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4 Ways to Upgrade Your Diamond Engagement Ring

Michelle Z / October 14, 2021

Is it time for a wedding ring upgrade? Ready for something new? While engagement rings and wedding bands hold sentimental value for many couples, it’s perfectly reasonable to seek out an upgrade as you move through life. Perhaps you’re looking to use old diamonds in a new ring, change the setting, or upgrade your diamond size – whatever you’re looking for, it’s likely you can find help from a jeweler who’s in-the-know. 

There are many different routes you can take to upgrade your engagement ring. Check out some of the options below for more details: 

Upgrade your diamond size

If you’re looking to upgrade the size of your diamond, you’re not alone! It’s not uncommon for tastes to change with age, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many couples hope to upgrade the size of their stone in time. Before going this route, it’s important to know that not all rings have all the same settings. In order to upgrade the size of your stone or gem, jewelers will often need to take a look and determine what’s possible on a case-by-case basis. 

Your current ring settings, your budget, and the difference in size can all play a role in how your upgrade can be accomplished. Before you talk with your jeweler, get an idea of what size diamond you’re looking for (whether that’s the carat weight or diameter change). After you decide on a diamond size upgrade, think about the clarity and color you’ll want – here you can find a quick guide on upgrading to a larger stone

there are some Alternatives to Diamond Engagement Rings

Change your band 

Love your stone but wanting for a more modern setting? It’s certainly possible to use your old diamond in a new ring. Other ways to change your band can include: 

    • Alter the band size: Changing your band size over time isn’t uncommon – it may end up too small or too large over time, but don’t fret! Resizing services are available; start here to learn more.  
  • Add stones: Think about stones that have some meaning to you – a birth stone or even a favorite gem may be able to be added to your current band for a pop of color and a touch of extra sentiment. 
  • Change the color: Want to turn your silver into gold? There are options for that! 

If you’re really looking to mix it up, you can even discuss the possibility of taking that stone and making it into an entirely new piece, like a necklace. 

Mark the occasion

One sure-fire way to mark the occasion is to get an engraving done. You can engrave a name, date, or initials that have meaning to you as a couple. Etching something meaningful to you and your partner can be a lovely touch on an already-beloved ring. Perhaps you’re commemorating an anniversary or you’re hoping to celebrate a milestone in your relationship – no matter your reasons, an engravement can be a thoughtful way to upgrade your engagement or wedding ring without changing the piece as a whole. 

engagement ring engraving

Trade it in

Wanting to start fresh with a brand new ring? Consider trading in your old engagement ring at a jeweler near you. After the jeweler assesses your ring, they’ll typically offer you a value that you can use towards your next purchase. If you want to end up with something entirely new, and you both trust the jeweler and like their designs, this could be a more appealing option over selling it for cash. It all depends on your situation and what will work best for you, so be sure to thoroughly research before deciding on your jeweler. It’s also important to understand what your jewelry is worth before selling, so consider getting an appraisal done before jumping into this process. 

Once you’ve got it traded in, you can now look towards purchasing a brand new ring or even creating one from scratch. Take a look at our custom jewelry services for more information about creating a uniquely-you ring. 

All-in-all it can be a daunting and oftentimes emotional process to decide how to move forward with a ring that doesn’t feel quite right for you anymore. Talking with a jeweler you trust can help you decide on how best to redesign your ring, and it can make the process that much less stressful. If you think you already know what it is you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to get in touch and ask questions that matter most to you!

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