- 4 years ago
Hello Bees! *Long post ahead!*
In poking around the bee, I noticed not many mentioned, bought from, or reviewed Esdomera. I ended up choosing them for my new Lover’s Ring (A.K.A. Couple’s Ring). This a type of commitment ring that indicates the wear is happily in an exclusive, long-term relationship. Lover’s Rings differ from engagement rings, as there is no agreement to marry (yet), and wedding rings because there is no legal binding (yet). Both my SO, and I have worn rings for many years in our relationship. Neither of us mind if anyone mistakes them for wedding bands, either since we both wear our rings on the left ring finger. We have been together long enough that most of our friends consider us “practically married” at nearly 7 years. XD
Anyway, I was ring shopping for several months. I mostly checked Amazon, Overstock, and Etsy for ideas, designs, and prices. I had a budget I wanted to stick close to. As I had my heart set on moissanite with a halo, and white gold, I did have to expand that budget. I shopped, and spoke with vendors for probably 3 months or so, since I did not have a time frame I “needed” the ring. My boyfriend, I’ll call him Beau, looked at the designs I was interested in, however, liked most of them. He also gets a bit overwhelmed because the designed I liked were similar with slight detail differences. The one I chose from Esdomera had been a favorite for both of us during my entire search.
I spoke with Claire of Esdomera during my hunt. She was sweet, and helpful, and answered my many questions. Claire’s husband, Calvin is the ring designer. There was a lot of back, and forth because of the 12 hour time difference. That part was hard, because, I was excited, and impatient lol. I tried to be more prompt in responding so the vendor had more time to read my updates, and get back to me. Claire worked with me on tweaking a design I already liked from their collection. It was a white gold, all moissanites with a .8ct equivalent (6mm) round center stone, halo, side stones, and filigree on the ring sides. As I have tiny hands, ovals elongate the fingers, and are my favorite gemstone shape. Oh, I did want to mention that Esdomera uses their own moissanite instead of Charles and Colvard brand, for instance. Esdomera lists their moissanites in the DEF colour range. Most of the larger moissanites they have on their Etsy listings are F, with the side stones as EF. Some of the much larger center stones like 2 or 3ct. equivalents are listed as G or H colour. The equivalent oval for my ring is about .8ct (7x5mm in the DEF colour range, noted as F when we discussed) with 1.25mm stones in the halo. I selected 10K white gold for the extra strength, and slight cost savings of a lower gold percentage. After Claire set up my custom payment page, and I submitted payment, Claire sent me the CAD. and I was super excited we were really getting into the project, and next phase. We narrowed down the measurements I wanted, over the next couple days. I had offered the mailing address, and contact info. for Beau to sign for my package, and settled in to wait for arrival.
Between Claire posting the page for Calvin’s design, finalizing details, and receiving my ring, it was much faster shipping than I expected. It think it was a week, and half or so, and the package was in my hands that evening. I was so thrilled! I will admit, I was a little nervous, because I was worried I wouldn’t love the ring after all this, and international shipping. Custom designs cannot be returned, by the way. I ripped into the package, and there was purple, heart-shaped bubble wrap around the ring box. Cute! It seemed pretty secure, and safe in there. I opened the black box, and we both laughed. The ring was tucked in a tiny, ziploc baggie. I should have figured it would be more protected than just open in the box. Beau took the black ring box, and tucked the ring into the slot. He opened it, and we studied it in the evening light. The stones were icy-white, and sparkly. My first reaction was to feel a little deflated since the moissantes were not throwing the classic rainbows I had expected. After two deep cleans, the rainbows came out! I love the rainbows! I think there may have been some residue or something on the stones prior to my deep cleanings. I had chosen 10K white gold for the metal, and it was bright, and shiny. The inside is marked G10K with Esdomera, .8ct, and .15 ct. I believe for the side stones. My ring size varies with swelling, and I had decided on a size 4.25 ring size so that I can remove it during the warm seasons. I chose 1.5mm for the underside of the ring shank so that it would be slim, and sturdy. The ring is very delicate looking, and my friend told me it “looks like a princess ring!” Aww. The filigree is underneath the halo, and swirls, that shrink in size, and flow into six little dots down both sides of the band. Overall, I am a pretty happy customer. After the initial shock of the size wore off, I feel like the center stone, and halo are pretty proportional to my hand. I am used to larger, semi-precious gemstone rings. At this point, I have been wearing my ring for a few weeks now. I am used to the height, as well. I have been trying to baby it by removing if I am doing dishes, showering or sleeping. I will see if I can post some before, and after the deep cleaning photos to share with you. 🙂