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Gussie

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Thank you all for the sweet comments! I love being able to share with ps friends!

A couple of pics I took today in Colorado. Tired and acclimating today but I hope to get more pics this week. Diamonds look so awesome on a sunny day in the mountains.

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Emeraldsaremyfavorite

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Just gorgeous! Well done and bands are so unique. I’m a true Sooner so it’s “horns down” for me and I don’t care if it hurts the coach’s feelings... hahaha! We talk about something other than diamonds:lol:

But I do love your set so much:)
 

Matthews1127

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Since I joined ps, a single ring has stood out as my Holy Grail. I have lusted after @yssie's Erika Winters' Margot for what seems like forever. I started exploring the possibility of resetting or upgrading my stone less than a month ago. I got lots of really helpful advice in HO about the pros and cons. I could not get it out of my mind and the itch had to be scratched!

I thought I wanted a 10mm stone in an EW Margot so I began my hunt. After I ordered a 10mm cz and wore it around for a couple of days, I decided it was too big for daily wear. My daughters and husband definitely agreed (teenage son couldn't care less). But I was afraid that changing from the petal prong Dahlia setting to a Margot would make my stone seem smaller since the Dahlia prongs have a tiny halo effect. (Thanks @Bonfire for this observation!) What good pser wouldn't be terrified of a reset appearing smaller?!? Going up just a tad from 9.4mm but not to 10mm seemed to be the way to go. As luck would have it, Whiteflash had a 9.7mm J-SI1 ACA in stock so I made an appointment to see it. I tend to have an "unclean" mind so an eyeclean SI1 and a bit of warmth are the perfect specs for me.

I also wanted to see an EW piece before I made the commitment to the Margot which has a substantial price point. I searched around for a band and I found one on ebay!! It was a b&m store in Virginia (White and Ivory) that was selling their floor model EW pieces. Luckily they had my size in a 18k yg Lily band. I purchased it and two days later it was on my finger. Refined perfection was my impression of Erika's work and I knew I would have a Margot.

So at this point I have an appointment with WF to see a 9.7mm stone. I have bought an EW Lily band from White and Ivory, and I know that I want a Margot. Here is where the story gets good!

I sent an email to the lady at White and Ivory to thank her for sending the Lily band so promptly. I attached a picture of my new band with my Dahlia. When she replied, she complimented Dahlia and asked about my stone. I replied with the specs of the stone and that I really wanted the EW Margot with a slightly larger stone and I planned to contact Erika. Just a few minutes after I sent that email, she called me.

She had a platinum Margot made for a 3.3 ct stone sitting in her vault! A lady had changed her mind and it was brand new, set previously but never worn. I asked her to find the exact size of the stone from her records and to send me pics. No way could this be for real! A few minutes later she called back. A platinum Margot, polished finish, pave shoulders, made for a 9.74mm MRB, size 6.5. It was exactly what I wanted down to the ring size!!!!! And of course it was at a great discount (almost 40% off current MSRP!) since it had been sitting in a vault for 2 years. This was beginning to feel like fate.

I still had to see the stone though. And to be honest, I thought I would be disappointed. No way would this really happen this easily! So I went to WF with the attitude that I would not trade for a less beautiful stone, no matter the setting situation. I almost gasped when I saw the new stone. Immediately, it looked brighter and even a bit whiter than my stone which was considered a high J. Michelle and Becca and I were unanimous that it was prettier. Wow, I just couldn't believe it. With a tiny table and high crown, this is a total fireball! Totally eyeclean too!

My new stone
3.443 ct
J
SI1 (eye clean with grade setting twinning wisp)
Depth 61.8
Table 55.4
CA 34.8
PA 40.8
Star 48
LGF 77

https://www.whiteflash.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut-loose-diamond-4033329.htm

So Margot arrived a couple of days later. And WF set it. From dream to finger in less than 3 weeks. It could not have been easier than if it fell out of the sky! Does this even qualify for Holy Grail status!?! And possibly the best part is that DH is completely dumbfounded that I spent less than half of the original budget!!! Hence the Imogen and Helena bands in the pics, hehehe.

