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Solitaire to Party of Three!

itskcc

Rough_Rock
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Jul 27, 2019
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After a loooooong search and a couple of detours, I finally got my upgrade/replacement right courtesy of the incredible talent of Caysie van Bebber at CVB Inspired Design.

I lost my original engagement ring about 7yrs ago (1.3ct round w/baguette sides in platinum setting). I decided to go in a different direction with the replacement ring and chose a 2ct cushion stone and designed a setting with Barmakian's in Boston. We did a halo, trapezoid side stones, pretty gallery, and profile. After about a year, I confessed to the Mr. that I thought I made a mistake. I just didn't love the ring as my engagement ring. I didn't love the crushed ice look of the cushion and all of the parts of the setting just blended in - it was sparkly, but there was no contrast - if that makes any sense.

So we traded in the cushion for a 2.3ct round and I threw it in a plain solitaire just to have something to wear while I figured out my next move. I looked at so many ring settings I can't even count. I'm a stickler for the profile. I rejected hundreds of settings because they looked gorgeous from the top but the side view looked like crap - bad design, no design, bad angles, proportions wrong, etc. I was determined not to rush this time. I build Pinterest boards and started collecting photos and I took every opportunity to try on everything I could (What's not fun about that?!). I went down the halo route over and over but just couldn't pull the trigger.

I started playing around with all configurations of side stones. There's something about baguettes and french cut stones that speak to me and I kept coming back to them in various design elements. Last June I took a business trip to NYC and the Mr. decided to join me for the weekend. We trolled through all the iconic jewelry stores and had a wonderful time trying everything on. At Tiffany, we tried on a classic 3-stone with a center diamond about the same size as mine and we both just felt like we were on the right track. We even went back the next day so my husband could take another look. He loved it. I loved it. It just felt right. That started the quest to find some side-kicks for my center diamond and to find the right setting. I was searching for something with an antique vibe and trying to figure out a way to incorporate the baguettes or french cuts. I found an antique setting that was the inspiration for the profile and proportions. Caysie helped me figure out how to add some french cut stones and delicate milgrain detail. She was a pleasure to work with and really helped me to focus my ideas.

As a bonus, I had a loose tanzanite in my stash that fit perfectly in the halo setting I had made for the cushion stone and I fell in love again. I LOVE the halo with a colored stone. I've been sitting on that tanzanite for about 15yrs. It felt meant to be and a huge win/win.

So, here she is: CVB 3-stone in platinum with rectangular and square frenchies in the band. 2.3ct I VS1 center stone, 80 points each on the side stones. My husband surprised me with Caysie's Riviere band for my birthday in March. Yay!

Photo credit for photos 1-3: CVB.


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737lizakg

Shiny_Rock
Premium
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Oct 18, 2015
Messages
387
That halo setting is beautiful but you are right, it needed a colourful center and your new ring is just gorgeous. But, we need a full on profile shot of the 3 stone! I love the tilt of the sidestones too.
 

alittlelight

Shiny_Rock
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Jul 24, 2016
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413
That is a perfect and gorgeous three stone ring! And your new tanzanite delight is no slouch either. You must be very, very happy! Wear it in good health!!
 

lilysweet

Shiny_Rock
Joined
Jan 9, 2015
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407
Such a beautiful classic piece! I want to stare at it!!! I love me a 3 stone and that is perfect!!! What size is your finger? Congrats!
 

RosieR

Brilliant_Rock
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Feb 3, 2013
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That 3 stone is what dreams are made of :kiss2: Any more pic pretty please??
 

TweetyBird23

Brilliant_Rock
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Feb 26, 2018
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Thud. Incredible! Congratulations on such gorgeous, hand-crafted heirloom pieces!
 

missy

Super_Ideal_Rock
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Jun 8, 2008
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Beautiful rings. ❤
 

OdetteOdile

Brilliant_Rock
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Aug 8, 2019
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What a gorgeous collection! Beautiful 3 stone ring and I love the way the tanzanite looks in your former setting. Stunning!
 

Catmom

Super_Ideal_Rock
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Apr 6, 2005
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Your new ring is absolutely gorgeous and there's nothing better than a colored stone that is haloed in my opinion! Congrats.
 

Crystal_Dreams

Brilliant_Rock
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Aug 25, 2014
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Beautiful!! I love how you have frenchies on the side.

May I ask what your ring size is? I’m a bit of a fan of 3 stone rings and it is quite helpful to have sizing references for ‘one day’...
 

itskcc

Rough_Rock
Joined
Jul 27, 2019
Messages
31
Beautiful!! I love how you have frenchies on the side.

May I ask what your ring size is? I’m a bit of a fan of 3 stone rings and it is quite helpful to have sizing references for ‘one day’...
Thank you! I'm a 6 but in the last few years my ring finger knuckle has gotten bigger so I had to get a 6.25
 
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