Thank you for the responses.
I told the customer that she should send me the settings. She
mentioned melting down the rings many months ago and I tentatively
agreed. Indeed, she had sentimantal reasons for wanting to
incorporate her mother's and grandmother's rings into her own
wedding band. It was only the other night that she mentioned that
they were Cartier in her e-mail.
I live in NYC, so no problem finding the appropriate experts. I
might call Cartier and see if they will look at them for me.
The ring I am making will most likely only contain about $1200 worth
of platinum, so even if they are worth $2000 each, that is a
Now with your opinions behind me, I can give her better reasons to
preserve the rings, if they are in an appropriate condition, and
yes, preserve some jewelry history.
Best to you all,