The Ring Evolution: How to celebrate milestone anniversaries

by Sasha t on Aug 01, 2023

The Ring Evolution: How to celebrate milestone anniversaries - Jack Weir & Sons

Upgrading wedding and engagement rings to mark a milestone for a couple is a truly beautiful thing.  These rings symbolize the journey you’ve shared and the continuing promise of the future together. Over time, it's natural to consider upgrading the rings that symbolize your relationship to commemorate its growth and evolution.  Sure, it may be about “upgrading your rings,” but it’s really about evolving your rings - because your original rings probably don’t need an upgrade, they were perfect for you when you said, “I Do.” Sometimes, like you and your partner, they just need to evolve.  It is such a beautiful thing to witness your beloved evolve and grow alongside you that sometimes you forget how much you have actually grown together. Celebrating the growth of your relationship is equally as important as celebrating the growth of the individuals within it.

Reflecting on the Journey 

Evolving a ring is an opportunity to reflect on the journey you and your partner have embarked upon. Take the time to think about the beautiful moments and the milestones, the good times and the bad times, the laughs and the tears, the beauty, and the heartbreak. Take the time to think about these moments you have shared - the moments that have contributed to the strength and depth of your relationship. Use this reflection to help guide you in the process of evolving your ring to match your love. 

Reimagining the Design 

An anniversary ring evolution allows you to reimagine the design, breathing new life into the symbol of your commitment. Consider incorporating elements that hold personal significance, such as birthstones, favorite gemstones, or engraving special dates or messages. Collaborate with a trusted jeweler to create a unique design or find the perfect piece that captures the essence of your relationship and aligns with your partner's style and preferences.

Large Diamond Ring on White Background with copy that talks about how a diamond from an original engagement ring can be used in a new setting to better suit your current style.

(Mid Century Diamond & Platinum Ring)

Choosing a new diamond 

A popular way to celebrate an anniversary is to change the center stone of your engagement ring. This option allows you to enhance the center stone, finding a diamond with a size, color, or clarity that suits you better today.  A larger diamond can make a bold statement, while a higher-grade stone can intensify its brilliance. 

Diamond Engagement ring on white background with copy about how to upgrade your original engagement ring to include a bigger center diamond.

(French Art Deco Diamond Ring)

Enhancing with Side or Halo Stones 

What about adding side stones to accentuate your center stone? These additional gemstones can enhance the overall sparkle and brilliance of the ring, creating a captivating visual impact. Consider choosing side stones that hold significance for your relationship, such as stones associated with special memories. This enhancement can bring new dimensions of beauty to your ring.

Sapphire and diamond engagement ring on white background with copy regarding how to update your engagement ring by introducing colorful gemstones

(Art Deco Inspired Old Mine Cut Diamond & Sapphire Ring)

Mixing Metals and Bands 

Mixing metals, such as rose gold, yellow gold, or platinum, can create a captivating contrast and add depth to the overall look. Explore the option of incorporating different band styles, such as stackable rings or eternity bands, to create a personalized and unique representation of your love.

Changing the Setting

The setting of an engagement ring plays a significant role in its overall appearance. Upgrading the setting can transform the ring's aesthetic and breathe new life into its design. Consider changing from a prong setting to a halo setting for added brilliance and elegance. Alternatively, explore bezel settings or vintage-inspired settings to infuse your ring with a touch of timeless charm. The right setting can change the overall look and help highlight the beauty of the center stone in a new way! 

Yellow gold Diamond solitaire sits on white background with copy regarding how to take your engagement ring diamond and reset it to celebrate the metal, not just the diamond.

(Vintage French Bezel Set Diamond Ring)

Using language for sentimentality

Engraving is a sentimental way to upgrade an anniversary ring. By inscribing special dates, initials, or meaningful phrases, you can create a deeply personal and intimate piece of jewelry. Choose engraving styles that resonate with your relationship, such as cursive handwriting or symbols that hold sentimental value. This upgrade serves as a constant reminder of the milestones you have achieved together.

Long story, short? However, you choose to celebrate the growth of your relationship is the right way. And of course, here at Jack Weir & Sons, we’re always here to help you figure out how to make your dreams a reality - we’re just one click or call away! 


At Jack Weir & Sons, we’ve spent the last 40 years traveling to Europe and all over the world, curating extraordinary estate jewels. JWS is where the old world meets the new world. Celebrate life, preserve history, and discover your own priceless heirloom jewel. We are extremely grateful for our clients and the ability to help people to celebrate their special moments through one-of-a-kind jewelry. To share that gratitude and our strong family values, we chose to partner with Baby2Baby. So far, we've donated $125,000. A portion of every sale goes towards children living in poverty to provide them with diapers, clothing, and all the basic necessities that every child deserves. 

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