Chances are if you’re reading this article you’ve considered upgrading your engagement ring at one time or another.
In recent years, upgrading original engagement rings has become common practice.
Not that you need a reason, here’s our 5 reasons for upgrading your engagement ring, including;
Reasons to Upgrade Your Engagement Ring
1. Times Are Changing And So Are You
You loved your ring back then, but times have changed and so have you. Perhaps the shape, colour, metal, setting of your ring no longer suit you and it’s time for a change.
Maybe your style has changed and a trendy heart-shaped stone is no longer your thing. But, a stylish tradition round brilliant cut diamond suits who you are now.
2. You Thought You’d Love Your Ring Forever
But, let me guess there’s a new trend you love in more. Or perhaps you jumped on a trend when you bought your engagement and now you’re not in love with it, quite as much.
3. Your Bank Account Is All Grown Up
Maybe you and your spouse have worked hard over the past decade or two, and your bank balance looks a little more healthy than it did when you first wed.
Perhaps, you weren’t in a position to afford the ring of your dreams back then.
4. You’ve Inherited Diamonds
Since your wedding, you have inherited a diamond/s you’d love to incorporate into your engagement ring.
5. You Made It!
Celebrating a milestone anniversary is one of my favourite ideas. Couples celebrating 10, 15 or 20 years of marriage are the most common here at Diamondport.
In my book, if you’ve been married for 10 years or more you deserve a medal and what better than one of a diamond variety.
Whatever the reason you’re looking to upgrade your engagement ring, here’s what you’ll need to consider.
- Will you keep the stones and remodel the style only?
- Would you love a larger diamond to take centre stage?
- Will you so use some of the diamonds from your current ring?
- How will you maintain its sentimental value?
- What colour gold or other metal will you use?
- And the biggie how will you tell your partner?
NB: Discussing potential engagement ring upgrades with your partner should be your first step. Remember your partner bought your ring with love and the best intentions. Be mindful of causing offense and be sure to remind them that you love your original engagement ring but over time some things have changed.
Having this conversation early on also means your partner is included in the engagement ring upgrade process.
Upgrading your engagement ring or making any changes for that matter should be done with careful research. I’m here to guide you each step of the way.
Engagement Ring Upgrading Ideas
You’ve decided upgrading your ring is the way to go and your partner is on board. Now it’s time to decide which engagement ring upgrade option is best for you:
1. Remodel Your Ring
For sentimental reasons, many people like to include the original diamond/s in their remodelled ring and change only the setting.
If this option is for you, it’s super important to have your diamond appraised by somebody qualified. I’m a Diamond Merchant so I sit in the box seat to review your stone. We need to ensure it has no cracks or scratches before deciding to include it in another setting.
-- Re-design your setting
The best bang for your buck and the most straightforward way to remodel your ring is by changing the setting.
2. Remodel Including New Diamonds
Many of the options we’ll list include keeping the original diamonds to honour their sentimental value. And also include adding a new large diamond into the mix.
-- Add side stones
If you have a solitaire a popular choice is to the add side stones. The addition of diamonds on the shoulders of your band (either side of your centre diamond/s) will lift your ring’s look to an entirely new level.
-- Three Stone Ring
If you like three stone rings then you’re in luck. Take your current solitaire and go for a three stone ring with your original stone relocated to a side stone position.
-- Create a Halo
Halo rings are hugely popular at the moment. And their traditional look means they’ll stand the test of time. So consider adding a circle of diamonds around your current stone, it’ll look stunning.
3. Completely New Engagement Ring
This option isn’t without honouring your original ring’s sentimental value. I have some pretty cool suggestions about what we can do with your original ring. My favourite suggestion will mean you have a version of both rings with each day, but I’ll get to that in a minute.
The two main choices in this category include:
1. Staying with a similar style, changing only the size of the diamonds.
2. Completely changing the design
What’s the cost of upgrading my engagement ring?
This is the ultimate question and the answer is entirely yours to answer. There are no rules to upgrading your engagement ring. I can tell you an increase between 0.5ct -- 1ct is common. Often women with 0.5ct will jump up to 1ct and those with 1ct will go to between 1.5ct-2ct.
What to do with your original engagement ring?
If the stone you’re replacing won’t be used in your new ring there are a number of places we can put it to good use.
1. Create a stunning pair of solitaire earrings. Ask your jeweller to engrave a mark on the earring that holds your original stone. This way you’ll forever know which one it is.
2. Create an elegant diamond pendant to wear on a necklace every day. My personal favourite option.
3. Use the diamond in dress ring design for your right hand.
4. I can help you design an eternity to compliment your new engagement ring. (This option depends on the size of the original stone).
Upgrading Your Engagement Ring In Brisbane? Here’s Our Checklist
- Discuss with your partner
- Choose a Style
- Take Your Time
- Choose or Design Ring
- Contact Us
Diamondport are specialists in upgrading engagement rings for Brisbane brides.