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Engagement Ring or Wedding Ring with a Growing Brilliant

October 16, 2017/ BY Danielle

A growth brilliant (Dutch: groeibriljant) is a typical Dutch jewelry thing. Parents gave their daughter at a young age a piece of jewelry with a brilliant diamond in it. At special occasions, the diamond is upgraded and replaced by a bigger one. After a while, and a few upgrades, the daughter owns a very special and valuable piece of jewelry. However, the growing brilliant is not for parents only. It’s also a great option for people who want to buy a diamond engagement or wedding ring.

What is a growth brilliant?

A brilliant is a round diamond with 57 facets. The value of a brilliant cut diamond depends on the 4 C’s. These are Carat, Cut, Color and Clarity. With the same cut, color and clarity, a bigger diamond (with a higher carat) is more valuable than a smaller one. Many people want to buy a big diamond for their loved one, but simply don’t have the budget for it (yet). For these people, a growing diamond is perfect. The idea is that you start with a nicely priced ring with a relatively small diamond in it. After a while of saving, the diamond gets replaced with a bigger one. The beauty of it is that the value of the diamond that was already in the ring is taken into account.

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How does it work?

An example: the original ring contains a €500,- diamond. After a couple of years, one decides to upgrade the diamond and goes for a bigger one of let’s say €750,-. Normally, you’d pay 750 euros plus the costs of a ring. However, with a growing diamond, the smaller 500 euro diamond is swapped with the bigger one of 750 euros. Therefore, you only need to pay the difference of, in this case, €250,-. After a few times of upgrading, the diamond gets bigger and bigger. This way, the buyer doesn’t need to spend a whole lot of money at once but the receiver does eventually end up with a big beautiful diamond. A win-win situation.

diamond worker placing diamond in ring

An engagement or a wedding ring with a growth brilliant

You found your true love and are ready to get married but you have a small budget. Many couples face this situation. Because a wedding is already expensive enough, some couples decide to split the costs of the engagement ring. However, if you want the proposal to be a surprise, but you have a limited budget, an engagement ring with a growing brilliant may be the perfect solution. After all, in the upcoming years there is enough time to let the diamond grow and grow.  

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Wondering about the possibilities for a growing brilliant?

At many jewelers, you’ll encounter a few “ifs”, “ands” and “buts” when it comes to growth diamonds. Some use a minimum or maximum upgrade difference regarding the size. Others demand you upgrade every two years – otherwise the principle of the growing diamond lapses. A third requires a minimum upgrade amount between the first and second diamond. For example, that the second diamond is at least 50% more expensive than the first one. At Royal Coster Diamonds, we don’t believe in such demands. You can upgrade your growing brilliant with the amount and size you want, when you want it.  For more information about growth brilliants, please contact a diamond consultant.

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