You love your engagement ring. It’s one of the most meaningful pieces of jewelry you own. But maybe, now, you and your spouse have a little larger of a jewelry budget, or you’ve realized that your tastes in jewelry have changed since your spouse popped that gorgeous ring on your finger. Luckily, upgrading your engagement ring is easy with the help of a qualified jeweler.
Here are 7 ways to upgrade your engagement ring.
Swap Out the Stone
If you’re no longer in love with your engagement ring’s center stone, you can swap it out for another option, whether you want to swap the type of gemstone entirely or want to go for something a little bigger. While this option is a bit pricier than some of the other upgrades that you can make, it’s a popular pick for those seeking the most dramatic change.
Add a Ring Guard or Jacket
A ring guard is like a little addition to your engagement ring. Typically, your existing ring will sit within the guard, which features its own band(s) and gemstones. The guard lengthens and widens the overall look of your engagement ring, providing extra sparkle and style. This upgrade option is especially a good choice for those who may find that their existing engagement ring is a little on the plain side.
Change the Setting
If you love your engagement ring’s center stone and don’t want to change it, you might want to upgrade the ring setting. While your options are a little more limited here, as you must work around whatever stone cut and style you currently have, an experienced jeweler can make some suggestions.
Swap Out the Accent Stones
If you want to keep your center stone, but you don’t mind losing some of the accent stones, you can swap those out for a new look as well. It’s often the case that a bride will swap out colorless accent diamonds with other gemstones in other colors. It’s likewise popular to repurpose antique or vintage stones, or family gemstones, and use them as accents.
Change the Band
No longer a fan of platinum? Don’t quite care for gold anymore? If you’re not terribly keen on the metal used for your engagement ring band, consider swapping out the band for a new one
Go for a New Type of Jewelry Altogether
Let’s say your main issue with your engagement ring isn’t the stone or setting or even the precious metal. Maybe you just don’t like wearing rings. If that’s the case, you don’t need to give up on wearing this sentimental jewelry forever. Instead, consider using the stone or stones in your engagement ring in a new type of jewelry. A jeweler can advise on how you can take that center stone and turn it into a necklace pendant, brooch or another type of jewelry.
Have it Engraved
If you don’t necessarily want to change the look of your engagement ring, but you would like to mark a special occasion in some meaningful way, you might want to consider getting your engagement ring engraved, if you never have. Maybe you engrave your wedding date on the interior of the band, or your names — whatever it is, this can be a meaningful upgrade that retains the look of your ring, if you
Other Ways to Upgrade Your Engagement and Wedding Band Set
You likely wear your engagement ring every day, so maybe you’re not quite ready to swap it out for an entirely new look. If you’re still wanting a bit of a change, though, there are a few things you can do.
Firstly, when’s the last time you had your ring inspected and cleaned? Taking your engagement ring to your favorite jeweler for an in-depth inspection and cleaning can give your ring new life, especially if you haven’t had a cleaning in quite a while. The jeweler may even find needed repairs that you weren’t even aware existed.
You may also find that you need to resize your engagement ring. If it no longer fits like it used to, you may realize that resizing it makes for a more comfortable wear, and you suddenly enjoy wearing your engagement ring anew.
It’s also worth considering changing out your wedding band instead of your engagement ring. If you have a plain wedding band, you could potentially liven things up with a new, gemstone-wrapped band or something overall trendier and more modern.
Rather than changing any of your rings, you might add a third ring to your ring finger. Many couples are choosing to wear anniversary bands in addition to their engagement rings and wedding rings. These anniversary bands are often designed to be on the simple side and stackable and chosen to compliment the current style of your engagement or wedding band.
Or, if you don’t really care for any of the above options, you might just decide to completely buy a new engagement ring altogether. There’s nothing at all wrong with doing so, especially if newer engagement rings have caught your eye.
What to Consider Before Changing
Your Engagement Ring
But beyond your own preferences, there are a few other things you’ll want to consider before making any changes to your engagement ring.
How does your spouse feel about the change? Are they up for it? Or do they have their own sentimental attachments to your current ring, even though they’re not the one wearing it every day?
Is the ring a family heirloom? If the ring has been passed down, unchanged, for generations, whether on your side of the family or your spouse’s side of the family, you may want to hesitate before taking the plunge. You might inadvertently offend someone in the family. While, yes, it is technically “your” ring now, you don’t want to mess with a precious family piece if it’s going to cause familial strife.
Also consider your ring’s value. Often, you would only want to make changes to your ring that are going to enhance its value. Knowing the current value and how changes will impact it, can help you make the right upgrade decisions. When you consult with an appraiser or jeweler to determine the value, don’t forget to ask about whether a change is risky; some changes come with a risk of band damage, depending on your planned changes and the condition of your current rink.
Overall, having a professional jeweler assist you throughout the planning and upgrade design process will be of great help. They’ll know what you can do with your current ring, how you can increase the value, what’s possible and what’s not, and the expected cost.
Yamron Can Help
The experienced jewelers at Yamron can help you shop for the perfect engagement ring solution, whether you’re shopping for an engagement ring for the very first time, or you’re looking to change up your current ring with a new stone, setting or a complementary anniversary band.
Check out our current collection of rings for inspiration and then get in touch to start planning your upgrade or next purchase. You can find Yamron Jewelers located at 5555 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 11, in Naples, Florida. You can also give us a call at 239-592-7707 or an email at [email protected] We can’t wait to hear from you!
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