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Found the "perfect" engagement ring...Feedback? Pic included

kpazzo6

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Need some feedback from the "experts" here...I'm a complete novice. I learned about diamonds in the last 2 months of searching for the perfect stone and setting online.

My budget is less than $10,000 for diamond and setting, wow didn't really know how expensive diamonds were until I entered a jewelry store. After looking online stores I came across a local seller in the Jewelers Row Downtown Chicago District that had a beautiful ring for sale at an affordable price!!

Made an appointment I saw the ring today and he educated me on diamonds and the four C's. He made it known that the center stone diamond is clarity enhanced. The ring absolutely sparkled under the florescent light and only from looking underneath the diamond on one side I can see an imperfection of a lil black line almost look like a piece of black lint. From afar or from the top of the diamond you can not see it at all, only from underneath looking up on the side you can see it with the naked eye up close.

Now that he was honest about that he mentioned this is appraised by UGL (which I never heard of). I told him I planned to get a second independent appraisal if I bought the ring and he offered a 3 day money back guarantee if I wasn't happy with 2nd appraisal / opinion. He will document all this in receipt and also provided other guarantees for life on ring:
-We guarantee the enhancement process in the unlikely event the enhancement is altered we will re-enhance your diamond for FREE for life.
-We offer FREE ring sizing for life.
-We offer FREE repair on the rings we sell. (including free diamond accents if the ones on the side ever fall off)

Best part all this for only $7,000!! The specs are below please tell me if I should walk away from deal and why. If you have personal experence from CE diamonds please let me know.

Thank you

3.27 Carats Total Diamond Weight

Center Diamond Weighs 1.52 carats

Side Accent Diamonds Weigh 1.75 carats

Color: G 6.30 x 6.01 x 4.60 mm KO/SA-03/09(100-839)

Clarity: SI1 Clarity Enhanced Natural Diamond

Certification/Grading: United Gem Laboratory

Valued: $20,000

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farmer gal

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Re: Found the "perfect" engagement ring...Feedback? Pic incl

No, No, No :) Stick to GIA or AGS. And nevery buy a clarity enhanced diamond. You would be wasting your money here I am afraid. I will look around and see what I can find.
 

yennyfire

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Re: Found the "perfect" engagement ring...Feedback? Pic incl

Ditto to what farmergal said. Off to search for you!
 

tyty333

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I say no to the CE diamond. I would rather have a smaller no-CE diamond. Also, that setting, Wow...big. I would not like
it for me personally. Do you think its your GFs taste? How big are her fingers?
 

aussiemel

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Re: Found the "perfect" engagement ring...Feedback? Pic incl

Ditto all of the above. I would not want a CE diamond, I´d rather have something smaller that wasn´t enhanced, certified by GIA or AGS.
 

farmer gal

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I would call Id jewelry make sure you say that you are from pricescope and see what they would have to offer
www.idjewelryonline.com

More options

I would call JA and request asset images on this stone and see if it is eyelcean

http://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/H-SI1-Good-Cut-Princess-Diamond-1413624.asp

setting:
http://www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/channelset-rings/Engraved-Princess-Cut-Ring.html

http://www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/channelset-rings/Engraved-White-Gold-Channel-Set.html


Well here is something to get you started I am sure there will be more chiming in.
 

minmin001

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Re: Found the "perfect" engagement ring...Feedback? Pic incl

it's only $7,000 for a reason.. because the grading of that lab can't compare to GIA or AGS grades, so you may think you are getting a SI1 clarity but end up with I2
 

farmer gal

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kpazzo6

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Re: Found the "perfect" engagement ring...Feedback? Pic incl

farmer gal|1318940524|3042624 said:
No, No, No :) Stick to GIA or AGS. And nevery buy a clarity enhanced diamond. You would be wasting your money here I am afraid. I will look around and see what I can find.
ok thanks
 

kpazzo6

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tyty333|1318940864|3042626 said:
I say no to the CE diamond. I would rather have a smaller no-CE diamond. Also, that setting, Wow...big. I would not like
it for me personally. Do you think its your GFs taste? How big are her fingers?
I asked my gf for some insight on what her dream engagement ring will look like. All she told me she would prefer princess or emerald cut (dislikes round diamond look). Does not want a 3 stone diamond ring and does not want the diamond on a solitare ring by itself either. Her BFF has a ring that has diamonds in the band on top but this ring I found had more diamond accents that I thought she might like. She also did mention she like some Tacori rings.

ring size i believe is 4.50
 

kpazzo6

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farmer gal|1318941917|3042635 said:
I would call Id jewelry make sure you say that you are from pricescope and see what they would have to offer
www.idjewelryonline.com

More options

I would call JA and request asset images on this stone and see if it is eyelcean

http://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/H-SI1-Good-Cut-Princess-Diamond-1413624.asp

setting:
http://www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/channelset-rings/Engraved-Princess-Cut-Ring.html

http://www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/channelset-rings/Engraved-White-Gold-Channel-Set.html


Well here is something to get you started I am sure there will be more chiming in.
wow thank you... that looks beautiful. let me look at what else that website has listed and give them a call.
 

