Since you are a regular client, and especially since you are pregnant or will soon have a newborn, I am sure your SA can send you a Hellebore ring to try on for size to see if you like it for you to mail back to them. I have done that, and they just charge your first, send you the piece, and credit you once you send them back the piece. Once you see if you like the ring, you can order your size.I have not purchased the earrings. Throughout the year, I was offered two different pairs, but I felt they were too plain (just blue), not enough of the gold inclusions. I think that's what I love about lapis, the light catching the gold flecks and having that sparkle effect on the blue stone. With VCA, I try to be picky with my purchases, as the stones used are not really not expensive/valuable stones, so I try to get exactly what I want, regardless of what how low the inventory is. If it takes time to source the right color/inclusions, I will wait. My SA says towards the end of the year, they tend to have more RDN to choose from because that's what's marketed during that time. So we'll see what happens.
In terms of the gold, I am just getting it in YG. I see no need to change it to WG gold. The only gold color showing is the prongs/sticks holding the center diamonds. The backings are covered by the petals and that's where most of the gold weight is. Plus, I've reasoned that since the earrings and the ring will be so far away from each other that having that sliver of YG/WG difference shouldn't really be a deal breaker.
With VCA, we'll never know what's going to be released. The Hellebore collection is so new, I wouldn't be surprised to see them add earrings to the collection down the road. That said, I think what many people did not like about the collection were the sharp lines/edges. I love how bold and beautiful the lines make the ring, but I don't know if I would like such sharp edges around my face. But then again, I'll never know until I see them and try them on!
I hope you like the ring that's being flown in for you to see. I am excited to see someone on the forum considering it. Hopefully the ordering process won't take too long (and hopefully we're able to request certain characteristics for the lapis stone)!! It's always nice to have someone go through it first so you can pick their brain later down the road. Ideally, I would want to have the ring sometime next year, but I don't know if that will be feasible. I am currently 26 weeks pregnant, due date late Jan 2022. I would love to make the trip to NYC and place an order then cross my fingers that the piece will be delivered within 6 months, but the idea of making a trip up to NYC with a newborn is almost impossible for me to envision at the moment. By the time she is "old" enough for me to leave her alone with the grandparents, I feel like it will push the production and delivery of the piece into 2023
On lapis... it's interesting you like the gold specks of pyrite. Technically, the best lapis is from Afghanistan, and it is a pure blue with little to no pyrite. It's all preference of course as some people like you prefer the gold specks. I would think the RDN lapis earrings your SA sent you being so pure blue were the best; your SA was looking out for you... good SA! That is what I want my ring to be, a pure blue, no pyrite (gold specks) or calcite (white). I want my ring to be exactly like the photo I posted above, a pure ultramarine blue. I saved the photo to show my SA and will ask him to send it in along with my order so they can see the color lapis I want. I would think the ring in the photo I posted, being part of the Nov 2020 launch was the best lapis they had as it was a launch piece.
Congratulations to you on your new baby! How wonderful!