Whether it’s for a change of style, an upgrade to a larger stone or to add additional stones and details like an extra sparkly halo, you can absolutely change the setting of your engagement ring. Because your ring represents something very special and personal, any modifications should be carefully planned with your jeweler.
Why Change the Setting of an Engagement Ring?
Whether it’s a family heirloom or a newer ring you’re ready to upgrade, the first step to the evolution of your ring is to have it properly appraised by a trusted diamond specialist. You should be informed about what the diamond, stones and metal are worth before deciding to change something. Knowing the value of your ring will also help you set a realistic budget for your new design.
There are many different reasons that someone may choose to change the setting of their engagement ring.
- Restyle an inherited ring: you may want to give a more modern look to a ring that’s been in the family for generations or add elements that match your personal style while preserving its sentimental value.
- Upgrade the stone: you may not have been able to afford the ring of your dreams initially, and as finances change, upgrading an engagement ring can be a way to commemorate that success.
- Commemorate an anniversary or milestone: adding additional stones or a special inscription could be a great way to celebrate a special anniversary, vow renewal or the birth of children.
- Update the look: not all ring styles are timeless and sometimes people’s tastes will change, so upgrading a ring is a way to keep up with the times or a change in preferences.
Whatever the reason is, there are lots of ways that you can change an engagement ring without losing its sentimental value.
Ways to Update or Upgrade an Engagement Ring
One way to up-level your ring, especially if you love the style, is to replace the center stone. You could choose a larger stone or one with better quality if your budget allows which adds extra value to your ring while increasing its beauty. Many jewelers will allow you to trade in your diamond for a higher quality stone or different cut. Another option is to choose a different shape or even a different gemstone.
For a more dramatic change, consider changing the band of your ring. You can swap metals, switching from yellow gold to platinum or white gold, for example, is a quick way to modernize the style of your ring. You could also change the size of the band from thin to thick, opt for a different design of the band such as a split shank, or switch to a pavé band for extra sparkle.
If you want a bigger looking center stone and don’t want to replace the current one, you could add a halo of diamonds or other stones or even a second halo for the ultimate sparkly combination. Accent diamonds can take you from a solitaire to a three-stone ring are a stunning addition, or colorful gems that have special meaning like birthstones which will make your ring even more special and unique.