(Closed) Having white sapphire chips replaced with diamond?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Busy bee

I think you’re better off having what you want created from scratch. I’m not sure a topaz is the best choice for an engagement ring that you plan to wear on a daily basis. It’s rather soft.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Personally, I don’t think it would be worth it. It’s hard to tell from the picture how large the chips actually are, but depending on their size, I don’t think changing them to diamonds will look noticeably different. Diamond chips are not very expensive (once again, this depends on the 4 Cs, although if the chips are really small they will not be as important) but the cost of the labor might make it not worthwhile for what might not be a noticeable change in appearence.

Oh, and topaz being an 8 on the hardness scale does make it a perfectly fine choice for daily wear.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

The thing about those chips (I can’t see from your picture) is that sometimes they’re prong set, sometimes they’re sort of smooshed into the ring and set with glue.  If they’re prong set you may be in luck, but I think the cost would be pretty substantial (maybe $200-300) for all the chips to be replaced with diamonds, as those prongs can be extremely delicate and tiny.  I think your best bet would be to return the ring (if this is even an option) and have the whole thing be remade with your own stone.  A split shank ring with pave diamonds isn’t too hard to find; a quick search and I found these:

 

These are from Unique Settings of New York.  Here are some nice London Blue topazes too:

http://www.gemselect.com/group/gemselect.php?Submit=Submit&cx_0677=on&t_6=on

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I agree you should A) leave it as is or B) use it as inspiration for a custom ring. if the price is that good maybe only buy it for the gem stone? It’s a lovely stone what ever you decide! 

Post # 8
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Busy bee

I wasn’t implying that gemstones aren’t appropriate for daily wear, just that topaz isn’t if you are at all hard on your rings. Sapphires come in a variety of shades and are often chosen for their durability as their hardness is second to diamonds and even diamonds chip and break

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Oh it’s your Fiance who wants to change it!! Well in that case, just show him our posts saying how difficult it would be to change them out, and enjoy your ring 🙂

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@dcdt212:  Maybe you could just use the cener stone and have a different setting? Idk how good the price is–I’m guessing your fiance wants you to have some diamonds in your ring–looks beautiful the way it is but I understand it’s a psychological thing for him

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I just love everything about your ring! I think you should keep the white sapphire chips and forget about the diamonds… totally not worth it. Do you know why your Fiance wants diamonds instead? 

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