Post # 1
I’m having my wedding ring custom made by a local shop. There are two top contenders now, and I can’t decide which one:
Shop 1: Small shop whose specialty is selling incredibly beautiful vintage jewelry. They make custom rings but not very often. The best selection of vintage in the entire region unless I drive to San Francisco. My Fiance bought the center stone in a solitaire setting there – .40 ct marquise, VS2, $1000. I talked to them about the final design of my ring – $2300 for the final ring using my diamond and gold.
Shop 2: Slightly larger shop whose specialty is custom designs. Very reputable shop with a very sweet, honest owner. I get “good vibes” from this shop and WANT to purchase from them. Cost of ring with using my diamond and gold: $2600.
The problem is that the first shop will have the remainder of the diamonds be E color, VS1 clarity. Shop 2 will be H color, VS2 clarity. So it’s more money at the second shop AND the diamonds are lower quality.
How can I decide? Do you think the shop would let me see the diamonds before committing? I mean, VS2 means two inclusions, and since they’ll be small stones (.05 each), won’t you really see those inclusions? I can’t decide if it’s more important to really TRUST the shop or to go for the best quality materials.
Hard decision. Any advice very welcome! Thanks ladies.
Post # 3
@hisprettygirl: What color is your centerstone? You will probably notice if there is a difference in color grade. VS2 means that there are inclusions, but they are not noticeable to the naked eye.
Post # 4
Whoops! I made a mistake. My center stone is SI2, not VS2. I don’t know the color, but it looks (to my very untrained eye) very white, even against white paper.
Post # 5
Would they both be making the same ring? I think it’s entirely reasonable to ask to see the other diamonds. Most likely, they will look just fine. My main diamond is H in color and it looks very clear, and doesn’t look bad against my E colored diamond stud earrings. VS will not have inclusions that are visible to the naked eye, or it certainly shouldnt. That’s for the Is and occasionally SI2. The good thing about them being little stones is it’s the opposite of what you’re suggesting – it’ll be harder to see any inclusions. The first one sounds kind of nice, though; you say they don’t make jewelry that often, but I’m assuming they still have experience…?
Post # 6
- Wedding: March 2013 - Garden at Heather Farms
It seems like the first shop is probably the better place to go with from what I understand of your post. I think they would let you see the diamonds it seems perfectly reasonable! I’m in the Bay area and I’m Just curious is the first shop by any chance M Lowe and Co?
Post # 7
You probably wouldn’t see the inclusions in the diamonds, but I woud think they would be willing to let you see them to give you peace of mind.
My main stone is E in color, and I have a pave eternity band that is H in color – I never notice a difference between the two – although the stones in my eternity band are slightly smaller than the ones you are talking about.
Personally, I would go with the shop that has more experience and gives you good vibes for $300 more.
Post # 8
@FiftiesDoll3 – No, both shops are in/around the Sacramento area. But the original ring – the one I’m using as the basis of my design – was a vintage ring from Lang Antiques in SF. I LOVE browsing / drooling over their website!
Thanks, ladies. I’m going to ask 2nd shop if I can see the diamonds this week. Hopefully they already have them in stock and can show them to us – otherwise if they would have to order them, I could see them wanting a deposit before making that move.
Post # 9
I don’t know anything about diamonds but I’d personally go where I felt the most comfortable. having a pleasant experience and reasonable price is the most important. If I had a great ring but a nasty experience getting it, it’d be tainted a little for me.
Post # 10
I would go where they do custom rings often and I don’t think the difference in the diamonds is so huge to notice.