Wedding Ring Upgrade

April 13, 2015

Byron and I have been together 10 years and married for 8. =) When we first got married, we were both working our butts off and living in a tiny apartment trying to make ends meet. We discussed getting married when we were dating and we knew we didn’t want to start our marriage off in any debt. We decided to choose a diamond size that was reasonable for us at the time and could be payed for in cash. The beautiful band portion of the ring was from Robbins Brothers in Woodland Hills. Since the diamond was purchased elsewhere, we always said that down the road in our marriage we would LOVE to go back to Robbins Brothers and choose a diamond. The original diamond is very special and a unique cut, so I definitely plan to keep it and pass it down. I adore my wedding ring and constantly get complimented on it, so I really had no desire to change the overall look of the ring. The whole process has been so fun and brought back MAJOR wedding memories. I used to go to Robbins Brothers to get my ring cleaned ALL THE TIME when we first got engaged, but once I was two or three years into our marriage, I wasn’t as consistent in going back. It was nice to see it sparkle again. With all the wedding memories swirling, I plan to do a fun mini wedding series in June on my YouTube channel. I will share my engagement story, planning tips and theme choices etc., so stay tuned.

Everyone at this location is just so delightful and pleasant. I would imagine everyone is so happy because they work around gorgeous diamonds and rings all day long…haha right!?? They also went above and beyond to help me find the perfect diamond within the price point we decided.

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I will do a more in depth post down the line of how to choose the perfect diamond for you. There are so many things to consider and I had so much fun learning even more, and choosing the perfect option for us.

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My exact band is not available, but I LOVE this one too. I love the dainty filigree look in some of the ring styles available at the store. I always felt that there is a very unique look and approach to Robbins Brothers engagement rings. Unlike anything else I’ve ever seen. Very vintage and classic looking.

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Here’s a before and after. We upgraded from a 1.0 carat, to a 2.07. I wish that a camera could capture just how pretty and sparkly it looks in person. It’s just perfect (in my opinion) ;).



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If you’re interested in a similar ring, check out this Robbins Brothers wedding ring. Its the same vintage feel, but a tiny bit thinner of a band.

Stay tuned for my post all about choosing a diamond!

Hope you enjoyed this post,

xo, Rachel

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  • Tammy April 13, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    looks great! congrats on the upgrade! you guys are so cute!

  • Lauren @ Lauren Caris Cooks April 13, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    Congratulations Rachel the new ring is beautiful! Looking forward to your wedding series videoes

  • ashta April 14, 2015 at 12:05 am

    This has inspired me to consider doing the same type of thing. Friends of mine just celebrated 10 years marriage and he bought her new diamond ring. I don’t really wear other rings….only my engagement and wedding ring so I suggested to my husband upgrading my diamond. After 10 years or so circumstances can change so I thought this was a great idea to commemorate something special Rachel.

  • Lindsay Ava April 14, 2015 at 3:23 am

    Your ring is gorgeous! Would love to see your videos on your wedding. Definitely was a smart idea to get what you could afford at the time and now an upgrade without getting into any debt and stressing over it 🙂

  • Brianna E April 14, 2015 at 6:51 am

    That new diamond is amazing. I have a stunning, but dainty diamond band that has a solitaire in the middle. I feel like 2 ct would be too much for my ring, but your band balances it with amazing beauty. Love it!

  • Nikki April 14, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Absolutely beautiful!!!

  • Patricia Uceda April 14, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Its so pretty!!!!!! I had no idea two carats looked so HUGE! My engagement ring has a 1 carat center stone with two 0.25 side diamonds but I am definitely upgrading it at some point to at least 2 carats!! For now its the perfect size for me though and I love it 🙂

  • LindaLibraLoca April 14, 2015 at 11:47 am

    It looks great. And it is a great statement to keep investing in your marriage!

    LindaLibraLoca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • Paula April 14, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    lovely post! 🙂 I love your blog very much!

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  • Mary Ann April 20, 2015 at 3:47 am

    I have been watching your videos just maybe a little over a year and I have been admiring how Classic your fashion is . This is just what i needed after having a baby . A videos that mommies need to watch to not forget about themselves I kinda have . Looking forward to watch more inspiring videos.

  • stef b April 20, 2015 at 11:43 am

    My husband and I did the same thing…I still have the cheaper ring and in a few years we’ll upgrade.
    What nail polish???

  • Ashley May 28, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Will you be posting your mini wedding series soon, Rachel? I just got engaged and would LOVE any advice you have for planning a budget-friendly, beautiful wedding.

    • Talbott June 10, 2015 at 9:11 pm

      I will be posting that video next week! =) xo

  • Samileen June 12, 2015 at 7:41 am

    LOVEE Your ring !!!

  • Hannah August 7, 2015 at 3:48 am

    You upgraded it perfectly, now you have wonderful piece of Jewelry .

  • Vivienne August 13, 2015 at 3:40 am

    It’s always the best way to buy what you can afford and upgrade it later. I love Diamond Jewelry and all of my pieces have their story.

  • Mayra August 14, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Perfect design of this Diamond ring, love it so much. Upgraded perfectly.

  • Holly August 17, 2015 at 3:36 am

    Great story, your life and financial status has been upgraded, so why wouldn’t you upgrade your sign of commitment. Your choice of Diamond Jewelry
    is beautiful.

  • Nadine November 27, 2015 at 9:56 am

    I have done my Jewelry repair and I am very satisfied with my rings now.

  • Wedding Bands March 29, 2016 at 5:14 am

    Wonderful story!! Congratulations Rachel. Definitely it was a good idea to get what you could have enough money at the time. Promoted dreamily. Would like to watch your videos of your wedding. Have a good time ahead.

  • Mua April 11, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Your relationship with Byron is so inspiring & your ring is absolutely gorgeous! What is your ring finger size?

  • Ann vargas June 24, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Wow, really nice. just, I would like to havetwo stone engagement ring.

  • Ira Ballard July 13, 2016 at 8:24 am

    After 3 years, I decided to upgrade my ring with bigger diamond. I know this jeweler who I knew for long time and he did amazing job with replacing diamonds.