It’s natural to grow and evolve as individuals and part of that evolution may include your personal style. If you’ve been married for a while, who you are now may not be who you were when you got engaged and that’s okay. In fact, it is something to expect and embrace. This means it’s more than acceptable to want a different engagement and wedding ring set to better reflect your evolved style. One way to go about upgrading your engagement ring is by unsetting your center stone and resetting it in a fresh setting fit for this stage of your life. We call this an Heirloom Diamond Rework at Valerie Madison and we’ll introduce you to four reasons why it may be an option to consider.

Lifestyle Changes

Has your style changed so a different type of ring may fit your wardrobe better? Or perhaps your daily routine and your ring are no longer a logistical match. For example, after having a ring with prongs, perhaps you want a low-maintenance bezel-style setting instead. Are you no longer married and want to repurpose the diamond from a previous part of your life? If your answer is yes, you might consider reworking your engagement ring into a piece that better fits your current lifestyle. If your job or hobbies are now more physically laborious than they were, you may want to redesign a chunky high-profile ring into something with a sleeker, low-profile design. Don’t want it to look like an engagement ring at all? Redesigning the setting into an edgy ring to wear on your right hand can infuse new meaning into the piece. 


Upcycling an existing engagement ring into a refreshed heirloom for generations to come is a forward-thinking choice. Making use of a stone you may already have in your family negates the need to mine for a new stone, and at Valerie Madison Jewelry, we use recycled 14K gold to create all of our pieces. As a Seattle small business, we’re proud to promote a circular flow of materials and maintain a local footprint. Valerie keeps the environment at the core of her business and views jewelry design through the lens of Environmental Science & Resource Management, which she earned a degree in from the University of Washington. If eco-consciousness is a priority you’ve more recently become interested in, we’re happy to answer any questions about one of our business’s main pillars.

Refreshed & Modern

Trends in fashion come and go, and the jewelry industry is by no means immune. Valerie’s designs are exceptionally individual, leaning into the natural characteristics of each unique diamond. She works to lean only lightly into fashion trends to design rings that are modern, yet timeless, and are rings that you’ll continue falling in love with for a lifetime. With many of our pieces being one-of-a-kind, your ring will be rebuilt into something new by expert bench jewelers that have spent over two decades refining an eye for design and structural integrity.


The journey of a Rework can be seen as the start of a chapter with new and evolved sentiments. We will always respect the weight of the decision to redesign your engagement ring, and your trust in us. Our team will take your values, budget, and design preferences into account while guiding you through the Rework. Valerie Madison Jewelry’s 5-star experience is known across the country as one synonymous with trust, genuine care, and transparency. We are locally based in the Madrona neighborhood of Seattle nestled amongst historic blocks overlooking Lake Washington, and you can meet with us for in-person or virtual appointments depending on your preference.

Whatever may be motivating you to redesign your ring, the decision to do so is highly personal. When you’re ready, we’d love to help you breathe new life into your beloved engagement ring. To get started, send an email to [email protected] to set up a consultation.

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