Looking at rings, advice

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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Waterfall :  ohhh those rings are gorgeous!!! I like the “football” style 🤣 but you could also look at a more traditional type cluster, where the head is round like a solitaire or something that resembles a modern halo. There was a cluster OMC ring I deliberated on on Etsy, and unfortunately it sold before I decided and it was an awesome deal. I would look at multiple pawn shops, and also ask if they have anything vintage or estate. One of the pawn shops I like to go to has a separate box of jewelry with “estate” pieces, some of which are the style I’m usually after, but they’re oddly not on display. Including a pic of what I’m talking about with a vintage/antique cluster (totally dying for one of these myself).

 

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

Hi, bee. I have an OEC moissanite and it’s beautiful. It’s also a hexagon so it has a vintage feel. Older cuts are available in moissanite. I prefer the oec to hearts and arrows and I’m very happy. 

I love the rings you’ve shown thus far. Good luck and keep us posted. 

Post # 20
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Bumble bee
Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2020

I don’t think anyone suggested lab diamonds as a budget saver. An OEC is the name of a cut, right? I am certain lab diamonds are cut into those. I have also read of many bees who have moissanite OEC. I think Tianyu will do custom cuts for moissanite

Post # 22
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Worker bee
Post # 23
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2021 - Chicago, IL

 

Here’s my “football” shaped antique engagement ring. It was my fiancé’s grandmother’s. We got it appraised and noticed it has a modern cut center round brilliant diamond. Not sure if his grandparents had the stone replaced at some point since the platinum setting seems so much older. It’ll remain a mystery! I hope you get your “football” shaped diamond ring someday! 😂 

Post # 24
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Busy bee

Can you afford a lab diamond? They’re real diamonds, but about 30% cheaper than mined diamonds. My 0.76 carat lab diamond was only $1,600 from Brilliant Earth. A mined diamond of the same size and quality would have been about $3,000.

Post # 25
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2021

Someone already mentioned OEC Moissanite, but specifically August Vintage really has the best moissanite out there, IMO. They are super knowledgeable and do incredible custom vintage style cuts. Thye have beautiful OMC cushions and OEC rounds and do custom cutting as well. You can get loose stones or have them set in settings from their website. They do in-house designs and custom work, work with a handful of designers, and have a selection of Stuller settings as well. Additionally, they’re super flexible about customization. I have helped several friends’ fiances and my brother in law work with them and select stones from them. My sister in particularly has a really amazing OEC moissanite from them that looks JUST LIKE my grandmother’s beautiful OEC diamond, they really do face up beautifully.

Post # 27
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Bee Keeper

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Waterfall :  in my opinion OEC is the most attractive cut in moissy. It’s stunning! It is also by far the most diamond-like of all the moissy cuts, but that might not matter to you. 

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

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Waterfall :  My best advice is just to make sure you’re really in love with the ring you’re buying, and you don’t just get suckered into buying something you love less but is a good deal. 0.15 is very small for a centre stone but if it’s the style you absolutely love then go for it, but I wouldn’t go into buying an engagement ring thinking “I’ll get this it’s a good deal and if I want something bigger I’ll upgrade later” ideally you want to find something you are in love with now. That’s just my two cents xx 

Post # 30
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: County courthouse

What is your budget? The website Era Gem has tons of old cuts and antique rings. I love to browse the site occasionally. Go check it out. I’m sure you can find something you’ll love and within budget too

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