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Antique Cluster Ring = Downgrade of my dreams!

Tourmaline

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Hi! Back in February, Grace posted a short video of an antique old mine cut diamond cluster ring that took my breath away! It was the cluster ring of my dreams, the one I had been envisioning for years (since before we had chosen my solitaire because my husband had wanted me to get a solitaire instead of a cluster). I asked the price and committed to it before even speaking to my husband.

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I got the idea to get him on board by offering to sell my solitaire (we had gotten it for our 10th anniversary and we are now married 16 years), and pointing out that there would be surplus money left over after paying for the cluster and selling the solitaire. He must have been able to feel my excitement about the cluster, and he let me do it. I paid Grace for the cluster, got it and fell in love, and then I sent her the solitaire. It was in its fifth setting since I’d gotten the diamond, as I was never quite happy with the fact that it was not an old cut diamond (my husband had also pushed me to get a brilliant cut, which was his preference, and it was an early round brilliant).

The cluster ring is estimated at 5-6 carats total, and it has quite a spread! It’s almost 17mm! Here it is compared with the 5.01ct solitaire (I had them both for a day).

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It took a while to sell the solitaire, but it finally happened, and now I don’t feel guilty owning the cluster! I love it so much!! I was concerned about some of the worn prongs, and Grace had it totally fixed and spruced up for me, which was wonderful! This next picture is her picture after the prongs were reformed. My pictures were taken before then.

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Mamabean

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I LOVE your cluster ring! I think I had it saved in my photos...It’s absolutely beautiful!
 

Rfisher

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Love love love :love:
Congratulations on this beauty
It looks gorgeous on you!
I love the shape of the cluster around the center stone. Fantastic!
 

Mrs_Strizzle

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I certainly can see why it was love at first sight for you!:kiss2: Personally, I think you made the right swap. While your solitaire is obviously quite striking, the cluster is so unique and romantic! Love!
 

missy

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Clusterlicious!!! :love: TDF gorgeous!!! Wear in health and blingy happiness. :appl:
 

lissyflo

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Oh it’s beautiful. I’m glad you were finally able to get what makes your heart sing.
 

Mamabean

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@Tourmaline Your cluster ring is so gorgeous..Please share the stats...It’s perfect!
 

Tourmaline

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@Tourmaline Your cluster ring is so gorgeous..Please share the stats...It’s perfect!
It's an antique and stats are only an estimation. 5-6 carats total, almost 17mm spread, bought from Grace. Rose gold and platinum? Or rose gold and white gold? I jumped on it the second I saw it on Instagram. 9 old mine cut diamonds, BEAUTIFUL clarity (VS+, anything that looks like an inclusion in pictures is just a trick of the light) and chunkiness. It's magic to me.
 

Mamabean

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It's an antique and stats are only an estimation. 5-6 carats total, almost 17mm spread, bought from Grace. Rose gold and platinum? Or rose gold and white gold? I jumped on it the second I saw it on Instagram. 9 old mine cut diamonds, BEAUTIFUL clarity (VS+, anything that looks like an inclusion in pictures is just a trick of the light) and chunkiness. It's magic to me.
It’s perfection @Tourmaline!
 

AV_

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Nice lesson in old cuts - tells of how rounded OMC may get & NOT loose their taste. Only one of the eight surround stone reminds OEC with flatter kite & star layers, as if on purpose to demonstrate!

thinking out loud
 

Tourmaline

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Nice lesson in old cuts - tells of how rounded OMC may get & NOT loose their taste. Only one of the eight surround stone reminds OEC with flatter kite & star layers, as if on purpose to demonstrate!

thinking out loud
I love the wonky irregularities so much!
 
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