by PriscaSinclair » Apr 14, 2019 Hi everyone! I am new here and you all are so full of knowledge I just decided to join so that I can ask what you think. I originally was just looking for a natural ruby ring... and I found one on Ebay with a GIA cert so initially I was excited... but after doing some research I am now thinking maybe I need to take a step back and reevaluate? I have found it's hard to tell the quality of a ruby. Especially when ... 1.) You don't know what you are doing 2.) You are looking at pictures instead of the actual ruby. And originally I was trying to stay under 3K for something over 1 carat maybe 1.5 carats but this now seems unrealistic? Maybe I would have better luck finding another reddish stone like a spinel? I would like to have a small natural stone of some sort if possible. Of course it's not going to be anywhere near perfect in that price range but I would like to try to find as much of a quality gem as I can. I put a link to the ring on Ebay at the bottom that I had put an offer on but the seller ignored me and let it expire. I thought she would counter but she didn't. I did send her a follow up question about the ring and asked for a few more pictures but she never answered me. Maybe thats a hint telling me to start my search over with a just stone first and try to put a ring together myself? I know my poor husband thinks I'm OCD and I should just buy the dang Ebay ring and be done with it but I just don't want to make a costly mistake on this! Thank you so much for any thoughts or pointers! I have read some posts on here and thats why I am wondering that if Im going to be on such a tight budget maybe the easiest way for a new person to try to do this herself (with possibly equal to better results than a ready made ring) would be to just look for a gem on Gemfix and then hope to find a setting with the IvyRose people on Etsy? Heres a spinel I found that seems ok. And then here's a ruby too but wow its getting up there in price. https://gemfix.com/gems/spinel-31-338 https://gemfix.com/gems/ruby-19-594 And here's the ready made Ebay ring - https://www.ebay.com/itm/18K-Natura...ppraisal-9000-UCG-Valentines-Day/292923641438 Thank you!