By Brenna McLoughlin
May 6, 2005
More than half of all brides wish that their engagement-ring diamonds were bigger, according to a recent MODERN BRIDE/AOL poll – and apparently, some jewelers have taken note. About one in 10 worldwide now offer fully bonded diamonds with a lifetime buy-back policy, so if you’re ever after a new shape or size, the jeweler will buy-back policy, so if you’re ever after a new shape or size, the jeweler will buy back your stone at the original purchase price (or more, if the market calue has increased). You can make an even exchange, or choose a stone of greater value and pay the difference. The hitch? A required yearly check-up so your diamond can be inspected and repaired if necessary, and an annual waranty fee (from $1 to $2 dollars per $100 of the stone’s value). Still, it’s a small price to pay for the option to upgrade.