What happens to the "upgraded" stone?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
1905 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

My jeweler has a lifetime guarantee of buying back the stone for 110% if you ever want an upgrade. This excites me. 

Post # 4
3524 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

I kept mine.  Maybe I will use it in something else, or  maybe I will keep it for one of my children…  not sure, but I would be sad to get rid of it.

Post # 5
3243 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 1997

Generally upgrading involves getting a larger stone, a stone with better specs (or both) or getting a different setting. Sometimes people actually go down in size and up in specs; sometimes people keep the same stone and get a new setting; it all depends on what is important to the individual.

The previous stone, if it is replaced, can be kept by the original owner, or some stores and sellers take the previous stone in trade as part of the cost of the new one. In that case, the store inspects the stone to make sure it has no damage and they often send it to be regraded by GIA or another certification company. Then with a recently dated certification and a clean stone removed from the previous setting, the store has a “new” stone to sell. Those are often sold to another customer or reset into another piece of jewelry that will be carried in a store’s inventory.

Post # 6
1400 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I think some people keep the original ring/stone as an heirloom to pass on, or a RHR, or less flashy days, or incorporate the stone into a new piece of jewelery like a pendant or something.

But some people definitely trade them in! FI has a family friend who works for our jeweler, so they let us look at the traded-in diamonds that they get a better deal on. My .73ct diamond is one, and sometimes it’s fun to think about who it might have belonged to before, and I like to think that they’d be happy that it found a good home with me 🙂

Post # 7
11379 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

some people trade them in and some people will buy a whole new stone outright and save the original one for another use.

Post # 8
540 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 1993

I kept mine.  Since the new stone is much bigger I might use it and make a 3 stone in the future (I would need to buy another smaller stone). Haven’t decided yet. 

Post # 9
3006 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

They probably get flushed down the toilet 😉


Haha! I believe some people trade them in towards the cost of the new stone. Some people keep them and reset them into RHRs or pendants, or save them for their children.


Post # 10
2927 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I traded mine in.

Post # 11
2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@FauxPas2012:  I purchased a solitaire ring from a classified site with the intention of moving that diamond to my current setting.  I swapped out the diamonds on the two and now have two rings.  I may sell the solitaire with my old diamond, but for now I am wearing it as a RHR.

Post # 12
584 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

My original stone is a family heirloom and very precious to me sentimentally for many reasons, so if I ever “upgrade” (say in 10yrs) I’d have it made into a pendant.

Some people sell them though and I think that’s fine too! Personally I’m too sappy.

Post # 13
2632 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

If I ever upgrade, it will be traded in for a new stone for my setting, or if that isn’t possible I will have it set in a necklace for myself. 

Post # 14
5398 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

@FauxPas2012:  I guess it depends.

My ring is technically an ‘upgrade’ in that it isn’t my original ring. However it’s almost an exact replica, and the total carat weight is the same; the differences are that it is in platinum rather than 9ct white gold, and the diamonds are D VVS1 excellent-cut rather than approx H-I SI2 very-good cut.

In my case, because the original ring is intact, I have just kept it.

If I’d had a solitaire/similar and been upgrading the centre stone, I’d either have traded in, or had the stone set in a different piece of jewellery (possibly a pendant) depending on our budget; the re-sale value of diamonds often isn’t great so unless we got a great deal on my original stone or couldn’t afford an upgrade otherwise I would probably be inclined to keep it.

Post # 15
4915 posts
Honey bee

@FauxPas2012:  My ring is an “upgrade”(15-yr anniversary). It’s a completely new ring. My husband and I thought about having the center stone from my original ring put into the new setting, but it didn’t look quite right. We ended up buying a new center stone. In the end, this made me happier, as I still have my original ERing intact. I kept it, and have put it away in the hope that my daughter will want it one day.

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