(Closed) Help me find my not-super-expensive unusual ring?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 16
1715 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Another Bee posted a thread a few days ago that may be useful to read…http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/budget-engagement-ring-and-wedding-rings/

I’ll repeat what I said there.  A well-cut natural sapphire of any substantial size might be out of your price (but look at that thread for a drop-deal gorgeus excellent cut green australian sapphire) — there are synthetic sapphires stones but the colors are somewhat unrealistic. Natural stones to consider would be Spinel, Topaz and Quartz — in that order. They are much more affordable. Spinel is just below sapphire in durability, but much less expensive (see the amazing pink and grey in thread). Look for “Precision Cut” stones if you don’t know much about gemstones (avoid native cut). Consider an excellent, non-precision cut if the person knows their stuff.  The cut is what will make the stone sparkle or look flat. Cut (and polish) is king in all stones. Color comes next in gemstones, inclusions are really less of an issue. Why? Look at the stones shown at this site https://www.gemsociety.org/article/value-re-cutting-re-polishing-repairing-gems/ . Not all are precision, but you can see what a differernce the cut makes. 

 Also, when comparing between stone, look at size/diameter. Carat is the weight, so is hard to use between different gems that vary in weights/unit of mass. For reference, a 1 carat round diamond is about 6.5 mm, 2 carat is 8 mm. 

Sorry slomotion, but that ruby is terribly cut. Nice color, but it is dead. Step cuts (and ovals) are extra important to get a well-cut stone. I posted several really well cut stones on the thread above. 

In My Humble Opinion…put your budget into a well-cut stone and a simple gold setting. You can always upgrade the setting, but you will be looking at that stone every day. You must love it. 

Other reputable sellers of precision cut stones: 

http://www.customgemstones.com/ {super nice and great prices}







Post # 17
2060 posts
Buzzing bee



got mine from the moissanite.com clearance section. clearance + coupon = $211 ring and $78 band

Post # 18
3068 posts
Sugar bee

Blue topaz, rose gold from Plukka:

Post # 19
1229 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

 I am not sure if you like flowers, but I love the signature rose collection from Wexford Jewelers. They are on etsy and have a store based out of Michigan. They metals range from black, sterling silver and the white, yellow rose gold. The rings are so romantic and come in wedding sets and singles. The stones range from moissanite, rubies, sapphires, garnets tanzanite and a pearl.

Post # 21
1715 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Silkybutterbee –  Have you tried any rings on your hand? There are two main things to check, if you have not. First, what shape stones look good on your hand? Second, how large a stone do you like. Ask about size in mm — not carats. DO NOT BUY FROM THEM. Most B&M have terribly cut gemstones stones and are way overpriced. Just look at shapes. Remember that the wider the stone, the taller it becomes. 

Is your profession hand-on or office based? Do you work with kids/animals, fabric, or hard materials (stone, concrete, etc.). 

At this price point, avoid pave setting (like in those diamond halos) unless the ring is vintage. Pave is a very persnickty setting and you really have to pay for it to be done well. If not, the stones can fall out. 

Step-cuts (what you call angular cuts) are lovely, but they have sharp and fragile corners, demand an excellent cut, and can make finding a flush fitting wedding band a PITA (unless you don’t mind a very high setting). 

Did any of the stones I posted on the other thread appeal to you? Again, in color and then seperatly in shape?  

Post # 23
1715 posts
Bumble bee
Post # 24
279 posts
Helper bee

The real real is a consignment site that has some good deals on rings if you are open to used or antique.  They usually do extra 20% off so these prices would actually be lower.  These are a few I saw on there.  Congrats!!! Make sure to show us what you pick 😀

Post # 25
570 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2016 - Temecula, California

Here is my 1.5 ct garnet emerald with milgrain and diamond scalloped halo.  My jeweler made this ring for around $700.


Here red is my 3 ct pear with micro pavé halo.  This ring was made for about $1,100. 

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