Although I have never named a ring before, a single word has stood out throughout the entire process. I have Christened her Serendipity. She will grace my grateful finger from now on!

Thank you to Whiteflash (Michelle, @Vera W, Becca, Leon, @Texas Leaguer and the entire team), White and Ivory, everyone who advised me in my ridiculously long HO thread, and @MissGotRocks for virtually holding my hand throughout the upgrade!

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Pure beauty!! I LOVE her, and her name is so fitting!! You’re right...it was FATE! How AMAZING!! I’m so excited for you, @ceg!!! :kiss2:
 

Wewechew

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Thank you for posting more pics!!!!

So... now that you've had it a few days, how are you feeling about the size?
 

Gussie

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Thank you for posting more pics!!!!

So... now that you've had it a few days, how are you feeling about the size?
Unfortunately it is abnormally cold here in Colorado this spring break so I have had on gloves a lot and haven't taken many pics.

But here are my thoughts so far.

I LOVE IT!

As far as size goes it looks very similar to the previous stone. However, I believe this setting shows the stone better. I see edge to edge and it is very bright with lots of fire too. I loved the Dahlia but the prongs were were similar to a bezel. I believe that actually made the stone appear a bit darker and even though the dimension was larger, the metal halo covered the edges so that the stone looked smaller.

I may just be totally smitten but I am completely in awe of both the setting and the stone. Together, I really believe I have my HG!!!!
 

soxfan

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You have to be the luckiest MF on the planet. To find that in a vault for 40% off and it fit the stone you loved? Wow. That's so awesome.
 

Gussie

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You have to be the luckiest MF on the planet. To find that in a vault for 40% off and it fit the stone you loved? Wow. That's so awesome.
Too much luck for one person for sure. I keep waiting to be hit by a bus or an avalanche this week. :lol:
 

Wewechew

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Unfortunately it is abnormally cold here in Colorado this spring break so I have had on gloves a lot and haven't taken many pics.

But here are my thoughts so far.

I LOVE IT!

As far as size goes it looks very similar to the previous stone. However, I believe this setting shows the stone better. I see edge to edge and it is very bright with lots of fire too. I loved the Dahlia but the prongs were were similar to a bezel. I believe that actually made the stone appear a bit darker and even though the dimension was larger, the metal halo covered the edges so that the stone looked smaller.

I may just be totally smitten but I am completely in awe of both the setting and the stone. Together, I really believe I have my HG!!!!
:appl:So happy for you! :mrgreen2:
 

MissGotRocks

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So glad to hear your good thoughts now that you've had a few days to oogle her! I know we will get lots more pics in due time but so glad that you love the new stone and setting.
 

Vera W

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Since I joined ps, a single ring has stood out as my Holy Grail. I have lusted after @yssie's Erika Winters' Margot for what seems like forever. I started exploring the possibility of resetting or upgrading my stone less than a month ago. I got lots of really helpful advice in HO about the pros and cons. I could not get it out of my mind and the itch had to be scratched!

I thought I wanted a 10mm stone in an EW Margot so I began my hunt. After I ordered a 10mm cz and wore it around for a couple of days, I decided it was too big for daily wear. My daughters and husband definitely agreed (teenage son couldn't care less). But I was afraid that changing from the petal prong Dahlia setting to a Margot would make my stone seem smaller since the Dahlia prongs have a tiny halo effect. (Thanks @Bonfire for this observation!) What good pser wouldn't be terrified of a reset appearing smaller?!? Going up just a tad from 9.4mm but not to 10mm seemed to be the way to go. As luck would have it, Whiteflash had a 9.7mm J-SI1 ACA in stock so I made an appointment to see it. I tend to have an "unclean" mind so an eyeclean SI1 and a bit of warmth are the perfect specs for me.

I also wanted to see an EW piece before I made the commitment to the Margot which has a substantial price point. I searched around for a band and I found one on ebay!! It was a b&m store in Virginia (White and Ivory) that was selling their floor model EW pieces. Luckily they had my size in a 18k yg Lily band. I purchased it and two days later it was on my finger. Refined perfection was my impression of Erika's work and I knew I would have a Margot.

