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I plan to buy a vintage setting from a local jeweler who does custom work and then buy the stone from him as well. He has a lovely selection of estate jewelry and stones, he does very nice custom work, and his prices are very good. After insisting I could do this all on my own, I did end up taking my gf to look at some of his rings. It clarified her tastes for me and now I can go and choose one on my own and feel confident that she will love it.
So in the original vein of this thread, do you expect vintage/estate diamonds to be cheaper than "new" diamonds? If so, where do you suggest I look for them because the few that I have seen on various websites are not really any cheaper than Blue Nile's new diamonds.
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And from what I've seen, there's little difference in price between their colorless synthetic diamonds and "natural" diamonds.

From what I've heard this lack of difference in price is why you don't see many colorless synthetic diamonds yet. The colored synthetic diamonds are supposed to have a greater price difference when compared to colored natural diamonds which is why Gemesis focuses on them.

For my wife's engagement ring I went with Moissanite. It doesn't look just like a diamond but it looks good, she likes it and it gets a lot of compliments. Although I'm not sure that most people would go around critiquing someone else's engagement ring so lots of compliments is probably par for the course.
post #78 of 79
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So in the original vein of this thread, do you expect vintage/estate diamonds to be cheaper than "new" diamonds? If so, where do you suggest I look for them because the few that I have seen on various websites are not really any cheaper than Blue Nile's new diamonds.

old diamonds should be cheaper. considering they have a less desirable cut, they are supposed to be priced, and than subtracted the cost of re-cutting, and the size it would than be when it is cut to ideal proportions. im sure most vintage places dont do that though as youre buying vintage because its "vintage".
post #79 of 79
I'm very thankful for the European tradition of wedding rings being just plain gold bands. (Engagement rings are traditionally just plain gold bands as well, but in that case De Beers et al have conned us into converting to the American tradition.) Here's what I did: My great-grandfather prospected for gold around Nome in Alaska around 1900, along with Seppala (they grew up together) and Lindeberg. He actually found a good little bit of it before he returned to Norway and started a business with the proceeds. However, he kept enough Alaskan gold to furnish himself and his six children with wedding rings, and also a bit of jewelry etc. My grandmother has a pendant which is just a big (say, half-inch long) nugget with a loop attached. Just a couple of weeks before the wedding, my mum gave me great-grandfather's wedding ring, along with a broken watch-chain and tie-pin with nuggets and some golddigger's tool regalia on it. I had it melted down and made into a ring for my wife, and kept the old one for myself: And presto: This cost me all of ~$120 for the work, and I still have a little lump left for whatever use, probably enough for another ring or so.
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