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Date: 2/21/2009 5:53:32 PM
Author: Maisie
Here is a handshot. The owner is Jo C. I hope she doesn''t mind me posting her picture.

I heart this look! Talk about more bang for your buck!
 

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I haven''t read through this whole thread, but you remind me a lot of one of my friends who I went ering shopping with. She also wears a size 7, and even thinks that my 2 ct RB looks small - she just thought that a "big" stone would cover her whole finger. After shopping, she realized that she didn''t want anything smaller than a 4 ct center stone, so she just picked out a fancy setting and her fiance got her a 4 ct CZ as the center stone. I don''t think that my 2 ct stone is small, but she can''t believe that my husband payed so much money for something that doesn''t look that big to her. I guess it''s all about expectations. Maybe you could get a .5 or .75 center stone with a halo - haloes make center stones look much bigger & it will cover more of your finger.
 

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I also wanted to mention that if you like them, you should take a look at marquise cuts. My mom''s marquise is 1.5 cts and it looks about 3 times bigger than my 2 ct RB.
 

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Date: 2/21/2009 7:38:35 PM
Author: vespergirl
I also wanted to mention that if you like them, you should take a look at marquise cuts. My mom''s marquise is 1.5 cts and it looks about 3 times bigger than my 2 ct RB.
I love Marquise cuts!
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The five-stone band is a great idea. I wear one and love it. Also, since marquise cuts have been mentioned, for something different, one could always set a marquise sideways with either a very modern setting, or, perhaps with some beautiful filigree and engraving for an antique look.
 

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Hi abcdefg,
Please don''t get too upset. You have gotten some good advice already, but since my finger is a 7 and I just received an 80 point diamond in my e-ring, thought I''d post. I agree it would be nice to have a bigger one, but if you''re at all like me, the sparkles and flashes of colours all over the place really are a pretty good tradeoff for the smaller size IMHO.

But I guess upgrading wouldn''t be such an awful idea down the road either ...
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Date: 2/21/2009 8:32:02 PM
Author: ButterBean
Hi abcdefg,

Please don''t get too upset. You have gotten some good advice already, but since my finger is a 7 and I just received an 80 point diamond in my e-ring, thought I''d post. I agree it would be nice to have a bigger one, but if you''re at all like me, the sparkles and flashes of colours all over the place really are a pretty good tradeoff for the smaller size IMHO.


But I guess upgrading wouldn''t be such an awful idea down the road either ...
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Butterbean, don''t say such things! Your stone and setting are absolutely amazing!! Can''t you just expand your collection rather than upgrade?!
 

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Date: 2/21/2009 7:38:35 PM
Author: vespergirl
I also wanted to mention that if you like them, you should take a look at marquise cuts. My mom''s marquise is 1.5 cts and it looks about 3 times bigger than my 2 ct RB.

One of my friends has a marquise (not sure how big it is), and it looks like it has to be at least 1ct. Maybe that''s part of what was skewing my expectations - not even so much that her diamond necessarily has more finger coverage, but even just that it''s... thicker? Anyhow, it was appraised at something like $12k so I guess I shouldn''t be expecting to see that in diamonds that are in my price range!
 

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Date: 2/21/2009 8:32:02 PM
Author: ButterBean
Hi abcdefg,

Please don''t get too upset. You have gotten some good advice already, but since my finger is a 7 and I just received an 80 point diamond in my e-ring, thought I''d post. I agree it would be nice to have a bigger one, but if you''re at all like me, the sparkles and flashes of colours all over the place really are a pretty good tradeoff for the smaller size IMHO.


But I guess upgrading wouldn''t be such an awful idea down the road either ...
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Maybe it''s because I''m seeing your ring from the top and not the side, but again... this looks so much better to me than the 0.75ct diamonds I saw? I''m confused, maybe I need to go out looking again, after having read this thread.
 

