Remaking a Ring (Should You Do it & How Much Does It Costs)

If you’re in love with a ring, but it doesn’t fit right or has become damaged, it might be time to remake it. Remaking a ring is one of the most worthwhile endeavors one could take on. What could be more precious than preserving something so important to you?

Remaking a ring does not pose any risk to the ring, as long as you get it done at a reputable jewlery store. The cost to remake a ring ranges between $500 to $1000. Generally speaking, you will not be able to buy a new ring for that price so based on cost, it is a wise move to remake a ring. 

In this article, we’ll go over the pros and cons of remaking a ring, what options are available for remaking your ring and what you can expect to pay for the service.  Let’s dive right in.

Why Should You Remake A Ring

In this subsection, let’s explore four aspects of why you should consider remaking a ring; remaking damaged rings, remaking old fashioned rings, remaking rings for the sake of changing sizes, and why it’s more economical to do all these three options rather than buying something new.

All in all, remaking a ring is the best way to maximize value and end up with your dream piece of jewelry.

Restoring A Damaged Ring

If you have a broken, worn-out or damaged ring, it can be remade (or re-sized) to restore it. The original stones in the setting can be reset into a new base metal setting and the old mountings recycled for future use. This will preserve those original stones that hold sentimental value and retain their beauty while making your ring wearable again.

restoring damaged ring

Making An Old Fashioned Antique Look Modern

People we love and respect often, in kindness, want to pass on precious jewelry to carry on a tradition. An antique style ring may not be as fashionable as what’s on trend at the moment, but if you love its unique design, there are ways of keeping this style contemporary without wrecking its vintage vibe.

By resetting or remaking an antique band with updated features like bigger diamonds or a more modern shape, your beloved piece will keep its old world charm while becoming something entirely new at the same time!

changing the design of a wedding ring

Making Gemstones Fit Better

making stones fit together when resizing rings, especially those that don’t come in standard sizes, (like eternity bands) seems like a complicated process. It isn’t! Remaking jewelry can eliminate gaps between stones or make any uneven angles look balanced by adding additional pieces around them until everything sits evenly together.

If there is any aspect of a current piece of jewelry you own that seems to just need a slight adjustment, remaking the piece holds infinite value. This is all possible in remaking, rather than rebuying, a solid piece of jewelry.

making gems on ring fit better

Could Save You Money

More often than not, buying a new piece of jewelry is not something people can fund at any given moment, but remaking a piece is significantly more feasible. In remaking a piece of jewelry, you aren’t paying for a brand new “everything”, rather the only thing being adjusted is what you ask for. 

Remaking A Ring Options

The first thing you’ll want to decide is whether or not you want to make any changes to the ring itself. If you do, there are a few options for remaking your ring. The options are replacing the brand with different metal, upgrading the center stone, and adding stones.

Replacing The Brand With A Different Metal

Metals vary in fashionability and durability. If your concern is more so with the appearance of the piece, then making aesthetic or visual changes might be on the horizon.

If your concern is with the durability of the piece, then there are other considerations. If you live a life working with your hands and you have a precious ring, for example, investing in durable materials that can withstand a larger range of wear and tear is what you’d be most interested in doing.

Upgrading The Center Stone

The second option for replacing your ring is upgrading the center stone. Some of the most common reasons people opt-in to upgrade their center stone are for a larger carat, better quality, a different cut, or purchasing a different stone altogether. 

Adding Stones & Design Change

The third option for replacing your ring is twofold: adding stones and changing the design. Adding stones to a ring is an obvious way to increase the value and beauty factor of an already wonderful piece.

If you’re looking for a simple way to upgrade in a flashy way, this is the best way to go about it. Changing a design is another option you can choose to revamp a familiar and beloved piece. If the stone is exactly what you want but you wish the set or the band was different, this is your best bet.

The Cost Of Ring Remake

The average price to remake a ring ranges from $500-$1000USD. The cost to remake a ring depends on the amount of work that needs to be done. If you want to replace the band, as well as add or remove stones, that’ll cost more than just repairing the original stone.  And if you’re working with platinum, gold, or another precious metal, you’ll likely be looking at an even larger price tag.

As with most things in life (think: clothing), there is no one-size-fits-all price for remaking a ring—you have to shop around if you want to get the best deal for your dollar!

The costs to repair and rebuild a ring is also dependent on the type of metal you’re working with, as well as how extensive the damage is. For example, if you have a platinum or gold band that has been bent out of shape and needs reshaping, that’s going to be different than repairing a diamond set in an engagement ring (or any other stone for that matter).

Other Potential Costs To Consider When Resetting A Ring

If you’re thinking of resetting an heirloom ring, consider the following before you start:

The ring may have uneven stones that make it difficult to reset. If your stone is particularly flat and wide, this can be done by a skilled jeweler, but it will probably cost more than a standard setting since more material would need to be removed from the setting to accommodate such a stone.

Complex pieces often require additional material for the inset settings (which will cost extra). Most jewelers will be able to tell you if your ring is an older piece that may not be able to be reset. 

If you are considering a diamond, you can also ask them about the stone’s characteristics and size so that they can recommend a setting that will work best with it.

remaking a wedding ring

Should You Even Remake A Ring

Remaking A ring only makes sense if the original ring was expensive and if the ring overall is still in good condition. A jeweler can help you decide whether or not a remake is right for your ring and how to go about doing it. They’ll be able to tell you if the settings are still in good condition and whether or not they can be reused.  If you’re going to remake a ring, it’s important that you do it with someone who knows what they’re doing. 


Remaking a ring is a thoughtful decision that should be made carefully, and with an understanding of the costs involved. 

It’s also important to consider whether or not the ring itself is worth remaking, so that you don’t spend money on something that might not fit your needs in the long run. 

If you think it’s time for a drastic change with your current engagement ring, then go ahead—the benefits are endless