Hey all! Been lurking off and on for a while, learning as much as possible, and now getting serious about choosing my e-ring. I saw that $12.5K Daniel K Asscher ring with the baguette halo and fell in love. Of course, I have California Sparkling wine taste with a beer budget (a little simpler than Champagne taste! Ha!) so I am still in the process of narrowing down what I can live with and can't live without. I am going to Robbins Bros tonight to try and look at as much variation in color and clarity as possible because they pride themselves on being patient - we'll see about that! I have also narrowed down that I want something in the line of 75 points to maybe 90 points, and of course as ideal a cut as possible. I also (of course) love love LOVE Platinum, so thinking about a palladium setting, but of course, we'll see.
Anyway, already started contacting some of the jewelers that have been highly recommended on DT, and I am really excited! If anyone has any suggestions, especially recommendations on jewelers that can do custom work in palladium, please let me know! I will continue to lurk...
Have you checked out the asscher in a pink diamond halo on diamondsbylauren? It would be unique, but more in range of you budget
Saw it, yes unique, but not me! So far so good though, most everyone here has been really helpful and I am getting closer and closer to my dream ring!
On another topic, I did go to Robbins Bros last night and was literally FLOORED at the prices they want and their lack of knowledge. They had a 1.25 carat I color, VS2 clarity non branded asscher cut and they wanted $7995 for it, and I kept asking for more info like proportions, cut grade, and she glossed over it. I thought about pushing her, but I was pretty certain I wouldn't be buying from them anyway, so I let it go. My goal was to look at color and clarity grades and that's exactly what I accomplished! I have decided on:
I Color (could go to J IF the diamond is exceptional)
VS2 Clarity (Could do SI IF the diamond is exceptional)
Still open to size, but definitely don't want less than 70 points or much more than a carat.
Also, looking through some of the alloy threads here and i am now open to 18K WG Palladium alloy (Thanks Michael E!)
I have to say that this message board has been one of the most helpful and information rich place I have seen since starting my education on Diamonds! Thanks everyone!!!