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2.21 ct F-SI1 CTO Crafted by Infinity in a Vatche Serenity

cflutist

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My 12-week journey has finally ended after I first spoke to Wink Jones (owner of High Performance Diamonds) and John Pollard (Crafted by Infinity US Executive) in early September about ordering a custom CTO (cut-to-order) CBI diamond.
Part one and two of that journey can be found here:

[URL='https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/ordered-a-custom-crafted-by-infinity-diamond.206471/']https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/ordered-a-custom-crafted-by-infinity-diamond.206471/[/URL]

[URL='https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/my-cut-to-order-crafted-by-infinity-diamond-part-two.208250/']https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/my-cut-to-order-crafted-by-infinity-diamond-part-two.208250/[/URL]

Video for the diamond can be found here:
http://handshake2.jivesystems.com/videos/ofiw6pwytw

I initially choose the Vatche U-113 solitaire setting because I wanted something that was plain and simple. I later changed my mind and chose the Vatche Serenity setting instead because 1 - I liked the small melee on the shank that provided a little extra glitter without being overpowering and, 2 - I still wanted my glorious CBI diamond to be the center of attention. My existing pear e-ring has slightly larger channel set melee (.70 ctw) and I wanted to do something different this time.

I ordered the rings in 95% Platinum and 5% Ruthenium (the same alloy that Tiffany uses) for a little extra Vickers Hardness (and scratch resistance) over the 90% Platinum and 10% Iridium alloy. I also ordered the matching band just to have it in case I switch ring fingers in the future. Vatche modified the “donut” so that they would both sit flush.

I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to the outstanding Crafted by Infinity Team - Paul Slegers, Lieve Peeters, and John Pollard.
To Paul and Lieve, thank you for crafting such a beautiful and breathtaking masterpiece. Your extreme commitment to excellence is amazing.
To John, thank you for answering all of my technical questions during my journey. What are virtual facets again? How many should I find in a CBI diamond? As you rock the diamond back and forth over a 40 degree angle, how many eye visible scintillation events are there in a 2.21 ct. CBI diamond?

And finally, I want to extend a very special thank you to Wink. As I have stated before on PS, I trust this man implicitly. Many of you have either sent your loose diamonds to independent appraisers and/or viewed your diamonds in person prior to purchase. Although Wink offered to send me the diamond (along with an ASET scope, IdealScope, and a Hearts & Arrows viewer) for my review, an Internet show and tell session was all I needed to formally “accept” this diamond because I trust him as my personal jeweler and as a very good friend. I will miss our almost daily chat sessions on the phone.

Here are some photos that Wink took:







Here is the matching band:




Here is a video of the finished Vatche Serenity rings.
http://handshake2.jivesystems.com/videos/eswoc3y4ta

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cflutist

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Re: 2.21 ct F-SI1 CTO Crafted by Infinity in a Vatche Sereni

Here is the modified donut (more oval than the normal round) so that the rings can be more flush together.

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Re: 2.21 ct F-SI1 CTO Crafted by Infinity in a Vatche Sereni

Here are two more of Wink's pictures:





More pictures later, going to a private party at the local Hearts on Fire dealer of all places,
got invited because I bought my husband's Rolex there and I've had my Rolex serviced there.

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Re: 2.21 ct F-SI1 CTO Crafted by Infinity in a Vatche Sereni

Stunning! :appl: I'm so glad it was well worth the wait! Please post handshots later when you get a chance!
 

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Re: 2.21 ct F-SI1 CTO Crafted by Infinity in a Vatche Sereni

Your new ring is amazing! Always love a super ideal and the setting is classic yet still blingy :love: Love that pave shank. Hope you enjoy it and we need more photos after your party.
 

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Re: 2.21 ct F-SI1 CTO Crafted by Infinity in a Vatche Sereni

It's just beautiful CFlutist - wear it in health and happiness! We look forward to lots more pictures!
 

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Re: 2.21 ct F-SI1 CTO Crafted by Infinity in a Vatche Sereni

How exciting! What an awesome addition to your incredible collection!! Wear it in the best of health! I want to see hand pics with your bracelets....how gorgeous cflutist! :love: :love: :love:
 

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Re: 2.21 ct F-SI1 CTO Crafted by Infinity in a Vatche Sereni

Wow, I love the modified donut underneath, it makes it so much more elegant looking from every angle now!!! Congrats we definitely need to see handshots!!!!
 

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Re: 2.21 ct F-SI1 CTO Crafted by Infinity in a Vatche Sereni

Exquisite. The stone really is an OH MY HELL stone. It is stunning!!! I am curious to see if this and your pear trade places more often than expected!
 

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Re: 2.21 ct F-SI1 CTO Crafted by Infinity in a Vatche Sereni

This is stunning! WOW!!! The setting is perfect too.
 

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Re: 2.21 ct F-SI1 CTO Crafted by Infinity in a Vatche Sereni

WOW :love: Absolutely gorgeous and exquisite!! Definitely worth the journey.
 

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Re: 2.21 ct F-SI1 CTO Crafted by Infinity in a Vatche Sereni

cflutist, that stone is STUNNING. :love: :love: :love: Congratulations. The pictures are so crisp. I cannot wait to see hand shots.

