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Going to buy an antique cushion - how? and what next?

Discussion in 'Antique and Vintage Jewelry' started by Heartly, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. Heartly
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    by Heartly » Jun 18, 2012
    My SO and I are looking to buy the diamond for my engagement ring, hopefully soon, hopefully from OWD. Looking for an antique cushion, and we may or may not have OWD make the setting. We're total jewelry novices, and while I've done some research on stones, I don't really know what to do besides purchase it. What are the next steps? Appraisal? Any information would be greatly appreciated! Also, we have a modest budget of 4k-7k, if that makes a difference for the advice. Thanks!
     
  2. Mayk
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  3. GemFever
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    by GemFever » Jun 19, 2012
    Also, you may want to ask the moderators to move this thread to Rocky Talky; you'll probably get more advice there.
     
  4. justginger
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    by justginger » Jun 19, 2012
    I've purchased two antique cushions now. I'll tell you exactly what occurred both times. :wink2:

    1. Look at www.jewelsbyericagrace.com
    2. Spot a stunner
    3. Email Erica about a MILLION times, asking for video, other photos, comparisons, and opinions. Discuss pricing.
    4. Hem and haw for a while, checking the website 3x per day to ensure that no one else has snatched up the beauty
    5. Realize said stone is on sale
    6. Email Erica frantically, asking to put it on hold
    7. Wire money to Erica's account
    8. Contact Leon Mege for quote
    9. Receive acceptable quote
    10. Have Erica bundle up the gem and send it to NYC
    11. Leon works his magic
    12. Ring is received by me
    13. Notice centerstone is loose, return ring to Leon
    14. Receive multiple apologies from Leon
    15. Re-receive ring in pristine, secure condition with the best packaging known to mankind.
    16. Get ring appraised by local independent appraiser, asking them to be completely REASONABLE with their value estimate (I'm in Australia and diamond jewelery here tends to appraise for FAR MORE than the American purchase prices)
    17. Add ring on to insurance policy
    18. Wear ring lots :mrgreen:

    And conversely, with my new ring.

    1. Email Erica, Adam, Perry, and Mark, all asking them to keep an eye out for stones that fit certain criteria that I desired.
    2. Receive many, many emails from all 4
    3. Sift through possibilities, eliminating based on various preferential criteria
    4. Receive an email containing the PERFECT stone
    5. Let other vendors know that stone has been located, thanking them very much for their hard work
    6. Receive additional information, photographs, and videos of THE ONE
    7. Wire money to OWD (my vendor, in this case)
    8. Have stone sent to David Atlas for independent appraisal
    9. Receive appraisal, decide to keep stone and proceed with setting
    10. Discuss settings with Adam
    11. Finalize setting plan
    12. Receive ring the following week. Adam's bench had my entire setting CAD/cast/set in 3 business days!
    13. (Hasn't happened yet, as I am traveling) Get ring independently appraised with value in AUD
    14. Add ring to insurance policy
    15. Wear ring lots. :mrgreen:


    I am not trying to be silly here, this is really how it happened for me. Take your time, look through lots of threads here that have old cuts, so you can get an idea of what sort of "feel" you're going for. When I bought my new stone, I almost had an exact picture of the desired faceting in my head. With my first one, I knew it when I saw it. Don't be afraid to jump when your heart starts fluttering - I am very lucky that the stone for my engagement ring, from Erica, was not sold out from beneath me while I hesitated. Old cuts weren't quite as popular then as they are now, and I think these days I would have probably lost out on it.

    There are lots of ladies on here who have a real knack for finding good quality old cuts. If you post in RockyTalky with your criteria, they may have suggestions lined up for you to have a look at! :))
     
  5. vinjewels
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    by vinjewels » Jun 19, 2012
    I wouldn't call 4-7k budget modest ;) You can get a stunner of a stone for that. Esp. with the experts on here helping you. Can't wait to see what you find!
     
  6. Heartly
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    by Heartly » Jun 19, 2012
    Thanks everyone! I'll start a new post up in Rocky Talk to see what people come up with :)

    I'm pretty set on using OWD because I work two blocks away, I've met with them before, and I just don't really feel educated enough to deal with multiple vendors. But I'll be sure to ask for recommendations to see what everyone comes up with!
     
  7. dani13
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    by dani13 » Jun 29, 2012
    Adam at OWD is wonderful, but you should try to contact Mark at ERD as well. He's in the same building as OWD, and has a great eye for cushions (plus he's super nice) :)) Good luck!!!!
     
  8. michael6008
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    by michael6008 » Jul 4, 2012
    Before buying a diamond ring you should know about some important things like Four C's of diamond(Carat, Cut, Clarity and Color) and ASG/GIA Certification. Make sure that diamond is original or not before buying.
     
  9. outlook8
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    by outlook8 » Jul 18, 2012
    Say you locate a ring on JBEG, how much does a typical solitaire ring/setting cost to have made? I assume you could just find a normal setting and have it placed in there? Thanks for the help.

    Chris
     
  10. vinjewels
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    by vinjewels » Jul 20, 2012
    Outlook8, I am confused. If you find a suitable ring on JbEG, buy it (I am assuming you are looking at a pre-worn ring since the JbEG line was discontinued)! Chances are custom repro of it will cost more. Not sure if you meant "find a diamond on JbEG?"
     
  11. outlook8
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    by outlook8 » Jul 27, 2012
    Whoops. YEs, I meant find a diamond, not the whole ring. Thanks.
     

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