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Why You Should Consider Ring Replication

Written by Annabelle
February 6, 2019

Rings are easily the most symbolic piece of jewelry you can wear- just look at wedding and engagement rings! But they're also very easy to lose or damage, or the color of the metal just doesn't fit your style anymore even though you like the design. What to do?

Ring replication can take care of all of those issues.

What Is Ring Replication?

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A ring replication we did for our customer Jan. The original ring was yellow gold, while the duplication was cast in white gold, as requested.

Ring replication is a custom jewelry creation process that uses the original design of the ring to create a new ring. These are the most common situations for ring replication:

  • The original piece was stolen or lost.
  • The original piece was damaged.
  • The customer wants the exact same design in a different colored metal.
  • The customer wants to take the existing design and modify it.
  • The customer wants to upgrade the ring from costume jewelry to fine jewelry.

The Process:

1. Assessment:

When the ring replication process starts, we assess the item and determine what needs to be done. Each situation is different depending on the customer needs, but here's a real example of a replication we recently did for a client.

This customer sent in a 4-pronged engagement band in 14k yellow gold, along with a loose .8 carat moissanite stone. He wanted us to set the stone into the original ring, but the moment we received it, we could tell it would not fit. We couldn't replace the head, or the part of the ring that holds the stone, with a new one large enough for the moissanite. This particular ring had a design that was not modifiable.

The original ring, with the loose moissanite. Note the head, or the area where the stone would fit.

We called the customer and explained why we couldn't set the stone into his original ring. After some discussion, he decided to replicate the design of his original ring with a modified head that would be large enough to set the moissanite.

2. Computer Aided Design (CAD) Creation:

In order to create the customer's ring, the first step is to make a Computer Aided Design (CAD). The CAD is a 3D file that is sent to a 3D printer, which prints a replica of the item in wax. After the CAD is finished, we send it to the customer for approval before proceeding to make the ring.

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The CAD for the ring replication.

 

This part of the process is the last stage where the customer can make modifications, such as ring size, metal type, and other alterations. Once they give us their final approval, the CAD is moved to casting.

3. Casting:

The CAD is sent to the 3D printer, which prints out an exact-to-scale wax replica of the design. That wax replica is then encased in investment, a plaster that is used for making molds. When the wax is completely covered, it's subject to heat which melts the wax out, leaving behind a hollow in the plaster that's perfectly shaped like the ring. The molten metal of choice is then used to cast the item.

Wax replicas of rings, fresh from printing.

4. Finishing:

After the solid metal components are complete, they're moved to finishing. Finishing includes polishing, stone setting, and plating.

  • Polishing: Casting doesn't result in smooth metal. A polisher will carefully buff the piece to a high shine. If the original ring had a different look, like a satin or hammered finish, the jewelers will replicate that finish on the new ring.
  • Stone setting: All stones are securely set and tightened to make sure the finished piece has no loose stones.
  • Plating: This option is for people who want gold-plated rings, or white gold rings. For white gold rings, it's standard procedure to plate them in rhodium to ensure a bright silvery finish and enhance durability.
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The original ring and the finished duplicate!

The Cost of Ring Replication

The cost depends on several factors, stated below. The minimum budget for any custom creation piece is $200.

  • 3D Design: The CAD file is always $150, and is necessary for production. You can revise the CAD up to three times; after that, there will be additional charges for making more revisions.
  • The Metal Type: The heavier and more precious the metal, the higher the price. For example, a 14k yellow gold ring that weighs 4 grams is cheaper than an 18k version of the same design.
  • The Stones: The more stones and the higher the quality, the more expensive the piece. If you want genuine diamonds, but high-quality ones exceed your budget, opt for lower grade gems such as I1 or I2 quality.
  • The Labor: Additional labor, such as enameling or plating, adds to the overall cost of the ring replication.
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The pricing for a 14k white gold ring duplication, set with A-quality stones.

Ring replication is a great option if you're looking to change up your beloved jewelry, or restore a missing piece to your collection. If you're interested, get in touch with a custom creation specialist here.

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Lynda Day

I am interested in having a ring replicated and wondered how to start the process so I could get an idea of costs involved.

rob nelman

id also like to have info on how to have a ring made? I have a ring and I’d like it made with a better metal

Catherine

Hi Rob, we’ll reach out via email with further details!

Jonathan Gross

I would like to reproduce my wife’s class ring from 30 years ago that was stolen. Would you be able to reproduce a class ring?

Sofia Contreras

Hi i am interested in doing my ring replication

Vanessa

Hi I wanna reproduce mucho ring it was simple but my cat flushed it down the toilet and we couldn’t get it back. Is it even possible to get a ring reproduced

Cindy

Can a ring be recreated from just a picture???

julie mcintyre

Unfortunately this sites looks like its based in the US. i am looking at getting a replica of my engagement ring made due to losing it but this is only giving me US dollar amounts

Natasha kosov

Hello can someone replicate a ring? My original one was broken.

