Post # 1
Is 3k a reasonable budget for buying a 0.55-0.85 carat ruby engagement ring of good quality? (no accent diamonds on the ring)
(good quality as in good red color and no/to little treatment on stone)
I recently posted on pricescope asking people how to go about buying a ruby and they all basically told me I couldn’t get what I want for my budget lol
they said I had to sacrifice more on color or more treatment to get what I wanted.
So i’m thinking what’s the point in buying a low quality ruby for my engagement ring when I can pick a different stone….i’m a little discouraged…..I really want a ruby 🙁 i’m hoping its still possible.
Post # 3
i think it sounds like a reasonable budget for what you are looking for.
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Post # 5
that’s what I thought haha, i thought I was being fairly conservative with the size of the ruby and so I can get more quality for my budget.
But they all disagreed so I don’t know.
I was just asking to ease my concerns and wondering what other gemstone e-ring people think based on their experience.
Post # 6
@mypinkshoes: Yes I checked out that site recently. The prices weren’t that bad. But everybody in pricescope (again lol) told me the gemstones from there were bad quality…
Post # 7
@kay_thunderbird: Are you still looking? My ruby engagement ring is below. We bought it from Diamond’s Direct in Raleigh, NC at their semiannual sale for 20% off. They didn’t have the ruby we wanted in stock but the sales person had four rubies overnighted from NYC. The ruby is 1.01 carats (of high quality with little treatment – fiancee picked it out and he is rather picky), and the band is designer with very high details and .33 carats worth of diamond. The after discount and before tax price was right around $4000 for both the setting and the stone so I think 3k is doable.
We went to another jewelry store too, but they had very little in the way of rubies and were not interested in selling a ruby engagement ring.
Post # 8
- Wedding: October 2014 - Disney
Little to no treatment is treatment. Your stone is either treated or untreated there is no in between.
I think it can be done if you’re open to color not being burma red, and you know where to look. What clarity are you looking for, what color? Knowing where to look also means you need to know what you’re looking at. Rubies are often treated like sapphires (same as ruby just not red) and emeralds.
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2014 - Disney
.82 oval it has a few inclusions but its clear and good color no treatment: http://www.thenaturalsapphirecompany.com/Rubies/Unique/U3175/Oval/stoneid=U3175
.7 cushion with pink undertones http://www.thenaturalsapphirecompany.com/Rubies/Unique/U2419/Cushion/stoneid=U2419
.99 cusion a little foggy: http://www.thenaturalsapphirecompany.com/Rubies/Unique/U3190/Cushion/stoneid=U3190
Note that the NSC has had reports that some of their stones are treated despite their claims. Rubies are often cloudy and included more so than sapphires. I dont care for the cutting done by NSC their cuts are often shallow and have windows. However they do do good work and many people love them.
Does it have to be a ruby? Would you be open to a garnet, zircon, or spinel? Does it have to be .5-.7? What color red? Do you prefer blood red or pinky red?
Pink spinel, note good red spinels cost almost as much as high end rubies: