by sledge » May 15, 2018 As many of you know, I have been on quite the journey to select a setting and diamond for my girl. The diamond really wasn’t that tough, but the setting has been a bear. I’ve learned a ton from all you here and as I am nearing the end of this journey there is no other’s guidance I wouldn’t appreciate more than the fine folks that helped get me this far. So here goes. The diamond: BGD Blue, H&A, 0.867ct, round, H, VS2: https://www.briangavindiamonds.com/...0.867-h-vs2-round-diamond-ags-bl-104098623002 The setting: Custom e-ring by Jared’s Galleria (pics below) Wedding band: http://www.jared.com/en/jaredstore/...4-ct-tw-round-cut-14k-white-gold-041441003--1 Plan to custom create the piece using either DK or BGD Prefer BGD to keep it all in-house, but pricing, timing, etc is more favorable with DK My dilemmas: 1. My girl and I disagree on the quality of Jared’s. She likes them, and I don’t. Part of the value she sees in them is the local aspect of lifetime warranties on the setting & diamond and ease for cleaning, inspections, resizing, re-plating, polishing and any other maintenance. She would actually prefer I buy everything from them (she has no idea I’ve already bought the diamond from BGD). Not sure I can convince her otherwise than shove the final piece in her face. Agree? 2. As suggested in a previous thread, we re-visited Jared’s and examined the setting outside, away from the jeweler’s lighting. Pics are attached below and have black & white versions as well. In the pictures, you will see a stone that is loosely set. This is actually a 0.70 carat diamond with dimensions of 5.65 x 5.68mm. Prior to this, inside the store, they had temporarily set a 1.01 carat stone. She indicated the 1 carat stone was too big! I asked why. She said it covered to much of the swirls that created the halo effect. I am now concerned about the dimensional size (6.18 x 6.21mm) of my BGD diamond, which is fairly large for the carat weight. I am now contemplating trying to find a smaller stone, or having the setting adjusted since it will be custom anyhow. I assume the later can happen, but am worried it will change the overall look/aspect of it. Because I care more about the size and quality of the diamond than her, there is a part of me that wants to go smaller and save the bucks. Thoughts? 3. The question of WG or platinum came up between us. In the Jared’s store, they showed her WG and platinum side by side. She could see a difference and preferred the shiny of the WG material. I am still concerned with the re-plating, but I suppose to even have a shot at staying shiny then polishing will be an issue as well. She isn’t really sure how her body chemicals will react yet as the pieces she wears are infrequent and therefore not a good representation. Obviously the pieces are cheaper to create in WG, and maybe I should stop worrying and just take the cost savings. I could tell she preferred the WG but indicated she would have no idea if I chose platinum, as they wouldn't be side by side. I would agree the shiny of the WG looked good with the setting. 4. Assuming I utilize DK or BGD, what is the process for re-plating or re-polishing? And if any of you have custom settings, do you get service locally from a different jeweler? Assuming so, what kind of costs do you pay for these services? 5. Several of you mentioned various elements needed cleaned up on the Jared's rings. What specifically do I need to articulate so that I get this correct?