A diamond may be forever, but diamond ring settings can go out of style. If worn regularly, a center diamond will likely show signs of age, damage, and general wear and tear. Maybe it’s time to replace it…or maybe not. But if you’re feeling sentimental about your original diamond, here are a few practical resetting tips to consider:
Add a halo to make it appear bigger
No need to buy a larger stone if your solitaire diamond begins to look a tad minuscule to you. You can nix the diamond size upgrade and opt for a custom resetting like a halo – adding smaller stones around the center diamond. This process results in what jewelers call “booster rings”. Depending on the size of the halo diamonds, a booster ring can make a center diamond look up to 3 mm bigger! Going for a halo will also add trendy points to your diamond ring, a style very popular among newly-engaged celebs.
Just like reupholstering an antique chair to make it fresh and exciting, you can change your ring’s band to give it a new look and feel. If you want to make your center diamond look bigger, you can go for a slimmer band in a sturdier precious metal such as titanium or platinum. Or, if you want a center diamond with a yellowish tone to look more dazzling, switch from a yellow gold band to a white gold band to give it an intriguing contrast.
Protect it with a bezel setting
If you use your hands a lot at work and your center diamond has a tall setting, consider protecting it with a bezel setting. A bezel encases the center diamond with the same precious metal as its band so it guards the stone against nicks and prevents it from getting caught on things. A smooth bezel setting can also add size to your center diamond while lending it a sleek, contemporary look.
Go for more color
Colored gemstones such as rubies, sapphires, garnets, and emeralds can give your center diamond a fresh new appeal. You can add sentimentality to your ring by resetting it with your anniversary or birth stone. Try a three-stone setting with your original diamond as the focal point, flanked by two colored stones. Or, you can go for a colorful halo with smaller colored gemstones forming the ring.
Choose a strong prong
Perhaps the most practical resetting tip for your center diamond is to change its prongs to something more durable. Over time, the original prongs of your ring may have gotten loose, so use this opportunity to strengthen their hold on your diamond. If your diamond has gotten slightly damaged and it shows in its current setting, choose prongs or claws which can help camouflage the flaws while protecting it from future wear and tear.