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#JOTW Sharing my new .40 ACA solitaire

Alybetter

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Sharing my new ACA; 0.4ct E VS2. Here it is and thanks for looking!

It’s set into a petite 950 platinum/ruthenium cut-down pave setting. The shank is 1.9mm wide with twenty-two 1.5mm melee stones at .30carats, all D-E-F VVS2, excellent cut.

My goal was for a small solitaire with as much sparkle as possible. The ACA does get a bit lost here, but that was a somewhat calculated intent on my part.

To summarize a long journey, I have learned that my preference in rings leans very hard towards simple and understated. Classic, uncomplicated bands and small solitaires, if I wear one at all. Under 0.5 ct just perfectly suits my aesthetic. This was not exactly an inexpensive lesson, but c’est la vie..

Huge thanks to the people at WF. Working with them has been a pleasure; I always got nothing but the best customer service.
Working with David Klass was great, too. The entire process was smooth and concise and David was kind and professional.

I’ll wear it alone, probably on my right hand. I don’t intend to wear it daily, but I like knowing it’s there when I want a little bling. Daily drivers are still my Tiffany bands.

Not that anyone asked, but can I tell the difference between this .40 ct ACA and the .41 Tiffany XXX and/or the .45 ct IGI Ideal? In terms of performance, no. I can’t. Not at this size. I actually think the Tiffany diamond sparkled more often and in a more pleasing way (to my eyes). The ACA is lovely, bright white and mind clean, so I’m not complaining. Just my observations.
 

monarch64

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Ohhhh, it’s lovely!!! The center is immaculate, and the whole ring looks like beautiful craftsmanship. 10/10
 

Alybetter

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Ohhhh, it’s lovely!!! The center is immaculate, and the whole ring looks like beautiful craftsmanship. 10/10

Thanks! I’m very happy with it. Working with these two vendors was a perfect experience.
 

Ally T

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This is such a pretty ring & I bet it sparkles like crazy!
 

MiniMinerva

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Sparkly and elegant in a lovely high color! Congrats on your new beautiful jewel.

It was interesting to hear your observations compared to the Tiffany stone. The arrows on the Tiffany look a smidge broader/fatter in the photos but maybe that’s an optical illusion. I do especially enjoy shorter lower girdle facets and chunkier arrows myself.
 

Alybetter

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Sparkly and elegant in a lovely high color! Congrats on your new beautiful jewel.

It was interesting to hear your observations compared to the Tiffany stone. The arrows on the Tiffany look a smidge broader/fatter in the photos but maybe that’s an optical illusion. I do especially enjoy shorter lower girdle facets and chunkier arrows myself.

Yes, perhaps I do, too. I was surprised to notice the differences. This is my first ‘super ideal’ cut round, in the past I have always bought GIA XXX and/or IGI Ideals.
It’s very, very white. And very bright. Which I totally love! But it’s not sparkly, as in flashes of sparkles while driving on a sunny day, etc. It just glows white. Too bad I sold the Tiffany, I’d love to compare the two together.
 

tyty333

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Wow! Very pretty! I really like the setting you put it in...enjoy your lovely new ring!
 

Sparkledrops

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I love it and I love your taste! Do you care to share details about your 3 stone?
 

Alybetter

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I love it and I love your taste! Do you care to share details about your 3 stone?

Yes, they were all F color IGI ideals, .45 and two .30s. It was a custom trellis setting in 14k YG. It was made by Ouros and set by my local jeweler. I sold it a while back. Beautiful, but too much for me. Here’re some additional photos:

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Sparkledrops

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Yes, they were all F color IGI ideals, .45 and two .30s. It was a custom trellis setting in 14k YG. It was made by Ouros and set by my local jeweler. I sold it a while back. Beautiful, but too much for me. Here’re some additional photos:

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THANK YOU so much for the photos! They have made my mouth water! :)
 

Story

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I totally relate with you! After feeling unhealthy amounts of envy at my friends who were getting 2-3cts for their engagement rings, and spending a lot of money (for me) to try and compensate, I realised that my 0.63 ACA was the perfect one for me. The journey to discovering your own tastes is a confusing and long one!

Happy for you for finding your preferences! And your ring is just beautiful! DK does such a good job with prongs :D
 

purplesilk

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Good job! It's a beautiful elegant ring!!!
Thanks for sharing.
 

Alybetter

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I totally relate with you! After feeling unhealthy amounts of envy at my friends who were getting 2-3cts for their engagement rings, and spending a lot of money (for me) to try and compensate, I realised that my 0.63 ACA was the perfect one for me. The journey to discovering your own tastes is a confusing and long one!

Happy for you for finding your preferences! And your ring is just beautiful! DK does such a good job with prongs :D

Thank you for the kind words. I admit initially getting caught up in the idea that I needed to get the biggest stone we could reasonably afford. And there’s nothing wrong with that ideal, it’s just I never really stopped to think about what worked for me. Not how it looks on my hand, (my hands are gnarled beasts that can ruin even the prettiest rings), but the story it tells. How it fits with who I am.
 

Eli22

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This is just beautiful. That diamond/setting looks perfect on your hand!
 

secretagentlaura

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What a smashing "upgrade"! I appreciate you sharing pics of your new ring so much! I also prefer smaller diamonds for myself and don't see enough of them around here!
 

Dandi

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This is just so, so lovely. Perfection!!
 

MMtwo

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What a beautiful, dainty perfect ring! I love the ring and it does look lovely on you.
 

Tonks

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To summarize a long journey, I have learned that my preference in rings leans very hard towards simple and understated. Classic, uncomplicated bands and small solitaires, if I wear one at all. Under 0.5 ct just perfectly suits my aesthetic. This was not exactly an inexpensive lesson, but c’est la vie..

It’s beautiful—congrats!

It’s so important to figure out preferences, and sometimes it is hard (and expensive). Glad you found exactly what you wanted. The ACA looks gorgeous.
 

RunningwithScissors

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Lovely ring, congrats on finding a perfect one for you!
 

JV36912

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Congrats on JOTW! Such a beautiful stone and setting. Enjoy!!
 
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