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A Romantic Remodelling: Using Inherited Gold to Create Bespoke Engagement & Wedding Rings

Want to propose to your partner with an engagement ring you’re confident they’ll love, but don’t want to ruin the element of surprise?

Choosing an engagement ring without the guidance of the person it’s for can feel daunting and overwhelming. J, a brilliantly imaginative client, had a fantastic way of tackling this. He proposed to his partner with a small box full of inherited gold rings, and a newly purchased lab grown diamond. Then all they needed was a bespoke jeweller in Cornwall.

Group of old gold rings and lab grown diamond

J and M wanted to use this inherited jewellery as the base for an engagement ring (and their wedding rings - but more on that later). We spent time sketching and chatting about styles she preferred and we settled on a delicate twisted band which would embrace her sparkling diamond.

Melting the Gold

My first step was melting down the rings and pouring the recycled molten gold into an ingot mould. This part never fails to delight me! 9ct yellow gold melts at around 900° C and cools in the ingot mould into a shape which can then be used for further processing.

Making New Wire

The rectangular-ish ingot was then heated and rolled, elongating the gold bar and making a narrower, neater wire to work with. I cut sections of it away to make sheet for the stone setting and left the rest as wire for the band.

Encasing the Diamond

With some modified pliers and a little grumbling I curved the little section of sheet that I’d made into a circle. That was then rolled up to form a collet to fit around the diamond. The setting is then soldered closed and hammered into a collet block to improve its form and ensure a neat finish.

Shaping the Engagement Ring

With the wire cut to the correct length, and hammered and tapered at each end, I began to form the shape of the new engagement ring around the tube which will hold the diamond.

Connecting the Components

After carefully aligning the ring band and tube for the diamond, I held it with binding wire to keep the piece in place for soldering. Once neatly soldered together I used a file to smooth out the connecting joints, and refined the definition in the ring.