(Closed) Honest opinions

posted 3 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Ring is
    Yes - get it and upgrade once you have a better job. : (10 votes)
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    No- buy a different ring this doesn't look sturdy enough. : (41 votes)
    80 %
  • Post # 17
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    Bumble bee

    blushingbride2017 :  my original wedding set had a .41 ct centre stone that was f colour and I1 clarity. It was what we could afford so we got it. Nowadays though there are other options that are easier on the wallet: a coloured stone or a  Moissanite

    Post # 18
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    656 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2017

    I second lilredcat. Have you considered moissanite? I have an absolutely gorgeous ring that I’ve been wearing for a year now, and I am as in love with it now as I was when I first got it. It’s gorgeous all the time and people are constantly complimenting my “fiancé and his great taste“! There are beautiful options that are sturdy and would save you quite a bit of money. I can’t tell too well the details, but you could do something like this… https://www.moissaniteco.com/forever-one-moissanite-diamond-engagement-ring-p-20689.html

    Just my two cents. 

    Post # 20
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2009

    Olivepepper :  I agree!  Preloved or moissanite in a nice solitaire.  🙂  I would not spend that amount on a so so diamond that you don’t love.

    Post # 21
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    If you have any outlet jewelry stores around you, I think you should check them for deals. We have a Jared Vault near us, which is where my engagement ring ended up coming from. They have ‘closeout’ rings at discounted prices (not sure how/why classic styles get discounted, but I’m not complaining) and you can still buy certified diamonds/design your own ring.  Before he got mine, I was looking at .5 carat rings, and they had several styles that were higher clarity and color than the one you mentioned for $2,000. 

    And like someone mentioned earlier, James Allen has great prices. That was our second choice. 

    Post # 22
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    2057 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I do no like the price for those specs at all, bee. 

    Post # 23
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    Bumble bee

    blushingbride2017 :  my honest opinion is that on $32k you should look in a lower price range. my wedding band and e-ring together totaled around $800 and we made around $40k combined at the time. i’d go pawn shop or vintage shop route (even vintage on etsy) and get something much higher quality for less money. diamond rings lose 50% of their value the second you take them out of the store, so you can get a ton of bang for your buck by going used.

    Post # 24
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    $2400 for an h/i1 is a massive rip off.

    I just helped a friend buy a .5 d/vvs2 cushion in a platinum plain shank halo for less than that. From an online retail jeweler.

    Post # 25
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    Helper bee

    I can only see a miniature version of your pic via your avatar ( on my phone). From what i can see, and the specs you listed, i dont think that set is worth the money. I settled for size above clarity (i2 blue diamond) in a solitaire that wasn’t very sturdy for about $450. A jeweler later told me that it wasn’t worth resizing or lowering the profile because the band would probably snap within a year. Ouch. I found a lovely setting from Etsy for under $300 and had my stone reset into that for my 7 yr anniversary. If i had it to do all over again, i would have purchased the setting first and had a moissanite center. I agree with the pp’s here, moissaniteco has lovely affordable settings, not just solitaire or round stones. Also Etsy has a plethora of choices, both diamond and non diamond. Good luck bee!

    Post # 26
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

     I think you should a) go for a higher quality, smaller diamond or a pre loved diamond or b) get a moissanite . I think youd be much happier than having a crummy diamond just for the sake of it and you could spend half the amount! Get the diamond dream later when budget allows.

    Post # 27
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2009

     I concur with others. This is not a good price or a sturdy ring. With a 2k budget looking, how about these options? Note. IF stacking rings is important or a flush wedding band, make sure to ask that of the seller. Not all rings allow that.

    VINTAGE – KNOWN, RELIABLE SELLERS

    http://www.jewelsbygrace.com/rings/estate-modern/1-09ctw-round-brilliant-cut-diamond-3-stone-ring-by-ritani#.V_OvJ8kaswg {this is just over budget, but would be stunning. Seller has an excellent eye for stones; ritani settings are nice}

    http://ivyandrose.com/scott-kay-signed-ideal-cut-f-vs-round-diamond-engagement-ring-setting-palladium.html

    http://ivyandrose.com/1918-antique-old-european-cut-diamond-solitaire-engagement-ring-engraved-gold.html {reliable seller, states is eyeclean. Good with me}

    http://ivyandrose.com/vintage-transitional-cut-round-diamond-g-si1-engagement-white-gold-ring-retro.html {reliable seller, states is eyeclean. Good with me}

    http://ivyandrose.com/excellent-cut-vintage-1-carat-round-diamond-engagement-ring-cocktail-white-gold.html {reliable seller, states is eyeclean. Good with me}

    http://ivyandrose.com/1-50ct-ideal-ex-cut-gia-certified-round-diamond-halo-engagement-ring-white-gold.html

    PRELOVED, RELIABLE MARKETPLACE I’VE BOUGHT FROM MANY TIME, BUT CAN’T VOUCH FOR SPECIFIC SELLERS

    https://loupetroop.com/listings/rings-lab-created-center/7mm-fb-oec-in-rose-gold

    https://loupetroop.com/listings/rings-lab-created-center/7-dot-5-mm-amora-oec-moissanite-and-diamond-ring-palladium {I like Amora OEC very much}

    https://loupetroop.com/listings/rings-lab-created-center/6x4mm-forever-brilliant-radiant-moissanite-and-diamond-halo-ring;10918

    https://loupetroop.com/listings/rings-natural-diamond-center/dot-94-ctw-double-halo-pear-diamond-ring;12556

    https://loupetroop.com/listings/rings-natural-diamond-center/reduced-0-dot-85-uncert-s-t-oec-in-beautiful-erika-winters-yg-laurel-modified-setting;12471

     

     

     

    Post # 28
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    721 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    blushingbride2017 :  I still can’t see the pictures, but what style do you like?

    I would recommend (if possible) getting a setting you like and putting a moissanite in it, which you can later replace with a diamond of higher quality.

    If aren’t open to moissanite then I recommend getting a smaller diamond with better specs and I wouldn’t waste money on a setting with low quality accent diamonds. The only issue here is that depending on the type of ring you want eventually it may not be able to accommodate a larger stone down the road.

    Post # 29
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    26 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: February 2019

    I would really look into diamond alternatives.  I dont know if you are set on diamonds, but moissanites are just as sturdy and beautiful and a fraction of the price.  Totally affordable and then when you are more financially stable you can replace the stone with a diamond.

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