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I just read this thread. People have contributed a lot of great ideas. I have a couple more. One is to use a bezel setting if you do not want to use a halo. It certainly will not add as much "size" as a halo would, but it will make your stone appear larger. The other is to use a white sapphire instead of a diamond. (This is a variation on the "colored stone" idea.) A white sapphire is obviously a precious gem, not something like a CZ which you might feel was "second best", but would still have the white, bridal look that many people in our culture are used to without the same expense of a diamond.

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Here is my .52ct. The two stones are .25 ct each.

The stone next to it is a .87.

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I wear a size 8 ring (and a size 11 shoe!
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), and my engagement ring is a .95 carat round brilliant solitaire. At one point I was concerned not about the diamond looking small but about my hands looking even bigger than they are, so I asked for suggestions about making things look more proportionate. Everyone said get the stone haloed, which I looked into and agree is the best way to make a stone look bigger. Unfortunatley, however, I personally don't care for halos. If you do though, I think it's a great way to go! That Bev K with a .5-.6 stone would probably be in your price range and give you tons of bang for your buck. Also, if you get the stone from a PS vendor with a good upgrade policy, you could always trade the diamond in for a bigger stone later and have it set as a solitaire.
 

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This site
has some white sapphires for sale. As you can see, it is possible to buy a large white sapphire for a few hundred dollars. I do not necessarily recommend using this website; I am posting the link just to give you an idea of what is available. One of the jewelers here could get you a very nice, large, white sapphire for a low price and you would have a lot more money left to set it any way you liked...including surrounded by diamonds if you wished to use them. But why would you?

Deborah
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Date: 2/21/2009 10:04:08 PM
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This site
has some white sapphires for sale. As you can see, it is possible to buy a large white sapphire for a few hundred dollars. I do not necessarily recommend using this website; I am posting the link just to give you an idea of what is available. One of the jewelers here could get you a very nice, large, white sapphire for a low price and you would have a lot more money left to set it any way you liked...including surrounded by diamonds if you wished to use them. But why would you?


Deborah

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Not that a white sapph might not work for you, but just be aware that it only returns white light. Thus it will never look like a real diamond because it lacks fire. Just something to know since most people haven''t seen white sapphs in person.
 

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Date: 2/21/2009 10:07:11 PM
Author: neatfreak
Not that a white sapph might not work for you, but just be aware that it only returns white light. Thus it will never look like a real diamond because it lacks fire. Just something to know since most people haven''t seen white sapphs in person.

Good to know, I wasn''t aware of that.
 

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Date: 2/21/2009 12:40:19 PM
Author: abcdefg


I guess I''m just shocked because I wasn''t expecting them to be THAT small. I don''t care how much a rock sparkles if it''s like half the size of a pencil eraser? I can''t really justify spending thousands of dollars on that... I guess I just don''t get it. Maybe I''ll just go with a plain band for a ring.
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It''s funny because I am a collector of colored gems and I also have several colored diamonds. I have to say that my 7mm diamond looks HUGE to me as well as others, but if I had a tourmaline that size, I would consider that a very small colored gem. I think because diamonds are so expensive and you rarely see them in sizes over three carats at B&M stores, most people consider a 6mm stone to be a nice size. It''s a mental thing that I think many people are attuned to. In fact, I believe the most expensive natural substance on earth are GIA certified fancy red diamonds, and they''re RARELY ever found over a carat in size. Let''s talk about spending a million dollars on something that is probably a third of the size of a pencil eraser!!
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Okay so... I was looking for something else, and it occured to me that, if it were me in your situation, and I have a budget up to 3K... but more comfortably around 2K I would easily give up on platinum and rounds.

A .60 carat pear can face up 5 x 7 which is about what a 1 carat Emerald cut typically faces up. Same with ovals.

If you don''t want a marquise, I would go for a G-H SI1 eyeclean oval or pear, around 2K and spend up to 500 on the setting, maximum.
 

