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atroop711

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OK..so now that I have quotes coming in..what questions (that I''m probably forgetting) are important when buying an eternity ring? I just want to make sure I''m covered when I start calling them today.

sorry for all of the questions. I''m having lots of senior moments since giving birth lol.
 

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That''s a very broad question and the answer(s) depends on a lot of things - primarily, the style of the setting (shared-prong, pave, micropave, bead-set, bezel-set... you get the picture) and the metal type (then you may want to ask what alloy is being used, but that sort of depends on how deeply you want to get in to it).

Are you asking because you''re getting very different quotes for essentially the same piece from these different vendors?
 

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oh yes sorry for the broad question


what I have decided on is a U-Prong eternity band in white gold. I''m asking because since all of this is being done over the phone, I want to be specific as possible. I''ve received 4 diff. quotes so far and 2 of them are as far apart as almost $2,000. I''m wondering is it because of the ''cut" of the diamond. Are diamonds that small (10 pointers) able to be cut precisely...I guess like Ideal cut? The last time I studied about diamonds was 4 yrs ago when I got my new E-ring stone..since then all that I learned just disappeared. I''m just worried I won''t get good stones. I guess I''m nervous again. I wanted to deal with the company that made my e-ring but initially they misquoted me and now the consultant isn''t responding to my communication. He was supposed to get back to me today with a new quote but his day is over and I never heard from him. I guess I have my answer from his company (to go elsewhere).

Anyway..I just want to get a beautiful eternity ring and need all the help I could get
 

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There are indeed really well cut .10 diamonds, and other not so much.
If you''re dealing with a PS vendor, I have a feeling you''ll be getting really well cut ones.
I suspect the difference in price have to do with other factors.....

I will say that quoting an eternity ring is a job in itself- it requires so much calculation- increasing the odds of an error.
 

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Date: 2/10/2009 6:44:28 PM
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There are indeed really well cut .10 diamonds, and other not so much.

If you''re dealing with a PS vendor, I have a feeling you''ll be getting really well cut ones.

I suspect the difference in price have to do with other factors.....


I will say that quoting an eternity ring is a job in itself- it requires so much calculation- increasing the odds of an error.

David, how could I be certain I will be getting really well cut stones? Can you recommend Questions to ask to make sure?
 

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Although that sounds like a really good question, I'd say that the best way to ensure a great quality is to choose the vendor carefully.
Any question that you could ask about the cut could easily be answered deceptively, if you were unfortunate and chose a vendor that was not honestly representing what they were selling.

The business of making eternity rings is rather specialized.
As a tradesperson I can't recommend any specific seller- but I've seen some really nice pieces from some of the PS vendors.

Grading the cut of .10ct diamonds is really different than grading the cut of even .50ct diamonds.
Of course all the same principles apply- but the selection is most likely going to be done by eye, as opposed to using ASET, IS an HCA on each stone.
 

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Date: 2/10/2009 7:28:58 PM
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Although that sounds like a really good question, I''d say that the best way to ensure a great quality is to choose the vendor carefully.

Any question that you could ask about the cut could easily be answered deceptively, if you were unfortunate and chose a vendor that was not honestly representing what they were selling.


The business of making eternity rings is rather specialized.

As a tradesperson I can''t recommend any specific seller- but I''ve seen some really nice pieces from some of the PS vendors.


Grading the cut of .10ct diamonds is really different than grading the cut of even .50ct diamonds.

Of course all the same principles apply- but the selection is most likely going to be done by eye, as opposed to using ASET, IS an HCA on each stone.

Thanks so much
You have been very helpful!
 

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This is for atroop711 - I wondered how your eternity ring shopping experience is going. I have also been shopping and seemed to like the same thing you did and wondered what size stones you were considering and if you had made any decisions. I learned so much just reading your posts.
 

atroop711

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Date: 2/22/2009 8:42:12 PM
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This is for atroop711 - I wondered how your eternity ring shopping experience is going. I have also been shopping and seemed to like the same thing you did and wondered what size stones you were considering and if you had made any decisions. I learned so much just reading your posts.
Hey Shelley...well my ring should be done this week (tuesday). I went with the U-Prong setting and the stones are 10 pointers each (I think I''m getting 22 stones ....sz 8). I ordered a half size up since I want to wear on both right and left hand. I will post pics Tueday night (that''s when they said I would have them).
 

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I love the u-prong also! It shows so much more of the ring. Where did you end up ordering it from?
 

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I am really excited for you Atroop!
 

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Date: 2/22/2009 9:50:14 PM
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I love the u-prong also! It shows so much more of the ring. Where did you end up ordering it from?

I went back to Whiteflash. They are the ones that made my e-ring. I can''t wait to get the pics. They said it''s scheduled to ship on Tuesday evening so I should get pics that afternoon. Woo-hoo.
 

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Date: 2/23/2009 4:28:10 AM
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I am really excited for you Atroop!

Thanks Lorelei. I went back and forth (deciding should I, shouldn''t I...you know with the economy and all) but I just bit the bullet and called up WF and ordered the ring. For a moment of insanity
I was actually thinking of scrapping the idea
but then I came to my senses
.
 

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Ask how they make it. That''s something that was important to me. I chose signed pieces for mine because my engagement ring was also die-struck and I felt like that was "safer". Possibly irrational but it has caused me no problems.
 

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Date: 2/23/2009 10:01:15 AM
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Ask how they make it. That''s something that was important to me. I chose signed pieces for mine because my engagement ring was also die-struck and I felt like that was ''safer''. Possibly irrational but it has caused me no problems.

thanks! I already ordered the ring and am getting ACA stones from WF in my uternity ring. I can''t wait to get it.
 

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I also ordered a u-prong from Whiteflash and the experience has been great. I have been working with Jamie and the communication has been wonderful. I don''t know yet when I will receive mine. I can''t wait to see yours though. Were you thrilled with the CADs?
 

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Date: 2/23/2009 3:52:26 PM
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I also ordered a u-prong from Whiteflash and the experience has been great. I have been working with Jamie and the communication has been wonderful. I don''t know yet when I will receive mine. I can''t wait to see yours though. Were you thrilled with the CADs?

Hi Shelley

I''m excited that you ordered your ring. What did you end up getting (sz stones)? I can''t wait to see your pics too!
 

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20 pointers. I will be wearing this alone on my right hand so I was hoping for something a little substantial. I have an ACA 1.08 carat I SI1 in a pendant that I LOVE so I really wanted to go with the ACA stones in my ring as well.
 

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Date: 2/23/2009 8:45:54 PM
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20 pointers. I will be wearing this alone on my right hand so I was hoping for something a little substantial. I have an ACA 1.08 carat I SI1 in a pendant that I LOVE so I really wanted to go with the ACA stones in my ring as well.

Oooooo 20 pointers sounds FABULOUS!!!! I can''t wait to see pics. I totally agree that if it''s going to be worn alone, you want it to be substantial. I''m wearing my ring together with my e-ring and when I tried on stones that were larger than 12 pointers, they overpowered my e-ring..it was too much on my short chubby fingers. Yes I agree with you on the ACA stones. The stones down the shank of my e-ring are ACA so I knew how great they are. Oh I''m excited for both of us!
 

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Date: 2/24/2009 10:34:31 AM
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I can''t wait to see your pictures. I''m sure it''s gorgeous.

Shelley...pics are on..I posted them on SMTR
 
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