Bees, we need some (a lot of) help with our rings!

posted 3 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Which would you go for?
    Moissanite : (15 votes)
    12 %
    Morganite : (14 votes)
    11 %
    Barely pink moissanite : (17 votes)
    13 %
    Forever brilliant moissanite : (21 votes)
    16 %
    Amora moissanite : (6 votes)
    5 %
    Something else entirely (please let me know) : (9 votes)
    7 %
    14k white gold : (29 votes)
    22 %
    18k white gold : (5 votes)
    4 %
    Palladium : (14 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    1988 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    Hi and welcome 🙂 

    I’m another fellow European dealing with annoying taxes and “do you ship to my country at all” sort of thing so I know how you feel 🙂 

    First of all, is your budget $2000 for your engagement ring, wedding ring and your future husband’s ring or just your engagement ring? If it’s just for your engagement ring I’m sure you can find something quite nice for your budget – even if it’s $2000 for both your e-ring and wedding ring together. 

    Oh, an AV is a cut called “August Vintage” – they have “August Vintage Cushions” and “August Vintage Rounds”. They’re chunkier cuts but I believe they have a hearts and arrows pattern and are quite stunning to look at. They have them here (I believe they even invented them): http://www.goodoldgold.com/ They are VERY pricy though since they are diamonds! 

    Since you’re interested in pretty large stones (around 1ct, I think?) I think your best bet would be a moissy or maybe a white sapphire if you want a white stone.  I’ve been borderline obssessed with morganite for a while too (lol) but in the end I decided I would probably end up being fed up with the colour after a while. It’s really a very personal decision – if you think you’ll be able to love it forever, go for it 🙂 As for how a morganite holds up, other Bees who have morganite rings will be able to help you better. 

     

    As for metals, a word of caution if you’re interested in ordering rings from the States. European white gold contains very little to no nickel (EU rules) while they don’t have such strict rules on nickel content in the States. Nickel may cause a pretty nasty allergy so unless you’re sure you’re not allergic I’d rather stick to either European gold or platinum or palladium to be safe.

    Since you seem to have a very specific idea of what you want your ring to look like, you might want to consider buying a loose moissanite (or other gemstone that you like) and then having a ring made locally by a goldsmith in your area. If you have some scrap gold (like a bracelet or necklace you never wear, maybe?) you can put it towards your setting too to help keep the cost down. That way you also don’t have to worry about returning the ring and paying an arm and a leg for shipping if anything goes wrong or isn’t to your liking. 

    I hope that helps a little! Good luck on your ring journey 🙂 

    ETA: Just wanted to add something about rings appearing “chunky” like you said. I’ve seen it happen a lot on those computer-generated images – they’re a bit off-putting, aren’t they? In reality, those rings usually look very dainty and fine, not chunky at all. It’s always useful if you can find a real-life picture of the ring, preferably on somebody’s hand so you can tell if it really is too thick for your liking or not. 

    Post # 5
    Member
    931 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I think all of them are pretty…. but you definitely need to go into a jewelry store and look so you can get ideas because you really need to narrow things down.  Determine what type of Gold or platinum you want and then the type of stone.  

    I know you are i a differnetly country but have you ever thought about getting a second hand diamond from an estate dealer.  There are plently of them on Etsy and you can get some great deals. 

    It’s hard to help you with what you shoudl get until you narrow down a few things… Good luck in your search and you will find the ring that is prefect for you.  Luckily for me that process was stressless because my Hubby picked outmy engagement ring and suprised me with it, so all I had to worry about was my band.  

    Post # 7
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    1988 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    @perlerose:  Oh, I know! Whenever I mention moissanite to anyone here, they go “mois…what???” 🙂 

    I’m not entirely sure but I think you can buy a loose moissy directly from the people who invented them:  http://www.charlesandcolvard.com/ There’s shipping involved of course but it seems like it can’t be helped. We’re light years behind the States here in Europe as far as jewelry goes, I’m afraid. I’m not sure about Moissanite.Co (I’ve read the same bad reviews you have, probably) but I guess you can’t get a really yellow stone if you go with the Forever Brilliant version either. 

    As for the gold, I’d go for the 14k – it’s cheaper 🙂 It’s also a bit harder and very durable. 18k looks lovely of course but in my opinion it’s just not worth paying so much more for. You might want to get it replated every now and then (it depends on your body chemistry) but if you have your ring made locally, it won’t be a problem anyway. It’s advisable you have your engagement ring checked once or twice a year for any loose prongs or other structural issues anyway and they’ll clean and replate it for you at the same time. 

     

    Post # 8
    Member
    1988 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    @perlerose:  Oh, it’s even worse here – if you’re not buying a simple band with a ROUND solitaire that’s smaller than 0.15ct, you’re abnormal! 🙂 When I asked if they carried princess cuts the lady looked at me like I’ve just stepped out of my flying saucer! lol 

    Post # 11
    Member
    6866 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

    Hi there! First, Joe Schubach makes the barely pink moissanites, so you won’t find them at any other jeweler. I agree that the barely pinks are a much more subdued pink, and I like them waaaay more than the peachy pinks that moissaniteco.com (MoCo) has. 

    Have you looked at Schubach’s youtube page? The majority of their work is custom, so it doesn’t surprise me you’re only seeing 1 ring on the website. Actually, you can have them set any stone (within reason: shape/size) in any setting they offer. Just e-mail or call them and I’m sure they would be more than happy to help! My e-ring is custom made from them and they were *so* amazing to work with. Custom work will be a bit out of your budget for both e-ring and band, but I’m sure you can find a setting you like – have you seen their semi-customizable selection? I don’t think it’s quite as expensive.

    You will be very hardpressed to find anyone in the UK that has moissanites for you to view. I’m not from the UK, but I’ve heard other bees complain. I live in the US and didn’t get the opportunity to see one in person before ordering.

    As far as metals, for your budget I think it makes the most sense to go with 14k gold.

    I have a white FB stone in white metal with double halos, and I don’t think it’s “too much white” but that’s my own personal taste. Have you thought of maybe doing a rose gold? 

     

    Post # 12
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    931 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @perlerose:  ah, so it is a cultural issue.  Well, you have to wear it for a lifetime so you may as well get something you like.  Perhaps you could try this… i have heard of a few Bees buying the CZ version of the ring for $20 bucks or so just to get a feel of what it would look like.. perhaps you can do that.

     

    Also, check and see what the return policy is if you don’t like the ring, perhaps you can order one.  Or like I said, tell your FI what you like and let HIM do the rest of the work you pay be pleasantly suprised.

     

    Post # 13
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    1988 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    @perlerose:  I think you’re getting MoissaniteCo mixed up with Moissanite.com – don’t worry, it took me months to realize those were two different sites too! 🙂 Here’s a link for you 🙂  http://www.moissanite.com/gemstones/gemstones-forever-brilliant

    As for FB vs. Amora, I don’t think they even make the Amora enhancement anymore. There’s something called the Amora gem but I’m not sure it’s available yet. Do a little Weddingbee search, I’m sure some ladies here have more information than myself. 

    Post # 15
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    931 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @perlerose:  Oh and be careful with Morganite.. It is abosolutely beautiful that peach glow it has, but it is not a strong gemstone and you have to wear it everyday.  You may be better off with a peach saphire vs. the morganite.  Do a search on here you will see there are several Bees who have had their morganites for a while and are dissapointed because they have scratches on them.

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