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LovingHubby

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Hi everyone,

A total noob here. Wanted to seek some advice and perspectives. Am thinking of customizing a ring for my wife for our 20th Anniversary. It could also be something she can pass on to our daughter in future. I’m narrowing down to the following stones:

1) Diamond

2) Peridot (Her birthstone)

3) Spinel (also her birthstone)

Can I solicit some views and advice on what should I take into consideration when deciding between the three stones above. Any views is greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

 

AprilBaby

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Ask mods to move to colored stones

 

Kitten35

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If I am not mistaken peridot is much, much softer than spine so you may want to go with spinel for daily wear.

 

dk168

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I second Spinel for its hardness and suitability for daily wear.

Besides, personally, I am not keen on the types of green that are typical for Peridots.

Here is a screenshot of the different colours of Spinel as can be seen on Jeff White's Sold Gemstones gallery for Spinels. Hope it helps with your purchase.

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The colour of Spinels can shift depending on lighting conditions. Therefore, it is worth taking this into consideration by requesting for photos in different lighting conditions within reasons.

Good luck with your purchase.

DK :))

 

LovingHubby

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I second Spinel for its hardness and suitability for daily wear.

Besides, personally, I am not keen on the types of green that are typical for Peridots.

Here is a screenshot of the different colours of Spinel as can be seen on Jeff White's Sold Gemstones gallery for Spinels. Hope it helps with your purchase.

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The colour of Spinels can shift depending on lighting conditions. Therefore, it is worth taking this into consideration by requesting for photos in different lighting conditions within reasons.

Good luck with your purchase.

DK :))

Thank you. Didn’t realized there is such a wide spectrum of colors!

 

LovingHubby

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Thanks everyone for your comments. I’ve been checking out some spinels from a local jeweller but am so confused by the wide spectrum of prices. For example, I’ve been quoted a 2.54 ct Mahenge spinel around SGD5000 and 3.07ct Mahenge spinel with diamonds at SGD17,000. Can anyone share what factors to consider when looking at the price? Thanks

 

pwsg07

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Show us the photos first. If the Mahenge is top colour it is pricy. Cannot comment on the price without knowing the colour, cut, and clarity

 

LovingHubby

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Thanks pwsg07,

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This one is 3.06ct and the quote is SGD$16K

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This one is 6.07ct and together with the diamonds, the quote is around SGD$18K.

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This one is 3.57ct and was quoted SGD$12K

Am really confused. Appreciate any advice and comments. Thanks

 

dk168

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Based on the photos of the 3 stones, the smallest one has the best colour to me personally. It also looks the liveliest and the most sparkly of the three.

The other two look brown and dull to me.

In CS, colour is king, hence I believe that the reason why the smallest stone is the most expensive one out of the three.

DK :))

 

Cerulean

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agree with @dk168 , i definitely prefer the smallest. are you looking for red though? or do you like pinkish or violet colors?

the middle one appears the most lifeless. id also make sure she'd want to wear a stone that large

the last one look "eh" to me

 
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