(Closed) Anyone Have/Seen This in Real Life?

posted 4 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

whimsywallaby:  I’m sorry, I don’t have it. But it is gorgeous!! I think a 1.5ct would be right in the middle range of what this setting was deisgned to fit and I think that would look just sublime.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I think it woulld be beautiful – I really love this setting! The only comment I would make is on center diamond color. I have a 1.6 carat J color brilliant oval from Blue Nile (had a great experience with them)! The larger the diamond, generally the more warmth it will show when it gets into the only slightly “colorless” color grades. We bought my diamond loose and I actually considered a similar setting to this with pear-shaped side stones, but since the side stones were reasonably sized (as it looks like these are), they looked odd next to my larger diamond with a lower color grade.

For this ring to look cohesive you might have to stick to the whiter end of the diamond color grades for your center stone which may drive up the price. Unless you’re sure that the difference in color grade wouldn’t bother you – I think this is also a little complicated by buying it sight unseen (so you can’t try different diamonds out in the setting to see what the color grades look like) – I actually thought I wouldn’t care about the difference, but it looked funny to me in the similar setting that I tried it in. Fortunately, my first choice was a rose gold halo and the color grade looked great (to me) in it, so it worked out for me :).

You may have already considered the color grade mixing, but that was just my first thought since I have a similar sized stone with a more warm color grade and I had seen it in a similar setting :). I think it’s gorgeous!

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

whimsywallaby:  there’s a bee that has a somewhat similar setting but with a halo. It’s absolutely stunning! I think the setting your considering would look lovely with a 1.5 carat center! Hope she doesn’t mind, here’s the ring I’m referring to. I believe it’s also from bluenile. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

MrsSparkleBee13:  that’s mine! ๐Ÿ™‚ yup it’s from Bluenile, one of the Monique Lhuillier ones. It looks much better in person than the sample pics shown on their website ๐Ÿ™‚

Whimsywallaby I can imagine that the ring you posted will look gorgeous in person ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

I have a similar setting, however, the smaller diamonds are all marquise cut. I think 1.5 would be perfect–beautiful ring. I have a 1.6 center diamond on a size 5 finger:

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I have a 1.5 solitaire from BN, which I love, but I do love that setting. If you get it, pleeeeeeeease post pics!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

We had a mostly good experience. We did order a different stone first that was not as described and not a good stone. That was disappointing, but they did everything to make it right and we were able to return it very easily. They were always very helpful answering questions, and it was really a pretty easy experience overall. I don’t think it’s really that unconventional anymore — I know other real life brides with rings from Blue Nile or James Allen and they all recommended it. You get more for you money. Just do your research and go with a reputable vendor like BN or JA that have good return policies.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016 - State Park

That ring is stunning. It was one of my top contenders, but unfortunately it was out of our budget. 

I debated between Blue Nile and James Allen. We chose James Allen, but all of our communications with Blue Nile were excellent and since then I’ve ordered items from Blue Nile. They have excellent customer service. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

whimsywallaby:  we were really happy with our blue nile experience. I felt like we got a great deal as well. My fiancé had the diamond independently appraised and it was also appraised by the jeweler who set it. Both appraised it at well above what we paid for it. The independent appraiser even wanted to see a receipt when my fiancé told him what he paid for it.

Fiance spent a lot of time combing through stones on the site, looking at specs and then comparing them to actual stones in stores, etc. I think he was more conservative with the specs he wanted (ex. I think the diamond is a VS1 or 2, I would have been happy with an eye clean SI1 or 2, but since he couldn’t see the inclusions beforehand he didn’t want to risk it), but he still got a great deal. The stone was beautiful when we got it and it was even packaged really nicely when it was shipped. 

I have also heard that you can request a photo of the diamond from Blue Nile and they are sometimes able to get it. They were not able to get one for us, so I’m not sure if this is actually true.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

whimsywallaby:  just saw ur latest pic. It looks gorgeous! My center stone is G and it goes well with the rest of the little H colored stones. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

whimsywallaby:  unfortunately, I think you’d need to go with a much higher color grade on the center stone if you want them to “match”. The general rule is that the larger the stone the more the warmth shows. When looking, I found that I/H side stones looked colorless, definitely much whiter than an I/H center stone that is much larger. With a 1.5 carat stone, I think you’d need something like a G for them to look the same color grade…maybe even an F if you’re buying sight unseen and really don’t want the center stone to look warmer than the side stones (even with GIA grading, I think my J looks a little less warm than some other J diamonds – without seeing it you might get a G that’s on the warmer end of that color grade). If it’s not a big deal to you if they look a little different then you could definitely edge toward the H side, but I think you’d see a difference in the stones.

I love the warmth of my J diamond though, so I’m partial to that end of the spectrum :).

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