Diamonds are forever; there is no doubt about this. Indeed, they are a symbol of style, class, and timeless love. However, there comes a time when it is thought that the gorgeous ring could look even more appealing on the finger. A couple that started with a plain ring because that is what could fit in their budget or bought a ring that has gone through years of wear realizes that it needs to be spruced up. There is also a possibility that their ring tastes and preferences may have changed altogether.
Since they must have placed such an enormous attachment on the diamond, trading it off is out of the question. They would want to continue wearing the ring as they reflect on the glorious moments and savor the nostalgic memories it carries with it. First off, it should be confessed that the couple has made one of the wisest decisions in their marriage or courtship.
Retaining a diamond ring symbolizes a person’s undying love for their partner. It is also an excellent way of strengthening a relationship. Many reasons drive people to upgrade their diamonds. Should it be desired, there are several ways to do so and continue living the dreams of a relationship. But, how does one go about all these? Read on for more insights on the topic.
Why Would Upgrade a Diamond Be Desired?
1. Change of Social Status
As has already been mentioned, the present diamond may have been purchased when the income was rather low. As time went by, money poured in, hence the climb up the social ladder. Resultantly, it is only natural to want to upgrade the diamond to reflect the new social status.
It is important to note that it does not necessarily mean getting a completely newer or bigger diamond. Remember that diamond ring settings wear out faster than the real stone, and therefore, due consideration may be accorded to retaining the diamond and only swapping the ring setting.
2. Outdated Ring Styles
The jewelry industry is an ever-evolving one, and designs that ruled the world a decade ago may have been rendered obsolete now. This is especially true for ring designs that were popularized by celebrities. For those who love the good, old things, investing in a vintage ring or keeping their old diamond may seem like the best thing to do. However, as for the people who prefer to keep up with the new fashion trends, upgrading their diamonds is the real deal.
Also, experts are continuously experimenting with newer diamond cut styles and ring settings, and whenever these new designs come out, they often change the landscape of the jewelry industry and sweep diamond shoppers off their feet. If the bandwagon is not jumped on, chances are that the craze will be missed.
3. Changing Personal Tastes
Tastes and preferences change with time; it is something that cannot be helped. How many people would happily wear the same clothing or hairstyles they wore five years ago?
Similarly, it is possible to grow out of love with a diamond with time, no matter how glamorous it looks. When that time comes, a choice must be made between retaining the less sparkly gemstone and upgrading it for a flashier one.
4. When Dealing With an Old Jewelry
Jewelry has traditionally been passed down from one generation to the other. However, a piece of diamond that was cushioned a century ago cannot look as brilliant as it did then.
All the same, the stone is immensely valued because it is a reminder of strong kinship ties. Therefore, selling it off is inconceivable. The best bet here is to upgrade the diamond for it to result in a more elegant gem while also retaining the sentimental attachment to the stone.
5. Marking Important Milestones
Acquiring newer and better stuff is one of the many ways significant milestones are celebrated. The same holds for jewelry. If a couple who got engaged ten years ago are now planning to walk down the aisle, they may consider upgrading their diamond. Conversely, if a significant anniversary is around the corner, such as the golden jubilee of a marriage, an upgrade can further exacerbate it.
Upgrading a diamond on such occasions is an excellent way of surrendering the old and embracing the new. As luck would have it, this does not imply losing the former gemstone or ring because it can still be kept as a constant reminder of the journey towards a new status.
There are numerous other reasons why a diamond upgrade can be deliberated. Whatever inspires the decision, it ought to be ensured that it works out for emotional and financial needs.
When is the Ideal Time to Upgrade a Diamond?
When it comes to upgrading a diamond, there is no right or wrong time. Instead, the decision is highly personal. But for engagement rings, it is significant that the wife is involved in the process. It is a widely known fact that getting one’s spouse a surprise diamond gift is the perfect way to wow them and strengthen love. However, it does not always work out like this for diamond upgrades.
