@dar7: Go for it! I think it is great that your hubby just wants you to be happy with your ring!
We’ve changed mine twice and I’m probably changing it again next year. I’ve already told Darling Husband I want to have some custom work done and he has given me the green light.
Darling Husband proposed with a half carat, yellow gold solitaire that had been in his family for a while. It wasn’t a particularly sentimental ring. He just thought the diamond would be nice for me.
However, I wanted something with more bling and I definitely wanted white gold. So I asked him if I could have the diamond placed in a different setting, and he said sure.
So I found a one carat, seven stone, scalloped half eternity band that I was crazy head over heels in love with, like swooning, and I told him that’s what I wanted. We got it, and took it to a jeweler to have it modified. We took out the middle stone on the top of the band, and placed my center stone in. This is how it came out:
And here it is with the one carat eternity wedding band we added later:
And here it is with a little, twisty band I found in a pawn shop this past summer:
I love my rings, but what I’ve found is that over time I’ve grown to feel that I want the center stone on my e-ring to have a larger profile. It’s only a half carat and I don’t think it stands out enough compared to the large-ish stones on the half eternity band.
So I’m thinking of having it customized to add a halo to the center stone.
OR I may just take the center stone out altogether, and restore it to the way it was originally, a chunky half-eternity band. And then my e-ring would be an eternity band and I would have a stacking set.
If I go that route, then I will have to figure out what to do with the half carat center stone. I may have a halo put on it, and place it back onto the original yellow gold solitaire band that Darling Husband proposed with, and have it rhodium dipped to make it white gold. Here is a CZ halo ring with a half carat center stone I found on E-Bay that I paired with my wedding band, to see what it would look like.
If I do this, I would actually end up with two engagement rings, LOL! One would be basically the solitaire Darling Husband originally proposed with, with a halo added and rhodium dipped to make it white gold. The other e-ring would be the seven stone half eternity band that we got as a setting for the diamond.
So many choices! I know some Bees are very adamant that they don’t believe in upgrading because they think it somehow ruins the sentiment or could hurt the guy’s feelings. But that doesn’t really apply to us. My Darling Husband doesn’t pay too much attention to my rings, he just wants me to be happy with what’s on my finger and he doesn’t care what I do. Haha!