So at this point I have an appointment with WF to see a 9.7mm stone. I have bought an EW Lily band from White and Ivory, and I know that I want a Margot. Here is where the story gets good!

I sent an email to the lady at White and Ivory to thank her for sending the Lily band so promptly. I attached a picture of my new band with my Dahlia. When she replied, she complimented Dahlia and asked about my stone. I replied with the specs of the stone and that I really wanted the EW Margot with a slightly larger stone and I planned to contact Erika. Just a few minutes after I sent that email, she called me.

She had a platinum Margot made for a 3.3 ct stone sitting in her vault! A lady had changed her mind and it was brand new, set previously but never worn. I asked her to find the exact size of the stone from her records and to send me pics. No way could this be for real! A few minutes later she called back. A platinum Margot, polished finish, pave shoulders, made for a 9.74mm MRB, size 6.5. It was exactly what I wanted down to the ring size!!!!! And of course it was at a great discount (almost 40% off current MSRP!) since it had been sitting in a vault for 2 years. This was beginning to feel like fate.

I still had to see the stone though. And to be honest, I thought I would be disappointed. No way would this really happen this easily! So I went to WF with the attitude that I would not trade for a less beautiful stone, no matter the setting situation. I almost gasped when I saw the new stone. Immediately, it looked brighter and even a bit whiter than my stone which was considered a high J. Michelle and Becca and I were unanimous that it was prettier. Wow, I just couldn't believe it. With a tiny table and high crown, this is a total fireball! Totally eyeclean too!

My new stone
3.443 ct
J
SI1 (eye clean with grade setting twinning wisp)
Depth 61.8
Table 55.4
CA 34.8
PA 40.8
Star 48
LGF 77

https://www.whiteflash.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut-loose-diamond-4033329.htm

So Margot arrived a couple of days later. And WF set it. From dream to finger in less than 3 weeks. It could not have been easier than if it fell out of the sky! Does this even qualify for Holy Grail status!?! And possibly the best part is that DH is completely dumbfounded that I spent less than half of the original budget!!! Hence the Imogen and Helena bands in the pics, hehehe.

Although I have never named a ring before, a single word has stood out throughout the entire process. I have Christened her Serendipity. She will grace my grateful finger from now on!

Thank you to Whiteflash (Michelle, @Vera W, Becca, Leon, @Texas Leaguer and the entire team), White and Ivory, everyone who advised me in my ridiculously long HO thread, and @MissGotRocks for virtually holding my hand throughout the upgrade!

20190307_161735.jpg 20190307_161701.jpg 20190307_161928.jpg 20190307_162944.jpg 20190307_163211.jpg 20190307_163246.jpg 20190307_163323.jpg 20190307_162835.jpg 20190307_162138.jpg 20190307_164129.jpg
ZOMGoodness @ceg Your Serendipity is too divine!!! WOWZERS. Thank you for your kind words and especially Thank you for making my days so much more vibrant when you come to see us!!! I swear I feel giddy like a girl with her favorite ice cream cone bringing great refreshment to a hot summer day when you walk into our Showroom. You are a true delight to behold. :love: We are so happy to share in your joy! :appl:
 

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ZOMGoodness @ceg Your Serendipity is too divine!!! WOWZERS. Thank you for your kind words and especially Thank you for making my days so much more vibrant when you come to see us!!! I swear I feel giddy like a girl with her favorite ice cream cone bringing great refreshment to a hot summer day when you walk into our Showroom. You are a true delight to behold. :love: We are so happy to share in your joy! :appl:
Awww! Thanks @Vera W. I have to say I love coming to visit wf too!!! Texas hospitality combined with gorgeous bling- heaven with easy parking!!! Thank you sooo much for everything!
 

missy

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Unfortunately it is abnormally cold here in Colorado this spring break so I have had on gloves a lot and haven't taken many pics.

But here are my thoughts so far.

I LOVE IT!

