A question was posed to me by Dan P. asking my thoughts on upgrading an engagement ring. In my opinion the ring you get engaged with is a symbol of the love you and your spouse share, as you agree to embark on the journey of marriage and building a life together. Your spouse will try choose a ring that fits your taste and style and his own budget, but not everybody gets it right and oftentimes women want to upgrade what they started out with. Of course this is very a personal decision. For many men, the engagement ring is a gift of love and devotion, and often the most expensive purchase they’ve ever made. It can feel like a slap in the face to have your wife tell you that after all these years, she’s always wanted something more. If both parties agree that an upgrade is ok, then there are a few options I recommend;
If you’re willing to part with the ring and don’t find yourself overly sentimental you can try selling it and then using the money to purchase something bigger and grander. I suggest trying on several styles, and diamond shapes to gauge what it is you want, and like, that will also fit your lifestyle.
If money isn’t an issue, you can keep the old ring and save it to give to son or daughter down the road and purchase a whole new ring.
The third option is the most wallet friendly, and manages to preserve some of the original ring’s integrity. A perfect diamond on it’s own in a simple solitaire setting can be beautiful, but let’s get real how many of us have a perfect diamond? A great way to update the look of your ring and make the stone look larger, is to reset it. A good Jewelry designer can work with you to take your original stone and set it i such a way that makes it feel brand new. I have seem many stones come out of their old settings, and come out looking larger and more beautiful after. It’s a great way to give your ring a facelift, while still keeping that sentimentality factor.