Seth Crenshaw

Hello I am very interested in replicating my wife’s wedding band. It is not damaged but it is something that will look great on the other side of her engagement ring and I don’t know how to get that started and need help

Jared Darrell burns

I have a ring that is Native American style, that was given to me by my grandmother and my brother wants it as well. Is this something that you guys think that you could do?

Isabelle Reding

I’d love to get a ring replicated. It’s not damaged or anything, I just want a copy of it.

Sherry

Can you guys do this for me

LaToya

I have va ring that I love its brass. I would love to have it redone in silver.

Jason

We just sent you an email to discuss this further!

Renee

Interested in getting my wedding set replicated. I lost my husband to cancer 7 years ago. 5 years ago I lost my wedding set and his gold band. I wore them together on a chain around my neck. The chain broke on a golf course. I looked high and low… call regularly to see if found. But all was lost. While I know they wouldn’t be the same rings…. I would like to have replaced and something to pass on. It haunts me that our rings are just out there, somewhere

Jason

We just sent you an email to discuss this further!

Haylie Gerber

Hi! I was looking to replicate a ring that I was given by my mom because it was lost/stolen. I want to see if I’m able to afford it being a college student. Thank you

Catherine

Hi there, we can definitely help with you replication. We will email you shortly with further details!

Kaela Balius

My fiance passed away and the ring he bought me has been lost for a couple months, can u make a replication from pictures?

Catherine

Hi there, I’m very sorry for your loss! We can definitely replicate the ring for you. I will reach out shortly to discuss further details.

Justin Briones

I am inquiring around, can you replicate a ring into stainless steel. i.e. skull ring?

Quick Jewelry Repairs

Hi Justin, Yes we can! Please email us at [email protected] with pictures to get started and learn more about the process.

Alexa

Hi, I lost my mom’s ring and she recently passed away. I would really like it replicated, how can I get an estimate??

Catherine

Hi there, my condolences for your lose. We can definitely help replicate your mothers ring! If you could send a picture of the ring as well as some details about it like its base metal, that would be great. Please email us at [email protected]

Thank you!

Lori Anne Madgett
Catherine

Hi Lori, please email us at [email protected] for further assistance!

Crystal Lopez

Hi! I live in NYC. Am I able to come in to show you the ring I want to get duplicated? I’m way too nervous to ship it.

I want to duplicate my engagement ring because my husband spent a couple of thousand dollars on it (against my personal wishes) and now I’m too scared to wear it anywhere other than around my family. I want everything to be fake. How much would that cost?

Catherine

Hi there, please email us a few pictures to [email protected] for further assistance! 🙂

Jocelin Smith

Hello, I just recently got engaged and we decided to purchase an affordable ring. It is sterling silver plated in rose gold. I would like to get this ring replicated but with real rose gold. is this possible?

Catherine

Hi Jocelin, please email a few pictures of your piece to [email protected] for further assistance! 🙂

Jill K Celli

I would like to recreate my wedding ring that was lost and would like to know the cost

Catherine

Hi Jill, Thanks for reaching out to Quick Jewelry Repairs! We can definitely help recreate your piece but we must provide a quote for replication before we can move forward . A quote costs $10 and with that you get an estimated price for labor and materials. If you would like us to provide a quote, please fill out this link at your earliest convenience and provide as many pictures and angles of your piece, the base metal and stones you’d like the replication to be made from and if you have any other special requests.

https://quickjewelryrepairs.com/repair/custom-made-jewelry/

Lisa

Hello. I bought a costume jewelry ring and would like it made in 10k gold in a size 8. Can you help me with this?

Catherine

Hi there, keep an eye out for an email from us!

Laurel Szmuksta

I am recently married and I love my engagement ring but it’s very delicate. I have had one small diamond replaced already and another has fallen out. I added the link to the listing. I want to have my ring repaired, but I also am considering having a replica made and I was curious about the process given that my ring is a combination of metals and there is a salt and pepper diamond in the middle. I would also be interested to know if there is a way to make the ring stronger than it is currently so that… Read more »

Catherine

Hi Laurel, We just reached out to you via email. Hope to hear from you soon!

Sabrina Law

Can I replicate an old ring

Catherine

We can definitely help recreate your piece but we must provide a quote for replication before we can move forward. A quote costs $10 and with that you get an estimated price for labor and materials. If you would like us to provide a quote, please fill out this link at your earliest convenience and provide as many pictures and angles of your piece, the base metal and stones you’d like the replication to be made from and if you have any other special requests.

https://quickjewelryrepairs.com/repair/custom-made-jewelry/

Please let me know if you have any other questions or need further assistance!

Biridiana Bello

I was looking into replicating my quinceañera ring that I lost. I really loved the design but unfortunately I was never able to find it anywhere. I’m very interested in getting a replication of it. Please and Thank you.

Catherine

Thanks for reaching out to Quick Jewelry Repairs! We can definitely help provide a quote for a replication. A quote costs $10 and with that you get an estimated price for labor and materials.

