You’ve been with your fiancé for years and have grown to love the ring he gave you on your wedding day. But now, you feel like it’s time for an upgrade. You haven’t fallen out of love with your original engagement ring—far from it! But you know that if you don’t get a new setting or change the metal type or size of the diamond, this beloved piece will always be just “the engagement ring” and not something that reflects who you are as a couple.
This doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong with your current setting, though (otherwise, we wouldn’t be talking about how to upgrade an engagement ring). We’re here to help guide you through these options so that you can ensure everything goes smoothly when it comes time for an upgrade.
Talk to your Jeweler first.
If you’re unsure about upgrading your engagement ring, it’s worth talking to your Jeweler first. They will be able to tell you whether they can perform this upgrade and, if so, how long it might take them. If they can’t do it themselves (or if there’s simply no time for that), they can recommend a jeweler who can.
While your partner may not want an upgraded version of their original ring right away, it’s still a good idea to find out whether or not such a thing is possible. That way, when you decide that now is the right time for an upgrade—whether because of changing styles or just because you want something new—you’ll know exactly who can help you!
Choose the best quality diamond you can afford.
When it comes to diamonds, you want to ensure you’re getting the best quality possible. There are differences in how diamonds are graded and categorized, so you must know what these grades mean when purchasing your engagement ring.
The most common way of rating a diamond is by its colour grading scale. The scale goes from D (colourless) to Z (yellow or brown). The closer you get to D-F colourless, the more expensive your diamond will be because of its rarity and beauty.
Upgrade to larger carat size.
One of the easiest ways to upgrade your ring is by increasing its carat size. A larger diamond will add a little more bling to your engagement ring and, depending on the quality of the stone, could also increase its value. For example, let’s say you’re still using that modest 0.5-carat round cut diamond in an 18K white gold setting from your college days (a very common engagement style). If you upgrade to a 2-carat princess cut diamond with an emerald cut band and some pavé diamonds around the sides of it, you will have a dazzling new centrepiece for those special occasions.
Consider a halo-style setting.
A halo setting is an extremely popular choice for engagement rings and wedding bands because it makes the center stone look bigger and more sparkly. The halo of diamonds surrounds the center diamond, creating a stunning effect that draws attention to the center stone.
If you’re looking for a way to make your existing ring look even more luxurious than it already does, this is one way to do it!