(Closed) Blood diamonds, shopping for rings etc. – experiences

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Post # 46
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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yurippe :  Oh good glad you knew! $300 for everything but the stone doesn’t sound too bad, but I don’t know how much it costs to buy a lose .10 ct. I feel like your expectations are realistic, it’s just hard to find πŸ™‚

Post # 47
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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mrstodd2bee :  OP mentioned a $500 budget. I don’t think that’s realistic, just looked real quick, cheapest ring was over $1,800 and .25 ct.

Post # 48
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Newbee

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yurippe :  I hear ya; I feel the same but I figure this is how the world works: as long as there is someone out there to be taken advantage of, there will be some other person out there taking advantage of them.  The best I can do is do as much as I can, buy as many ethical things as I can afford. Every little bit helps than not doing it at all. 

Post # 49
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

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DonutGirl33 :  no,  there are 2 Tiif co solitares that are in the $600 range currently listed. I explained how to search in a prior post. 

Post # 50
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

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scissorgirl :  The Kimberly Process is such a flawed one…I would be very hesitant to use it as the standard of ethical diamond sourcing. While it does cover conflict diamonds, it’s protection actually doesn’t really go beyond “blood diamonds”. (Meaning that a diamond could still be a product of child labor, hazardous working conditions, or unfair pay, and it would make it through the Kimberley process) It also fails to address the need to protect ancestral lands and the people who live on them from being removed in order to establish mines. A seller should also be able to at least tell you a diamond’s country of origin, something that the process doesn’t require.  I would be really hesitant to use it as a standard of ethical sourcing.

OP: A lot of Bees have suggested awesome companies who go above and beyond to guarantee the sourcing of their diamonds…I would start looking into their rings instead! So sorry you had such a nasty experience! 

Post # 51
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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mrstodd2bee :  Oops, must have missed that, $600 for Tiffany is super cheap. I just searched “genuine Tiffany solitaire engagement ring”and that’s what I got.

Post # 52
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Bee Keeper

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yurippe :  Yikes!! We went to Brilliant Eartha and went with lab createad so we could avoid the whole ‘blood diamond’ thing. Also it’s the same chemical composition and a bit cheaper. That said, diamonds are required to follow certain protocol (Kimberely Process) before being imported into the U.S. Of course there are going to be those that skirt the law but if you go to a reputable jewelwer you should be fine. That said, Canadian diamonds have a great reputation. Either way the jeweler should be able to tell you where the diamond came from and what processes were used to track the diamond.

I second the vintage idea!!! I woudl have done that too if it wasn’t for metal allergies. πŸ˜€

Post # 53
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

yurippe :  Ok. I spent some time looking for ethically-sourced diamonds. I found this one. It is a Canadian diamond. It is a Super Idea and D. VS2. This will outperform any ‘melee’ diamond you get and you know this is ethical. 

DIAMOND – https://www.brilliance.com/loose-diamonds/round/0-16-carat-d-color-super-ideal-make-vs2-clarity-gia-certified-SKU-D11104689

I contacted them and they don’t have a 6-prong for anything under .3 carats, but they have this 4-prong that is within the band size you want. 

SETTING – https://www.brilliance.com/engagement-rings/petite-cathedral-solitaire-ring-white-gold

But, this may put the stone higher than you wanted. Either way, the diamond is lovely and would look wonderful. This is the best stone (moissy aside) that I’ve seen among the various offerings. 

If it were me, I would contact David Klass (Los Angeles, CA, phone 310.497.7797) and see how much a setting would be. He can make lovely prongs and a thin band to not overwhelm the stone.   

https://www.facebook.com/david.klass.jewelry/photos

Post # 54
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Moissanite definitely seems to be less well known outside of the US. I’m an Aussie and considered moissanite but didn’t have much luck here. I also got MAJOR attitude from a salesperson on my first shopping trip – I bought my own e-ring with money that Fiance and I saved together, he proposed without one, and this complete B of a salesperson made me feel like some crazy cat lady purchasing a ring for her imaginary wedding to Channing Tatum. I did not purchase my e-ring there and Fiance and I won’t shop there for our wedding bands.

Best of luck in your search πŸ™‚

Post # 57
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I completely hear you. I’m not perfect either and sometimes it’s not fun when someone argues your choices because you don’t do everything in life fair trade. I’m also a vegetarian. I have a lawn mower that does not run on gas (or electricty for that matter). But I also have an Iphone (I’ve had the same one for 3 or 4 years) and I do drive a car (no subways or trains where I am from) and walking would take you days as I live in the mountains and there are no stores close to me. 

But I try to do fair trade when I can. Like you, I am only human. I recently decided to for-go all of my jewelry and start over fresh with only fair trade stones. I found my perfect stone on Etsy in a recycled sterling silver setting. It is a 6mm fair trade London blue topaz and I love it! I am wanting to get a new setting made for it that is a little more secure. 

The ring I purchased on Etsy was originally $128 but went on sale for $51 so it was very budget friendly! I am wanting to get a new setting made and to keep it budget friendly but more secure I am going to have the band (the part that wraps around your finger) made in sterling silver (but nice and thick so it won’t bend or mis-shape) and then the bezel head holding the stone in 14k rose gold. 

Here is my fair trade ring! πŸ™‚

And as for the new setting I want the ring to sit up so that a band can sit flush with it. I don’t mind gaps at all (actually love them) but my ring causes a gap so large it is uncomfortable or I probably wouldn’t even do a new setting at all! I’m not sure how much the new setting will cost as I am still waiting for a quote but the first quote that I got for an all 14k rose gold setting was going to be $500. So with it being mainly sterling silver I am in hopes the price will come down a lot. πŸ™‚ So either way my entire ring with a new setting made would be under $500. Also for a none custom 14k rose gold solitaire I talked to a local jeweler and could get one for $209 and that would include them setting my stone and sizing the new ring. That would be the entire cost of my ring at $260 some dollars including the shipping for my ring from Etsy! I know sometimes fair trade = jacked up price but there are options out there for someone with a small budget! A lot of Etsy shops use only fair trade stones and recycled silver/gold! πŸ™‚

Post # 59
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

 

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yurippe :  It’s beautiful! So glad you could find a budget friendly fair trade ring! I would love to see IRL photos when you get it. πŸ™‚

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