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garretj

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OK, the adventure is about to begin. I contacted Pearlman's this morning and had an inspiring conversation with the owner Bill. I know they come highly recommended on this site, and since I am only a short distance from their shop, I will hopefully be working with him to put together the perfect engagement ring. I am here to take advice/opinions from all, because that has been what has led me to where I am in the process currently. I am going to go with a blue sapphire (this I know), however the style I am not set on. I also know I want the setting to have a vintage, slightly feminine style. I am hoping that people can share their experiences (both good and bad), with putting together a ring like this. I am attaching two screenshots of stones and settings to give an idea of price range and current taste. I'm very open to suggestions, as I want to make the most of this experience. Thanks for any help!

Stones:
I like the looks of the first one the best, but I like that the 3rd one has had no treatment
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Settings:
I like a bit more of a vintage style, that is also fairly feminine. I kind of like the circular setting (#1), but I know the stones above would not work with that.
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Arcadian

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I can't really see the deets on the screenshots, too small. But the color on the third stone is excellent IMO. Personally I don't like dark blue sapphs.

But you should see them all in person to see which one you like the best, its always the best to go if you can.

The setting images are a wee bit too small (even on my 27 inch screen) Maybe provide some links to them? that would be a better option IMO.
 

garretj

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OK. Examined the stones and talked with Bill for almost 3 hours in his shop today. What a wonderful experience. The third stone was absolutely killer (Bill's words) and I have decided on that. You were right, the settings I posted were too small. I am down to two, and need to make a decision ASAP. Please help if you have time.

http://www.pearlmansjewelers.com/jewelry-designers/beverley-k-jewelry/rings/103PP1/

http://www.pearlmansjewelers.com/jewelry-designers/beverley-k-jewelry/rings/94PP1/

Thanks!
 

Niel

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garretj|1463095222|4030973 said:
OK. Examined the stones and talked with Bill for almost 3 hours in his shop today. What a wonderful experience. The third stone was absolutely killer (Bill's words) and I have decided on that. You were right, the settings I posted were too small. I am down to two, and need to make a decision ASAP. Please help if you have time.

http://www.pearlmansjewelers.com/jewelry-designers/beverley-k-jewelry/rings/103PP1/

http://www.pearlmansjewelers.com/jewelry-designers/beverley-k-jewelry/rings/94PP1/

Thanks!

well one is significantly cheaper than the other. is price a factor?
 

garretj

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A small factor. I was wondering I guess if people thought the price difference was reflected in the design and quality, or is it simply the diamond weight. I would be getting the cheaper one in platinum while the more expensive one in 18k
 

Niel

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i actually prefer the cheaper one. sure the design is less ornate but i feel like the design of the expensive one runs the chance of overwhelming the sapphire
 

garretj

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Yeah I think for some reason I liked that one better too. Although pearlman told me the other is one of his favorites. Here are some pictures from my iphone, sorry for the quality. The quality of the pic of the sapphire is especially bad, but honestly the color of the one on the right is unreal, and its gia certified untreated, which as a geologist I think is cool.

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Niel

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i definitely prefer the "less expensive" one and i like the sapphire on the top of the picture at the bottom
 

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Niel|1463102608|4031034 said:
i definitely prefer the "less expensive" one and i like the sapphire on the top of the picture at the bottom
+1 Me too!!!
 

garretj

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Thanks for the input! I have to call him in the morning to let him know for sure which setting. I'm getting it made in platinum, and I only have until June 17th. He and his wife really liked the other, which I did too, but I really liked some of the detail on the "less expensive" one.
 

Niel

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garretj|1463104089|4031047 said:
Thanks for the input! I have to call him in the morning to let him know for sure which setting. I'm getting it made in platinum, and I only have until June 17th. He and his wife really liked the other, which I did too, but I really liked some of the detail on the "less expensive" one.

Everyone has their preferences, but at the end of the day you have to pick what you think is best
 

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arkieb1|1463103166|4031040 said:
Niel|1463102608|4031034 said:
i definitely prefer the "less expensive" one and i like the sapphire on the top of the picture at the bottom
+1 Me too!!!
+1! I think the less expensive setting will allow the Sapphire to be the star of the show :)
 

garretj

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Thanks to everyone for their input. I am very happy to hear that the less expensive setting is the consensus pick, because I went that. I also agrre that the stone inthe picture appears to be riding too high, I'll ask Pearlman to set it lower for me. I ordered it in platinum, hopefully this is a good option for this setting. I realized I posted two of the same pictures so I have attached the one other one I have. In terms of the sapphire, I was a bit confused as to which one you guys were referencing. I know the pictures got turned so I'll re-attach that in its correct orientation. I went with the one on the bottom right. It was unbelievable in all lighting situations, even overcast.


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chrono

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Sapphire - bottom right
Setting - right
:))
 

Niel

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Chrono|1463153212|4031263 said:
Sapphire - bottom right
Setting - right
:))
that gets my vote too

eta i see thats what you picked, great! itll be stunning
 

garretj

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Went back to Pearlman's today to put deposit down. Examined the stone again - first inside then took it outside under the sun. It was really nice, especially with the north light. I got a little bit better picture of it with my phone, and I'll post the specs from the website. It's kind of small (1.39 carat and 6.3 mm), but I'm hopeful it will still look appear extremely nice in the setting.

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http://www.pearlmansjewelers.com/gemstones/?sku=7217
 

Niel

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garretj|1463174833|4031430 said:
Went back to Pearlman's today to put deposit down. Examined the stone again - first inside then took it outside under the sun. It was really nice, especially with the north light. I got a little bit better picture of it with my phone, and I'll post the specs from the website. It's kind of small (1.39 carat and 6.3 mm), but I'm hopeful it will still look appear extremely nice in the setting.

image_743.jpg

http://www.pearlmansjewelers.com/gemstones/?sku=7217
6.3 is a nice size for a cushion. I don't think it'll be small. Loose stones look smaller than set stones. So I think you'll be happy.
 

Arcadian

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6.3mm in a halo setting? That wouldn't be too small on most people. Could you get bigger? Sure!! But you'd have to consider what your budget can really support.

You could either wait until you have more funds to work with (which may not be really feasible considering the price goes up all the time on blue sapphs) or sell a kidney (not recommended!!!)

IMO thats going to be on heck of a ring, I can't wait to see it set! :appl:
 

garretj

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I picked it up yesterday...and...

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I LOVE IT (and hopefully she will too). My plan for presentation is here...

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Think she will say yes? This will be roughly 7 days after our 11th year anniversary. Thanks for everyone's opinions/support!
 

Niel

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wow it looks great love the color, doesnt look small in the slightest!
 

Arcadian

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Gorgeous Ring! Definitely not too small! She's going to love it! :dance: :dance: :dance:
 

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Arcadian|1465412743|4041776 said:
Gorgeous Ring! Definitely not too small! She's going to love it! :dance: :dance: :dance:
+1 to this and what Neil said! It's lovely, I can't wait to see hand shots once you propose :):)
 

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A perfect blue sapphire ring (it's gorgeous) to go with the picture perfect setting for a proposal!
 

Acinom

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What a stunning ring. I love that blue.
She will love it :appl:
 

arabella

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Beautiful ring and what a gorgeous place to propose!! She's a lucky gal -- good luck!!!


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