Post # 15
Perhaps I should have clarified more. If I see a setting in bad shape (scratches, nicks, bent, etc) I assume that it is usually either sterling silver or a base metal. Which then leads me to guess that the stone is not a diamond, and is either CZ/ lab sapphire/etc. Something that would be relatively easy to replace. Most people aren’t going to leave a diamond or moissy in a damaged setting where it could easily fall out. Similarly, most jewelers don’t work with silver and diamonds together on a relatively normal basis. Does that make any sense? I can’t visually tell SS from gold based on color.
Now, I actually DO have a silver/diamond fashion ring. The diamonds are illusion/pave set, but the setting looks pretty beat up and wasn’t worn that long. I wouldn’t expect anyone to assume it was actually diamonds.
Post # 16
Yes, I see what you are saying 🙂 I had the experience of working in a fine jewelry chain and seeing a lot of diamonds in silver fashion jewelry as you mentioned. A lot of stones would fall out (mostly prong set accent stones). The popularity of diamonds in silver is due to the rising cost of gold. Some stores feature it to make diamond jewelry marketable to cost conscious buyers.
Sometimes you do see really nice silver pieces though that have had the copper worked out of them and then they are rhodium plated for a nice finish that doesn’t tarnish. Here is a really nice Etsy shop that has some great looking pieces:
It really does come down to craftsmanship as well. The chain where I worked lacked quality.
Post # 17
Maybe a diamond bezel set in silver could be an sturdy option. Here is a setting from that same seller as listed above but with a topaz:
Post # 19
Don’t let anyone deter you from a sterling ring.
Do they get banged up? Sure. Then again, ALL rings get banged up.
Do they bend? Only if you choose a sterling ring with a very thin band. I have seen and worn thick silver rings that won’t budge.
Would I trust sterling prongs to hold a pricey stone? Probably not. My ring (seen below, modeled by a true professional) has white gold prongs, but you can’t really tell because they are both white-ish metals.
I love my silver engagement ring (and now matching silver wedding band). However, I made sure to choose a thick, sturdy band with non-sterling prongs. If your prefer a delicate, thin ring, then sterling may not be the best choice in terms of longevity.
Regardless, enjoy the ring shopping experience!
Post # 20
Don’t let everyone chase you off of silver!
Firstly, let’s be clear about white gold. White gold is a little gold mixed with a lot of nickel. That’s right. Nickel, like coins and pool ladders.
I wear sterling exclusively because I have a nickel allergy. I’ve worn a six-prong silver and gemstone right hand ring for almost six years. Fiance paid $50 for it (at emitations.com), and it has not bent or lost its stone. It is just now getting to the point where I’m coinsidering having it redipped because it is dulling, but I have worn it all-day, everyday for those six years. I wore it while working register at a busy grocery store, while doing dishes, scrubbing floors, painting houses, working out, and swimming in two oceans. I wear it in chlorine pools, in the shower, and to bed.
My e-ring is also silver, but with diamond and sapphire (from antiquejewelrymall.com). It’s going nearly two years strong, but it has four, thinner prongs and I had to have the prongs bent back down after it caught on towels, sheets, etc. My local jeweler suggested that I have the prongs “built back up” in about a year because the metal is wearing. It’ll be about $50 and I’ll probably have it redipped at the same time, but: Fiance only paid $150 for a beautiful ring with real stones. AND because the value is low, we don’t carry an expensive insurance policy on it. To me, it is very worth it. If someday, for whatever reason, the prongs become irreparable, I will wear the stone on a chain and just wear my (also silver) wedding band.
Post # 21
Using gold for the prongs is a good idea. I like the look of a thin cushion halo with a round center stone and diamonds on the band. Mine is a 1.5 equivalent forever brilliant moissanite. We saved a huge chunk of money by going with moissanite already but the only setting I’ve seen in person that I liked was around $2300 at a local jeweler. I just want to spend less than that. I saw one on Etsy that was <$400! So I think online is probably the best. I want so,etching I will LOVE and that I can wear all day everyday.