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Out With The Old, In With The New: What Do I Do With My Old Diamond?

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

-From In Memoriam [Ring out, wild bells] by Lord Alfred Tennyson

We hope everyone’s 2014 is going well so far. As we look forward to the brand new year (while trying to stick to our recently devised resolutions) it reminds us of some jewelry we created which combined the old and new.

People often want to change or upgrade their ring, but then do not know what to do with their old diamond. Sometimes, people inherit diamonds or gemstones and want to set them in new jewelry. Instead of trying to ‘trade in’ former jewels, we recommend creating new jewelry for them. Sentimental stones can take on new life in modern settings, while you can choose the style of jewelry which you prefer. We have been lucky enough to work on several projects like this recently, and the results were phenomenal.

Our first upgrade like this was a personal favorite because it was one of our own staff’s diamonds. Jennifer had a diamond from a previous engagement ring. We created a rose gold bezel setting for it and strung it on a white gold chain to create this beautiful necklace. Jen recommends this for customers as a way to upgrade their engagement ring while still keeping their original diamond ‘close to their heart’.

Adiamor's rose gold diamond bezel pendant
Rose Gold Bezel Pendant

 

Another ring we created was this impressive three halo ring- it is a three stone ring with a halo around each stone! The customer had a classic gold ring with three diamonds in it. We designed this custom setting from pictures that the customer sent us. We removed the three center diamonds from the old ring and set them in the new one, and they loved it!

Adiamor's three halo diamond ring
Three Halo Ring

 

 

Adiamor's diamond halo ring
Twisted Pave Halo

 

 

 

 

 

 

One customer had a family ring with a center diamond and two sapphire side stones. The stones were all lovely, but they wanted something a little more modern with the old diamond. We fashioned exquisite diamond halo earrings for the sapphires, like ESPD5157, and set the center diamond into R2932, our twisted pave halo ring. The results were stunning!

Adiamor's sapphire diamond halo earrings
Sapphire Earrings with Diamond Halos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Upgrading the Diamond in Your Engagement Ring

Let’s face it, ladies; not all of us get the engagement ring of our dreams the first time out. This doesn’t mean that you should gun for another engagement (or a man who better understands your gemological sensibilities). Certainly it can be difficult to look at your ring finger, day after day, and dislike the gem that is supposed to bring you such joy. But there is something you can do about it, and it doesn’t involve a divorce! By simply upgrading your diamond, you can have the ring that you’ve always wanted and keep the man you love.

Of course, you have to go about it in the right way. Your happy hubby can soon turn sour when you openly dis his gift of love and devotion. He probably spent a lot of time poring over settings and stones to choose the one that he thought would suit you best, so he might be understandably offended when you want to cast it off. But there are a couple of ways to get your way while still making your partner feel good about his purchase. Find a way to compliment something you like about the ring even as you pursue your ultimate goal of exchanging the stone. Tell him the setting is absolutely perfect for showcasing a larger diamond. Or say that you want to put the current stone into a matching bracelet once you remove it from the ring. You can make it clear that you love every part of the ring and that your goal is to spread the love, so to speak.

Or you could be honest. Just say that when he bought the ring, he didn’t know you as well as he does now. The two of you can even go diamond shopping together so that he can have some input on the new shape of your engagement ring. You could also suggest the upgrade as an anniversary gift (he should be happy to get a little help with ideas on this score). In short, it’s not too hard to get the upgraded diamond you want for your engagement ring without stepping on anyone’s toes in the process. You simply need to know how to handle your man and you’ll soon have the rock you’ve been craving to decorate your third finger.