HELP – Engagement ring advice needed!

posted 1 week ago in Engagement
  • poll: They all can be +/- side stones. Which ring do people think is best for the occasion?
    03. BLUSHING BRIDE FLOWER DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING WITH PAVÉ SIDE STONES : (4 votes)
    44 %
    207. THE WATSONIA FLOWER SIDE STONE PLATINUM OR WHITE GOLD DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING. : (0 votes)
    17. THE KING’S QUEEN PAVÉ PROTEA FLOWER DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING™ : (1 votes)
    11 %
    1.5 THE AGAPANTHUS PRINCESS SIDE STONE WHITE GOLD AND PLATINUM ENGAGEMENT RING : (0 votes)
    25. THE STUNNING STRELITZIA DOUBLE SIDE STONE FLOWER DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING™ : (0 votes)
    19. THE NERINE QUEEN FLOWER SIDE STONE ENGAGEMENT RING : (1 votes)
    11 %
    09. EVERLASTING LOVE FLOWER SOLITAIRE ENGAGEMENT RING : (0 votes)
    23. THE QUEEN PROTEA PAVÉ FYNBOS FLOWER DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING™ : (1 votes)
    11 %
    13. HONEY QUEEN SOLITAIRE FLOWER DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING – IN WHITE GOLD OR PLATINUM, WITH WHITE G : (2 votes)
    22 %
  • Post # 2
    Member
    475 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

    You’re going to have problems with any sort of intricate design or sides stones if you aren’t having the ring made in her size. 

    You are considering so many options that I think it would be best to just involve her in the process.  

    Post # 3
    Member
    1370 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    King’s Queen, Honey Queen (best if you want a more literal floral), and Blushing Bride. The rest really fail to meet ‘classic’. With pave set stones on the band, be careful about her ring size like @abouttodoit17 said. You can only change them down 2 (6 to 5) and up 1 (6 to 6.5). 

    Have you discussed anything about rings? I love these solitaires I noted, but halo’s are really the ‘in’ style.  Halo Petal Basket, Round Cut Diamond Halo 8 Small Marquise, A Unique Round Diamond Cushion Halo and Floral Flower Halo are the nicest with the latter two only being recommended if she really want a literal flower. 

    I’m not sure where you live, but their online prices are on par with reputable online sellers (James Allen, Whiteflash and Brian Gavin). However, they do not offer H&A, IS or ASET to help you evaluate the performance of the diamonds. In particular, every diamond I looked at around 1.0 carats from them will not have good performance. 

    I’m glad they are GIA, but I was unable to find a single high-performance stone meeting strict performance standards (see below). But, you should run every single one through around 1 carat I looked at would be rejected by the HCA Tool (https://www.pricescope.com/tools/hca). If they score 1.9 or below, they are still under consideration. 2.0 or greater – reject. (.9 is not better than 1.8). See if they will obtain Ideal-Scope images and ASET images. If yes, post them over on Pricescope Rocky Talky for help. If not, I would not buy from this vendor. 

    For rounds, stay within these ranges.

    • These are measurements to help you stay in ideal cut territory with a GIA excellent cut stone.

      table: 54-58
      depth: 60-62.3
      crown angle: 34-35.0 (up to 35.5 crown angle can sometimes work with a 40.6 pav angle)
      pavilion angle: 40.6-40.9 (sometimes 41.0 if the crown angle is close to 34)

    If a stone fits those numbers, then run it through the HCA tool. This is an exclusion tool, but it will eliminate any round that will be an automatic no. http://www.pricescope.com/tools/hca;  You want to see Excellent on light return, fire, and scintillation, and very good on spread. An overall score of 2.0 or lower means a diamond is worth exploring further (but a 1.0 isn’t necessarily better than 1.9).

    <u>Clarity</u>: You want an ‘eye clean’ stone as stated by a gemologist if you are looking at a VS2, SI1, SI2. VS2 is ‘safe’ if a gemologist is not involved.

    <u>Color</u>: This is personal, but if you set the J in yellow or rose gold, the body color should be minimally visible. Setting it in white gold/platinum (or with a halo of higher color diamonds) will offer your eye a visible contrast and can make the body color more obvious. I personally stick with G/H in modern rounds for platinum/white gold. The only J I would place in platinum would be one of a few super-ideal branded diamonds (e.g., High Performance Diamonds, BrianGavin Blue, etc.).

    <u>Flourescense</u>: None, fair or medium. Avoid strong fluorescene in D,E,F or VeryStrong on G or H. Fluorescence is a cool effect in diamonds, but can contribute to haziness.

    <u>Certification</u>: GIA, HRD, AGS are the best. EGL and most others are very soft. Assume you are looking at a color 2 lower and clarity 1 lower (at least) for non-GIS/HRD/AGS.

    <u>Type of Inclusion</u>: Any inclusion visible in the center of the diamond is a non-starter. Also look for twining wisps and feathers. These are nice ways of saying ‘crack’ and they can, but not always, lead to the stone being more likely to fracture.

     

    Examples of what you want.

     

     

    Post # 4
    Member
    134 posts
    Blushing bee

    They’re quite pretty, but I do think you should try to find her size. Can you enlist a girlfriend back home to take her ring shopping “just for fun” and find her ring size, or something like that?

    The only other downside I see is that if for some reason anything is wrong, it could be quite difficult for you to return the ring since you bought it in South Africa. But other than that, I think it’s a really good idea! It’s kind of a sweet, unique story that you bought her ring abroad, and it’s definitely a plus if you can get more for your money there. 

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