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post #136 of 202
Has anyone looked at some of the non-Diamond precious stone options for engagement rings? Between the blood diamond issue and the fact that everyone goes the diamond route I am leaning towards something different...
post #137 of 202
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Has anyone looked at some of the non-Diamond precious stone options for engagement rings? Between the blood diamond issue and the fact that everyone goes the diamond route I am leaning towards something different...

And how does the misses feel about that?
post #138 of 202
The answer: too much. It was 2007 and everything was looking up, up, up. Oops.

I bought the diamond from a broker who had the specific cut from the specific cutter that I wanted. Then I took it to a few different jewelers to look at setting options.

I would not buy a Tiffany engagement ring. Honestly, beyond the huge premium (100% more than what you'd pay for the same stone yourself), the workmanship on their mass-produced rings is pretty awful. The pave is a joke. Unless you are buying one of their one-off or special collection pieces, you're getting a mold-made setting off an assembly line. Sucks. It's the equivalent of a fused, RTW Armani Collezioni suit. Cartier and Harry Winston do a much better job. At least their pave settings are properly hand-wrought--but they will both admit, with some prodding, that they don't do the work themselves. Guess who does? Some dudes in the Diamond District. I looked into some Europe-based jewelers as well. Apparently, the best pave work is done in New York City these days. That's where everyone commissions their work. If you can do some moderate sleuthing, you can figure out where to go, save tons of money, and get your girl a better diamond in a better ring.

If you are going to spend big money on a stone, find a skilled jeweler who does truly bespoke, hand-wrought work to do it justice. It is potentially much more delicate and refined looking than mold-made work. But here's the key: make sure whatever method the jeweler uses, he is making a custom, one-off setting sized to your diamond(s). You don't want a mass-produced piece that's just had its prongs adjusted. A true custom setting must be made--you can't just pick it out from the display case. This particularly important if you are doing pave. Pave in pre-made settings with uniformly-sized spaces looks terrible since each pave stone is a slightly different size.

My biggest mistake was insisting on a D colorless diamond with VVS2+ clarity. I paid a stupidly huge premium for that. I could have easily gone with a G-color stone and VS2 that would look just as nice but been either half the price or 50% bigger.
post #139 of 202
I paid very, very little.
post #140 of 202
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Originally Posted by itsstillmatt View Post

I paid very, very little.

I needed leverage.
post #141 of 202
I could see that.
post #142 of 202
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post

The answer: too much. It was 2007 and everything was looking up, up, up. Oops.
I bought the diamond from a broker who had the specific cut from the specific cutter that I wanted. Then I took it to a few different jewelers to look at setting options.
I would not buy a Tiffany engagement ring. Honestly, beyond the huge premium (100% more than what you'd pay for the same stone yourself), the workmanship on their mass-produced rings is pretty awful. The pave is a joke. Unless you are buying one of their one-off or special collection pieces, you're getting a mold-made setting off an assembly line. Sucks. It's the equivalent of a fused, RTW Armani Collezioni suit. Cartier and Harry Winston do a much better job. At least their pave settings are properly hand-wrought--but they will both admit, with some prodding, that they don't do the work themselves. Guess who does? Some dudes in the Diamond District. I looked into some Europe-based jewelers as well. Apparently, the best pave work is done in New York City these days. That's where everyone commissions their work. If you can do some moderate sleuthing, you can figure out where to go, save tons of money, and get your girl a better diamond in a better ring.
If you are going to spend big money on a stone, find a skilled jeweler who does truly bespoke, hand-wrought work to do it justice. It is potentially much more delicate and refined looking than mold-made work. But here's the key: make sure whatever method the jeweler uses, he is making a custom, one-off setting sized to your diamond(s). You don't want a mass-produced piece that's just had its prongs adjusted. A true custom setting must be made--you can't just pick it out from the display case. This particularly important if you are doing pave. Pave in pre-made settings with uniformly-sized spaces looks terrible since each pave stone is a slightly different size.
My biggest mistake was insisting on a D colorless diamond with VVS2+ clarity. I paid a stupidly huge premium for that. I could have easily gone with a G-color stone and VS2 that would look just as nice but been either half the price or 50% bigger.

thats just too much work to go through for a woman.
post #143 of 202
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thats just too much work to go through for a woman.

It was actually a lot of fun. Didn't like selling my Big Pilot and then leaving a giant crater in my bank account, but it was fun.
post #144 of 202
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Originally Posted by itsstillmatt View Post

I could see that.

What can I say? Jewess heiresses are expensive.
post #145 of 202
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post

What can I say? Jewess heiresses are expensive.

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post #146 of 202
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Originally Posted by ter1413 View Post

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This was not serious. My wife is neither a Jewess nor an heiress.
post #147 of 202
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post

This was not serious. My wife is neither a Jewess nor an heiress.

Maybe not.

But I seem to recall you posting pictures of a Naples trip that she accompanied you on.

And pics of your very nice wedding.

Neither Jewess nor heiress, but deserving of a big rock.

Hope she enjoys it.
post #148 of 202
if I had to do it all over again, I'd place much more emphais on the heiress part.
post #149 of 202
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post

This was not serious. My wife is neither a Jewess nor an heiress.

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post #150 of 202
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Originally Posted by Ace_Face View Post

^^^^
+1. My wife picked out what she wanted from Tiffany's on Michigan Ave. I went down to Jewelers Row on Wabash and had a guy down there make it for half the price. 1 carat, platinum band. I think I paid around $4,500.

Actually ran across my receipt the other day, .90 carats, platinum band. Copy of the Tiffany Lucida ring (see below). Their price: $10K. My price was $3,500. Definitely lower grade of diamond than theirs but I really think that to a certain degree, grading is bullshit. If I have to look through a jeweler's loupe to notice the difference, it isn't worth thousands more.

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