Any bee's ever replaced main stone on ring?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2005 - A Castle

I replaced my morganite with a CZ because I couldn’t decide what else I wanted. I thought about moissanite or sapphire, but I decided to go cheap because I ended up getting an heirloom diamond that I wear now and didn’t want to spend a ton.

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Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

dracarys :  That is one beautiful cz!

tomb_raider :  Do you want a natural gemstone or lab created?  I have a lab grown sapphire from Better Than Diamond and it’s beautiful!  Sorry I don’t have a picture of it right now, but it’s a very deep blue and it does sparkle for a sapphire.  I get a lot of compliments on it.  Other Bees have gotten their gemstones from Gemvara or Chatham (I believe).  Hopefully more will chime in.

My friend had a morganite ring that looked terrible after only a few months.  She too babied it.  That stinks that your stone looks bad after a short period of time.

Edit – you may want to consider a colored moissanite too.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2005 - A Castle

sunnierdaysahead2 :  thanks! I was pleasantly surprised when I got it. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee

I haven’t yet but I’m itching to replace my round brilliant moissanite with an OEC moissanite!! I’m in love with OEC! But my next project is a diamond pendant so that’ll have to wait haha.

Post # 7
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Newbee

If you are looking for something that will hold up, definitely go with something 9+ on the Mohs scale. So if you are looking for a odd colored stone, that will mean a sapphire, moissanite, or diamond.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

My ruby is lab created from Chatham. I purchased it through a local store who happened to carry them. I did replace it, but only because I accidentally banged my hand on the wall like an idiot and chipped a chunk off of it. 😳 So I replaced it with an identical Chatham ruby that I had a warranty on. 

I definitely recommend them! Don’t let my clumsiness scare you away from. Chatham has so many beautiful stones, and at great costs because they’re lab. And how often do you get to choose an option that’s cheaper and more eco friendly?! It’s a win-win. 

As far as buying a loose stone goes, I think it’s best to try to purchase through a store first. They’ll care more because they’re making a better profit and therefore may do better work. If you have a jeweler you trust, go forth with the loose stone. For me it worked out because a store down the street from my apartment carried Chatham and the engagement ring designer that I liked.

Post # 13
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Busy bee

Oh shoot I just realized whose thread this is…I have drooled over your morganite when I googled images lol! I’m sorry to learn that it’s worn down! I have a morganite that I love, but it’s in a halo so I’m hoping it doesn’t experience the wear and tear your has 🙁 if I were you I’d look for a sapphire. They’re expensive, but you can get a similar color as your morganite! Look into the natural sapphire company, or…I think it’s called fine water gems…or even maybe Laurie Sarah (I think that’s her name). Just a few places to check…good luck!

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

Sorry to hear this. A colleague of mine has a tanzanite ring (not an engagement ring) that she has worn for 20 years and it’s very worn down. That’s one of the reasons why I had my original engagement ring (heirloom diamond ring with side emeralds) completely reset as I wanted to wear it all the time and emeralds are quite soft compared to the diamond. I still have the emeralds waiting to be made into another ring one day. If anyone can refer me to somewhere cheap I can get a nice green stone online (moissanite, tourmaline etc.) that would be great! 

could you replace your morganite with a pink/peach sapphire? There was a whole pink stone thread here a few days ago. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2005 - A Castle

tomb_raider :  after only 18 months (and I also babied it) it was very grainy and lacked any real sparkle. It became very apparent once the stone was out of the setting how bad it looked. I bought the new stone loose online (Chris CZ from the UK) and had a local jeweler set it. The stone was about $20 and setting fee was $55. I looked into loose lab created sapphires from MoCo but they were more than I wanted to spend on a ring that would ultimately become a RHR. Geolite has loose lab created sapphires for good prices, but I didn’t love the cuts I was limited to in the size I needed (9×7). 

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