Post # 1
Hey everyone. I know that upgrades are a touchy subject here but I need some opinions. My husband has always wanted to switch out my center stone because the color isn’t that great. Now we are ready to do it, but he wants to also go from a 1 carat to 1.5. Do you think I will notice the difference? It is a princess cut solitaire.
Edit: If you vote, please say why you chose the option you chose! I want to hear both sides!
Post # 3
@haileybailey123: Yes i do think you will notice a difference
Post # 4
@haileybailey123: I think you will notice! Try going into a jewelry shop and trying the 1.5 on to get an idea if you like it!
Post # 5
@little_d: Great idea! Thanks!
Post # 6
I’d have to know how much the difference costs to say if it’s “worth it” or not (to me anyway) but yes I think you’d be able to tell that it’s bigger
Post # 7
you will definitely notice the difference, go for it!
Post # 8
@soontobemrsm11: the jeweler who made the ring originally is in my husbands hometown so we will be going over the holidays to talk out the options. I won’t know cost until then, but I agree that it will make or break the deal!
Post # 9
Hi @haileybailey123: First & Foremost I see you are NEW here, so a BIG Welcome to “the Hive”
I am not a BIG Fan of the standard upgrade that we see here on WBee (someone getting a WHOLE NEW Ring)… primarily because I am extremely sentimental and couldn’t imagine just casually replacing something that means so much (the promise of a future, from a time gone by.. that we cannot go back and recreate)
On the otherhand…
I don’t have as many issues when someone decides to change up the ring they have, or find a way to update it down the road after they’ve been married for awhile… more so if it is for a special occasion / milestone mark in their relationship
So changing out the Feature Stone / Diamond for me is totally reasonable… more so in that he now is in a position where he can upgrade the Quality (I am a girl who is ALL about the Quality, vs the Quantity)
COLOUR for me is HUGE (more so than CARAT size)…
My priorities are … CUT (Quality) – COLOUR – CLARITY in that order.
And also, CERTIFIED – and CONFLICT FREE / CANADIAN
CARAT SIZE comes in as factor, only in that I want to buy the best Diamond I can afford for whatever range of size I have in mind (ie. 3/4 Carat = 0.69 to 0.82)
Hope this helps,
PS… I VOTED… YES in your Poll.
And you will see a size difference between a 1.0 and a 1.5 BTW.
But as I said, I’d probably stick with the 1.0 size if it meant I could have a better quality stone for my money.
Post # 10
Yes, you should see a difference in .5 carat. As to whether it’s worth it, that depends on how much it costs, your financial situation, etc. But strictly speaking from a visual perspective, a half carat is definitely enough to notce. The “rule” is that anytime you jump .25 carat you should be able to notice.
Post # 11
@This Time Round: Thank you so much! I agree with you. Our biggest thing was not replacing the wedding band. To me, that is where the sentiment lies. We picked out our ring together, and it is an amazing quality (its a princess cut, but sparkles insanely!). The only thing, is it fires off more yellow than I prefer (I guess I must be overly color sensitive). The original plan was to just swap it for another diamond of the same size, just higher in color, but since so much time has gone on that is why we are thinking to up the size, too. We won’t know if it is financially possible until we meet with the jeweler, but we are thinking we can do it! Thanks again!
Post # 12
I went from a .38 to a .58 which is a much smaller change than yours and I STILL noticed a huge difference! I went from being “meh” about my stone (mostly due to its inclusions) to not being able to keep my eyes off it! Its bigger and clearer and I regret NOTHING! 🙂
Post # 13
You will notice a difference and I hope you enjoy your new ring.
I don’t understand why upgrades are a touchy subject. Sometimes couples find that they can only afford a certain kind of ring, but they really want to be engaged and married. What is so terrible about buying a nicer ring when there is more income?
My husband bought me a much nicer ring soon after we were engaged. There was something wrong with the first ring and the diamond was too small, so my husband took me to jewellery store and told me to pick something.
Post # 14
If you were JUST going to update for the .5ct, I’d say it wouldn’t be worth it! But if you’re doing it for the color, too, then I say go for it!
Post # 15
@SweetartMD: Yay!! I am glad you love yours now! You’re making me all excited though. I was waiting patiently and now I am going to have a one track mind! Hehe 🙂
Post # 16
@This Time Round: +1, obviously there is a difference but I feel the same way about upgrades. Not my money though, so what do I care 😛