Seriously, that is a jawdroppingly beautiful stone. I LOVE F's. ;-)
 

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Re: 2.21 ct F-SI1 CTO Crafted by Infinity in a Vatche Sereni

Spectacular!!!!
 

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Re: 2.21 ct F-SI1 CTO Crafted by Infinity in a Vatche Sereni

Beautiful! Waiting for handshots!
 

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Re: 2.21 ct F-SI1 CTO Crafted by Infinity in a Vatche Sereni

I'm swooning :love: That is perfection, just magnificent :appl: Can't wait to see the handshots! Stunning ring :love:
 

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Re: 2.21 ct F-SI1 CTO Crafted by Infinity in a Vatche Sereni

OMG, yes - it is perfection!!! The diamond is just gorgeous in every way. I love the setting & the modified doughnut. I can't wait to see handshots!
 

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Re: 2.21 ct F-SI1 CTO Crafted by Infinity in a Vatche Sereni

ame|1417744905|3795410 said:
Exquisite. The stone really is an OH MY HELL stone. It is stunning!!! I am curious to see if this and your pear trade places more often than expected!
I had to drop our mailbox key off to a neighbor so I showed her my new ring. She has halogen lights in her kitchen and her words were "It is just mesmerizing". She liked it better than my pear and now that I have seen them side by side, I could see why.
I haven't even played with the ASET scope that came with my diamond.

I mean, this thing looked like a disco ball, throwing off large flashes of dispersion everywhere.
It literally was out of this world ... hmmm, I wonder if we should change our overhead LED lights to halogen lights.
Wow is all I could say.

Paul Slegers wrote me earlier and said "You ain't seen nothing yet", well he wasn't kidding,
this diamond is on fire !!! and I have not been able to capture it in a photo yet.
 

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Re: 2.21 ct F-SI1 CTO Crafted by Infinity in a Vatche Sereni

Here are the goodies that came with my rings:



First off, the most important ... CHOCOLATE, special HPD Chocolate

Pouches for the Vatche rings

Idealscope, 10x loupe (but not a triplet), Hearts and Arrows viewer, hand held ASET scope

Wink uses these pretty wooden boxes.

Haven't played with any of the toys yet.

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Re: 2.21 ct F-SI1 CTO Crafted by Infinity in a Vatche Sereni

This is BEAUTIFUL!!!! Please post handshots soon!
 

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Re: 2.21 ct F-SI1 CTO Crafted by Infinity in a Vatche Sereni

Ring in the box with color temperature correction.
That picture I posted of the toys is horrible as that was white paper it was all sitting on.

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Re: 2.21 ct F-SI1 CTO Crafted by Infinity in a Vatche Sereni

OH

MY

GOODNESS!

Both the diamond and the setting are spectacular - I LOVE :love: all the curvey swoops in the gallery.

And chocolate too? Diamonds and chocolate - *swoon*.

Wear your new stunner in good health!
 

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Re: 2.21 ct F-SI1 CTO Crafted by Infinity in a Vatche Sereni

VRBeauty|1417761368|3795547 said:
OH

MY

GOODNESS!

Both the diamond and the setting are spectacular - I LOVE :love: all the curvey swoops in the gallery.
And chocolate too? Diamonds and chocolate - *swoon*.

Wear your new stunner in good health!
That's one of the reasons I chose this setting over the Vatche U-113.
Could see more of the pavilion making for easy cleaning.
In fact I've cleaned it twice today already, just soft toothbrush
and liquid detergent while standing at the kitchen sink, didn't even
have to take my ring off to do it either.
 

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Re: 2.21 ct F-SI1 CTO Crafted by Infinity in a Vatche Sereni

WOW!!! Cf...it doesn't get any better than this!... :love: :love: :appl: I need a CBI RHR :!: ... :silenced:

Looks like a Vatche RC style head?
 

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Re: 2.21 ct F-SI1 CTO Crafted by Infinity in a Vatche Sereni

Dancing Fire|1417762579|3795558 said:
WOW!!! Cf...it doesn't get any better than this!... :love: :love: :appl: I need a CBI RHR :!: ... :silenced:

Looks like a Vatche RC style head?
No it is the Vatche Serenity Series offered with or without pave, 4 or 6 prongs, rounds or princess cuts.
RC sits higher. I didn't want to go too high (like my pear is) because this is mainly a RHR (and I'm right handed).
 

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Re: 2.21 ct F-SI1 CTO Crafted by Infinity in a Vatche Sereni

Holy sh...! That is STUNNING!

AND they sent you chocolate?! Now that's what I call service!

Congratulations on your new beauty!
 

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Trekkie|1417764055|3795572 said:
Holy sh...! That is STUNNING!

AND they sent you chocolate?! Now that's what I call service!

Congratulations on your new beauty!
There was more chocolate than what we photographed because the other chocolates were from Wink's other business that we cannot talk about on this board.
 

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Re: 2.21 ct F-SI1 CTO Crafted by Infinity in a Vatche Sereni

I love your new set, that diamond is stunning!
 

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Re: 2.21 ct F-SI1 CTO Crafted by Infinity in a Vatche Sereni

Beautiful!
 

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Re: 2.21 ct F-SI1 CTO Crafted by Infinity in a Vatche Sereni

Gorgeous! Would love to see handshots.
 
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