How Your Heirloom Ring Can Be Updated for a More Modern Look

A family heirloom ring is a piece of jewelry that has been passed down from generation to generation. Because it is a part of your family history that has been passed down to you, it’s likely that it is of significant value to you.

With an heirloom ring, you can show the love you have for your family and your traditions. In addition, it has a sentimental value that can’t be found in other pieces of jewelry. It does not mean, however, that you can’t update it.

Why It’s Invaluable to Preserve Some Traditions

Even if we don’t always think about it, there are some pieces that are worth more than others because they have a deeper meaning attached to them. Heirloom rings, for example, are often the most valuable because they have been passed down through generations and are so much more than just monetary value.

With some customization, you can keep tradition and sentimentality alive while still having a ring that suits your personal taste. 

Updating Your Heirloom Ring

Here are three tips to update your heirloom ring to make it more modern.

Decide What Features You Want

You should ask yourself what you want the piece to look like before you embark on your project. Do you want it to look exactly like your old ring? Or would you like a unique design just for you by reconfiguring certain features of the ring? Research different ring styles to see what you prefer. If you plan to pass this ring down again in the future, consider classic styles over more trendy silhouettes.

Find the Right Jeweler

It’s important to find a jeweler you trust when replicating your wedding ring or replacing sentimental jewelry. Your best option is finding someone who specializes in custom wedding rings. Ask to see a portfolio of their work beforehand to make sure that they prioritize quality craftsmanship.

Change the Setting

You can have your jeweler re-set a traditional diamond or gemstone in a more modern setting like a platinum mounting or a bezel setting. Also think about the type of gem you want to buy. Every diamond is different, and not all gemstones are affordable. Additionally, if your ring has lost its luster or has cracks, it might be necessary to change the metal portion of the ring.


A ring is one of the most meaningful pieces of jewelry in a person’s jewelry box, especially if it’s a family heirloom or an engagement ring that’s been passed down from generation to generation. However, if it’s damaged, missing a stone, doesn’t work with the rest of your jewelry, or is simply too big or too small to wear, then you’ll need to update your heirloom to fit its new owner.

About the author:

Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being outdoors and researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. You can connect with her on Facebook right here and Twitter right here.

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