(Closed) Sterling Silver Ring & Cubic Z for Engagement Ring?

posted 4 years ago in Rings
Post # 16
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Helper bee

Also, I have purchased 2 rings from TwoBirch. Nothing special, but that’s just my opinion. 

Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I actually started out with a sterling silver and diamond set because I have a terrible allergy to white gold (because of the other metals they mix with it). I didn’t like any of the yellow gold rings I saw in the malls/stores (I know, I know) and the vast majority of rose gold rings were morganite. I considered morganite until I saw pictures of how it looks when it gets cloudy. 

I had that set for more than a year (it came with two half eternity bands) and the silver was perfectly fine. I didn’t have to get it dipped or anything. It didn’t tarnish, it didn’t scratch and my friends didn’t believe me when I told them it was silver. (They compared it to their white gold rings) 

I started searching for an upgrade online and that’s how I found the Bee and learned about the many options available for non-white gold rings. I’m on the rose gold train now!

I’ve told my friends and family that I upgraded because I knew the silver wouldn’t last long. It’s still in great shape almost two years later…I just prefer the rose gold now 🙂 I’m thinking of even doing something with the diamonds. I’ll have to visit a jeweler to see if I can make some gold bands or a RHR out of them. The set (e-ring plus two bands) was on sale around x-mas time for $350 Canadian. (roughly $260 USD). 

I think the previous posters have some great suggestions for other options. I just wanted to post and let you know that I think sterling silver will be fine as a starter set. I can’t really speak to the CZ part. I have two bands from berricle and they look quite nice..I don’t wear them everyday though. 

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee

I have a lot of cz+silver jewelry and I don’t understand the hate. Is it really softer gold? because my white gold rings are scratched to hell and bent, none of my silver rings get that damaged. And if you’re worried about scratching a good way around that is to have small cz’s like an eternity band so there’s less polished metal to get scratched. And the nice thing about silver is I keep an extra toothbrush in the bathroom and clean my ring (with toothpaste) if I notice it’s dirty at night. As for cz, I think 1ct or less seems realistic. Really you want a good looking band/setting and no one will ever question if it’s real.

Also- if you decide on a plain band, Tradecraft on etsy makes beautiful rings! I have a couple and the cz is incredible, sparkly and just beautiful https://www.etsy.com/shop/Tradecraft

Post # 19
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Honey bee

bp1294:  

I have a few ss & CZ pieces. My oldest ring is from 1991, a souvenir from my travels. Still looks great. Needs some TLC but hey, don’t they all?

Happy shopping, Bee!

 

Post # 20
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Busy bee

bp1294:  I think if you upgrade your ring in 2 years or less, it should be ok. however, treat that ring with kid gloves! CZ is porous and can cloud over time. take it off for all hand washing, house chores, lotion, etc. other than that, 2 years should be just fine. 

I had a Berricle quality CZ band get cloudy after about a year of wearing it almost every day and not taking it off when I washed my hands. 

Post # 21
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Helper bee

One of my friends has a gorgeous silver and Czech wedding set that fools everyone. She’s had it for years and gets tons of compliments. The stone is just starting to get a bit cloudy, but otherwise you would never know. My first wedding set was silver and teeny back diamond that I bought from a jeweler on etsy. It was beautiful, but after a few months the prongs loosened and the stone fell out. I guess it all depends on the quality and how careful you are. 

Post # 22
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Bumble bee

I have owned and worn lots of sterling silver jewelry over the years, and have never had any problems with durability. I also know many women with ss and cz sets that have held up beautifully for many years without any issues. I think if you take care of it as you would any other fine jewelry, it should last a long time, as long as you’re sure to buy good quality cubic zirconia.  I actually own a Two Birch engagement ring, and wear it to work often.  I’m pretty tough on it also, as my job includes cooking,  cleaning, dishwashing, stocking shelves, lifting heavy boxes, waiting tables, during all of which I wear my ring!  It’s still just as shiny and new looking as it was when I got it. It’s constructed of sturdy thick silver with detailed milgrain design and a one carat round cz center stone. No one can tell it’s cz, and even to my eye, it is very realistic looking and diamond like.  Here it is!  🙂

Two birch jewelers also offers their ring designs in 10k, 14, 18k white or yellow gold, sterling silver and platinum with either cz, moissanite, or diamond. 

Post # 23
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Bumble bee

yupmarried:  I’ve been just itching to try Trade craft.  Their oec’s look gorgeous and I have never seen one other than on the bee, so I think buying one in cz would be a good way to decide whether or not I like it? How’s the quality of the silver?  I see it’s advertised as argentium silver,  does it look or wear differently than regular sterling?  Are the czs warmer in color than the stark white ones that most places carry?  On my screen thecolors look to be a bit warmer,  and are advertised as such? Sorry for all the questions, but I’ve been intensely curious about this seller for some time now, and didn’t know anyone who had purchased from them.  Any info/ caveat etc would be great.  Thanks in advance 🙂

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Catal Restaurant

luckyladylaterinlife35:  i own a ring from tradecraft. I bought it a few years ago to see what a 1ct looks like on my finger. It is a bit cloudy now, but sparkles like crazy still. One of the prongs also got bent but it is not that bad. Overall i like it and still wear it from time to time. I would buy from them again. Also, thank you for the details on your ring. I was looking at buying a set from twobirch you pretty much sold me on it. Lol

Post # 25
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Busy bee

bp1294:  i heard winkCZ makes really great erings, check them out. They make gorgeous CZs with amazing sparkle.

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee

If budget is the reason you’re asking about sterling silver and cz, go for it. Take good care of it and it will last you a few years. Save up and get a “forever” setting – 14 or 18kt gold or platinum or palladium with whatever center gemstone.

Post # 27
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

luckyladylaterinlife35:  Last I heard, Tradecraft uses stones from diamondcz.co.uk

I have an Tradecraft,with a light champagne OEC CZ, its a pretty stone but the setting tarnishes easily, it’s just 925 sterlin though, I hear good things about argentinium. 

Post # 28
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Worker bee

My ering is a diamond and I just bought a sterling silver cz ring from ebay. I like it a lot. Very pretty and it sparkles like crazy. I honestly think the cz ring sparkles more but my ering. My ering is a princess cut and the new cz ring is a round brilliant cut. Since round brilliant cut sparkles the most, I also compared it with my round brilliant diamond necklace. I think they sparkled pretty much the same. One thing I noticed is cz sparkles with kinda pastel color unlike diamond. I wouldn’t know if I didnt compare them right next each other and staring at them. 

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