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20th anniversary CBI three-stone: Lighting a candle against the dark!

KristinTech

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I listened to Wink! I had been toying with the idea of a three stone ring for my 1.23 E SI2 CBI. I wasn’t sure about proportions and setting, and I was just in the beginning stages of planning in Jan/Feb. Then the world turned upside down and along with managing my teenagers’ frets and fears, I essentially was out of work for two months. So that put a hold on any extra spending! Things were BLAH and I would feel a daily sense of dread for what we had lost activity- and school-wise for our kids. Like the big band trip to Hawaii for an international music festival! I was supposed to chaperone. And all those other unknowns in late March...

I would go for a daily walk on our neighborhood path to get some fresh air and get rid of that pit in my stomach. One day I took out my phone and saw an email from Wink. It was a cool, dreary day, and it made me smile... Here’s part of it:

———————
No need to postpone
Do this. Reduce your budget to a smaller level. Call us now. Let’s make your special proposal, wedding or gift-day happen with a less expensive “now-diamond.” Once we’re through this thing, you can circle back for full-credit and replace it with the more expensive original target you had in mind.

———————

It was such a nice sentiment, and like I said—it just made me smile on a bad day. The whole blog post was so nice. But I still didn’t have a job, lol! My industry finally established “live video visits,” and my income slowly rebuilt. It’s been back to pre-covidity levels for about six weeks and I’m thrilled to say that I took Wink’s advice and went with my original idea for celebrating our 20th anniversary. I just slimmed down the budget.

I had to be smart about the cost involved, so we went with .44/.45 E VS2 stones which saved quite a bit! I wanted side stones to be larger so as to not look like an ering (this will be a RHR). The setting is a custom CAD design in platinum that is done by another company and HPD’s bench finishes In-house (someone chime in to correct me or give more details). So I got the look I was going for with bridge and the pretty pretty prongs! It is in platinum and only about $400 more than a Stuller setting in the same metal.

I am going to attach a million pictures later today (and for forever, haha!)... But I’m attaching the old glider where I dream all these things up with you crazy people. When I started the “Show me your starter superideals” thread two years ago, it was on this very glider.

What will we dream up next? :halo:

Massive thanks to Layla for her design input and attention to detail once I made my preferences known. I am so excited to share these pictures!

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Here’s the glider where all the magic happens!
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caf

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I listened to Wink! I had been toying with the idea of a three stone ring for my 1.23 E SI2 CBI. I wasn’t sure about proportions and setting, and I was just in the beginning stages of planning in Jan/Feb. Then the world turned upside down and along with managing my teenagers’ frets and fears, I essentially was out of work for two months. So that put a hold on any extra spending! Things were BLAH and I would feel a daily sense of dread for what we had lost activity- and school-wise for our kids. Like the big band trip to Hawaii for an international music festival! I was supposed to chaperone. And all those other unknowns in late March...

I would go for a daily walk on our neighborhood path to get some fresh air and get rid of that pit in my stomach. One day I took out my phone and saw an email from Wink. It was a cool, dreary day, and it made me smile... Here’s part of it:

———————
No need to postpone
Do this. Reduce your budget to a smaller level. Call us now. Let’s make your special proposal, wedding or gift-day happen with a less expensive “now-diamond.” Once we’re through this thing, you can circle back for full-credit and replace it with the more expensive original target you had in mind.

———————

It was such a nice sentiment, and like I said—it just made me smile on a bad day. The whole blog post was so nice. But I still didn’t have a job, lol! My industry finally established “live video visits,” and my income slowly rebuilt. It’s been back to pre-covidity levels for about six weeks and I’m thrilled to say that I took Wink’s advice and went with my original idea for celebrating our 20th anniversary. I just slimmed down the budget.

I had to be smart about the cost involved, so we went with .44/.45 E VS2 stones which saved quite a bit! I wanted side stones to be larger so as to not look like an ering (this will be a RHR). The setting is a custom CAD design in platinum that is done by another company and HPD’s bench finishes In-house (someone chime in to correct me or give more details). So I got the look I was going for with bridge and the pretty pretty prongs! It is in platinum and only about $400 more than a Stuller setting in the same metal.

