@Aquaria: I’m not sure mine counts, as it’s a replica, however, technically it is an upgrade.
In our case, we’d been talking about marriage for a couple of years, and I’d been looking at rings, but not really researching them; I had a very particular idea of what I wanted in an engagement ring and it was proving impossible to find. Then, around Christmas 2010, I came across the PERFECT ring, from a high street jeweller, and showed OH, not thinking he would remember (I didn’t think we’d get engaged for another 8-20 months). Well, he did remember, and proposed with it just over a month later; and I couldn’t have been happier with the ring.
However, I started doing research, and increasingly felt that white gold was not the best choice of metal for me personally. I had white gold RHRs, and hadn’t considered that the re-plating would be more of an issue with a ring I was wearing daily. And, it began to bug me. We were looking into getting wedding bands, and mine was going to have to be custom-made, so I began researching getting my engagement ring copied in platinum. I felt that the initial outlay of maybe £2500 (our budget) would be worth it, as to get both rings re-plated would have set me back £50 every 8 months, ie, it would quickly add up.
I spoke to OH, and, with his blessing, had my engagement ring copied in platinum. There are some small tweaks to the design (the basket is less rounded which means that I don’t need a really odd-shaped wedding band; and the band is thicker, so will be more durable, and also not hollowed out as with my previous ring). I also upgraded the quality of the stones, going from fair-good cut H-I coloured SI2 stones to excellent-cut D coloured VVS1 stones.
The total carat weight is the same, and, apart from the very noticeable difference (IMPO) in the stones, the rings look exactly the same; which is what I wanted. I didn’t trade in my ring, and will still wear it occasionally once OH gives me the new one.
A lot of jewellers I spoke to didn’t understand why I wasn’t upgrading to a solitaire/halo; and I’m sure a lot of bees would wonder the same. The simple reason is that the style of my ring is absolutely perfect for me; I love it so much. But, I was worried about longeivity, hence the decision to ‘upgrade’.
I don’t think I’ll feel any less sentimental about my new ring; though OH does want to make an occasion of giving it to me as he’s more sentimental/romantic than I am.