Post # 1
I currently have an 18K rose gold (peach gold) Engagement Ring with a peach sapphire:
she sure is purdy.
I want a rosey rose gold band so I’m going for 14K (18K is much more peachy) and I like the slight contrast. I’m looking for a very thin 2mm band with scroll work. I thought I was set when I purchased this from DebBlazer on Etsy for only $220 and it measures in at just a hair under 2mm
In person the swirls don’t stand out as much but you can tell it’s definitely textured.
I’m happy with it – the price is practical and it’s a lovely, low maintenence band that I can always wear. But then I found this.
Van Craeynest for a whopping $2,800 ($2600 without the stones which is what I would opt for)
It’s gorgeous but the price is not right. We’re getting ready for a cross-country move and I just can’t see spending all that money on a wedding band.
Which one would you go with?
Post # 3
Definitely the cheaper one! $2,600 is too expensive.
Post # 4
@mepayne: I know – it really is. I went to go look at it in person and it only measures in at 3mm. So it’s lovely and delicate but that’s really only about $600 worth of gold you’re paying for…..MAX. I can swallow some markup but $2600 for that ring with no stones in it? That’s hard for me to deal with.
I do love it though.
Post # 5
I would go with the first one also. The second one is pretty…but honestly…I think the first one is just as nice, with a nice price tag also 🙂 your e-engagement ring is beautiful by the way!
Post # 6
I’d go with the first one 🙂
Post # 7
@skippydarling: I would probably go with one from etsy, since the markup is too crazy on the other one.
I actually love both. Great choice with the rose gold. It’s soo dreamy. BUT if you really like the Van Craeynest, you could try offering whatever you would be willing to pay for it? They can always say no. Some stores, especially jewellery stores will be very willing to haggle the price with you. Sometimes they’ll drop a huge number from the price. You can’t be the only one who has found that price ridiculous.
Post # 8
I voted keep looking. I think the etsy ring is absolutely beautiful but I wonder if the scrollwork might not be deep enough, I’m afraid the design would wear off down the road. I might be wrong though, it’s a little hard to tell from the picture.
Post # 9
Although this might be changing, traditionally Van Craeynest rings are not cast. They are die-struck, which makes the rings much stronger and less porous than cast rings. They are then entirely hand-worked, taking many, many hours to craft each ring. These are the reasons those rings are so costly. For those who treasure the traditional artisan process, they are well worth the price, but they are definitely not for everyone. Despite my respect for the artists and the processes, I do not like the look well enough to make them worth it for me.
I would bet that if you continue to look, you could find a band with more noticeable design – something between the etsy band the the Van Craeynest.
Post # 10
@echomomm: Hmmm food for thought.
I want something strong and something I can pass down. Do you know any other reputable sellers that do die casting?
Post # 11
@echomomm: Thanks! Do you know any reputable sellers that die cast?
Post # 13
I don’t know of anyone with a die-struck ring who hasn’t gone through Van Craeynest. I know there are others who make die-struck rings, although many of those are plain bands and don’t have patterns, carving or engraving, but I do not know how reputable they are. Most jewelers do not use this process, though; it is hard to find, and even plain rings generally run 2 to 3 times the cost of cast rings. I would ask on PriceScope if I were you, as someone there might have more experience and be able to recommend a reputable jeweler.