(Closed) Upgrading Engagement Ring Diamond?

posted 11 years ago in Married Life
  • poll: What would you do?

    Keep current engagement ring as is.

    Upgrade diamond in current engagement ring.

    Get entirely new engagement ring.

  • Post # 3
    2076 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I love the idea of turning the center stone of your ring into a necklace!

    I say, you’re the one that wears the ring, you should be able to alter it if you choose to.  It’ll still be the same ring, just changed slightly.

    Post # 4
    5669 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Since the ring is an heirloom, if it was me I would probably just get a whole new ring entirely. I would want to keep the heirloom ring just as is and maybe wear it once and a while on my right hand and then pass it down to my daughters. But that’s just me. I’m sure it would look beautiful either way.

    Post # 5
    13094 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Personally, I’d never want to change my e-ring but I know everyone’s feelings on this are different.  Your DH seems really receptive to the idea and if you guys can afford it, I say upgrade the diamond in your current e-ring.  I also really like the idea of setting the old diamond in a different piece of jewelery so that you still have the actual diamond he proposed with.

    Post # 6
    174 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I think it is appropriate to upgrade it! Go for it!

    Post # 7
    91 posts
    Worker bee

    I think you should upgrade the center diamond. It’s still your Grandmothers ring but you will add little to make it yours. I also think the idea of making your Grandmothers stone a necklace is awesome. You never know it might be passed down again and whoever gets it will appreciate the new stone as yours and do the same thing, constantly evolving a family tradition.

    Post # 8
    15458 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I have a question too, why did you engrave it and fuse it to your band if the plan all along was to get a new ring someday?

    Since it has such sentimental value, I voted upgrade diamond in current setting.  It would just be an enhanced version of your grandmothers ring that you’d still love and wear everyday instead of getting a new setting and then putting it aside in a box.

    Post # 9
    6390 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Since you’re not happy with the proportions, I would get a new center stone. My mom has “upgraded” her ring twice since she was married, and she’s a lot happier for it.  Plus, now she has three great memories attached to it instead of just one :). She always kept the same center stone, but I’m guessing that one doesn’t really feel like it’s yours.

    Post # 10
    14181 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    The upgrade you’re getting is not a very “big” upgrade, numerically speaking. Just be sure that if you go with 1/2 carat, it’ll be what you want. That eventually, you won’t want to upgrade to a full carat. Otherwise, you may as well wait and get an anniversary ring! I’d have trouble altering something that was my grandma’s, personally. Well, one of my grandmas, i’d have trouble altering her stuff. The other grandma, I’d have no qualms about it.

    Post # 11
    3761 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I think that is a very appropriate upgarde for a 1 year anniversary.  Now, if you were going from 1/5 carat to a 2 carat I might say that is a bit of a jump. 

    I think upgrading the diamond in the family setting is appropriate.  You have already made the ring “yours” by engraving it and having it welded together. 

    Post # 12
    995 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    I think its a great idea!

    Post # 13
    1870 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    Wanting a larger diamond does not make you a bad person. It’s not strange to alter your wedding/e-ring after getting hitched either and I think that if you like the ring better, go ahead and change it. I think that the beautiful thing about jewelry is that it’s so personal and customization is a large part of enabling a piece to be personal.

    Alternatively, if you really don’t like the idea of changing your ring but want a bigger diamond on your hand in general, you can keep your ring as is and save your money for a different ring to celebrate a future milestone–anniversary, baby, new job, birthday whatever. Me? I’m all for more jewelry 😀

    Post # 14
    2007 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    If it was just a matter of “it’s not big enough” then I wouldn’t understand and would probably keep it as is but I know what you mean about proportions on long fingers.  Mine is maybe a 1/3 of a carat or so and any smaller would probably look a bit odd.  I voted for a new diamond on the heirloom ring.

    Post # 16
    1246 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    i think it is totally appropriate to upgrade your diamond. I have a one carat now, but eventually plan to upggrade to a 1.5, maybe 5 years down the road! But, i agree with ejs that you should consider what you would want forever, the jump you are making now is not that big of a difference and maybe you could consider a 1 carat instead ina new setting if its affordable.

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