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liaerfbv

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Poor @Neil. Being friends with me is impossible, insane, and maddening, I know. 2-3 years ago I started looking for a 10 year anniversary ring. I wanted a 5 stone, then I wanted a large solitaire, then I wanted big studs, then I decided I didn't need anything. As all of you know, Neil is the master master master at finding impossible ebay finds. She found this cluster ring with a pretty dark center sapphire. She loved her for awhile, and then I decided I needed her. I toyed around with replacing the center stone, which was very pretty but never really did it for me. After much deliberating, I got the okay from Neil to take her apart and use her (insane, firecracker, unbelievable) melee for a 10 year anniversary band. I sent her to Grace who helped find me a matching 10th melee stone (cluster only had 9) and we started working on CADs for a delicate band with lots of prongs. Back and forth we went, and nothing felt right. So I figured it wasn't meant to be and had the stones sent back to me.

Fast forward a few months, I woke up one morning and knew exactly what I wanted. She needed to be a band with milgrain walls. Lots of engraving. A tank. Heavy platinum. I contacted DK who said no problem. She was done in a matter of weeks. Choosing the engraving patterns I wanted was the hardest part. I literally approved the very first CAD!

Before:
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Gorgeous, but too flashy for me.

After, introducing Kate:
1.40tcw uncerted OEC stones, approx 3.2mm each. Size 7
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I mean honestly, THE ENGRAVING.

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So I'm like cool, anniversary present done. I decide 2019 is the year of (larger) studs and I put myself on a ban. What does Neil do? She sends me the most amazing ebay listing for a ~0.70ct Duchess marquise cut with a ruby halo. What am I supposed to do? Not buy it? Not really an option.

When she arrives, it's like fireworks and love at first sight. The stone is incredible. Workmanship is glorious. Seller sent it to me in the amazing antique box even! However, I am an east-west freak. I want everything to be set EW. I went back and forth, and in the end, I sent her to DK to be reshanked set EW. I know some people will prefer it with it's original orientation, but I haven't even seen her reworked in person yet and I already know I made the right call for me.

Set North-South:
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After -- introducing Zelda (named by my husband because it's shaped like the coins in the Zelda video games):
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I still don't have her in my hot little hands yet, but I will post 9,000 more pictures when I do. I told DH our love was so strong it needed to be represented by 2 anniversary rings. He snorted and asked me how many engagement rings I have had in 10 years and is that why we've been so happy together. I obviously said yes, it's because I buy lots of diamonds. He said well I guess I better just continue to not ask any questions, yeah? Smart man.

More pics to follow!
 

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liaerfbv

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Oh specs:
Kate is 1.40tcw, 10 stones. Uncerted but I would be shocked if color was lower than G. They are WHITE. So well cut it's crazy.

Zelda is .70ct by formula, 10x5mm. F/G SI2 but totally eyeclean because I'm blind.
 

MissGotRocks

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Wow - how lucky you are to have a friend in Niel and beautiful rings because of the friendship!! They both turned out beautifully! She truly is the queen of finding great deals!
 

Niel

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You know I’m obsessed with all of those things. Obviously.
I think it will be perfect Becuase now it’s basically a band. And you know your proclivity towards bands.
They are utterly perfect and they will make quite a statement
I love our relationship where I tell you things to but then you buy them
 

staci76

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:wavey:Wow, both of these rings are amazing! I can't wait to see pictures of them together on your hand (in the new orientation)! :love::appl::love:
 

MissGotRocks

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Certainly not with the intent to embarrass you but feel I must qualify this by saying that I have had the pleasure of meeting you in person so I'm not just talking off the top of my head - I know this to be true!
 

SimoneDi

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@liaerfbv I love, love, love your amazing new band and that stunning duchess of yours! I saw the ring on IG and was mesmerized! Happy 10th anniversary! Wishing you many more and much move beautiful bling in the years to come!

P.S. @Niel you slay!
 

AV_

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The diamond reminds a few cut in the late 1800s - which I would not know what to call either. I could never get any of them out of my mind.

Enjoy the find!
 

Acinom

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Beautiful rings!! Cannot wait to see the new ring on your finger as well. Great finds by @Niel
 

Alex T

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Oh my gosh!! :lickout:

Cannot wait for a billion more pictures!
 

rainydaze

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Your story is awesome, I love everything about it! The rings are gorgeous, and EW all the way baby! 9000 pics will not be enough... we need more than that! :D
 

missy

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@liaerfbv beautiful rings! :love: Happy 10th anniversary.
@Niel sweet finds :appl:
 

Mamabean

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Gorgeous rings! Happy Anniversary!
 

leukolenos

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Ommmmmggggggggg!!!! Zelda is AMAZING. I love the band too....but the the ruby halo? :kiss2::kiss2::kiss2::kiss2:
 

Luce

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Love the ruby halo, can’t wait to see more pics of it on your hand!!!
 

Dizzie

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Both rings turned out spectacular !!! And in E-W it will stack even better with your gorgeous bands ❤

@Niel - I wish I had friends who would send me such finds! You are a treasure yourself
 

violet3

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I think the detail on that band is some of the prettiest I've ever seen - I just love it!!!
 

lovedogs

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All I have to say are 4-letter words that will earn me a time out! Holy f##k b&&s I am obsessed with the engraving on that band, and Zelda is glorious! Also, when I have more money can @Niel be my friend too so she can point to stuff I need to buy???? :lol:

Happy anniversary, and you definitely have 2 perfect pieces to represent a happy relationship. Congrats!
 

elliefire99

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Beautiful beautiful beautiful!!! The duchess is killing me. Add a ruby halo aaannnddd.... You are one lucky lucky gal.

And the band is gorgeous, of course :) One san never turn down stellar engraving :) There aren't enough old cut bands in the world....
 

LLJsmom

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Ain’t nothing else to do but embrace the crazy. I love everything you did with the stones and the rings. E-W will be killer. Can’t wait to see the completed rings together. The band is AMAZING.
 
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