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Date: 2/21/2009 1:51:11 PM
Author: Maisie
It was Arjunajane''s gorgeous K that made me think of going lower in colour but keeping the ideal cut. Have a look at her beautiful ring - https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/my-wonderful-e-ring-upgrade-thankyou.89827/
Aww maisie really? I had no idea! That makes me feel all warm and fuzzy, thankyou! I''m glad I could somehow contribute to that awesome new gem of yours
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To abcdefg -
1. Things always look much much huger online/on your screen. Jewellery and gems are delicate by nature - "bulk" is not what you are paying for.
2. Please don''t go by what is being told you in a mall store - I will bet you their "ideal" is not a true ideal - there is no guidelines for people to just use and abuse this term. You need to go to an upper market retailer that carries branded H&A stones such as Hearts on Fire - I wouldn''t recommend them as they are very pricey, but will give you an idea on what a true ideal looks like.
3. I doubt seriously it was an H. Just look at the photos of my accurately graded K - no yellow in sight.
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4. If after doing some more research with better diamonds, you are still not impressed - it sounds like you might just not be a "diamond person"? If thats the case, there is no harm there, to each their own.
Others have given you some very good suggestions for alternatives in the thread, personally I think the 5 stone band is a great idea for you.

Good luck!
 

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This one, for example, has great spread and nice promise. G VS2 to boot.

http://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/G-VS2-Premium-Cut-Pear-Diamond-1118294.asp

In this setting (baguettes and pears look lovely together, plus it will give you some extra width coverage). James Allen can get this in for you:

http://www.adwar.com/products/styles/22981L/view


Alternately this is a promising stone as well. Almost 5 x 7. F VS1.

http://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/F-VS1-Ideal-Cut-Pear-Diamond-1179997.asp


Later on if you want to larger diamond, you can put this in a gorgeous drop pendant, or make it into a RHR. If you don't want to you can get a different, platinum, setting.
 

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Another option might be to find a beautiful 3/4ct diamond, or slightly larger, and flank it with two similarly sized colored stones, rich blue sapphires, for example, for a three-stone ring. It is a classic look – kind of between a band and traditional ER – and should give just enough finger coverage. The colored stones will contrast and help draw attention to a bright, colorless, drop-dead gorgeous center stone. You could use a round brilliant as a center or, for something a little more subtle and different, try a cushion, antique OMC, OEC, or transitional-cut center with round sides. Then, later if you decide to "upgrade" the ring will look wonderful as a RHR. Hummm, I''d like one myself, actually!

For what it is worth, on my hand, oval, pear, and marquise shapes – unless they are more substantial in size, or turned sideways (not the pear, obviously!) – tend to be a little "skinny" when it comes to providing me the coverage I want. Yes, they have the length, but their narrowness doesn''t work for me.

Really, it all depends on what looks best on YOUR hand and works best to fulfill your expectations...
 

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Something like this would give great coverage, or with a pear or marquise center stone. This one is Ritani, but you could have a PS jeweler make something similar for less expensive - it would look great with a .5 ct center stone:

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Here are a couple of Fay Cullen rings around $3000. The haloes give great finger coverage, and are beautiful.

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I also really love this ring from Whiteflash - the price with the center diamonds is only around $2700 total in 18K WG. I would love to have it myself!

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Date: 2/21/2009 8:37:39 PM
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Date: 2/21/2009 8:32:02 PM
Author: ButterBean
Hi abcdefg,

Please don''t get too upset. You have gotten some good advice already, but since my finger is a 7 and I just received an 80 point diamond in my e-ring, thought I''d post. I agree it would be nice to have a bigger one, but if you''re at all like me, the sparkles and flashes of colours all over the place really are a pretty good tradeoff for the smaller size IMHO.


But I guess upgrading wouldn''t be such an awful idea down the road either ...
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Butterbean, don''t say such things! Your stone and setting are absolutely amazing!! Can''t you just expand your collection rather than upgrade?!
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Sorry. Hangs her head in shame...

I LOVE my set and would not give them up for anything!
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I think what you''re seeing at the B&M''s is that their diamonds are not cut very well, so you WILL see more body color and they won''t look as impressive! If you put one of those stones next to a well cut one of identical size and color, you will absolutely see the difference!

And, have you looked into getting an OEC or transitional stone? The look is a little different, but I love them. Do a little search and let us know what you think?? We might have another old-cut lover.
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