Post # 1
Ok – I would really appreciate some words of wisdom here as I’m very out of my element.This is the first piece of actual jewelry I’ve ever bought and the first piece my girlfriend will have owned.
My girlfriend and I are both not into diamonds, and have talked a good bit about a Peridot ring, which is both of our birthstones. However, I’m still into the idea of somewhat a surprise, not shopping around and buying one together, just to put it away and pull it out again.. so I’m on my own.
The trouble is, since I’m not buying a diamond, there are peridot rings anywhere from $50 on up to thousands. Sometimes I’m not sure if the untrained eye would know that the more expensive ones are not merely bargain fashion jewelry.
I’m attaching a pic of the ring I bought, for about $600 online. It is supposedly accented with high quality diamonds, but I’m postitive I could not tell the difference if they were CZ or anything else. What do you think? I don’t mind the price if it’s really worth it, but I’m not sure if there arent $60 pieces at department stores that look about as good.
Any advice/opinions? She would not want me to spend a fortune, but at the same time I’m not going to get her a cheap ring on principle. How do you get a gemstone engagement ring that people can definitely tell shows investment and commitment? And that cant be mistaken for a cheap gift?
Stressing as this is going down in like a week and a half on a special trip we are taking. Thanks in advance for your help.
Post # 3
I think it’s a beautiful and it definitely can be an e-ring. But in my opinion, I would have gone to a jewerly store and not bought it online, my opinion though. My engagement ring isn’t a traditional diamond. Its a blue topaz with a diamond halo and champange diamonds on the side. It wasn’t sold as an egagement ring but I wear as one on my left hand and it’s what my hubby proposed to me with. If you want to make sure the sides and center stones are geniuine, I would go to a jeweler and have them take a look.
Post # 4
be careful, for $60 you’re likely to end up with something set in sterling silver or gold over sterling silver (or brass, as many department stores started doing recently, especially Penny’s). Make sure that you’re spending money on a ring set in a nicer metal and not just a ring plated with a nicer metal (or just sterling silver, which doesn’t hold up very well, I have a sterling silver right hand ring I’ve worn for about a year and it looks awful already). It’s worth the extra money to ensure you’re getting a nice ring with good quality stones that she’ll be able to wear for the rest of her life (that also won’t look cheap). The ring you bought is beautiful, if it were accented with CZs it would probably look just as beautiful now, but the CZs will cloud over time and look really really awful, and spending the money now on the nicer ring will ensure that it will stay beautiful forever and she will never have to worry about replacing the stones.
Post # 5
@Poptartz: Thank you for the advice. This one is 14k gold and it does look pretty. Ive seen other rings I liked from different online stores (like gemify) but could not at all verify the quality of their stuff. This one is Yigal Jewelry Designs/Bell Jewels, and they had tons of great feedback.
Would a jewelry store be able to tell me anything about it without paying the $100 to get it appraised?
Post # 6
A jewelry store should have a diamond tester on hand for the side stones.
At my store, we are able to order gemstones to the customers specific shape and quality. That won’t help you if you’re proposing in a week or so but if for some reason you decide to change the ring you can always stop in to a jeweler and ask about ordering a stone.
It looks beautiful in the picture. Make sure you also know how to care for peridot as it’s a relatively soft gemstone!
good luck! 🙂
Post # 7
@fooledaroundandfellinlove: i would take it to a jewellery store that has a jeweller on-site. a lot of store just send everything away. right there, they will be able to test the side stones to be sure that they are real diamonds.
Post # 8
Take it to a jeweller for a second opinion on the materials used. So long as you are getting what was advertised, I think it’s a lovely ring and your fiance will be happy. 🙂
Post # 9
@fooledaroundandfellinlove: I don’t see why not, just take it in and ask if they can tell you what metal it’s set in, they shouldn’t charge you for that (even if you know) then maybe they’ll comment on the stones as well (worth a try at least!), or you could then ask “these are diamonds right?” or something along those lines to get them talking 🙂
Post # 10
Though I think the ring is really pretty, I prefer gemstones set in a delicate halo for two reasons.
The first, is that I find it feels and looks more like and ‘engagement ring. I know there is no set style that IS and engagement ring, but a coloured gemstone in a delicate halo never fails to look gorgeous and classic, with a slight twist.
Secondly, I worry about the durability of wearing a softer stone on a daily/regular basis and with a halo where the centre stone is bezel set and the halo diamonds are pave set, I feel the gemstone is better protected as the diamonds are much harder then the gemstone.
Post # 11
I think that’s a beautiful ring. My husband purchased my e-ring on the internet and it’s excellent quality. I have a sapphire and a lot of brick and mortar stores only carry simulated sapphires so he almost had to go the internet route.
Post # 12
My e-ring is peridot, so I gotta say you have great taste! Beautiful ring.
Post # 13
Did you receive an appraisal or any paperwork with the ring? It should give you details on the side stones.
Also – if you run into problems with the peridot, you can always change the setting to bezel set or halo – this is what I did with my tanzanite
Post # 14
that ring is very pretty! I would take it to a jeweler to have it appraised if you think it isn’t real (my SO lost a bunch of $ on a fake)
Post # 15
Check out gemvara.com, I’ve heard really great things about them and a bee on here actually got a peridot ring from them.
Post # 16
@fooledaroundandfellinlove: Beautiful! Update us after the proposal! 🙂