As far as size goes it looks very similar to the previous stone. However, I believe this setting shows the stone better. I see edge to edge and it is very bright with lots of fire too. I loved the Dahlia but the prongs were were similar to a bezel. I believe that actually made the stone appear a bit darker and even though the dimension was larger, the metal halo covered the edges so that the stone looked smaller.

I may just be totally smitten but I am completely in awe of both the setting and the stone. Together, I really believe I have my HG!!!!
It was so meant to be!!! Freaking holy grail gorgeous in every way!!!:kiss2: You deserve it @ceg and I am so thrilled for you that you are so thrilled with your amazbling HG ring.:appl:

Too much luck for one person for sure. I keep waiting to be hit by a bus or an avalanche this week. :lol:

And nooooooo getting hit by buses by you or anyone else here please young lady. Stay safe. And enjoy your beautiful ring. :bigsmile:
 

MissGotRocks

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Oh, I knew you wouldn't forget us! 17 hours of driving is admirable but so glad you had some time on your hands to grace us with more pics! The ring looks absolutely beautiful and another great stack!
 

Dmndsr4evr11

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Since I joined ps, a single ring has stood out as my Holy Grail. I have lusted after @yssie's Erika Winters' Margot for what seems like forever. I started exploring the possibility of resetting or upgrading my stone less than a month ago. I got lots of really helpful advice in HO about the pros and cons. I could not get it out of my mind and the itch had to be scratched!

I thought I wanted a 10mm stone in an EW Margot so I began my hunt. After I ordered a 10mm cz and wore it around for a couple of days, I decided it was too big for daily wear. My daughters and husband definitely agreed (teenage son couldn't care less). But I was afraid that changing from the petal prong Dahlia setting to a Margot would make my stone seem smaller since the Dahlia prongs have a tiny halo effect. (Thanks @Bonfire for this observation!) What good pser wouldn't be terrified of a reset appearing smaller?!? Going up just a tad from 9.4mm but not to 10mm seemed to be the way to go. As luck would have it, Whiteflash had a 9.7mm J-SI1 ACA in stock so I made an appointment to see it. I tend to have an "unclean" mind so an eyeclean SI1 and a bit of warmth are the perfect specs for me.

I also wanted to see an EW piece before I made the commitment to the Margot which has a substantial price point. I searched around for a band and I found one on ebay!! It was a b&m store in Virginia (White and Ivory) that was selling their floor model EW pieces. Luckily they had my size in a 18k yg Lily band. I purchased it and two days later it was on my finger. Refined perfection was my impression of Erika's work and I knew I would have a Margot.

So at this point I have an appointment with WF to see a 9.7mm stone. I have bought an EW Lily band from White and Ivory, and I know that I want a Margot. Here is where the story gets good!

I sent an email to the lady at White and Ivory to thank her for sending the Lily band so promptly. I attached a picture of my new band with my Dahlia. When she replied, she complimented Dahlia and asked about my stone. I replied with the specs of the stone and that I really wanted the EW Margot with a slightly larger stone and I planned to contact Erika. Just a few minutes after I sent that email, she called me.

She had a platinum Margot made for a 3.3 ct stone sitting in her vault! A lady had changed her mind and it was brand new, set previously but never worn. I asked her to find the exact size of the stone from her records and to send me pics. No way could this be for real! A few minutes later she called back. A platinum Margot, polished finish, pave shoulders, made for a 9.74mm MRB, size 6.5. It was exactly what I wanted down to the ring size!!!!! And of course it was at a great discount (almost 40% off current MSRP!) since it had been sitting in a vault for 2 years. This was beginning to feel like fate.

I still had to see the stone though. And to be honest, I thought I would be disappointed. No way would this really happen this easily! So I went to WF with the attitude that I would not trade for a less beautiful stone, no matter the setting situation. I almost gasped when I saw the new stone. Immediately, it looked brighter and even a bit whiter than my stone which was considered a high J. Michelle and Becca and I were unanimous that it was prettier. Wow, I just couldn't believe it. With a tiny table and high crown, this is a total fireball! Totally eyeclean too!

