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Looking for look alike of Girlfriends dream engagment ring

JohnWK

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I've decided to propose to my amazing girlfriend. I looked into he pintrest and talked to her best friend and found out which ring she as obsessed with.. problem is that it's apparently a Harry Winston ring which he is extremely expensive. I know she's the kind of girl that will be okay with anything but I really want to get her a ring like the one she's in love with. I was hoping someone knew of a look alike right or atleast some information on the stone (She's in love with the way the cushion stone looks and I know pretty much NOTHING about rings and stones -didn't even know it was called cushion till her friend said so-)
Please and Thank you

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dollyanjuli

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Re: Looking for look alike of Girlfriends dream engagment ri

there are SO many amazing replica's of that style of ring that you can get- i have one myself =) the first question anyone is going to ask is what is your budget? You will be able to get her the ring of her dreams with the help of the people here, don't worry! also- what is your timeline?
 

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Re: Looking for look alike of Girlfriends dream engagment ri

Thanks to my well off parents I don't actually have a budget but my parents also taught me to not just go spend money willy nilly so I'd rather not blow like 20-50K on a ring. I have about 6-7 months still (I'm going to propose to her at the opening of the new temple for our religion) but I want to get the ring asap (I'm going to be busy flying around with my father learning about the family business)
 

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Re: Looking for look alike of Girlfriends dream engagment ri

that doesn't help a whole lot =) you need some kind of budget to start. If you don't want to go over 20k, are you comfortable with 15k? or less? Do you know her finger size?
 

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Re: Looking for look alike of Girlfriends dream engagment ri

So what do you want to spend? I assume it is less than 20k but how much less?
 

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Re: Looking for look alike of Girlfriends dream engagment ri

Um maybe 10k? Like I said I don't know much about rings so I'm not really sure what a good amount to spend would be I just know that I want to give her everything she's ever wanted, including her dream ring.
 

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Re: Looking for look alike of Girlfriends dream engagment ri

is her dream ring a huge rock? or would she be comfortable having just a beautiful well made ring? You won't be able to get a 2 carat ring in a hand made setting for that price, but you will be able to get a good size rock in a well done cast setting. Is there a cultural expectation on how big it needs to be, or color/ clarity combo? Only asking because you mentioned you want to propose at temple, and there are certain cultures where if you don't give a certain combination of things, it can cause problems.

To give you an idea, a hand made setting like what you want can be about 5K or even more. A well done setting done by casting can be about 3-3.5K. So if you go that route, you will be left with a cushion stone with a budget of about 7-7.5K , so you may be able to get a 1.5 carat with a nice faceting pattern, but not in the top color range- more like the "safe" zone of H-I color, VS2-SI1. Only you can decide if that's good enough. It will NOT be as big as what is in her pinterest though, and if she wants colorless of top clarity, it will be even smaller. On top of all this, cushions face up smaller than other stones (though a halo will help)

You need to do some more research my friend. Go to the top of this page to the search and type in "harry winston style ring" and look at other peoples so you can get an idea of different designs, what different carat weights look like on the hand, etc. That will help you to figure out what your next steps need to be, or if you need to raise your budget.
 

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Re: Looking for look alike of Girlfriends dream engagment ri

Wow that was a lot but thank you for the information. I definitely need to do some more research!
 

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Re: Looking for look alike of Girlfriends dream engagment ri

If you can adjust your budget to 15-16k, we can get you something for her that will knock her socks off and give her the looks she wants and at a quality that will rival Harry Winston.

Is that the actual picture she picked? Because if it is, then it looks like she wants a rectangular cushion. So let's shoot for that (square cushions are easier to find, like this one: http://www.brilliantlyengaged.com/newly-added-1.54ct-g-vs2-selection.-gid-675156.html)

So I'll look for the stone for you. And you decide between these two designers for your setting:
http://www.stevenkirsch.com/engagement/halo/r0140.html
https://www.victorcanera.com/rings/engagement/the-emilya-halo-solitaire-with-2ct-vintage-cushion

Each of those settings will rung +/-5k. So that leaves. 11 k for a center stone. Which means we can get her a nice 1.4-1.6 carat stone. As cushions face up small, that's the right size range to get her the proportions of her dream ring.
 

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Re: Looking for look alike of Girlfriends dream engagment ri

spend some time researching, don't try to rush something like this. good luck! :wavey:
 

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Re: Looking for look alike of Girlfriends dream engagment ri

Gypsy|1453689029|3980956 said:
This thread, and our help is all you need: [URL='https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/cushion-101-my-experience-in-making-a-harry-winston-halo.183473/']https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/cushion-101-my-experience-in-making-a-harry-winston-halo.183473/[/URL] by way of research, really.


