- Oct 2, 2020
I tried Ivy & Rose. Surprisingly expensive for a very basic setting.
She’s a Chinese vendor, but I don’t think she’s on Etsy anymore because I can’t find my original purchase. If you have a standard size calibrated setting, there are many places you can buy inexpensive but nice quality silver rings, and just switch out the stone. For example, this was QVC Diamonique plantinum plated cz ring, and I put a $60, 8mm blue zircon in it. The band next to it is pure platinum and real diamonds.Would you mind sharing the name of the vendor?
I second Dan M. He has a couple pieces on his sold page that are lab stones in lovely settings. He does great bezel work, quite a few of us have used him. He can also do the setting in gold and band in silver.@LightBright, I had Jen Lawler Designs (on Etsy) create a custom pendant in argentium (though she more frequently works in regular sterling). Although I have regrets about the piece and there was ...miscommunication?...conflict?...regarding the design, the craftsmanship was good. I don't think I'd have her do custom work again, but I would buy one of her own designs (either premade or a duplicate piece in argentium).
I bought an argentium chain from Verbena Place Jewelry (also Etsy) that I'm happy with. I can't speak to their other jewelry.
Daniel M (also Etsy) is experienced in argentium, and he also does silver repair work. I've had him make several pieces for me in gold and am quite satisfied. He is who I plan to reach out to for argentium pieces in the future.
I've had some other small pieces made by others, but wouldn't recommend, so I'm leaving them off this list.
I’ve had a recommendation for a local jeweller which I’m going to explore first. I love the idea of creating my own jewellery but goodness, what a faff! I’ve already seen another spinel I like, but I think it will have to wait until I see how this first project goes.
Hi - not sure where you are based. But if you're looking for ready-cut lab sides you should check out Neo Lab Diamonds - out of Toronto. They have an Instagram page with some of their stones and are really responsive to requests. The best tip I can give you, having recently gone through the process of buying lab sides, is ask for videos and mm measurements.
Vijay is the only one I know that is doing the smaller MMD stones so far. I haven’t seen them from Tianyu or the other vendors in these really small sizes unless they are custom ordered.
I would suggest just buying them loose. You can look here or under loose stones for individual sizes or pairs
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This is Goldenbird’s lab diamond shop. You have to stay on top of Vijay if you make a ring. I would suggest getting loose stones and then making it more locally or with an online vendor.
Most of the moissanite side stones are not that great. If you are on a budget, then I would go with Tianyu or Mona to make a ring and give them the dimensions for a center stone.
I think the MMD’s are worth it. For two side stones, it is a couple hundred compared to something like $1200-$1500. You can get them loose and put what you save towards a ring.
I forgot to mention Ivy & Rose as well. I bought a pair of diamond baguettes as side stones for a moissanite center ring last year. It is still a little more expensive then MMD’s but still much cheaper then mined prices.
And thanks again @swaye2010 and @DiamondLizzy
...yeah, if it's only like $100 more I'd go for the low-carat gold too It seems like not too much more for some extra durability.In case anyone is interested, this is a screenshot of the differences in price for the same 2ct OEC Moissy to be set in the same setting design in different metals.
For me personally, I am leaning towards low content gold. However, if the bench I use can Rhodium-plate Silver, then I may go for that.
Not sure if you meant Preraphaelite or myself since it was my comment but if you email me I’ll share that info privately. Sorry, I’m iffy about sharing vendor quotes publicly. I also don’t get notifications on a lot of things...Sorry to threadjack but PreRaphaelite, can you share roughly the cost for a bezel rebuild? I might need to do that soon... I want to prong a current bezel in an antique ring.
The quotes have been received, and the 9K WG version is nearly 3x as much as the silver one!The bench I used has responded to say they can work with Silver for me.
I have asked for 2 quotes to be provided, one in 9K WG and one in Rhodium plated Silver, for a bezel set ring with a metal halo, comfort band 4mm at the top, 3mm at the bottom.
The stone is a step cut, about 7mm, medium to light blue, of unknown type. It was given to me by my late grandmother. It is unlikely to be worth much if anything, hence I do not wish to spend a lot on setting it.
See how it goes.