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Is it possible to upgrade diamond?

Discussion in 'RockyTalky' started by LittleRed, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. LittleRed
    Shiny_Rock

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    by LittleRed » Jun 13, 2018
    I was married long ago and, from the beginning, my husband always said we could upgrade my diamond one day. The problem I have is that I think a bigger diamond would stick up much too high for my liking.

    The center diamond is .31 ct (4.52mm)
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    If I were to get a larger diamond (certainly less than 1ct), is there a way to adapt the center so the new diamond wouldn’t stick up too high? Or would it not stick up as high as I think it might?

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    Thanks for any input or advice! =)2
     
  2. LittleRed
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    by LittleRed » Jun 13, 2018
    The title does not say it all. I mean, is it possible to upgrade and not have a larger center stone stick up too high given the space for the center stone in this setting?

    I hope this makes sense.
     
  3. whitewave
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    by whitewave » Jun 13, 2018
    @rockysalamander

    The head can most likely be changed, but I’m not sure by how much.

    What size center would you look for?
     
  4. Wink
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    by Wink » Jun 13, 2018
    It is easy peasy to put a new head onto your ring to hold the diamond you desire.

    It is a little less easy, but you can also have the new head imbedded into the donut.

    Here is a picture of a peg head.

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    This one is a four prong peg head, your current one is a six prong, and I recommend the six prong highly. The peg is normally inserted into the hole where the previous peg was and soldered into position. I have, when requested, lowered the head into the area designed for the peg and then soldered that into position, when a client has asked to keep the height low and wanted a larger diamond.

    Wink

    P.S. I notice in your pictures that the bottom of your shank is showing wear. You may want to discuss with your jeweler whether or not it is time for a new half shank.
     
  5. LittleRed
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    by LittleRed » Jun 13, 2018
    I’m not exactly sure what size I’d want. I’d need to go out looking in person in order to get a sense of what suits me. Nothing too big though.
     
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  6. LittleRed
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    by LittleRed » Jun 13, 2018
    That’s very informative. Thanks! It doesn’t sound too hard to have a new larger diamond and to keep a lower profile. That’s good to hear.

    Showing wear because it’s looking thin? I actually hadn’t noticed that until you mentioned it. What exactly happens when one gets a new half shank? My wedding band is the same. That’s almost a whole new ring. Hmmm....
     
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  7. ringo865
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    by ringo865 » Jun 13, 2018
    Yep. Get a whole new ring to rock your new diamond (enabler here) :twisted2:
     
  8. Wink
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    by Wink » Jun 13, 2018
    Part of the shank is cut away and a new portion is built and blended with the ring so that it looks brand new and for MUCH less than making a new ring.

    Wink
     
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  9. OoohShiny
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    by OoohShiny » Jun 13, 2018
    Good spot on the shank thinning, Wink!

    LittleRed - have a look at Tension Settings if you are open to a whole new ring, as they can hold the diamond as close to your finger as possible.
     
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