Post # 1
Mario Balotelli a famous football (soccer) player has just got engaged to his fiancee Fanny Neguesha with a “£100,000 engagement ring”. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2339436/Mario-Balotellis-girlfriend-Fanny-Neguesha-posts-picture-dazzling-100-000-engagement-ring.html
Mario Balotelli is notorious for his crazy antics and blowing through large piles of money. If you’re unfamiliar with him here are some facts:- http://factspy.net/mario-balotelli-facts/
I don’t know where the press get their figures for the value of things (probably from their arse) but there is no way this ring cost £100,000 (US$155,836).
It’s a beautiful ring but depending on her ring size I estimate it to be 0.5 – 0.75 carats. According to Bluenile a 0.73ct Ideal D IF diamond would cost £6386 (US$9873).
The press are probably embellishing the story so it fits with his eccentric personality or he got seriously ripped off.
Or maybe I’m missing something.
Post # 3
I think that could easily be 2 carats depending on her ring size.
Post # 4
No way that cost 100,000 euros… that’s crazy. Maybe it was a typo and it was 10,000 euros??
Post # 5
I agree, OP. It looks like probably a .75 on a size 5ish or 1 carat on a size 7-8ish to me. I do wonder where they could have possibly gotten that figure…
Post # 6
I think it is larger than your estimate. Do you know her finger size? Have you seen photos where you can see that her hands are proportionately small?
Once you have a more accurate size (which seems to me more like 1 carat, or even larger if she has larger hands) Blue Nile would be a conservative price for several reasons:
-Not including the cost of the setting
-Not considering the markup of a big brand name
-Blue Nile diamonds are often the diamonds not selected by jewelers, so more affordable
-Not considering that it may be a specialty cut diamond (e.g. Solasfera)
I think such a ring could go up to $50k. Not to $150k though… that would surprise me.
Post # 7
@joya_aspera: Thank you. Very interesting!
I can’t believe I did this but I found a photo of her holding her iphone and her fingers while long don’t appear to be thick.
Post # 8
I don’t know about 100,000 pounds, but at the Cartier store we visited they showed us a 1 carat, flawless solitaire that retailed for $47,000 (USD). So, it’s possible…
EDIT: We weren’t buying. The salesman was talking about how ridiculous perfectly flawless diamonds are and brought it out to compare to the $17,000 1 carat he had on display. We opted to pass (ahem! not in our budget), but learned a lot from him.
Post # 9
@Ms_Midori: You’re right, they look proportionate to her body, so if she is a smaller woman (e.g., Courtney Kardash) then it’s probably smaller than a carat, if she’s a larger woman (Khloe K), then a carat or more I would think.
I do think the tabloid is likely overestimating, but I was just cautioning not to be fooled by the size of the diamond, as I think that celebrities that don’t obviously go for size-above-all-else often go for the “best of the best of the best” at the size they find most flattering.
Post # 10
@ArtDecoDC: ahaha they always want to show off their favorites, don’t they? A jeweler (NOT Cartier) also showed me an ideal D (IF, not FL though), even though he already knew our upper limit was a firm E, VVS1 (which we didn’t even end up meeting). And then there was another jeweler who just had to show me his “perfect bubblegum pink” 2 carat pear in a halo, even though I didn’t want pink, 2 carats, a pear or a halo… never mind it was nowhere even remotely close to our budget. He knew. He just wanted to show it 🙂
Oh, the suffering I endured, checking out and trying on these extraordinarily expensive baubles… life when engagement ring shopping was so hard… lol… So hard that I need to come up with some sort of excuse to do it again!
Post # 11
@Ms_Midori: hahaha I just wanted to say that I skimmed your post at first and thought you wrote Mario BATALI, as in the chef, and when you posted the pic of his fiance I thought WHOA..He found a MUCH younger pretty little thing.
Post # 12
@joya_aspera: NK. That almost-10 carat marquise was a cross I had to bear…
Post # 13
@ArtDecoDC: I bet it was gorgeous!
@joya_aspera: Thanks again. I knew that you can’t go by carats alone, my aunt has a 1 carat-ish flawless colourless diamond (I can’t remember the cut grade) and I know it cost a pretty penny – more than larger diamonds in my family. She is also married to an extremely wealthy man and could have had a bigger diamond with the same specs but decided that this was the size that looked best on her hand. So I totally get what you said.
So knowing all this I was scoffing at the approximate price the press were trotting out.