(Closed) Ring ideas?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

I would not buy it at low clarity.

If this is the design you want, I would suggest finding a local independent jeweler with a good reputation who will custom-design a setting like this and source better diamonds for you. The price should be better than Zales, they aren’t priced well. Negotiate the price first, pay at the end. There is room for haggling.

 

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Does it have to be diamond? Moissaniteco sell the same set at less than half that price! You could maybe go moissanite and use the rest of the money towards your dream dress or something?

Post # 7
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242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

Pleast don’t spend $4000 on a ring with I1 or I2 clarity and a 3/4 carat center stone.  You can do much, much better online!  That is a round in a cushion halo, a very popular style and it should be easy to find.  Check bluenile, whiteflash and jamesallen.  You can get a much better deal with a much better diamond!  Zales and other chain stores inflate their prices so much, and just do not have the meat to back it up.  

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Get it!! I fell in love with that ring too, and we had actually already visited a local jeweler and considered having a ring custom made. But then I saw this ring, I loved it, and now it’s mine! I’ve literally never noticed any issues with the clarity, and I’ve had it for over a month. Here’s a crappy phone pic. I’m new, so I still haven’t mastered resizing/rotating pictures.

Post # 10
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59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

In Palladium with a 1.8ct cushion moissanite for $1365 and its a set! So you get the wedding band too!

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@buggaboo6 I really haven’t seen any inclusions. And I’ve looked! It’s a very clear sparkly stone. Also, when I was working with the jeweler, he showed us a lot of varied levels of quality stones under a microscope to demonstrate the importance of clarity. While you can see some differences under a microscope, its not so much that you see a lot of visible inclusions as you see more fracturing of light inside the stone- its harder to see directly through the diamond under a microscope. And I still struggled to tell the difference between a clear and unclear stone without the microscope. That experience just made me realize that I don’t care as much about clarity. If you have a really keen eye for that stuff, or if you think just knowing that the clarity rating is lower will bother you, then maybe you should keep looking. But if you love the ring, get it! Plus, there is value in going with a chain store, which i was originally opposed to. There’s really affordable lifetime warranties, where you can have it redipped in rhodium, have any scratches on the band repaired, have any diamonds replaced if they fell out and got lost, etc., forever. Its nice to know that your ring is protected.

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think you can do better NOT online! I would go to a Jared’s and tell them your budget and what you like. My Fiance picked my ring. He went in, said “I have 9,500, she likes channel-set side stones and one big center stone and quality over quantity”
The lady (who had worked there for 36 years!) immediately said “I get get you a 1ct diamond, D color, VVSI, very good cut, excellent symmetry, and here’s a channel set setting”

She also explained that he could go a lower color grade, but it would be a little yellow, or that he could lower the cut, but then it wouldn’t sparkle as much. She listened to “quality over quantity” and my ring is AMAZING.

I guess I believe in defaulting to the professionals! I don’t go to WebMD when I need a doctor, and I don’t trust my own judgement when it comes to online purchases!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@buggaboo6:  The things you see under a microscope won’t be the things you see everyday.  Unless you have really good eyes which some people do.

I have a ring that is rated I2 but the visible inclusion is on the side of the diamond.  The rest of the diamond is eye clean.  It does have just a few inclusions that you can see under a loupe though.  You can luck out with a stone like this but you have to look long and hard.  I agree though that for that price you could do better.  

 

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