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I’ve been a long time lurker, but never had the nerve to join without being engaged… Anyway, after 6 years we’re finally getting married! He proposed December 10th on our 6 year anniversary, on the trails where we first met when we were 14. I cried like a baby :’). We haven’t bought a ring yet… He proposed with an empty box since he knew I knew FAR more about diamonds than him.
Anyway, this brings me to my question: I KNOW I want a 1.5 to 2 carat cushion cut, in a low colour (preferably K to M). I LOVE the buttery warm colour they have. I’ve looked around quite a bit, but can’t seem to find what I’m looking for, or I feel my fiancee and I aren’t taken seriously when we inquire about low colour diamond. Does anyone know any reliable, small jewelers in Toronto/GTA that won’t make a sour face at a girl who likes low coloured diamonds? Or alternatively, any reliable online retailers? Thank you!
Also, show me your low coloured rings!
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@bridgeee: Congrats and welcome! I love the buttery colors too! I would call Barry or Steve at Cut Rate Diamonds. They might be able to get some stones in.
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@bridgeee: FI went to ID Jewelry in the diamond district here in NYC. They have a very strong online presence as well though. www.idjewelryonline.com
My 1ct cushion is a K. The jewler gave FI great advice…not to worry about the warmth since it’s set in yellow gold (my request) and the cut and clarity were more important in a stone of my size. Happy hunting!
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Good Old Gold will find you exactly what you’re looking for if they don’t already have it in stock.
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@bridgeee: here is a thread that shows some rings in the lower ranges
i personally love mine because of the buttery hue, especially playing off of the yellow gold. Some of them show more of a faint yellow, some not at all. I think it depends on the metals, yellow gold gives more buttery tones to come through while the white gold makes it more vibrate, I saw both of these in person trying to decide on the setting.
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I love their designs and they have all the shades of diamonds pretty much.
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@MissAquamarine: Oh. My. Gosh. That website is ringporn heaven!!!
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Have you checked out pricescope.com? They have a diamond search, and you can find reviews of retailers on there. Good Old Gold, ID Jewelery, Solomon Jewelers… all on there. I thought Good Old Gold was overpriced, but other than that I’ve only heard good things. Diamondsbylauren.com is also a great site to check. That’s where I got my ring (K color Daussi cushion), and I completely recommend them. They do take custom orders, and I’m sure they could dig up something you’d like. Good luck! 🙂
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@bridgeee: Congrats! He’s a genius for proposing with an empty box. I’d hate to feel obligated to wear a ring I didn’t like just because SO picked it out.
eBay has lots of loose, warm diamonds for sale.
Here is a link to k-m diamonds they have for sale.
Also, have you ever heard of moissanite? It’s a lab grown crystal that is cut into very pretty sparkly stones. It is the second hardest stone, the toughest stone, and is twice as brilliant as a diamond. They are growing subtypes that don’t have as much warmth, but you can get stones that are buttery, especially in the larger sizes. It would cost probably $600 or so for a 2 carat stone and they last forever, like a diamond. IE they don’t cloud, scratch easily, etc.
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Some of the best prices online and they have GIA to color K
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THank you all SO much for all your replies! This definitely helps quite a bit! @urbanriceball Your ring is almost EXACTLY what I’m looking for! And @anemone681, I’m a yellow gold girl all the way as well! I LOVE how yellow gold plays off the buttery colour of the diamond.
I’ve been a lurker of Diamonds by Lauren for YEARS! However, I had a friend have a horrible experience with them which has made me wary…. but if you’ve all had good experiences, maybe I shouldn’t disregard them just yet!
@IheartUFC I HAVE heard of moissanite and looked at it quite a bit, but it just doesn’t do it for me. I’ve been looking at diamonds for so long I can just tell by the way a moissy refracts light that it’s not diamond. Although it’s hardly noticeable, (and probably a much wiser purchase) I WANT a diamond! I’ve waited 6 years and dangit, I’m going to have a diamond! 🙂
Anyway, thank you for all your feedback! If anyone knows of any other sources (especially a jewellers in the GTA) please post them! 🙂