW1 and WW2, and I would like to turn them into a men's hammered wedding band for my finance. One of his hobby's is military stuff, so I am really trying to find someone who can do this. I see that you work with gold, but I was wondering if you could work with silver too. Thank you for your time, Tia Fink
Posted by: Marc Choyt on Dec 17, 2019
His Tina, yes, we can make new wedding rings from old silver as well and providing a hammer finish is easy for us to do.
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Posted by: Steve on Jan 08, 2020
Hi can you take a gold wedding ring and then melt it down and then add another metal, like black titanium in the middle?
Posted by: Marc Choyt on Jan 08, 2020
Hi Steve, we can add some other metals, such as silver, platinum or a different color or karat of gold. But we can't add titanium. Titanium is not a metal that we can shape and form by hand which is something that we can do with precious metals.
Posted by: Lisa Frisch on Jan 24, 2020
I have a promise ring that I want to change into a wedding band. It has diamonds and want to discuss further. Thank you.
Posted by: Marc Choyt on Jan 27, 2020
Hi List, We can definitely work with you. Please do give us a call so we can discuss the project.
Posted by: Lauwana Myers on Feb 28, 2020
My son who is 23 was giving a ring from his girlfriend's mother that was her grandmas for an engagement ring. His girlfriend doesn't particularly like the look of the ring. They have already discussed getting the ring modified. I found you online and sent him your information. He is saving up for this. Can you give us an idea of how much something like this might cost? An estimate or range is fine. Thank you
Posted by: Marc Choyt on Feb 28, 2020
Hi Lauwana, If it is a simple wedding ring, a flat topped or domed ring, then it would be $450. Beyond that, it just depends upon what you want. The best thing would be if you email me the image of what you're thinking. Marc (AT)
Posted by: Kody on Mar 10, 2020
My grandmother passed down her wedding band to me. He bands are 14k yellow gold and mine are white gold.. they have diamonds chips in both hers and mine and I would like to reuse all of the rings to make one or possibly two bands. Is it possible to combine them since they are different colors of gold?
Posted by: Marc on Mar 10, 2020
Hi Kody, good questions... We can mix white gold and yellow gold-- the only issue is, the color of the metal is not a radiant yellow or a clean white. If you're ok with that, there's no problem on our end with mixing the two metals. As for the diamond chips, we can set those in the ring. The cost, assuming that there are 2.5mm or under, is $39 per stone. Feel free to call me at 888-733-5238 if you have additional questions....
Posted by: Jessica Urizar on Apr 22, 2020
Hi there, I recently inherited a ring from my mom and have a ring my husband gave me when we first got married and would love to incorporate both to make one ring. I would need ideas and would love your opinion. Can I send pics and an estimate? Best number- 469)237-0441
Posted by: Marc Choyt on Apr 24, 2020
Hi Jessica, I'd be delighted to work with you in making new rings from old. I have tried to leave a message but couldn't get through. Feel free to contact me. Marc
Posted by: Areatha johnson on May 06, 2020
I would like to Change my old ring into a pointer finger ring just different design do something new with it I bought it at 3,000 idk what it cost now
Posted by: Marc Choyt on May 07, 2020
Hi Areatha, We are located North of you in Santa Fe, NM. Please contact me directly and we can discuss your project. Marc @
Posted by: April Sikes on Jun 07, 2020
I would love to repurpose my Mother in Law’s old rings into two identical wedding bands... Please let me know what I need to do to get started.
Posted by: Larry Blythe on Aug 07, 2020
I lost my lovely wife in February 2020. I am still wearing my wedding ring. 14k. I would like to see if I can get it converted to a small gold cross. That way I could wear it on a chain around my neck as a remembrance and keepsake. Is this possible. Also would you have any pictures of crosses.
Posted by: Marc Choyt on Aug 07, 2020
Hi Larry, Yes, we have actually done this exact type of project before. Just today I'm sending out a wedding ring converted into a cross. Please call me at 505-699-8179 so we can discuss further. Marc

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