Think of it as sanctioning a kitchen renovation without involving the other half. Much as the decision may have been well-intentioned, she is bound to feel offended for having been left out. Even after choosing to upgrade, do not take the plunge yet. Instead, seek expert opinion from renowned gemologists. Above all, ensure that the upgraded stone complies with the current design trends in the diamond industry.
How to Upgrade Your Diamond?
1. Invest In a Diamond Buying Guide
In many ways, a diamond upgrade is similar to buying a real gem. Hence, it pays to get it right from the get-go. Remember the factors that were considered when buying the stone for the first time?
Chances are that it commenced with some research on the 4Cs. Afterward, a reliable and ideal dealer must have been sought. While trying to find one, time was likely invested in checking out their collection of diamonds in terms of the designs and brands that they deal(t) in. Finally, prices were compared before ordering the gemstone.
As shall be discovered, the process of upgrading a diamond is nearly the same as buying the stone, which is why jewelry experts recommend investing in a diamond buying guide first. This will serve as a reminder of the fundamental things to keep in mind when upgrading a gemstone.
2. Is The Diamond Being Upgraded Or The Ring?
Choosing what to upgrade between the gemstone and the ring is probably an extremely tough decision. In the case of a loose diamond, this agony will not prove bothersome. But for ring-mounted diamonds, this is a necessary step. As mentioned earlier, diamond rings generally wear off faster than the diamond itself. Therefore, they are often prime candidates for upgrades.
However, some people may choose to upgrade the gemstone and keep their ring. It all comes down to the sentiments attached to either one of the two things concerned.
Expectedly, upgrading the ring is a less rigorous procedure than upgrading the diamond. For ring upgrades, a visit to a jewelry store and shopping for the perfect ring size and style will do. In what would follow, the diamond will be dismounted and probably cleaned before being set into the new ring. In some cases, sprucing the current ring will do the job without having to buy a new one.
When it comes to upgrading the diamond, chances are that a new stone will surely be bought. This calls for heightened caution on a customer’s part; meaning that locating a great dealer that offers favorable trade-in policies is inevitable. Doing so guarantees selling off the original gemstone and possibly using the proceeds to finance part of the cost of the new one.
In rare cases, some people may opt to upgrade both the stone and the ring. It is a decision that will require a substantial financial investment on their part compared to if they were to only upgrade the diamond or its ring setting.
3. Choose the Diamond Aspects to be Upgraded
When thinking of upgrading a diamond, changing one or two of its aspects are usually considered. It is quite improbable that complete interest might have been lost in the gemstone. Therefore, it is important to isolate the specific elements of the Four Cs likely to be improved upon; thereby making the upgrade process much easier. But as shall be observed, it all depends on the aspects that are isolated.
Upgrading the cut, color, or carat weight of a diamond is comparatively easy, ostensibly due to the limitless options available. When it comes to clarity, more time will be required to locate a diamond possessing the desired clarity rating. This is so because an old gemstone is likely to contain both internal and external flaws. Also, most diamonds nowadays are so polished that they only feature internal inclusions. Consequently, in the case of carelessness, a dealer might use the external flaws to their advantage.
4. For The Most Dazzling Appearance, Upgrade the Cut or Carat Weight of The Diamond
A diamond’s cut and carat weight have a significant impact on the overall brilliance of the stone. Therefore, these are the two crucial elements of the Four Cs that should always be considered if the enhancement of a diamond’s glitter is desired. But even then, experts recommend striking the right balance between the carat weight and cut of a diamond because some cuts give more brilliance than others regardless of their similarities in carat weights.
Generally, insist on cuts with more facets; for the higher the number of angles in a diamond, the more sparkle the stone will give. This factor explains why marquise, pear, and oval cuts give exceptional brilliance compared to Asscher, emerald, and radiant cuts. The round cut is the most brilliant, considering it has infinite facets.
For diamonds with a cut grade of Good or below, consider upgrading the cut first. Cut grades of Very Good, Excellent, or Ideal are a great place to start. Afterward, depending on the budget, it will be determined whether increasing the carat weight is worth it or not.
