- 6 years ago
- Wedding: August 2014
This is going to be long, and possibly confusing, so if anyone reads to the end, it’ll be much appreciated!
My e-ring is a 9ct white gold and diamond cluster ring, with an unusual setting (the head kind of has hearts around it underneath)
I know clusters aren’t everyone’s cup of tea,but I absolutely adore it, and don’t want to change the style for the world.
BUT, I am getting increasingly bothered about the fact it’s white gold, because of the whole re-dipping issue. Now granted, the colour hasn’t really changed; I’ve had it coming up 2 years, had it re-dipped once, though it didn’t need it; I would probably only need to re-dip it once every 2 years, and the people making my wedding band have agreed to re-dip both for free for life. So, there’s no issue with cost.
But I’d just rather have a metal that doesn’t need replating; I really want palladium, as it’s durable, the colour doesn’t change, and it’s good value.
Here lies the problem: I can’t get me e-ring re-shanked because of the small diamonds and the setting; it would be too risky and could damage the ring; I would need it re-made.
I’m just wondering if anyone knows much about palladium; is it malleable enough for example to replicate a fairly intricate design? I really want it to be as close to the original as possible.
Secondly, what diamonds should I be looking at? If I’m spending money getting a new ring, I want to buy the best quality possible (I know everyone says they can’t tell the difference with small diamonds; I actually can; I know mine aren’t the whitest or most flawless, and, I can tell). But, I don’t want to fork out for ‘perfect’ diamonds if I really don’t need to. So, what would people recommend in terms of colour and clarity?
Finally, could I get a palladium band now, and ‘upgrade’ the e-ring say, 1 year after the wedding? Or would this wear myexisting e-ring down (I wouldn’t want that, I want to keep my original ring)?
I’m sure some of you think I’m mad lol, and that’s it’s probably a very unusual ‘trade up’ as I don’t want a big stone or something; but, I just want something that’s going to last and that I’m not going to be worrying about wear/re-dipping (which I know is free for now, but they won’t be in business forever, plus it involves travelling an hour away)
Thanks to anyone who’s persevered with this!