How Much Does Resetting a Ring Cost?
Resetting a ring is the process of changing the look of a ring by setting the stones in a different way. This is most often done to rings that have been passed down from generation to generation. This process is a cost efficient way of making the ring look different without having to pay full retail price for a new ring. During this process, a jeweler will be able to take out the diamond and surround it with gemstones or give the diamond a face lift, all while keeping the same diamonds from the ring. The cost of resetting a diamond ring is going to depend on the jeweler performing the job, the size of the diamond ring, number of additional gems required and geographical location.
How much is it?
- On average, most jewelers will be able to perform a reset for a price that ranges anywhere from $85 to $225. This is all going to depend on what type of job that needs to be done.
- For example, a user living in Maryland paid $150 to have a 4 prong yellow gold setting ring reset to a white gold setting.
- According to a forum thread started on the website WeddingBee.com, users have paid around $250 to have the ring reset. Users stated that something as simple as earrings would probably cost a lot less than resetting a diamond in a ring.
What are the extra costs?
- Complex jobs that may take more time to complete compared to other jobs can increase the price ranges mentioned above. Keep in mind that some jewelers will not do the job if they feel that the ring can get ruined in the process.
What is going to be included?
- A jeweler will be able to meet with you beforehand to discuss what you want. In order to uphold his reputation, a jeweler may not be willing to perform some resets. Common ring resets include changing a band from yellow to white gold or transferring diamonds from one ring to another. A jeweler will be able to work up an appraisal report to give you a good feel on what they are going to charge, as well as what the ring is going to look like after the job has been accomplished.
Questions to ask:
- How long is this process going to take?
- If the diamond ends up missing, am I going to be insured? How are you going to replace it if this worst case scenario should happen?
- Do you ship the diamond out or does it stay on the premises?
- What kind of certifications do you have? Why should I pick you?
- Can you show me some pictures from before on the jobs that you have done?
How can I save money?
- Talk with at least three jewelers before making a decision with your purchase. Each and every jeweler is going to be able to do a different job. If possible, ask for before and after pictures to see what kind of jobs that they can do for you. Many have had luck with local privately owned stores more than big chain establishments.