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My new VRAM Iris solitaire

librarychickie

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Hello All~

For the past few months, I've been going back and forth about what to do with my ring. I love the setting, and I love the stone. I just don't love them together. I have long felt the setting detracted from my center stone.

First, I was going to upgrade my stone to a larger emerald cut; however, my jeweler changed his upgrade policy. He will still honor the 100% purchase price towards an upgraded stone, but if I want to continue the upgrade policy in the future, I can only get a round stone. He no longer offers a trade in for fancy cut stones. So, in order to keep an emerald cut, I'd have to upgrade significantly in size. Alas, that wasn't in the budget.

After deciding to keep my stone, I've been on the hunt for the perfect setting. I have saved so many images of ring settings -- modern, antique, simple, and complex, but nothing really resonated with me until Niel posted a bezel set asscher solitaire on someone else's thread. I knew when I saw that ring that I had found my setting.

Within a couple of days, I inquired with Vram about the Iris solitaire, received a quote, and mailed my ring to him.

I cannot say enough wonderful things about pathetic customer service with VRAM. Angela responded quickly and patiently to all of my questions and worries. Seriously, they have some of the best customer service out there. Amazing.

Here are a couple of pictures of my "before" setting and the "inspiration" setting--

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librarychickie

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And...here are my new rings -- 18kt rose gold with a platinum, milgrained bezel.

The milgrain is so tiny! I absolutely adore the setting. It's simply exquisite.

1.63 ct, J VS1, size 8.5

Lots of pictures coming your way!

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azstonie

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Ohhhhhhh,LOVE this ring, so elegant, so classic and well made :love: :appl: :love:

Congratulations on a wonderful ring!!!!
 

Niel

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Gosh I love love love this! I've been so in love with this setting for so long
 

librarychickie

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azstonie|1443230760|3931924 said:
Ohhhhhhh,LOVE this ring, so elegant, so classic and well made :love: :appl: :love:

Congratulations on a wonderful ring!!!!

Thank you!!
 

librarychickie

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Niel|1443230784|3931925 said:
Gosh I love love love this! I've been so in love with this setting for so long


I can't thank you enough for posting my inspiration ring! If it wasn't for you, I'd still be looking!
 

librarychickie

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Since I still love my old setting, I had VRAM find a colored stone that would fit into it. He found this 2.39 ct emerald cut periwinkle blue sapphire. It's a perfect fit and my favorite sapphire color. I'm a happy camper!

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Niel

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The band that goes with it is so yummy.

Also great you get to still use the pave setting. Gives you an everyday look and a blingy look
 

deltalady

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Both rings are gorgeous!
 

Rockinruby

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Your stone looks fantastic in the new setting! It's beautiful! :appl: Love that you were able to repurpose your old setting too! The sapphire looks like a perfect fit! :clap: Congrats!
 

diamondseeker2006

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That is a gorgeous new setting and band! :love: The three wire shank just looks outstanding on both the e-ring and the band. Lovely milgrain...so well made! I have never heard of this jeweler. You should give their link.
 

mrs-b

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Librarychickie -

Your ring is gorgeous! Could you tell us pls who Vram is, or who did the original inspiration ring? I think your new ring is so classically elegant! Beautiful!
 

librarychickie

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Rockinruby|1443234251|3931961 said:
Your stone looks fantastic in the new setting! It's beautiful! :appl: Love that you were able to repurpose your old setting too! The sapphire looks like a perfect fit! :clap: Congrats!


Thanks!
 

librarychickie

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mrs-blop|1443236414|3931971 said:
Librarychickie -

Your ring is gorgeous! Could you tell us pls who Vram is, or who did the original inspiration ring? I think your new ring is so classically elegant! Beautiful!


I had never heard of him until Niel posted that asscher picture. The inspiration picture is a VRAM original, too. Apparently, his work has been in several magazines, and he's even provided jewels for stars to wear on the red carpet. Ha! Who knew? I'm so glad I found him, though.

The details are so delicate that I really couldn't get a good look at them until I took macro pictures of my ring. Either that's the reason, or my eyes are failing me!

Here's his website -- http://vramjewelry.com

There are also lots of pictures on his Facebook page and his Instagram account.
 

nycspring

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There are so many things I love about your new set- the gorgeous emerald cut stone, bezel with milgrain, rose gold, those gorgeous shanks!! And how wonderful that you can still wear your original ring with a beautiful sapphire. Congrats!! :love:
 

JDDN

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Goodness the reset is so sleek and just plain gorgeous!! It looks so well made too.

I love your new periwinkle sapphire for your old setting too!! You have two gorgeous rings!! :love:
 

_lovesvintage_

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I love your new rings! So glad you were able to find your perfect sapphire for your pave setting already. I am going to have to check out this jeweler. Thanks!
 

Ally T

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Absolutely beautiful. There is something about a vintage tri-wire band that makes my heart sing :love:

Your old setting is one of my favourites on PS, so I am happy you managed to find a stone to put in it. Which, incidentally, is my favourite colour in the world, so first dibs if you ever decide to sell it!! You have made my dream ring for me!! :love: :love:
 

lknvrb4

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Beautiful set, well done!
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Sphene

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Gorgeous rings - so loving that sapphire :love:
 

lovedogs

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Beautiful rings, and wonderful that you got a stone to go into the original setting. Both rings are gorgeous, but those tiny details of your new setting are just perfect. Congrats on both pieces and I hope you love them!
 

ZestfullyBling

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Lovely emerald! Wear it in good health!! :appl:
 

daintyG

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I love the reset! I keep coming back to look again. :naughty:
 

librarychickie

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Thanks to everyone for the kind comments! I truly appreciate them.
 

LLJsmom

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Wow. The EC really pops with the new setting. I took a second for my eyes to get used to it, but I like it. I think it makes much more a statement. Congratulations on finding a setting you love! And the periwinkle sapphire makes that old setting look so fresh. well done!
 

CRYSTAL24K

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Your original setting was beautiful, but your new setting is just perfection! It is the rare perfect combination of vintage and modern design sensibilities IMO. The rose gold is just divine! Your gorgeous center stone is the star and it looks fantastic on you! :love: :love: :love:

Enjoy!
 

motownmama

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BOTH your rings are AMAZING!!!! How wonderful. Wear them in good health!!!!

You must have been using autocorrect, however, as you refer to VRAM customer service as "pathetic."
 
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