So you’ve recently acquired an heirloom diamond or are ready to upgrade your first engagement ring into a different setting, perhaps one surrounded by more diamonds and gemstones. Fortunately, resetting your diamond doesn’t call for all the king’s men, but will still leave your piece of jewelry looking like it was meant for a queen.

Old into New

Whether a diamond ring was passed down to you or your fiancé proposed with an heirloom ring that isn’t completely your style, there is a way to honor the ring’s memory while enjoying it in a style you like. If you like the stone and not so much the setting, consider resetting the diamond. Before resetting, follow these few steps to ensure that you’re keeping generations of memories intact.

  • Get Your Ring Appraised. It’s not so much that you don’t trust your jeweler; it’s insurance for yourself. Get your ring and stone appraised for insurance and identification purposes so you know the characteristics of the diamond you’re dealing with. If it’s an older stone, it may be prone to damage or shattering because of its weak foundation. Even if you don’t see visible flaws, chips and cracks that exist within the stone may do major damage while being reset.

Now that you are ready to reset your ring, here are some options to consider:

  • Subtle touches, big upgrade. If you like the stone and the setting or don’t want to risk damaging an antique, consider upgrading by adding diamond accents along the band. If you have some wiggle room in your budget, consider adding more diamonds instead of diamond accents for a three-stone ring.
  • Different look, same stone. If you want to give the ring a different look all together, add a halo of diamonds around the center stone instead of on the band. This will certainly give the illusion that the diamond is bigger.
  • Make a weak diamond strong. You don’t always have to reset your diamond in vain; it can be done to protect the stone. For example, if you currently have a four-prong setting holding your stone in place, consider switching to a bezel setting. Bezel settings surround the stone cushioning it with metal all around the diamond.
  • Add some color. Adding sapphires, rubies or other great accent stones will certainly make the ring more unique.


  • If the stone is chipped along the perimeter, choose a setting where the prongs conceal imperfections and protect the stone.
  • Choose a jeweler who has experience with resetting and working with antique stones.
  • Add diamond accents on the band for an affordable upgrade and to add some extra sparkle.
  • Consider a bezel setting to best protect older diamonds.