5. Consider Color and Clarity Upgrades
Clarity and color do not impact the brilliance of a diamond as much as its cut and carat do. However, they still contribute to the overall sparkle of the stone.
First, remember that certain diamond colors are rarer than others, hence more expensive. For instance, among the colored diamonds, purple and red colors come with heftier price tags than their yellow or brown counterparts. Generally, the fancier the color, the costlier the diamond. Colorless diamonds are an exception to this rule and are therefore the most expensive. Similarly, flawless diamonds are costlier than those with external and internal blemishes.
Upgrading a diamond based on the color and clarity aspects is primarily a budget-driven decision. Provided possible, a diamond with a clarity score of IF would be ideal. But being the most internally flawless, diamonds with this clarity rating is also considerably pricey. Thus, if the budget does not allow it, an upgrade to the VVS1 or VVS2 clarity grades should then be contemplated. A diamond with a clarity grade of VVS1 or VVS2 contains minimal flaws. However, the stone will still look eye-clean to most people, and yet is cheaper than IF diamonds.
In terms of color, an upgrade to a color range closest to D on the diamond color scale would be recommended because such diamonds tend to appear colorless even under magnification. For more flexibility with the budget, an upgrade to G, H, and I colors can be considered since diamonds within this range look colorless to the naked eye and are also comparatively cheaper.
The color of the ring also comes in handy here. Rings of colored metals, such as rose gold, tend to absorb the yellow tint in most diamonds. If on a budget and an upgrade to a diamond with visible yellow tints can be afforded, such rings are ideal.
6. What If you’re Upgrading Your Setting?
As mentioned earlier, upgrading a diamond ring setting is reasonably easier and cheaper than upgrading the diamond. But this does not imply throwing caution to the wind. The ideal ring setting must be defined before beginning with the upgrade, during which process it will be realized that there are numerous ways available for doing so. It all depends on what these tastes are and what can the budget allow.
First, upgrading a solitaire ring to a 3-stone engagement ring—otherwise an excellent symbol of the past, present, and future—may be considered. The additional diamonds should be smaller so that they can help accentuate the center stone. Also, the stones should be set on either side of the first diamond.
Another option for upgrading the ring setting is to enhance the solitaire instead of replacing it with a 3-stone ring. This especially applies to people who cherish the simplicity of solitaire rings. A ring that transforms the elegance of the old solitaire and complements it on the finger would reek of perfection.
To enhance the color of a ring, extra stones could be used. The good news is that these stones need not necessarily be other diamonds. How about experimenting with sapphires, emeralds, or rubies? Such stones will add more sparkle to an old ring, thereby bringing out the brilliance of the diamond.
Changing the color of a diamond ring is yet another ingenious way of upgrading the ring. Gold and platinum rings are a special recommendation here. Gold and platinum glitter and increase the sparkle of a diamond. Besides, rings made of either metal also tend to absorb any flaws and unpleasant color hues that are otherwise visible. Experts especially recommend platinum since it does not require replating and is hypoallergenic.
Lastly, doubling the halo can also be deliberated. Halo ring settings are as elegant as they are popular. Not only do they look stylish, but they also feature a touch of classic. As such, they help preserve timeless attachment to the diamond. So, instead of replacing the halo ring with a new one, why not consider adding a new ring to the older one?
7. Choose a Dealer Wisely
After deciding on the aspects of the diamond to upgrade, choose the right vendor. At the very least, insist on a dealer with an elaborate diamond upgrade program. When looking for a reliable dealer, do not place too much emphasis on the price of a diamond upgrade. Much as a seller who charges competitive rates would be desired, the bargain of the century should not be sought.
Also, do not expect the process to be dispensed with quickly. A diamond upgrade is an intricate procedure that requires expert hands. If possible, upgrade the diamond where the initial stone was bought as this will allow the gem’s warranty and return policy to be leveraged.
Upgrading a diamond is a process that is as rigorous as purchasing the stone, which explains why one should only proceed from the point of information. Ideally, knowing why and what to upgrade is what should mark the beginning of the process. Afterward, the budget will be assessed followed by choosing the right dealer.