SB621

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I'm so glad you decided to pass on this ring. I agree you should go with an AGS or GIA graded diamond. Also the setting to me is really bulky and since you girlfriend has a smaller finger size it would look even bulkier on her. 10k is a great budget to start with so I definitely recommend checking out some of the links FG gave you.
 

chicam

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Re: Found the "perfect" engagement ring...Feedback? Pic incl

Go to goodoldgold.com. They have lots you can look at and are easy to work with and sell exquisite diamonds.
 

vintagelover229

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Jewels by erica grace have quite a few nice ones in your budget www.jewelsbyericagrace.com


Here are a few that I found-you can go though their site to find them and find the prices.

I'd also contact www.goodoldgold.com to see what they can do for you. I bet with your budget you can get close to a 1 carat with a tacori mouting :naughty:


If she likes vintage pieces and halos (this has emeralds) this is in budget at 7450.00
http://jewelsbyericagrace.smugmug.com/Jewelry/Rings-Antique-diamonds/106ct-Asscher-Cut-Diamond-in/11581309_kVT3k#815926461_HNgy3

Coming in WAY under budget at 2250.00
http://jewelsbyericagrace.smugmug.com/Jewelry/Modern-and-Estate-Pieces/Princess-Cut-Round/13524472_E6Q7h#985316212_CWnsB

Here is a round tacori ring but with a cushion shaped halo at 7950.00
http://jewelsbyericagrace.smugmug.com/Jewelry/Modern-and-Estate-Pieces/Tacori-3-Stone-Ring/12541381_JM6zY#899698005_hYaqk

And a beautiful classic 3 stone emerald cut ring for 8550.00
http://jewelsbyericagrace.smugmug.com/Jewelry/Rings-Antique-diamonds/178ctw-est-3-Stone-Emerald-Cut/11584125_nqqzm8#816170606_rT3iU



From GOG site here are a bunch of nice stones in your budget and they also carry the designer your looking for

Settings
http://www.goodoldgold.com/SettingSearch/Tacori/

A video of the princess of hearts cuts video done by jonthan at GOG (they are currently on sale too!)
http://www.youtube.com/user/DiamondInfoMan#p/u/2/KO4lURj-PcM

Here is a nice cushette in your budget (I've owned one of these-bought from GOG and loved it but traded it for an AVC)
http://www.goodoldgold.com/diamond/4907/

Princess cut
http://www.goodoldgold.com/diamond/7257/

Princess of hearts
http://www.goodoldgold.com/diamond/B2206-D-21/

A video comparison of the princess of hearts, cushette, square hearts and arrows and cushion brillants
http://www.youtube.com/user/DiamondInfoMan#p/search/13/cCw0xvUAuIs
 

mjertl

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Re: Found the "perfect" engagement ring...Feedback? Pic incl

First off, I can tell that you're looking to get your GF something really stunning, which is very sweet of you!
Most Tacori pieces tend to be more delicate than the ring you posted a picture of. The carat weight of that ring is impressive, but the whole thing comes off as a little too bulky, and I bet you could get a nicer center stone and more tacori-esque setting elsewhere!
Good luck!
 

Gypsy

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She sounds like a great fit for a Beverly K halo or split shank. Beverly K is similar to Tacori, but at a much more budget friendly price point while still having excellent quality. I would get her a lovely emerald cut in a Beverly K halo or split shank.

Call GOG and ask them to find you a a beautiful 1 carat Emerald cut: eyeclean, excellent cut, and G-I color. And then have them set it in one of these settings:


http://www.beverleyk.com/semi-mounts/8wr564-a-d-d-m.html They will make their square settings for a rectangular emerald cut as well (it is pictured with a square emerald cut).

http://www.beverleyk.com/semi-mounts/mgc141-a-d-d-m.html

http://www.beverleyk.com/semi-mounts/mgc184-a-d-d-m.html

http://www.beverleyk.com/semi-mounts/8wr1224-a-9x7cn-d-d-pt.html

http://www.beverleyk.com/semi-mounts/8wr1191-a-6-0ec-d-d-m.html

I prefer an emerald cut to princess cuts because princess cuts can have very fragile corners and they have to be cut very deep, so they face up small for their carat weight. You get a much more elegant look with an emerald cut, better spread, and no corners to worry about.

But if you want a princess... this is a gorgeous setting for one: http://www.beverleyk.com/semi-mounts/8wrtj021-d-d-m.html

And this one is nice too:

http://www.beverleyk.com/semi-mounts/8wr167-a-wf-d-d-m.html


I'd also like to suggest a Jubilee (very similar to the Tiffany Lucida, ask her if she likes that one) for a center stone: http://www.goodoldgold.com/diamond/7567/

In this setting: http://www.beverleyk.com/semi-mounts/8wr1196-a-6-5cn-d-d-m.html


That last combination would personally knock almost everyone I know's socks off.
 
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