I'm going non-Tiffany. *gasp*

  1. As a girl whose jewelry collection is 95% Tiffany (save for a few LV items and a David Yurman), I'm starting to feel tempted to look elsewhere for my next diamond ring. I have a gorgeous, generously sized Tiffany round brilliant solitaire and I have no plans to upgrade.

    However, I've started to discuss my next diamond ring with my hubby (:heart:), which I want to be a complete departure from a Tiffany solitaire. That is, a massive center stone, tapered side stones, engraving, and an overall antique look. I also want a fancy square shape - the princess or asscher. Perhaps emerald cut, but I'm leaning towards the former two.

    I don't want stones all the way around, and I want the focus to be on the center stone -- I'm thinking about 3-4 carats and a tapering down the side...no "sticking out" stones! I suppose I am really looking for another engagement ring! :graucho:

    So far I've found some interesting settings by Ritani
    ...the Romantique with engravings of leaves. I looked at other sites like Diamond.com and Bluenile.com, but they only had stones I liked, not settings.

    So I'm asking you a favor...for a girl who has had eyes for only Tiffany so far and no experience looking in diamond districts, where can I find an exquisite antique setting that can be paired with a big center stone? :smile: Online vendors, Chicago vendors, anything you've got.

    Pictures would be great too -- vendors, or your ring. Thanks!!!!!

    :yahoo:
     
  2. I applaud you for looking else where!! I only wish I could give you my jewlers number in Chicago...I loved him so and he did such wonderful work for us. (he recently passed at 42 years old) it was heart breaking. I still have not found someone to fill his shoes. (friendship wise or other!) we could take a pic of a designer piece and he would find the diamonds and make exactly what we wanted at fantastic prices. I do have some info I could pm you.
     
  3. He made my ring for me and I LOVE IT. Its set low and I love the detail.
     
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  4. Your ring is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO gorgeous! It has almost every element I'm looking for!!!! The milgrain and engraving are exquisite, and the halo is stunning.

    I would get halo again, but I'm just staying away from halos this time because I already have an aquamarine Legacy ring (halo "cushion" cut).

    I would appreciate a PM about vendors in Chicago.
     
  5. ^ Sunshine, that is gorgeous! I love how there are yellow diamonds (?) on two 'sides'! Love it!

    To the OP, good luck in finding the ring of your dreams! I love Ritani settings too! When I think of delicate engravings, I also think of Tacori.
     
  6. Get yourself a gorgeous stone through Goodoldgold.com and have Leon Mege make you a setting.

    Leon's site is artofplatinum.com I think. TO DIE FOR.
     
  7. ^ YES YES YES! Leon Mege is awesome... love his claw prongs!
     
  8. Oh Wow.
     
  9. Definitely check out Pricescope, and I agree about Leon - there is definitely a "cult" (in a good way) of Leon over at Pricescope. You can do a search and see some of the fabulous rings that he's created - totally beautiful.

    I think I might upgrade my setting through him in a few years.
     
  10. Thanks for the advice, everybody. I've signed up for Pricescope and I'm going to do my research. :smile:
     
  11. I would NEVER ever pay those prices!! LOL NO WAY!!! But then again, Gorgeous stuff though.
     
  12. Congrats and happy hunting! I sooo wish I could be of assistance but, the ladies here seem to have it well in hand! Keep us posted!