(Closed) To those who have upgraded

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
5213 posts
Bee Keeper

I think mine counts as an “upgrade”. Instead of replacing my center stone for something larger, I ended up getting an entirely new ring. My DH gave it to me for our 16th anniversary. I guess I would have to say that upgrading was a great experience, because it was a total surprise to me. I had originally gone into the jeweler’s to get a sapphire and diamond wedding band made. While looking at the different styles, I found this other ring setting that I just fell in love with. Absolute head-over-heels, pretty much at first sight. I took pictures of it and everything.

The jeweler had to order the sapphires for my band, so we ended up going back a month or so later to see if the stones had arrived yet. Of course, while my husband was talking to the jeweler, I scanned the cases to see if the ring I had fallen in love with was still there. It was! So, I had to look at it again — LOL. My DH knows me so well. He just looked at the jeweler and said, “Never mind. I think we’ve found something else.” I was going to have my original diamond set into the new setting, but my DH didn’t like the look of it. He told the jeweler to bring out some stones so that I could pick what I wanted. It was exciting, fun, sweet, romantic, and totally unexpected!

I never did get the sapphire and diamond band. But, I ended up with my new lovely lady, instead. And I adore her so so much. 

This is a picture of my new ring (top) and original ring (bottom) together.

Post # 3
4357 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 1997

Grr. Sorry, my computer is malfunctioning and not posting text/pics.

Post # 5
388 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

If you want a larger diamond, then I’d imagine the experience would be great!  If you can’t tell a difference in the size, then is it still an upgrade (with all other specs being equal)?  What I mean is, if you can’t tell a difference, then why do it?

I had a 2ct (8.0 mm) picked out originally, but ended up “upgrading” to a 2.43 (8.7 mm), and it was a very exciting experience.  If you already have a 0.5 ct, then a jump to a 1+ct will most definitely be noticeable, so I wouldn’t worry about that.  🙂

Post # 7
1164 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

mrsredhead:  My husband upgraded my ring for our 5th wedding anniversary. The experience was wonderful and romantic. I chose the setting, but he was involved in the whole process and he made the final decision between two different gemstones — both Amora enhanced moissanite. I love my moissanite upgrade!!

Post # 9
4357 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 1997

Sorry about the extreme close-ups here. I cannot get my computer to download the photos I want it to! Anyway, DH upgraded my ring for our 15th anniversary. My original ring was a .26 ct center stone, while the new one is 1.71 ct. Generally speaking, although a casual onlooker might not notice small differences, many people can discern a difference between stones with a .2 mm difference in spread. If you intend to upgrade (and the stones you are considering are round), check their measurements and angles through the HCA. Sometimes a GIA XXX still isn’t truly ideal in terms of cut, although AGS 000 usually is. Good luck!



Post # 10
170 posts
Blushing bee

This yellow gold ring is a 1/2 carat and was my original wedding rjng. This is what we could afford at the time but I always knew I wanted something more blingy and in white gold or platinum. So 16 years later we upgraded to this 1 carat halo in platinum. I love it and the 1 carat size w/ the halo is a great size for my finger.

Post # 11
7 posts

I had the same experience. I didn’t mind my stone size at first, but a few weeks after my engagement I felt it was too small. I upgraded from a .92 ct to a 1.34 ct (4.75 ring size) and it was the best decision ever. 

Original: .92ct


Present: 1.34 ct

Post # 12
525 posts
Busy bee

We got a whole new ring for various reasons. I adore both my original and my upgrade which my husband picked out. Can I tell you something, though? I adore the plain band I wear 24/7 too. The longer you’re married, the more you realize it’s the symbolism that matters, not the carat weight 🙂

Post # 13
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2002

I got my first upggrade at about 2 years of marriage.  I know that’s not common, but DH’s family were in the jewelry business. I went from .7ct to 1.5ct.  My seond upgrade was at 7 years of marriage.  I went from the 1.5ct to a 2.4ct.  This time he and I were in the jewelry business; we custom made my setting together, and hand picked my diamond.  Both upgrades were great experiences, but the second one was very special.  I think you’ll definiltey notice the difference and be very happy. Congratulations, I can’t wait to see what you get!

Post # 14
1384 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

GreenBayBee:  So true. I find myself actually regretting that I opted for an intricate wedding band, and frequently wearing a stand-in for practical purposes. I should have known myself better, known I’d be klutzy and getting this vine-y one tangled in my hair all the time! lol


(I only wear a band, if I wear my very teeny tiny cluster e-ring in my profile pic, I do so on my right hand)

I wish I had gotten a ring to match my husband’s from the beginning. His is lapis inlay in titanium, and I had wanted to get one with malachite inlay, like this:

So, even though we’ve been married just under a year, we may get me that one for our first anniversary. Both the rose gold one and this malachite one are under $200 each, so I wouldn’t feel TOO bad. I need some bees to convince me though 😉

Post # 15
525 posts
Busy bee

MrsSnowMountain:  Your current ring is amazing! Does it really catch on things too much? I love your other idea too, to much your husband but I would have a hard time letting go of that nature inspired band.

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