How to Customise or Reset Engagement Rings

Heirloom engagement rings are a popular choice for those who value tradition, and are typically passed down from a grandmother or mother or found in an antique shop. While these rings certainly have many advantages, including a history of love and romance, it is not always practical to keep the ring exactly as it is when handed down.

Some rings may be otherwise perfect but a little too big or small. Others may be almost perfect, but lack an added sparkle. You may also want to include stones from another parent’s ring to make the ring truly special. Whatever the reason that you may be considering resetting or altering a vintage or antique ring, we have put together a few things to keep in mind to get the best results.

Resetting and Customising Engagement Rings

Resetting engagement rings can mean a number of things. It could be resizing the band, adding or removing stones (whether missing, worn or loose), customising the ring by changing the shape or type of stones or all of the above. To ensure that you get your dream ring, here are some tips to consider…

  • Find a good jeweller. This sounds obvious, but a gifted jeweller will not only be able to make the alterations you require, but will also help you with the customisation process by making helpful suggestions. He may advise on what changes are possible, and what changes could potentially ruin the ring. With a professional jeweller’s help, you can create a ring that is truly one of a kind. A chain store or busy jewellery shop will seldom have the same devotion and may end up making changes that decrease the rings value.
  • Have an idea of what you want. Look at bridal magazines, websites and various other sources of inspiration to get a solid idea of what you want the ring to look like. What features do you like and what features would you prefer to change? Are you going to use the current design and simply enhance it, or will you change the stones to something more modern? Be clear, and wherever possible, take pictures of similar designs to your jeweller so that he can see what you have in mind.
  • Be tactful if the ring is a family treasure. Whether it’s the groom’s family or the bride’s, the number one thing to remember when resetting any heirloom ring is tact. Gently broach the topic about resetting, explaining your reasons. If those reasons include thinking that the ring is hideous, find another reason that will not be hurtful. If the ring has been in the family for generations without little to no alteration, it may be better to keep resetting down to the absolute essentials to resize or fix loose or missing stones. You could also keep the ring unchanged and wait until an anniversary to consider resetting.

Resetting diamond engagement rings is an excellent option for those who want to update a beautiful old ring. But, to ensure that you are able to fully enjoy the ring, it is a good idea to keep these tips in mind before making any rushed decisions to revamp the ring.

Top Tips for Engagement Ring Engravings

Custom engravings on engagement rings are a lovely way to personalise the ring in a subtle way. You may have a special quote, some important words that are deeply symbolic to you as a couple or even a date that means something to you both. Perhaps you want to add a message that reminds you of the bond you have forged. You might even have a religious verse that you wish to add to your ring. Words have the power to communicate so much, and having a custom engraving can be a great way to make your ring even more meaningful and unique.

To help you get started, we have put together some tips on getting the ring engraved, as well as some suggestions on what you could add if you are still unsure.

Tips & Ideas for Engraving Diamond Engagement Rings

First, we have some general tips to consider when engraving diamond engagement rings.

General Tips

Take the time to think about what you would like engraved on the band well in advance. Your jeweller should be able to do this, but if not, you should be able to get a reference to a professional engraver. It is essential to be absolutely positive about spelling, readability and size well before your ring is engraved – the last thing you want is typos on your precious ring, after all. Check after the ring has been engraved as well to be sure that no mistakes were made during the process. The process can take a short time or a longer time – it all depends on the jeweller, the message and the script.

For best results, choose a script that is easy to read. This does not mean you can’t go for something delicate, ornate or pretty, but remember that it will look different etched into metal than it does written on paper. Often, the size of the words will be very small, so overly ornate cursive might not be clear when the writing is tiny. Planning ahead will help you find the right message as well as the right script. Do some research online to see similar fonts that you like, use a word processor to reduce the font size to tiny and then print out a few different options to see how they look.

Engraving Ideas

Popular and sentimental engagement ring engraving ideas include the following:

  • I love you
  • Eternal love
  • To my soul mate
  • Your engagement date
  • Always
  • Forever
  • Eternity
  • Both of your initials
  • All my love
  • You have my heart
  • My heart is in your hands
  • Never to part
  • Soul mates forever
  • I’m always with you
  • Private nicknames
  • No one but you
  • God unite both in love
  • The day you met/fell in love
  • Your song
  • Love song lyrics
  • Poetry verse
  • A Bible verse
  • In thy breast my heart doth rest (Old English)
  • Pour tous jours (For all days – 15th Century French)
  • Joie sans fin (Joy without end – French)
  • Mon coeur est a vous (You have my heart – French)
  • Je t’aime (I love you – French)
  • Mon amour (My love – French)
  • Il mio cuore e il tuo per sempre (My heart is yours forever – Italian)
  • Amore mio (My love – Italian)
  • Myn Genyst (My heart – Old German)
  • Semper amemus (Let us always love – Latin)
  • Semper fidelis (Always faithful – Latin)
  • Pari passu (With equal step – Latin)
  • Amor vincit omnia (Love conquers all – Latin)

There is nothing wrong with taking inspiration from literature, poetry, quotes or other work that moves you. It is your ring, and that means that you can put whatever words you want on it – as long as they mean something to YOU. When in doubt, something simple is always best. A special date, song, word, nickname or even a symbol, such as a heart or eternity sign are also ideas worth considering.

To find out more about custom engravings and personalised engagement rings, contact Cape Diamonds today and let us know how to make your dream ring into a reality.