Post # 1
Well. After so much ring searching, I can honestly say I still haven’t found the ring that I ‘love’. THe ring that I DID find that I DO Adore is too expensive (it’s on moissaniteco, and with the treatment would be 2100). I know I love three stone with side stones/channel etc, but I haven’t found THE ONE.
I’m confused on cuts – which cut would sparkle the most? Radiant, square brilliant, princess or round? Because the Asha princess cut seems to be the ‘ideal’ cut so if anyone has any photos of this, I’d like to see it please… (We’re looking at Asha as moissanite and diamonds are both too expensive)
Another question – for those who have nickel allergies, do you have white gold settings? Or did you go for another metal? We’re looking at palladium at the moment (platinum is out of our price range). HAs anyone got experience of palladium?
I’m just confused and feeling a bit bleh about this. I know our budget has put tight constraints, as well as my allergy. But I don’t know, I’m close to saying ‘WHATEVER’ and just not getting a ring for the engagement (though I suggested this and he won’t even consider it).
If anyone has any other sites/sources for asha diamond simulant rings made of palladium, please PLEASE share it because I’ve looked on that site too many times…
Post # 3
Round brilliant cuts offer the most light return (thus, sparkle) but I think at a certain point it’s all personal preference.
Post # 4
I can’t be much help with other stones, but I have a princess cut diamond, and I can attest that it’s incredibly sparkly! Have you guys thought about a ruby or a sapphire gemstone maybe? Those are gorgeous too!
Post # 5
Thing with ruby and sapphire is that they’re ‘soft’ in comparison with a diamond etc… And I’m so worried about chipping it…
I always find that with rubies and sapphires, the inclusions within them are much more noticeable than inside a cz or a diamond. (I’ve seen a fair few, my mother and grandmother are very clued in on jewellery, and we have a lot of pieces of that kind of jewellery. Jewellery shopping in India needs a really good eye to make sure you’re not being cheated on, and though we don’t have any with inclusions, I’ve seen the ones that DO have inclusions are very very noticeable)…
I’m just tempted to say get me a cute little .25-.5 carat with a simple band, and I’m sure we could upgrade later but he’s really not willing to do that.
Post # 6
Have you thought about an unenhanced moissanite? I rarely see yellow or green in mine and it would lower the price a bit.
Both my e-ring and wedding band are in palladium and I love them. They’re very white in color (not bright white like white gold, more of a metal white) and very light weight (sometimes I freak out because I don’t feel them and I have to check to make sure they’re still there lol) with a lot of the same properties of platinum.
If you decide you don’t like palladium you could always look into white gold-palladium alloy instead of nickel which should make it hypoallergenic.
You can check out http://betterthandiamond.com for more information on Asha, Moissanite, Mira and other stones under the message boards.
I got my wedding band from Danforth Diamonds. They offer all of their rings in gold (yellow and white), palladium and platinum though I don’t know if they have any other stones other than diamonds and I don’t know if just the setting can be bought.
Post # 7
Ok.. You could explore lab sapphires and rubies. Or unenhanced moissanite in a lower carat weight. I recently bought a three stone trellis from moissanite co. More pictures of my lovely trellis moissanite anniversary ring. Middle stone 6 mm (0.75 carats), sides 3.5 mm each (0.15 carats), all unenhanced set in palladium for $550. Sure, it might not be THE RING of your dreams but you could always upgrade later. Here are some pictures. Moissanite will reflect the colors around you and does sometimes look buttery in overcast skies. Initially, i was upset by this, but the more i looked at my moissanite, i realized it is not fair to compare it against what it isn’t. Anyway, make your choice and be proud of your rock! http://s1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc380/labmouse87/
Post # 8
I’m getting my wedding band made from palladium. I should be getting it in the next 2 weeks. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Its a 5 stone diamond band. very simple. I chose palladium b/c it doesn’t need to be replated like white gold and its from the same metal family as platinum. just not as popular right now. ergo cheaper. 🙂 but i have heard that it is hypo-allergenic so it would def. be a good choice for you.
i’ll post a pic once i get it in.
Post # 9
oh and gemvara.com offers all types of stones and palladium settings!
Post # 10
Sapphires and Rubies are actually only a tiny bit less strong than diamonds. I have a sapphire and diamond wedding band and have never had an issue with them. If they are something you would be interested in, I say go for it and stone strength is fine for those two stones. What is the budget?
Post # 11
Cushion cut diamonds are probably the most sparkly cut you can get. However, they also tend to be pricier because that cut is more rare than a round brilliant, princess, etc.
I have white gold wedding and engagement bands. I am allergic to nickel and don’t seem to react to my bands at all.
Agree with other posters to check out other gemstones and maybe a palladium band! Have fun!
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I have a cushion cut enhanced moissanite and in the right light, I swear that thing will blind you! But like someone else said, it’s all about personal preference.
Post # 14
@OrchidsandCandles: sapphires and rubies are the same mineral (corundum) and actually have the same hardness as moissanite. on the mohs scale (which is literally a scale of 1-10, with diamond at 10), corundum is a 9-9.5. so sapphires and rubies are most definitely *not* “soft” stones. also, most sapphires (not sure about rubies) are heat-treated to remove inclusions. (it’s harder to find ones that aren’t and they’re much more expensive…at least, this is the case in the US.) i have a decent-sized sapphire (.58ct) that is loupe clean, meaning that you can’t see any inclusions even with a loupe (which i think has 10x magnification? correct me if i’m wrong), and it was ~$150…very reasonable. my sapphire is a pale orange color too, so inclusions would be a little easier to see (since the stone isn’t dark).
for white gold, there IS an alloy that doesn’t use nickel…i think it’s a palladium alloy? anyway, it’s worth looking into.
Post # 15
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I can only answer your palladium question. I, too, have a nickle allergy, and I decided that palladium was the right metal for my rings. It’s been a great choice, and I would not hesitate to add more palladium jewelry to my collection.
Post # 16
Although I know that they aren’t for everyone – have you considered an antique ring?
I looked at several, and a platinum ring with a ~ 1/2 solitaire in an interesting setting started as low as $1500 (US) at the places I looked. I saw white gold even lower. And since they were antiques, the white gold wasn’t dipped, it was the older, more white looking alloy. (So I don’t know how that would impact your allergy, I assume it would be a bigger concern.) I have a nickel sensitivity (not an allergy), but I don’t really get a reaction until it’s been on my skin for several hours… so I can’t help with that part.
I ended up with a ring from the 1910 – 1920 era, it’s a yellow gold shank and platinum shoulders (it’s a two colored metal ring) and the cut of the 1/2 ct stone is a Old European Cut. I think it sparkles more than a round brilliant (but it has less of the subtle glow that other cuts do) – it’s an older cut that isn’t made any more. (Also, since the rings & stones are recycled, I feel like there’s not an ethical dilemma tied up with them!)
I love my ring… And I hope you find one- just for you – that you love too!