Style and taste are constantly evolving. Every year we are continually updating our wardrobe, our décor, even our vernacular is constantly evolving. So why wouldn’t we consider updating or improving one of our most worn pieces of jewelry. For most of us, our engagement rings are a piece of jewelry that we plan on keeping forever; we even hope to pass it down to the next generation. However, when this precious piece of jewelry was purchased we are generally at a much different place in our lives, whether it be five years ago, or thirty.
Perhaps the engagement ring wasn’t a well thought out purchase. Perhaps that engagement ring was purchased under a very different budget. So now that you’re further down the path of wedded bliss, why not consider upgrading your wedding ring!
We know there is sentimental significance to your wedding ring, so let’s not necessarily sell it to the next highest bidder. There are lots of ways to maintain all of the love and devotion your spouse put into purchasing this ring while giving it a ‘facelift’.
- UPGRADE YOUR CENTER STONE
Most of us have one large center stone which serves as the focal piece of your engagement ring. Take this opportunity to upgrade one, if not all, of the four C’s with a loose diamond.
- Increase carat size
- Improve Clarity
- Change Cut (Princess, Asscher, Cushion, Emerald, Heart, Marquise, Pear, Radiant, Round, Oval)
- Change Color
Be sure to save the original stone, you can always have it re-set into another piece of jewelry for your collection, like a necklace or earrings.
- HAVE YOUR RING REFINISHED
Sometimes the most cost effective way to improve your ring is to have the metal, (be it gold, platinum or titanium) re-dipped or re-textured. Let it sparkle as it did on that first day.
- RE-SET YOUR STONES
If you are in love with your spouse’s stone selection, but feel the setting is a little dated you can always have the stones removed and reset into a different ring of your own design. You can also take your upgrade a step farther and have the original setting melted down and turning into another piece of jewelry, like a charm or earrings.
- ADD ADDITIONAL STONES
The addition of extra stones to your ring is a beautiful way to improve your heirloom. You could choose to add a few just to offset your center stone or add a wrap or halo of stones to enhance it. You could also add to the sentimentality of the ring should you choose to complete this upgrade for an anniversary by adding an additional stone for each year of marriage.
- ADD SENTIMENT
If you are looking for a more cost effective, or even sentimental, upgrade to your ring, consider adding an inscription to the inside of your band. Whether you choose to add a sentimental quote reflecting the current or potential tenure or your marriage, or the names of your children, it is an addition that is sure to warm the heart.
- ADD A BAND
A recent article on Brides.com said it best:
“If altering your engagement ring in any way is totally out of the question, consider adding a new wedding ring instead. “The addition of a new wedding or anniversary band can completely change the look of an existing engagement ring,” says jewelry designer Megan Thorne. “Try mixing metals by pairing a platinum engagement ring with a rose gold band. Opt for a band with gemstones in your favorite color. Or pair a whimsical silhouette band with a traditional solitaire. The juxtaposition of styles, colors, and materials can make a very personal statement while still honoring the integrity of your existing engagement ring.”
- A COMPLETE UPGRADE
Now if you are realizing that even with the possibility of all of the ideas for upgrading your wedding ring, it still won’t become the ring of your dreams, replacing it is another option. That does not mean you have to get rid of the memories and the sentiment of the original piece; as we have mentioned throughout the article you can always have your ring re-created into another piece of fine jewelry. The original piece can become a show stopping necklace or earrings that you can pass down for generations to come.