My husband (whom I dearly loved) proposed 5 years ago with a ring that I've never loved the stone of. Since the day we were married, the ring has primarily sat in a drawer and I've worn my wedding band. I'd like to have a ring that I like and start wearing it again. The stone is:
Round Brilliant, measurements 5.99-6.03x3.72 mm, Cut is AGC Ideal 0, Color is AGS 1.0 F, Clarity is AGS 5 SI1 and the carat weight is .823. He paid $12,615 in 2011 for the stone and it is a Hearts on Fire.
I would like to upgrade it to a larger size (and am willing to make a few sacrifices), but would still like a nice stone. I'd like to get as close to a 2.0 ct as possible with it still being eye clean and hitting as many high marks as possible.
I need suggestions as to what to do as I never had a good feeling with the jeweler he worked with in Chicago and from what I'm researching, the stone isn't worth nearly that now. That jeweler will give me a credit for the original amount, but knowing that it isn't worth that, won't they likely over-sell me the next diamond to make profit? Is it better for me to take a loss with a jeweler closer to me in Milwaukee (whom I'd rather work with long term). I like my setting, I just don't like my stone.