Post # 1
In my search for THE PERFECT RING I ended up on etsy. I love all things vintage–whether vintage-inspired or actually from a bygone era. Though many of these rings in my budget have the Old European Cut that I love, I’ve noticed that many of them are also graded to be an H or an I. Many of them are smaller stones as well–some less than a half carat. Would you sacrifice anything to get a unique vintage setting? And if so, what? And any of you bees who have vintage or heirloom rings, please post them! I love all the ring porn that these boards offer!
Thanks in advance, ladies!
Post # 3
Nothing wrong with warmer diamonds.. it’s all about preference.
Smaller diamonds graded H-I will look near colorless. It’s when you start getting into larger sizes that they become noticeably warmer.
Post # 4
I have a J color 3ct, so clearly I don’t mind a little warmth (plus, it’s hardly even noticable unless put next to something very white, or in overcast weather).
I would definitely have gone even higher in color if I loved a particular vintage setting.
Post # 5
I went down on size because of the vintage setting I fell in love with. Keep in mind that you can always switch out the stone. We did, but the largest the setting could take is 1/3 ct. I originally wanted a oec, but we weren’t able to see any in person so just went with a round brilliant, we went with a j colour, internally flawless, ideal cut stone. We figured that since we were constrained on size, it would be the sparkliest 1/3 diamond!
Here’s gratuitous pic because I love my ring!
Post # 6
@taterjuice: I think that warmth is part of the charm of vintage/antique diamonds, so I’d personally be OK with going down in color. I am in love with vintage rings, and I also really love smaller diamonds, I think they are very under appreciated but they really can be beautiful, and have a real presence on the hand.
This is my favorite ring, it is a 0.25 carat OEC, I do not know the exact specs of it, but it is a warm diamond. The setting really drew me to it, it’s simple but not too common these days.
A picture of the profile
Post # 7
- Wedding: April 2013 - A court...
If I loved the setting enough, I would sacrifice any.
Post # 8
I am very “clarity sensitive” if you will…
SO I would prefer to get a diamond that was as clean as possible, o at the very least nothing tocray as far as clarity goes.
Carat and color Iwould totally be willin to sacrifice on for a stunning vintage ring.
I often times PREFEr the look of a warmer stone in a vintage setting.
Post # 9
@taterjuice: I love vintage, so I would sacrifice all of the above if it was a ring setting that I really loved/found interesting or if it had sentimental meaning. The only non negotiable for me personally is that the stone must be a genuine gemstone/diamond–no lookalikes or wannabees.
Post # 10
@franklyn: I have a vintage ring that looks just like that! How crazy!
OP, have you looked at color variations in a store? Some people are very color sensitive and other’s are not. I was much more color sensitive than my husband. You may find that you are completely ok with an I in color once you see some in person!
Post # 11
Here is my H color diamond. Looks pretty sparkly white to me!
Post # 12
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
@taterjuice: I have 0.7 H OEC stone in my heirloom ring (was my great-grandmother’s). I really can’t see the warmth and I loooove the ring. I wouldn’t want a stone with poor clarity though.
Post # 13
I’m pretty colour sensitive, but don’t mind a little warmth. I don’t think I’d want to sacrifice clarity, however. And I must say I do love the OEC’s and the old mine cuts! Many of the settings I’ve been looking at–if not solitaires–make the center stones look a lot more substantial than what they really are. My problem now is that there are SO MANY that I could see myself wearing!!!
Thank you bees for replying! And for posting your gorgeous rings! Now I want to see more!
Post # 14
My ering is an OEC with L color. I knew what I wanted the setting to look like, I knew the carat size I wanted and I knew I was going to have to have a warm stone. I absolutely love the warmth in my stone. The only time I’ve even felt like it was less-than-perfect was when I put my friends’ d color stone on the same finger next to mine. I think my ering is perfect, warmth included 🙂
Post # 15
My search has led me to a rather lovely vintage art deco piece. It doesn’t, however, contain a diamond. Instead, it has a green sapphire in it. I keep going back to it, even though it is not at all what I’d originally envisioned. I am still searching, though now my search has begun to include vintage wedding bands, both plain and with diamonds, for a stackable effect should I choose to go with this ring that I can’t get out of my head.
Post # 16
I’m one of the ones that voted I wouldn’t sacrifice anything. I had very particular specs in mind when I was ring shopping, and I wasn’t compromising. I was on the fence about H colors when Fiance and I were ring shopping, and he was totally against an H. I wouldn’t go anymore warm than a G and any less clear than a VS2..and I didn’t want to go under a carat in weight. So, for me, I wanted a “new” diamond with all my criteria met. Vintage rings don’t do it for me at all, unless it had spectacular specs and was from someone who meant a great deal to me. Even then, I’d probably keep it as a RHR or make it into a necklace. I wanted something no one else had before.