There is a new trend emerging among younger people – especially millennials – planning to get engaged: making use of heirloom engagement rings rather than purchasing something new. There are a variety of reasons for doing so, which we will discuss in a moment, but it is important to know that a young couple can personalize an heirloom without harming its value or doing damage to its history or memory. Engage Diamond Studio offers custom jewellery and personalization services in Toronto.
Why choose an heirloom ring rather than purchasing something new? The New York Times offers a number of compelling reasons:
1.Student Debt – young people prefer to spend their money on repaying student loans first.
2.Employment – the current employment market is challenging to young people.
3.History – the history of an heirloom ring offers a dimension of unique romance of its own.
Adding to Your Heirloom
The first way to personalize an heirloom engagement ring is to add to it. For example, let us assume you have been given your grandmother’s ring, which consists of a lovely diamond, a very narrow band, and nothing else. The stone may look disproportionally large compared to the size of the setting yet a bit small compared to the size of your finger. You can enhance the ring nicely by adding a few smaller stones.
Enhancing an heirloom is also an opportunity to add some colour. Whether you do so with new stones or by replacing the band altogether is entirely up to you. Adding a splash of colour may make for a better match between your heirloom ring and the wedding bands you plan to purchase.
Resetting Your Heirloom
You may see resetting your heirloom as a drastic way to add personalization, but it is truly not in most cases. Engage Diamond Studio frequently resets diamonds due to current settings or bands being damaged. Resetting takes that heirloom stone everyone in the family loves and displays it in a brand-new setting capable of truly showing off its beauty for another hundred years.
The key to resetting is to place the diamond in a new setting that reflects who you are without erasing the heritage of the stone. It takes a skilled designer to do so, and Engage Diamond Studio is proud to say our designers are more than up to the task. We can create the perfect setting for any heirloom diamond.
Engraving Your Heirloom
Perhaps you already adore your heirloom engagement ring just the way it is. No worries. You can still personalize the ring by having it engraved on the inside of the band. Engraving enables you to continue enjoying the heirloom as it has always been while knowing you have added to its legacy through engraving.
Engraving choices include things such as the names of the couple and the date of engagement. Engraving the date in the band creates a historical record of when your engagement actually took place. You may be surprised how valuable that information may be some day. You might remember the circumstances of your engagement but not the particular day it happened; engraving the date on your heirloom solves that problem.
Heirloom engagement rings are wonderful pieces of jewellery to keep in the family for generations. Perhaps you and your intended have an opportunity to do so. If so, we invite you to visit Engage Diamond Studio in Toronto as soon as you receive your ring. Our expert designers and craftsmen would be delighted to help you personalize it in a way that honours its memory and establishes your future together.
- NY Times – http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/06/fashion/weddings/with-grandmas-ring-i-thee-wed.html?_r=0