My mum was left a ring that she says I can have as I really like it, firstly how much does it cost to re-size a ring? Also it is yellow gold and I want it to be white gold. I know that white gold needs re-plating so would it be possible to get a yellow gold ring white plated? Or how much would I be looking at completely changing it to white gold? I'm thinking far too much!
Yup - the resizing shouldn't cost too much. However, it would make more sense to have it reset in the white gold. As it's in yellow gold currently, the cost of the gold that's in the ring already would be used to offset the cost of any new gold - so in theory, it shouldn't be too expensive in terms of materials.
However, labour costs could get high, depending on what the ring looks like as in effect what you will be doing is having a whole new ring made - it will just look like the old one.
Oh damn-that is what I had thought-was hoping there would be a cheap option-will have to wait until I have some money! Will maybe take it for a quote or something just to see. Where would be best-an independent jewelers?
Definitely an independent - especially if it's delicate hand work that needs to be done.
If you live in London, don't go to Hatton Garden as it will be more expensive.
Most areas will have small independent jewellers but that will still be reputable. If you can find one of those, normally the labour will be significantly less than if you go to a mainstream "posh" place.
No. It's an alloy I assume - I know that when I want to work in gold, I have to go out and buy white, yellow or red gold and then I can melt it down as normal which wouldn't be possible if I was using yellow gold that had been plated.