E-RING HELP!

posted 3 months ago in Rings
Post # 31
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30 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2020

oldnewborrowedblue7 :  Thank you. I’m sooo happy with it. I can tell you that it sparkles like crazy, probably more than a regular emerald cut would. and I’ve had nothing but positive comments so far. If anyone has noticed that it’s an illusion setting, they’ve never said anything to my face about it. 

Post # 33
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30 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2020

oldnewborrowedblue7 :  100% I felt the same way. I went back to the jewelry store twice by myself to keep looking at it. And I agonized over peoples opinions on clusters or illusion settings on these boards. But honestly, who are other people to judge someone else’s ring anyway? Pick what you love. And good luck 🙂

Post # 35
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907 posts
Busy bee

oldnewborrowedblue7 :  To be honest, while prices vary by brand and diamond quality, I think some of the previous posters estimated the ring in the picture to be considerably less than ~5000 (hence the suggestion of moissanite). 

Do you know the dimensions (in mm) of the center cluster? Or your ring size? With your budget, you could get a sizeable lab diamond (for example, the below links are >2.5 carats) or a smaller (but still over 1 carat) mined diamond with a halo, which should give substantial coverage.

https://www.brilliantearth.com/lab-diamonds-search/view_detail/8376956/

https://www.brilliantearth.com/rings/cyorings/view_diamond/8228034/

As a comment – lab diamonds are becoming more popular because, unlike previous “lab diamonds” which were usually modified CZ or glass, current lab diamonds from reputable sources have the same chemical composition, optical properties, and durability: eg. geologists would consider them diamonds. They are diamonds – just grown in a lab.

Post # 36
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6471 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

anonymousbee001 :  Thank you for pointing this out- that lab diamonds are exactly the same as mined diamonds – just grown in a laboratory.

It’s really interesting how so many people, who knew nothing about jewelry last week, have all of these strong feelings about what it means to get the “best” when they start looking for rings next week. It seems like men do it a lot- my brother was the same. I suggested a lab diamond (because his partner wants something specific but they have a strict budget), and you would think I’d recommended poo on a string. But meanwhile, he was feeling all kinds of pressure to get a “real” diamond from a B&M store and the specs of what they were considering weren’t even all that great. Lack of information makes people play themselves.

Post # 39
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907 posts
Busy bee

oldnewborrowedblue7 :  Welcome. https://mysparkly.com/ is a good website to see how different diamond size and shapes look. It might be helpful to search the board for listings other bees have posted with pictures of their lab-diamonds, but quality doesn’t seem to be an issue. Ultimately a lab diamond is going to perform the same as a mined diamond, and most lab diamonds I’ve seen on the bee have better specs than the typical mined diamond.

I think a concern one might have is that the price may not be stable relative to mined diamond, which may be relevant if you want to keep the ring as a heirloom. However, (1) diamonds are overpriced in general and (2) it will almost definitely maintain its value over the cluster ring.

Another option to consider is to allocate most of your budget to the diamond, choose a simple setting, and then later, maybe for an anniversary, reset the diamond into a more elaborate custom setting.

Post # 40
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2023 posts
Buzzing bee

secondtimearound1974 : Nobody has said anything because your ring is absolutely gorgeous and looks great on your hand!

oldnewborrowedblue7 :  If you keep thinking about the feeling you had with it on your hand it just may be the one! Go give it another try on.

Post # 43
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39 posts
Newbee

I 100% suggest a lab grown diamond!  They cost about half of what mined diamonds cost, but they’re 100% diamond!  I got my dream EC by going with lab grown and I’ve never regretted it.

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