I am going to attach a million pictures later today (and for forever, haha!)... But I’m attaching the old glider where I dream all these things up with you crazy people. When I started the “Show me your starter superideals” thread two years ago, it was on this very glider.

What will we dream up next? :halo:

Massive thanks to Layla for her design input and attention to detail once I made my preferences known. I am so excited to share these pictures!

C4250933-D17C-45AC-A8D5-4BE7BCC726FD.jpeg 1F30956D-1D53-471B-9F53-BD61AE2A9244.jpeg F514DC21-0363-4DCB-A160-D3B733EFEF35.jpeg 723DE441-C628-4182-9CBF-6C44D4D15BE2.jpeg 49974572-7E42-4B3D-88FF-A947B2CA37D2.jpeg 4E447779-CEF2-4878-9548-2709D82E4AEA.jpeg F647D5D8-AEF3-4AF0-910C-0A1B6E8A1B67.jpeg


Here’s the glider where all the magic happens!
C15FFD80-1357-441E-B147-1377EBF8F1F0.jpeg :dance:
Wowsa! That’s beautiful! Perfect!
 

KristinTech

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WHAT THE HECK?! Within the first hour of having this ring, the bees and bugs could not stay away! Really wild. They must love the light show. :)
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That last one kinda creeped me out. I was clearly not paying attention to anything around me.

This Aldi dress was $12.99, btw. I spend my money wisely! ;-)
 

scouty

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Simply beautiful! So nice that you are not only back to work but also didn’t have to derail your 20th anniversary celebration ring. Such a nice story in such trying times. Hope the next 20s years are even better than the last!
 

RunningwithScissors

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Beautiful! So classic and lovely. I adore the clean, elegant lines of the setting.

Those hands shots are some of the most magical I've seen with the wee winged creatures alighting on you!

Enjoy and wear in good health! Congrats on your 20th!
 

Big Fat Facets

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Happy Anniversary! Congratulations on 20 years to you and your husband!

What a wonderful way to celebrate the past, the present and the future!

It's a gorgeous ring and it's extra gorgeous on you! Even mother nature's busy workers can't keep away from it! May you wear and enjoy it in the best of health!
 

rainydaze

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So gorgeous!! Happy 20th, too! Love the creatures that stopped by to admire your new sparkly, too. (I started a little at the last one too, having just been stung badly on the back last week. Glad he played nice! :lol:).
 

Gemstonesrock

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Congratulations on your 20th Anniversary! I'm so glad you got to commemorate this special milestone. I totally know how you feel about the blah, but we've got to celebrate all that is still good, too! I honestly think the proportions of your side stones to the center diamond are just perfection, not just "for now." Enjoy!!!
 

KristinTech

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Thank you so much, everyone! I am really so very happy with these proportions. I bought myself a Berricle three-stone last year for playing around, just to be sure that I liked it as a RHR. But of course it had no real life or sparkle like these CBI stones. If I thought I was distracted before with just one CBI—this ring throws rainbows in all directions, and it’s so fun to watch!

Here’s a perspective shot—holding the bottle of Lavish (I loooove that stuff!).The finger coverage is pretty perfect. It’s a great size “look” on my finger for everyday. (And yes, I intend to wear it every day!). :lol: 6C1C17F8-63C4-42C9-AA24-C7B194B192CC.jpeg

Ring size 7.75
 

Gemly

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WHAT THE HECK?! Within the first hour of having this ring, the bees and bugs could not stay away! Really wild. They must love the light show. :)
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That last one kinda creeped me out. I was clearly not paying attention to anything around me.

This Aldi dress was $12.99, btw. I spend my money wisely! ;-)
Beautiful!!! Oh man, that wasp!!!!
 

KristinTech

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Beautiful!!! Oh man, that wasp!!!!
I know! They are always around my yard since I have jelly and oranges out for the migrating birds. I also have hummingbird feeders, but they don’t really get much success with them. They don’t usually bother me on my patio—the only thing that was different was this new ring! Hah!
 

Diamond*Dana

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It’s gorgeous and perfect!
 
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