Post # 1
Hello Bees, this is my first post here!
I’ve had my heart set on this particular ring for quite a while, and now that my SO wants to get engaged it’s finally time to get it! However I’m having a bit of a dilemma. The ring that I really love is a bit expensive for us, but I’ve found an incredibly similar ring on ebay from a reputable seller that is about $600 cheaper. On the cheaper ring though, the noticable difference is how the morganite and the halo are set onto the band. On the more expensive one, the gem and halo seem to be propped up above the band but on the cheaper one, the halo is part of the band so the morganite isn’t propped as high?
This is the ring I want
This is the much more affordable ebay variant (which can also be made in rose gold like the one above).
I was wondering if you guys could tell me if the difference between the two (what do you call that? settings?) is something that I should be concerned about or if it’s simply a difference in how high the morganite sits above the finger. I know nothing about rings at all! I wanted to consult you Bees before I asked the actual jewelers about the difference because I am a bit afraid about being lied to about what ring is better and why
Post # 3
I have the ring from the first picture and love it. The second ring can’t be real. the first ring isn’t very expensive (around $1000), so if you subtract $600, you’re left with a $400. That’s too cheap to be real 14k gold with a morganite and a diamond halo. I’ve heard that people sometimes buy rings like that on eBay and find out they aren’t real gold.
Post # 4
@kewpies: If the second ring is from lordofgemrings or lordofpearlrings it is very likely to be real.
I have discovered several etsy sellers that resell their stuff at 300% the cost. I have also bought a simple band with diamonds on it from them, and I assure you it is the real deal. (I am a snob when it comes to my jewels.)
I think the second ring is pretty equal to the first, but I do not like the transparent nature of the morganite. It just blends into skin tone and looks ick in that pic.
Post # 5
I do not really have any advice, but I love both of those. Just one thing: have you thought about wedding bands? Just from these pictures it seems like the bottom ring would have a much bigger gap unless you get a contoured band, which I know some people (myself included) do not like.
Post # 6
I have gotten fake jewelry from EBay and will never buy from there again. I would stick to Etsy, $400 barely covers materials and I wouldn’t trust it.
Post # 7
That Ebay photo looks like it’s from Lord of Gem Rings – I would feel confident ordering from LOGR. Lots of ladies on PriceScope order inexpensive settings from there. The diamonds in the band won’t be great clarity, but you can ask for a “diamond upgrade” for a fee.
Post # 8
Thank you guys so much for the replies. Yes, the second ring is from Lord of Gems. 🙂 I do see what you all are saying about the clearness of the morganite and how it wouldn’t have room for a wedding band to lie underneath. I think I might still want to go ahead and get my first choice.
@grapecrush: Do you have any pictures of your ring? I’d love to see them!
Post # 9
I just read that Ebay seller’s reviews. One person said their emerald turned out to be glass, and another said the metal was light. I doubt these rings are legit gold and stones, they’re probably plated and CZs.
Post # 10
@michiru4ever: I don’t know about the gemstones, but I’ve never heard of the settings not being what they say they are – diamonds and gold. Lots of ladies on PS and BTD boards have used and recommended LOGR for settings. Something would’ve came up about the settings being inauthentic if that were the case, because the settings were taken into local jewelers to be set with stones…there would be threads about what a scam LOGR is and it certainly wouldn’t remain a popular vendor on those boards.
The emeralds are definitely treated, so by “glass” they could mean fracture filled. No one sells natural emeralds at those prices and I wouldn’t buy one from LOGR or pretty much anywhere on Ebay.
I’ve never purchased from LOGR so I can’t attest to their value personally, but I would feel confident buying a setting from there. OP, if you’re concerned about having a natural, untreated morganite and if the stone being heat treated would bother you, that might be something to look into. I would assume that the morganite sold by LOGR is heat treated.
Post # 11
LOGR is legit, not plated or cz. Some of their settings can be lightweight, but many Pricescope ladies are repeat customers. The materials involved in making a ring are much, much less than you’d expect and the jeweler’s markup is anywhere from 100% to 1000%. From the research I’ve done, 300-400% is about average. LOGR cuts some of that out because it’s online only and they don’t have as much overhead (they are also made in China, I believe).
The only thing I don’t like is that both of those stones have huge windows and aren’t really well cut. But that may be because of the cut, I don’t know.
Post # 12
Is LOVE those morganite rings!! But WHY does the seller post pictures of models with hairy fingers!?!? That’s just gross and BAD advertising! If I had hairy knuckles like that, I’d do whatever to have it GONE, lol . Sorry!
Post # 13
@grapecrush: It is actually possible to find affordable morganite/rose gold rings…this is Lord Of Gem Rings on their Etsy (the do sell on Etsy as well as Ebay) page. They are a legit seller with some beautiful pieces and very competitive prices. I bought an aquamarine ring from them on ebay as a gift for a friend and it was absolutely stunning, I didn’t want to give it away!!
Post # 13
My ring is from LOGR and it’s genuine. I’m really happy with it and it’s very sturdy for a small band. No way would I pay an inflated rate just to get the same materials from a ‘designer’ jewellery maker. LOGR will also customise their design to suit you too. here’s mine…