Post # 1
I thought it would be interesting to share bee’s thoughts on different ways to go about getting the er wished for in a smart way while spending less. My hope is to look beyond the obvious spending less solution of going to walmart or zales and picking up a ring.
There seems to be a middle ground in handling the ring cost thats new to me. I became interested in this after reading a post the other day about L and M colored dimonds and where to locate them. On yet another post there was talk about looking at pre owned mossys which in the past have not been easy to locate. Along with this of course there are mossy stones, sapphires and colored gems which can be cost effiective. And as far a metals go – just the other day in my forum about platinum a person was asking about palladium which is yet another interesting choice for those who like white metal but want other choices besides the pricey platinum and white gold.
If you have specific information on where to get pre owned mossys I would be interested in knowing myself. And any other intformation you feel would be worth sharing please do.
INFORMATION FROM PRICE SCOPE: Buying amora moissanite would ensure you get an H colored stone. Betterthandiamond.com has amora moissanite, but only in sizes of 1.5 and 2 cts for rounds. They cost $700+. The stones they have are individually graded by an independent lab and they are generally H. With a budgetin mind, you’re better off having a moissanite hand picked for you.
WHERE TO GET H-M COLORED DIAMOND
Post # 3
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Palladium isn’t really a price-related choice. It’s being able to get a ring that doesn’t weigh a crapton (the weight of platinum is uncomfortable to me) with the convenience of not needing to re-dip as you would white gold.
Post # 4
@chica95110: Honestly, I think it’s so personal. Also, I have no idea what Zales etc prices are like, but here in the UK, high-street jewellers (which is what Zales/Kay etc would be considered over here) are WAY over-priced and totally not the way to go if you want a good deal.
That said, I do find this thread interesting. My brother’s best friend is planning on proposing to his girlfriend soon, and I’ve been asked to help with the ring. His budget is $3200 max, but ideally he’d like to spend less. He definitely wants an RB diamond, and a white metal band, and he wants a decent-sized stone.
My suggestions to get a nice size stone within budget are to go down slightly on colour, to H (as most people won’t notice, plus most high-street jewellers, where most people in the UK buy their rings, are H-I in colour anyway), and also on clarity, to SI1 or SI2, provided the stone is eye-clean. I have also suggested he consider palladium rather than platinum as it’s similar, but more affordable. I’ve also found that if he goes for a 0.49ct centre stone, he will pay a LOT less than he would for a 0.50ct one; yet, they will look identical in terms of size.
So, there are plenty of ways to get a more affordable ring, but each individual is different and has different priorities and wants.
Post # 5
I agree palladium is an interesting choice that even many jewelry designers use. It’s great that one can get something custom designed and not be bond by having to use 10 – 14kt gold or platinum. It’s just nice to know there are choices. The same goes for the L and M colored diamonds. It’s a good thing there are alternatives for those who don’t want to spend top dollar. Or what if a bride wants a nice right hand ring but does not want to spend a forturne.