25th May 2018 Guides
Jewellery is one such thing that you may feel can’t be upgraded or updated due to the sentiment attached to it. In some cases, this may well be true, but lifestyles, tastes, needs and trends change throughout and an update can actually give jewellery a new lease of life. This remains a marmite topic to many, with some seeing the value in adapting rings, whilst others hold the sentimental value higher. It should be noted that not all upgrades have to be drastic and some could add more sentimental value. For example, adding on family heirlooms to a ring. If you’re considering giving your ring an update, here just some of the options available! For more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Upgrade Your Solitaire to a three-Stone Ring
If your ring started its life as a single diamond ring, this is a natural extra step to take. You might choose to make your two additional diamonds slightly smaller, and set on either side of the first diamond. This keeps the focus on the first and largest diamond while helping to balance it out on either side and add a little elegance. Did you know that for engagement rings, a three-stone ring symbolises your past, present, and future as a couple? This makes them perfect for an anniversary gift! Sapphires, rubies, emeralds and other gemstones would also be a great option, with the diamond in the middle. You could also incorporate family heirlooms into the piece for a really special ring.
Enhance a Diamond Solitaire
Lots of people enjoy the simplicity that single diamonds offer. Others want a little more sparkle. If you currently have a single diamond and are looking to upgrade, you might be interested in a diamond ring enhancer. These are specially made rings that are designed to fit around the original ring and transform it into something almost entirely new. They help add an extra level of sophistication, all without changing a thing about the shape or style of the original ring. When it comes to choosing one of these, however, you’ll want to be extra careful to choose one that matches your current ring and blends well with it. The two rings should complement each other so well that it looks like they were intended to go together.
If you’re looking for a slightly more subtle way to upgrade your ring, changing the band might be the perfect way to do that. Adding some extra diamonds to an otherwise plain white gold band gives your ring a magical, dazzling effect. However, not all changes are about adding more sparkle. You might want to upgrade the material of your band for longevity purposes as well. One common choice is the decision to refresh the ring band from gold to platinum. Because gold naturally appears yellow, white gold is created by adding white metals to gold; over time, this plating wears down and white gold rings need to be replated to maintain their white hue. Platinum, however, is a white metal and does not need replacing. Another benefit to platinum is its hypoallergenic properties. People with sensitive skin sometimes have allergic reactions to the other metals found in gold and find platinum much more pleasant to wear.
Add a Surprise Diamond
If you’re looking for a more subtle way to add a little extra something to your ring, try vaulting your centre diamond by hiding an extra stone underneath. You won’t be able to see this stone from a top view, but it will become visible from an angle. This kind of surprise stone is a nice understated way to add more depth to your ring without making it too over-the-top.
Double Your Halo
The halo style ring is extremely popular in modern engagement rings. It looks stylish and sophisticated while still maintaining a classic and timeless feel. It also has the added bonus of giving the illusion of a bigger centre stone. So even if your engagement ring already has one halo, adding a second one will only add to your ring’s ‘wow’ factor. If you’re looking to make your ring even more unique, you might try making the smaller, interior halo out of coloured diamonds or a different stone altogether. This adds a dash of colour while also making the centre diamond appear even larger and more brilliant.
Change out an Old Setting
It’s common for rings to be passed down among family members from one generation to the next. This means that the ring has decades and maybe even centuries of history and sentimental value. But not all styles age well, and even though you love the sentimental value, you may not love the old-fashioned style. One way to give a traditional ring new life is to change the setting. This is one of the more drastic changes you can do. By keeping the original stone, you’re still carrying on the family tradition, but you’re also giving the stone a second life in a modern ring. Changing the setting is an excellent way to keep family traditions alive.
These are just some of the options and if you want to find out more, don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can use the contact form below, call or visit one of our stores located in Hatton Garden. We have in-store workshops so will be happy to fulfil any upgrades or repairs.
13 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8AN
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7404 9202
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