Post # 1
I’ve been wearing my engagement ring for a few years now. Back when my husband chose the ring the diamond was already set into it and sold together, being a guy with no knowledge of diamonds and a small budget he just picked out the ring that was my size and bought it.
I was concerned that my diamond (0.33ct) wasn’t as brilliant and sparkling as much as it should so we consulted a different jeweller about it; turns out the diamond has two clouds, one of them really massive, and a few crystal inclusions. It was graded by IGI and an SI1.
My husband is apologetic and offered to buy me a better stone to set into the ring for our anniversary, so I took up on the offer. I wanted to keep the carat size around the same so I found some really lovely 0.4ct options with a better clarity and cut. However now my jeweller told me that it would be very difficult to set the 0.4ct into my existing setting. It’s a 3 prong platinum setting and I intend to continue using it because I don’t want to change the entire ring.
Has anyone faced this before? When people upgrade their rings (for example from a smaller carat to like 1 carat or more), do you get a new setting as well? I thought it’s fairly close enough size between 0.33 and 0.4 but apparently not?
thanks for any advice.
Post # 2
Often change in size does mean a change in the head, if a peg head, or a change is setting if a basket, like yours. Without knowing the dimensions, I would think that almost .1 difference in that range would leave some serious “muffin top” if it could be reused. Better to get something that fits than throw good money after bad trying to force it into a setting too small.
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2021 - Australia
whilst I haven’t done what you are planning, I have had jewellery remodelled. One way to keep your old ring might be to have the metal melted down to make the new one, and have a setting appropriate to the stone itself.
The only other thing I could think you might do would be to take it to another jeweller, since different designers have different approaches to things and the second might have a way around the issue.
For example, both my friend and I have very similar trellis/basket 3 stone rings. Both of us had them made smaller, but when you look at hers from the side, the reduction in the size of the ring meant itis no longer circular underneath the middle stone – the jeweller has given the ring a peak there. Meanwhile, mine was resized as well, and yet the jeweller has kept the actual band circular underneath the stones. I have no idea how this was done, but as I said, different designers will approach a problem put in front of them differently, and maybe another jeweller will have an option for you!
Post # 4
When a ring has a head that is easily replaced, then a new head can be soldered on to accommodate any size stone. However, your ring has a basket that is set into the band itself so it cannot be easily replaced. The band beneath the girdle of the stone would not accommodate anything bigger than what it currently holds. I woul not try to force a round peg into a square hole, as it were. If you are going to go with a larger stone, get a new setting to securely hold it.
Post # 5
Thanks for the comment. The current diamond size is 4.46×4.48×2.73, while the larger new one I’m considering is 4.76×4.72×2.91mm. @anangel:
Post # 6
That size difference and the design of your current ring will mean that you either need to completely restructure your engagement ring to fit the larger diamond (which is costly) or simply keep your engagement ring as is and purchase an affordable simple solitaire setting to fit your new diamond. That way you would be spending about the same amount of money and you would have two rings to enjoy!
Post # 7
If you really don’t want to change the setting then could you look for a different diamond? You would be able to find a good quality 0.33ct stone that would fit.