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Madcaddy

Looking for Help w/ Eternity Rings

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Hi Everyone, 

I am planning on proposing this summer.  

She has made it clear that she doesn't want a giant Diamond. 

I'd like to get a nice Eternity Ring to propose with and a  diamond Necklace with the orginal stone I picked out for the wedding and beyond. 

 

My questions are:

1. Is it possible to get a 3ct Emerald Cut Solitaire necklace,  If so where should I look?

2. Any recommendations on finding an Emerald Cut Eternity ring, 3-5ct tw. 

I don't want to get a low quality ring, but I also don't want to overpay for something with multiple small diamonds. I see such a wide variety, I'd just like some advice. 

 

Thanks! 

 

 

 

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1. Yes, though it's probably something that you would have made custom. Custom order doesn't necessarily mean "expensive"; it may take a few weeks, though, rather than "pay today, ship tomorrow, wear it on Friday morning".

2. Plenty of people who can build that, including most of the people/businesses who regularly post here. Again something much more likely to be a custom manufacture than an off-the shelf item, not least because they generally cannot be sized easily if at all.

From that point of view, consider the design, and whether you really want a full eternity design, or whether you want to allow for a sizing bar at the bottom (a portion of the shank that is all metal and will enable easier sizing by 1-2 mm diameter). Also, the extent to which you want all emerald cuts or a mixture of rounds and emeralds, or Asscher and em, or... All emerald cuts may appeal from a "it's a pure look" point of view, but they are long and diamonds don't bend all that easily; that may make for a bulky and/or ungainly ring.

Finally, a word about cost: you can spend relatively little, or literally a fortune on eternity rings - depending on stone characteristics, design and metal choice. Different people tend to specialise in items at different points along that spectrum; if you figure out what they provide vs. what you want it's a lot easier to select who you may want to work with.

1 hour ago, Madcaddy said:

She has made it clear that she doesn't want a giant Diamond.

...but she's getting a 3 carat stone. Lucky her! 😉


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51 minutes ago, davidelevi said:

1. Yes, though it's probably something that you would have made custom. Custom order doesn't necessarily mean "expensive"; it may take a few weeks, though, rather than "pay today, ship tomorrow, wear it on Friday morning".

2. Plenty of people who can build that, including most of the people/businesses who regularly post here. Again something much more likely to be a custom manufacture than an off-the shelf item, not least because they generally cannot be sized easily if at all.

From that point of view, consider the design, and whether you really want a full eternity design, or whether you want to allow for a sizing bar at the bottom (a portion of the shank that is all metal and will enable easier sizing by 1-2 mm diameter). Also, the extent to which you want all emerald cuts or a mixture of rounds and emeralds, or Asscher and em, or... All emerald cuts may appeal from a "it's a pure look" point of view, but they are long and diamonds don't bend all that easily; that may make for a bulky and/or ungainly ring.

Finally, a word about cost: you can spend relatively little, or literally a fortune on eternity rings - depending on stone characteristics, design and metal choice. Different people tend to specialise in items at different points along that spectrum; if you figure out what they provide vs. what you want it's a lot easier to select who you may want to work with.

...but she's getting a 3 carat stone. Lucky her! 😉

 

Thank you. 

 

I have time so I don't mind waiting a few weeks. 

 

Yeah she's pretty lucky haha.  She said she didn't want a huge ring, she didn't say I couldn't get her a big necklace. My way of getting her the stone I want, and the ring she'll be happy wearing. 

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Plan on more than a few weeks. There are quite a few steps in making a high-quality eternity band and a few of them, like finishing, can be pretty labor intensive.  Some designs are handmade and can involve dozens of hours of work from some people who are otherwise pretty busy. Applying time pressure will not improve quality.

I would add that a 5-carat eternity band is what I would call a pretty big ring.  Far more than with a traditional solitaire with a big center stone, you're looking for a piece of art.  Start by shopping for the artist, not necessarily the components.


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2 minutes ago, denverappraiser said:

Plan on more than a few weeks. There are quite a few steps in making a high-quality eternity band and a few of them, like finishing, can be pretty labor intensive.  Some designs are handmade and can involve dozens of hours of work from some people who are otherwise pretty busy. Applying time pressure will not improve quality.

I would add that a 5-carat eternity band is what I would call a pretty big ring.  Far more than with a traditional solitaire with a big center stone, you're looking for a piece of art.  Start by shopping for the artist, not necessarily the components.

I have no issues with time. 

This is why I asked.  I have no problem going smaller.  Could you recommend someone or point me to a thread with reviews? 

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As an appraiser, I don't recommend specific jewelers but others here might.  It depends a bit on where you are and what your parameters are like.  Are you looking for something hand fabricated, which generally cost more, or something CAD/cast?  Do you like 'designers' or do you prefer technicians?  Would you be happier with a local store where you can meet in person or is the Internet more your style?  Are you looking for an heirloom or a bargain? Where are you?


Neil Beaty

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There's never a crowd when you go that extra mile.

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Was about to post the same as Neil... in terms of the questions. Even though I have a horse in the race (we can and do fabricate eternity and other custom-made jewellery), as a consumer adviser and a jewellery collector I'm happy to provide recommendations on people I find do good work, but there isn't much of a point in recommending someone who is a highly specialised platinum smith if you want a yellow gold ring...


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Diamonds by Lauren (http://www.diamondsbylauren.com)
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