Those two settings are the closest to the HW halo, and they have the quality you want for something worn everyday.
That thread is seriously the best ever.

re: research, IMO he should find out a bit more about her expectations, not just what it takes to make a good HW copy. What if she only wants a D-E-F VVS1 ? What if she doesn't care about specs, as long as it is huge, and wouldn't mind a I- SI1 if it meant a bigger rock? What if she has a size 8 finger so proportionally she needs a bigger center stone? All of these factors can make a big difference. A 10-11K budget for a stone means different things to different people, and when on a specific budget all those other pieces can really affect the final outcome.
 

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Re: Looking for look alike of Girlfriends dream engagment ri

Honestly, I don't even think you need to do research on the minute details of the setting. Victor and Steven make the best and closest copies to the real HW setting. It is super easy to tell Victor you want a cushion shape Emilya halo to fit your cushion diamond in whatever ring size, that's it. But if she is just choosing the style and doesn't really shop at HW, we can give you less expensive options if VC and SK don't fit in the budget.
 

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Re: Looking for look alike of Girlfriends dream engagment ri

SO diamonds. Compare DIMENSIONS, not WEIGHT. We want a ratio of at least 1.05, but over that would be nice, if found:
http://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/cushion-cut/1.50-carat-g-color-si1-clarity-sku-606992
http://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/cushion-cut/1.40-carat-h-color-vs2-clarity-sku-725195
http://www.goodoldgold.com/ecommerce/1.55ct-h-vvs2-signature-modern-cushion-diamond.html
http://www.b2cjewels.com/dd-7854760-1.55-carat-Cushion-diamond-E-color-VS2-clarity.aspx
https://enchanteddiamonds.com/diamonds/view/Cushion/GIA-Certified-1-53-Carat-H-Color-VS1-Clarity-Diamond-PGJ2A1

http://www.b2cjewels.com/dd-7943353-1.57-carat-Cushion-diamond-H-color-VVS1-clarity.aspx This is the perfect shape. And has nice faceting. The performance is above average, but not excellent like the ones above. But the shape is one I wanted to show you. And it's big. So, it maybe worth a slight reduction in performance in this case to get her the shape she wants and to get a nice savings to your budget. This stone comes in at 8,250. So with a 5k setting. You are at 13,250 at the maximum.


http://www.b2cjewels.com/dd-7665623-1.55-carat-Cushion-diamond-G-color-VVS1-clarity.aspx This is an alternative to that one. Also a really nice rectangular ratio. It has better performance than the 1.57 H is a color grade higher and only 1000 more. So, it is also a top choice .

Also very nice: https://enchanteddiamonds.com/diamonds/view/Cushion/GIA-Certified-1-52-Carat-D-Color-VS2-Clarity-Diamond-3XU79Q

This too, if eyeclean (check anything Vs2 and Si1 with the vendor to see if it is eyeclean): https://enchanteddiamonds.com/diamonds/view/Cushion/GIA-Certified-1-5-Carat-G-Color-SI1-Clarity-Diamond-2CPFHZ

If they will give you an ASET of this one it could be a home run: https://enchanteddiamonds.com/diamonds/view/Cushion/GIA-Certified-1-7-Carat-H-Color-SI1-Clarity-Diamond-DRC3G1
 

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Re: Looking for look alike of Girlfriends dream engagment ri

dollyanjuli|1453689622|3980965 said:
That thread is seriously the best ever.

re: research, IMO he should find out a bit more about her expectations, not just what it takes to make a good HW copy. What if she only wants a D-E-F VVS1 ? What if she doesn't care about specs, as long as it is huge, and wouldn't mind a I- SI1 if it meant a bigger rock? What if she has a size 8 finger so proportionally she needs a bigger center stone? All of these factors can make a big difference. A 10-11K budget for a stone means different things to different people, and when on a specific budget all those other pieces can really affect the final outcome.

I assumed that before deciding to spend thousands he would have had a discussion with her. OR made the decision with her that it would be a surprise.

She liked the HW to me that means H VS or better. And most people have a size 6 finger or thereabouts. And since he said his budget preference is 10k and I already pushed that 6k to 16k. I don't really think it matters if her expectation is a 3 carat stone. Except that maybe he'll have adjust her expectations.


But yes, if there are 'unusual' circumstances we should know them. But those are his responsibility.


So OP, what is her finger size? What is her expectation on size? And does she have any color preferences?
 
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