If you would like us to provide a quote, please fill out this link at your earliest convenience and provide as many pictures and angles of your piece, the base metal and stones you’d like the replication to be made from and if you have any other special requests.

https://quickjewelryrepairs.com/repair/custom-made-jewelry/

Gina

I want to replicate a ring that is not in my price range but that do have stones for the settings. Can we do that?

Catherine

Thanks for reaching out! We can definitely help recreate your piece but we must provide a quote for a replication before we can proceed. A quote costs $10 and with that you get an estimated price for labor and materials. If you would like us to provide a quote, please fill out this link at your earliest convenience and provide as many pictures and angles of your piece, the base metal and stones you’d like the replication to be made from and if you have any other special requests. https://quickjewelryrepairs.com/repair/custom-made-jewelry/ Please let me know if you have any questions or… Read more »

Star

Hello! I lost a precious ring and wanted to ask about the process of replication and cost of such a project.

Catherine

Thanks for reaching out to Quick Jewelry Repairs! We can definitely help recreate your piece but we must provide a quote for a replication before we can proceed. A quote costs $10 and with that you get an estimated price for labor and materials.

If you would like us to provide a quote, please fill out this link at your earliest convenience and provide as many pictures and angles of your piece, the base metal and stones you’d like the replication to be made from and if you have any other special requests.

https://quickjewelryrepairs.com/repair/custom-made-jewelry/

Cherish cox

I would like a ring duplicated, how do I start the process? I only have a picture of the ring.

Catherine

Thanks for reaching out to Quick Jewelry Repairs! We can definitely help recreate your piece but we must provide a quote for a replication before we can proceed. A quote costs $10 and with that you get an estimated price for labor and materials.

If you would like us to provide a quote, please fill out this link at your earliest convenience and provide as many pictures and angles of your piece, the base metal and stones you’d like the replication to be made from and if you have any other special requests.

https://quickjewelryrepairs.com/repair/custom-made-jewelry/

Stephanie White

I lost my ring that my bf gave.
I have a picture of it. Is that something you guys could replicate?

Catherine

Hi Stephanie, we can definitely help you with this request! Could you please provide a picture of the ring?

Andrew Jones

I purchased a bridal set in Claddagh style that came with a simple wedding band that matches the contour of the engagement ring, the company it was purchased from does not offer just the band by itself and I wanted to get a second band to have on the opposite side of the engagement ring for symmetry. Please email me.

Celeste silman

Looking to have a ring I lost replicated. I have photos of it and can provide the details needed. Please contact me at your convenience.. Thanks!

Catherine

Hi Celeste, please keep an eye out for an email with further details!

Kim Wright

I need to replace my lost wedding rings. Can you do that from a picture?

Catherine

Hi There, yes we can! Please email a few pictures to [email protected] for further assistance. 🙂

Sue hill

I’m interested in ring duplicating please

Joanne Federowicz

I would like to have a ring replicated from a picture

Catherine

Hi There, could you please email a picture of the ring you’d like replicated to [email protected] for further assistance?

Kim

Hello. I sent in pictures of my ring over a week ago. How long does it usually take to receive a reply?

Catherine

Hi Kim, I responded to you on April 12th! Please check your junk mail. If you still didn’t receive the message, I’ll follow up again. 🙂

Kim

What is the email you sent from? I’ll check now.

Kim

I was unable to find it. Can you resend it?

Joanne Federowicz

Please contact me I am very interested in having a ring made from a picture
Thank you

JAYCIE WATTS

I have a lost heirloom I need replicated. I have about twenty pictures in various angles. Is this possible?

Catherine

Hi Jaycie,We’ll reach out to you shortly via email with further details on jewelry replication! 🙂

Giselle Merino

Hello, I was wondering how I can send you pictures of the ring in hopes that I can get it recreated.

Catherine

Hi Giselle, Please email us a few photos to [email protected] for further assistance!

Sierra Johnson

I have a ring that got stolen and would like it to be recreated. It meant a lot to me. How would I go about doing that? And how much would it cost?

Catherine

Hi Sierra, We’ll reach out to you via email with further details!

Emily Chin

Hi, is it possible to recreate a totally new ring from scratch? I lost a family heirloom and my relatives don’t remember where they originally purchased the ring

Emily Chin

Hi, is it possible to recreate a totally new ring from scratch? I lost a family heirloom and my relatives don’t remember where they originally purchased the ring.

Catherine

Hi Emily, we can definitely help recreate your lost ring. We’ll be in touch with further details soon. 🙂

Kylie

Hello! I am looking to have a very simple ring with no jewels remade with higher quality metal. How do I get a quote and discuss starting the process?

Catherine

Hi Kylie, we’d be happy to help you with this request! We’ll reach out via email with further details.

Constance Caccavale

I have a sterling silver ring that I LOVE the setting of but would like it in white gold and to have a full stone in center instead of the diamond cluster center. I would like to learn more about the process and cost for this specifically.

Thank you!

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Catherine

Hi Constance, sounds like you’ll need our custom creation service! We’ll reach out via email with further details.

Courtney

I’m looking to have a ring replicated that was lost.

Ryan

We’d love to help with this! I’ve followed up directly via email 🙂