Hi there, my mom recently found her Cartier trinity ring that she bought from Paris about 20 years ago. She gave it to me and the rings have lost its colors and shine (the white has turned gold). Do you think it's worth to repair? Retail is $1000 only so i hate to spend hundreds to fix the colors. On the other hand, it has some type if sentimental value. Any ideas in where i can send this or do i have to do it through the Cartier boutique? Thanks!
IMO, you can't put a price on something that has sentimental value. I think if you can afford to have the rings restored to their original colors, it's worth it. You very well may be almost able to buy a new one for what the restoration will cost you, but that new ring didn't belong to your mom.
I also think you should just take it in and see what estimate they give you...maybe they will be very reasonable because the gold color should never have faded. If it is too much money, then wear it as is, knowing your mom wore it that way...that is the value in the ring.
Just an IMO - my very good friend is a fine jeweler. If you have a jeweler that you know & trust nearby, I would let them have a look. I think the cost to breathe new life into your Mom's ring with an independent jeweler will be much less than with Cartier. It would be worth a comparison price check at the very least since it's long past warranty.