(Closed) can’t seem to find the right design-your-own-ring site

posted 9 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

robbinsbros.com has lots of amazing stuff. I found my dream ring on that website, then found it in store (a different company made it) in store.

I think you have to go in store and look at stuff. Most of their stuff is just settings with no stones and they’ll bring out stones and balance them in the settings to give you an idea of what it looks like. Cushions have a smaller face ratio than radiants. IE a 1 ct cushion looks smaller than a 1 ct radiant and a radiant is typically more rectangular than a cushion.  Cushions and radiants are sparkly, so they look nice (in my opinion) with "shiny" side stones like baguettes. I have a cushion with baggues flanking them, then little princess ones on the very end, so it’s like sparkle:shiny:big sparkle:shiny:sparkle, ha! But seirously, robbinsbros.com is a really great site and you can search by lots of different styles, then click on the type of diamond you want to show.

 Go shop together. If you can get an idea of what you want after looking at what you don’t want, a jeweler can help you create your perfect ring. 

Post # 5
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14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

It really is overwhelming. And if you go into the stores, a lot of them have a very minimal selection. A store like Tiffany’s would have a lot. But they also size you up right away which I hate.

Start with money. What can he afford? That helps you determine what you can look at. Settings cost money but not as much as a bigger center stone. Also, don’t knock the idea of a jeweler making it. I took mine in to get appraised. I told him what I paid for my setting (ok what DH paid) and he told me he would have made it for $800 less than the store charged us. He said we got ripped off, so keep that in mind. I always assumed a jeweler was more expensive because it wasn’t mass produced.

Don’t get discouraged. We went to a LOT of stores and I almost gave in for something i liked but didn’t love. He said he wouldn’;t buy me something unless i was madly in love with it. l found mine in a catalog =]

Keep in mind that you can get your settinjg with a smaller stone and maybe upgrade for an anniversary if money’s an issue. I like my bling "spread out" a little bit and feel like something with a setting personifies me the best. I’m not a solitaire kinda girl and it was TOUGH to find the setting i loved but i found it and you will too! You got plenty of time  

Post # 6
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14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Also, post on weddingbee what you’re kind of looking for. There is a plethora of web sites in our heads that we don’t always think about and people are so helpful in looking for stuff FOR you!

Post # 8
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14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Shaneco.com is a good site. If they don’t have one in the location you’re at, you don’t pay sales tax.

Find out what his budget is. I don’t mean to be presumptuous, but a 2 carat stone, particularly a cushion, is going to set him back about 14K just for the center stone, and likely a few grand more for the setting, plus warranties, etc. And, depending on his age and what he can afford, that may very well be too high and you don’t want to get your hopes up.  Then again, he may be 40 for all I know! I know my husband couldn’t have afforded something like that until he was in his 30’s, and he was 25 when he proposed. 

An H stone WILL be slightly off white. You will notice the difference. I have a D cushion and you can really see the variance of it when you hold it up to other diamonds. Then again, that may not bother you. And S1+ inclusions, depending on where they are, may be a great find or not. S1 is one of the lowest inclusion ratings, and if you’ve ever seen a heavily included diamond, they don’t really thrill you much. If they’re smack dab in the center, you’ll lose sparkle on your stone. Have you considered something around 1.5 carats with an F coloring and maybe a VS1 clarity? That’d still be a substantial stone with more fire and brilliance. 

Also, cushions have a smaller face than other stones. So, a 1 carat cushion has less face than a 1 carat round. You don’t really notice unless you compare side by side, so if you’re going for size, you’ll get more bang for your buck with a round or princess. I wanted a cushion, too, though, I just think they’re unique and sparkle very differedntly than most other stones. And in reality, nobody notices that it’s 1mm smaller in diameter. 

Start looking around on general websites to get an idea for prices: jamesallen.com, shaneco, even ebay just to see. Your FI may be able to buy a used center stone off an antique ring or someone who’s getting divorced, too, or upgrading their wife’s ring! The stores will definitely be more expensive, though. If you have your heart set on a large, quality stone, you’ll definitely have to do a LOT of looking around for a good price. 

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