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chymystry

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Hello all,

When my wife and I got married, we purchased a .76c VS1 E color diamond for her ring. I want to suprise her for a big birthday by upgrading the ring.

My budget is 12-15k

Option 1: Buy the nicest diamond in my price range and replace her current ring (maybe 1.5-1.6c?). Color is a huge factor with my wife, clarity is second..

Option 2: By a matching diamond to my wifes first diamond and a larger diamond with the remaining budget (1.25-1.35c), and make a ring with a larger center stone and the two 3/4c diamonds on the sides..

What do you guys think, would the three stones be to big on the ring?

Some feed back would be appreciated.

TY!!
 

Cehrabehra

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Date: 11/30/2006 7:52:32 PM
Author:chymystry
Hello all,

When my wife and I got married, we purchased a .76c VS1 E color diamond for her ring. I want to suprise her for a big birthday by upgrading the ring.

My budget is 12-15k

Option 1: Buy the nicest diamond in my price range and replace her current ring (maybe 1.5-1.6c?). Color is a huge factor with my wife, clarity is second..

Option 2: By a matching diamond to my wifes first diamond and a larger diamond with the remaining budget (1.25-1.35c), and make a ring with a larger center stone and the two 3/4c diamonds on the sides..

What do you guys think, would the three stones be to big on the ring?

Some feed back would be appreciated.

TY!!
no - 3 stones won''t be too big.... some people have 3 stones where the center is 3-5 carats and they still have side stones the size of yours or bigger LOL I think a 3 stone might be a nice sentiment - you could borrow the whole past present future thing when you come up with your sappy give it to her speech ;-) Just remember that CUT is most important - more than color or clarity.... I don''t know how much it will cost to do a 3 stone, but I''m sure you could get a really nice solitaire for that price range :)
 

momof3

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can''t you get credit for her current diamond for the upgrade? then you can go up on everything, size, cut etc...

i got a jeweler to take my diamond and i didn''t even buy the original w/ them... i think it''s worth a try!

i''d go for a bigger center stone and perhaps a decorative setting (like pave or channel set), but that''s me - what does she like???

and, by the way - what a sweetheart you are!!!
 

JulieN

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I do think a 3/4 ct would be too big as a sidestone to a 1.25
 

mrssalvo

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Date: 11/30/2006 7:52:32 PM
Author:chymystry
Hello all,


When my wife and I got married, we purchased a .76c VS1 E color diamond for her ring. I want to suprise her for a big birthday by upgrading the ring.


My budget is 12-15k


Option 1: Buy the nicest diamond in my price range and replace her current ring (maybe 1.5-1.6c?). Color is a huge factor with my wife, clarity is second..


Option 2: By a matching diamond to my wifes first diamond and a larger diamond with the remaining budget (1.25-1.35c), and make a ring with a larger center stone and the two 3/4c diamonds on the sides..


What do you guys think, would the three stones be to big on the ring?


Some feed back would be appreciated.


TY!!
Hi and welcome. I would suggest getting the biggest center stone you can for the b-day surprise. If she wants a 3 stone you can always add those later to be in proportion to the stone. Since we don''t know if she''d want a 3 stone or not and you want to surprise her, go for the biggest diamond you can afford...
 

DBM

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just another thought to throw out, some women customers i know don''t like the idea of taking their original engagement stone and placing it just as a side stone with another matching stone (i think it''s mostly a sentimental thing). the appeal of placing the original diamond as a pendant around their neck is sometimes preferred.
 

cpster

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I vote for one large new stone and resetting the original stone as a nice pendant or possibly doing a three stone later. What a nice surprise for you wife!
 

Kay

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Date: 11/30/2006 10:54:57 PM
Author: JulieN
I do think a 3/4 ct would be too big as a sidestone to a 1.25
I agree. The 3/4 ct would make a fabulous pendant, maybe with a thin bezel. Then she could wear her original stone close to her heart.
 

diamondfan

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that''s what I did with mine, and I actually just reset it into a really neat halo with an airline on a thin chain and I am loving it! I think that, plus the new ring, is great, and like getting two gifts in one!
 

chymystry

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Wow guys thanks for the excellent feedback! I like the whole pendant idea.... I will look for some diamonds in my budget range and post them here for some advice from all. Thanks again for the ideas!!
 

chymystry

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This seems to be most bang for my buck with a good cut, f color or beter, VS1 or better... I don''t much about diamonds, what do you guys think?

http://www.uniondiamond.com/diamond/1-62ct-EGL-Certified-Round-CUT-Diamond-AA241088.html

Stock Number AA241088
Certificate: EGL
Shape: Round
Cut: Select Ideal™
Carat: 1.62
Color: F
Clarity: VS1
Regular Price: $14,317
Wire Transfer Price: $13,900

Diamond Proportions:
Measurements: 7.58-7.53-4.66
Depth Percentage: 61.70%
Table Percentage: 55%
Girdle: TN-M
Culet: None (Pointed)
Polish: Excellent
Symmetry: Very Good
Fluorescence: None (Inert)
 

Kim N

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I agree, the 3/4 ct may be too large of a sidestone for a 1.25-1.35. I second the suggestion of setting it as a pendant, three-prong or bezel or halo.

Also, I don''t mean to thread-jack, but diamondfan, do you have photos of your halo pendant with an airline? I''m thinking of a project like this and would love to see it!
 
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