If you're going to do it, you should start sooner rather than later.

By Lauren Wellbank
September 25, 2019

If you just started shopping for wedding bands and realized that—gasp—your engagement ring won't sit flush with any band you've come across, you may be considering having your diamond ring reset. And while that may seem like a frightening endeavor, it's actually a common occurrence. We talked to two jewelers about what you can expect when it comes to having your engagement ring reset to better accommodate your desired wedding band.

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It's an Easy Process

According to Jonathan Goldberg, the President and CEO of Kimberfire, having your ring reset shouldn't be that big of an undertaking. "There shouldn't be a problem redesigning an engagement ring to sit flush with an existing wedding band, unless the wedding band has a very non-traditional shape that won't allow for a ring with a center stone to sit alongside it," he says. The most typical shapes are symmetrical curves around the center stone, but occasionally they can have chevron shapes or be asymmetrical.

Know the Nomenclature

Although resetting is the common term, Dan Moran of Concierge Diamonds, says the wording is a little misleading. "If you want to change the design of your engagement ring, you're actually doing what's called a 'remake'," Moran says. "If you do decide to go this route, be prepared to pay the associated costs and make sure you have your design picked out, either for something you're custom-making with a private jeweler or purchasing off the rack."

Your Ring Doesn't Have to Be Flush

Moran explains that not all ring designs can be flush, and you may be better off having a custom wedding band designed in order to avoid making changes to your engagement ring. "Speak with a private jeweler to learn if a flush fit wedding band can be custom made to your engagement ring. Know that you might have to send your ring to the jeweler so they can create a design that perfectly accommodates your engagement ring."

Timing Is Everything

If you are going to have your engagement ring reset, you will want to make sure you start the process at least eight weeks before your big day, but longer if time allows. "This is not a piece of jewelry you want to rush and risk poor craftsmanship and you don't want to pay rush fees either," Moran says. "Work with your jeweler to plan your strategy in advance—you have so much else to worry about on your wedding day, the wedding bands should not be one of them."

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