My new stone
3.443 ct
J
SI1 (eye clean with grade setting twinning wisp)
Depth 61.8
Table 55.4
CA 34.8
PA 40.8
Star 48
LGF 77

https://www.whiteflash.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut-loose-diamond-4033329.htm

So Margot arrived a couple of days later. And WF set it. From dream to finger in less than 3 weeks. It could not have been easier than if it fell out of the sky! Does this even qualify for Holy Grail status!?! And possibly the best part is that DH is completely dumbfounded that I spent less than half of the original budget!!! Hence the Imogen and Helena bands in the pics, hehehe.

Although I have never named a ring before, a single word has stood out throughout the entire process. I have Christened her Serendipity. She will grace my grateful finger from now on!

Thank you to Whiteflash (Michelle, @Vera W, Becca, Leon, @Texas Leaguer and the entire team), White and Ivory, everyone who advised me in my ridiculously long HO thread, and @MissGotRocks for virtually holding my hand throughout the upgrade!

20190307_161735.jpg 20190307_161701.jpg 20190307_161928.jpg 20190307_162944.jpg 20190307_163211.jpg 20190307_163246.jpg 20190307_163323.jpg 20190307_162835.jpg 20190307_162138.jpg 20190307_164129.jpg
Simply stunning, @ceg!!! Love it!!! Congrats!
 

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Your rings are gorgeous!! I live near White & Ivory and have worked with them several times. Their customer service is fantastic!
 

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Gah! So so delicious! Just love your band combos but your stone and setting are just da’ bomb! More please!! :clap:
 

Gussie

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I got this awesome malachite ring box in Colorado. The rings look prettier on top of it than in it, lol.

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Gussie

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Gah, these pics are amazing and the green really shows off the diamond and the different color metals.
Thanks! I use an android phone. I think the Samsung galaxy 9 camera is really good for a phone camera. Better than iPhone imo.
 

Wewechew

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Thanks! I use an android phone. I think the Samsung galaxy 9 camera is really good for a phone camera. Better than iPhone imo.
Don't get me started on the iPhone camera... although my phone is two and a half years old so there is that lol.

Do you happen to notice the warmth in your diamond more when you wear the yellow gold bands with it?
 

Gussie

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Don't get me started on the iPhone camera... although my phone is two and a half years old so there is that lol.

Do you happen to notice the warmth in your diamond more when you wear the yellow gold bands with it?
No, I don't think so. But I rarely wear all platinum . My pics often show more yellow in the stone than I actually see. Every wall in my house where I take pics is a warm beige (builder brown :P2) color. I am very fond of warmth though. Sometimes I am shocked at the pics because I don't see near the yellow irl. Outside pics don't show it nearly as much.
 

Wewechew

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No, I don't think so. But I rarely wear all platinum . My pics often show more yellow in the stone than I actually see. Every wall in my house where I take pics is a warm beige (builder brown :P2) color. I am very fond of warmth though. Sometimes I am shocked at the pics because I don't see near the yellow irl. Outside pics don't show it nearly as much.
Oh no, I wasn't trying to imply I saw warmth in your photos! Your diamond is super white in them.

It was a question for myself because I've been wearing a rose gold wedding band and have been trying to decide if the rose gold is reflected into my diamond at all.

ETA: Yes, this is what I wonder while sitting in my office when work is light lol
 

Gussie

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Oh no, I wasn't trying to imply I saw warmth in your photos! Your diamond is super white in them.

It was a question for myself because I've been wearing a rose gold wedding band and have been trying to decide if the rose gold is reflected into my diamond at all.

ETA: Yes, this is what I wonder while sitting in my office when work is light lol
Lol, I do see the warmth sometimes though. I always snap pics without removing my brown leather phone case, so there's that too!

And I totally get sitting around thinking about jewelry. I'm in the school carpool line right now. Haha, glad we can all have this glorious addiction together!
 

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How in the heck did I miss THIS! :shock::love: You did it; congrats x100 ... and wow, did the stars align for you to have all of this come together the way it did. Fate is such a beautiful creature in this case.
 
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