Post # 1
I’m currently in the throws of e-ring shopping and am lucky enough to be spoiled with the option of a canary diamond. The (first world) problem of wanting an ering with a coloured centre stone is that jewellery stores mostly only carry erings with clear (diamond or CZ) centres. I want a traditional ering setting, but with some COLOUR. And I want to see it in real life and try it on my finger (cause that’s part of the fun)!
Recently I was whining about this to a jeweller. “I want THIS setting, but with a YELLOW centre … I think … I just wish I could see it in person!”
“Okay,” said the jeweller and walked away.
I thought, by some miracle, she had exactly what I wanted in the back of the store. Instead, she came back with a washable yellow Crayola marker, COLOURED in the face of the display ring, and handed it to me. “There you go,” she said. “And your face right now is awesome, By The Way.”
She explained that, as long as the marker is WASHABLE, it’ll come right off with soap and water. Diamonds and CZ’s aren’t porous, so the colour just sits on top. “Great tip if you want to change up your colours for a night.”
I don’t know if I’d ever do this with my own diamond, but it was a GREAT tip to help me shop.
Has anyone else ever heard of this? Or seen it done?
Post # 3
@LastGirlStanding: lmao! How tacky to color a diamond with a marker! I wonder how many people actually do that?
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
We did that for a friend of mine. She couldn’t decide between an all diamond or a diamond and sapphire wedding band, so we used a marker to color some of the stones blue as a quick mock-up. It helped her make the decision. Whatever works. 🙂
Post # 5
I used to do it when I bored (when I was married before)… I would use dry erase markers and just see how different colours would look.
Post # 6
A long time ago I worked at a costume jewelry shop in the mall. We would charge people $2-$5 depending on how many stones, to color rhinestone/crystal jewelry for weddings. All we did was use permanent markers to color stones, let them dry and then wipe the settings with alcohol to clean up the metal. I don’t know if I’d do it with good jewelry, but I’ve certainly colored a lot of costume jewelry!
Post # 7
My jeweler did it to a ring in his store. I wanted an identical setting, but wanted to know what it would look like with a sapphire, so he grabbed a dry erase marker and colored the CZ blue.
Apparently he does it frequently when someone wants to know what the stone would look like in a different color. Then some water and a few minutes in the sonicator take away all traces of the marker.
I wouldn’t color a stone and try and wear it out of the house (any water will make the color come off, so sweating or spilling a drink could look funky), but it’s a nice trick at a jewelry shop.
Post # 8
@LastGirlStanding: OMG this would have saved my Fiance a whole heap of money!! But you know what, I’m more than happy with the real deal 🙂
Post # 9
I don’t know much about the cost of canary diamonds but have you tried looking at colored stones?
ETA: Have you checked out yellow sapphire? I know when my Fiance was looking for a blue center stone, he went with a sapphire because it’s the 2nd strongest stone.
Post # 10
Sounds like a fun thing to do if you’re bored at home one day. I don’t think there’s the remotest chance it could hurt a diamond… it’s not porous like other materials.
The annoying thing will be cleaning it afterward. Of course most of it will come right off but I’d be annoyed with any remnant left in a nook or cranny. Water solubility should help with that though.
Wearing it out of the house like it’s really a colored stone seems like a pretty funny idea to me… it reminds me of pictures I’ve seen where a guy tried to draw on hair over his bald spot with a marker. I like things to look like what they are.
CZ is somewhat porous, though. That’s why it clouds. I have no idea if marker would stain it right away, but I’d imagine that given long enough, it would.
Post # 11
This is the first time I’ve ever kinda wished I had a white diamond, just so I could try this. It’s so me, to constantly change what my stuff looks like. I’d color it different every day just to confuse people and for fun.
Post # 12
@Corgi-cariad: Wow! That’s a stunner. 🙂