- 6 years ago
- Wedding: September 2012
I wish I could post pics but the uploader is not working….anyone know how to do it without using he uploader? GRR!
So here the issue I am looking to get unbiased opinions on:
My engagement ring is beautiful. It is a three stone with halos around each stone, and more tiny diamonds down the band and almost every other space on the band, like under the three main stones. I actually have a picture of it in my post showing off my ring porn if you want to take a look. My fiance spent a lot of time looking at rings and finally choose this one because it had all the bling I love and all three main diamonds are very nice quality. It took him awhile to find a setting like this that had all three diamonds of the quality we were looking for, and he was so proud to find this one! I get compliments on it ALL THE TIME. But the problem we have now learned of is the tiny accent diamonds all over are held by ‘micro’ prongs..basically they are very, very tiny…and in the 7 months i have had my ring I have now lost 2 of the small diamonds going down the side of the band. The first time it happened the store’s repair guy fixed it….this time the jewelry repair guy decided fixing these needs to be done at their home office with a laser that can do more exact work on such small details, and it will take up to 4 weeks. So out of the 7 months I have had my ring it will have been with the store being repaired for 4-6 weeks between the two repairs. I spoke with the manager and asked him if this is common with these rings that have ‘micro’ prongs/diamonds. He said that honestly, yes, they do not have as much metal in the prongs to hold the diamonds so they break and wear down easily, he said mre often than he would like to see…and that it will probably be an issue i continue to have with the ring. He said one side of my ring is already worn down pretty good on the micro prongs. He did say sometimes they come from vendors and the microprongs are not done very well, so when we send it to the home office the prongs will be done better and they will check to make sure they are all fixed and holding well…but again, they break/wear down easily and it while it most likely will lengthen the time before I have problems again, in his opinion we will have to have it done again and the chance of loosing the micro diamonds is high.
Of course I asked what if this keeps happening, I dont want to worry about wearing my ring and loosing diamonds, or continually have it in the shop. The store has said we could change out my ring for something of equal $ and quality. So I looked around yesterday and while I originally was not a fan of a sollitaire ring I am leaning towards trading it in for a gorgeous solitaire that would be much more durable. I will loose all the ‘bling’ of my ring but I found two bands I can get with an excahnge to put with the solitaire that has the channel diamonds, but they are not the micro ones and the prongs are much larger and much more strong/durable. The solitaire is 0.56 ct on its own, compared to the 0.66 ct total together of the three stones in my current ring. The solitaire is of equal clarity of my current ring, it is one step up in color, but the cut is better than my current ring…so it is smaller but the quality is amazing. Also, I am thinking it is more classic than my trendy ring and I can always change out the bands to update if we ever wanted to update the look or something.
But of course ladies, I am so upset about losing my ring my fiance gave me. The new one won’t be the one he proposed with, it is not the one HE picked out. I am not a big sentimental person but this is still tugging at my heart strings. And I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO!! Do I keep the original and just deal with repairs off and on forever but hopefully in less frequency after having it worked on with a laser….or do I choose something more durable like the solitaire that will stand up to wear and tear much much better than my current ring? I do worry that if my current ring is having problems now, what kind of condition will it be in in 20 years?! I asked my fiance what he thinks we should do…he says he doesn’t want to ever go through the stress of ring shopping again LOL! and that I should do what I want. He isn’t a big fan of solitaires but if that is what I want to do then do it. He suggested we send my ring off to be worked on with the laser and if it happened again then exchange it, but I feel like we are just delaying the inevitable doing that. And I HATE bringing it up every time I loose a diamond…i feel like it is a blow to him, like ‘this ring is falling apart!’ even though I of course do NOT tell him it has happened like that.
So what would do?? Keep your current ring and deal with repairs along the years- or exchange it for something that is of more quality in the stone, less blingy, but more much more durable/strong?
Also, has anyone had this kind of trouble with micro diamonds/prongs??