Sorry if this is already posted elsewhere and would appreciate a link to the thread(s) if there’s already information on this. Thanks to the information I read on this forum from all the helpful members, I’ve decided to go the custom route for my oval diamond eternity ring (0.30ct each). I’m in Canada and will be working with a US-based jeweller. Would appreciate your help in answering my questions.
On the ring:
- I haven’t seen a lot of oval eternity rings set in u-prong setting. Do you think it’ll look too busy/distracting? One jeweller said oval eternity rings are only set in a shared prong setting; U-prong will look pretty unattractive. I like the idea of the u-prong because I read that it lets in a lot of light and will make the stones even more sparkly.
- One quote I received is for GIA certified D-E-F color, VVS1-VS2. My main LHR is a 2.4 ct oval, G color. I also have a nearly 5 ct round diamond solitaire in E color which I very rarely wear. My first engagement ring is 1.01 ct round in H colour but I don’t wear it for the past few years as it’s too small (to be resized one of these days). The oval eternity ring will be for my right hand. Should I be concerned that it’ll be too white or doesn’t matter since it’ll be for my RH? I do like white shiny diamonds.
- I’m asking for size 8 ring. My ring finger is about 7 1/2 but am asking for a little bigger so I could wear it on my middle finger too. Comfort is key. I’m now wondering if I should go up to 0.35 ct or 0.40 ct.? The GIA stones are approx. 5.6mm x 3.8mm. I’d like something that’s substantial that I can wear alone but not ostentatious and looks too big for my finger (stuck out too far out the sides). Without having any to try on. It’s hard to know how big is too big.
- Should I pay by CC, wire transfer or PayPal? I read in a few posts that suggested paying by PayPal and if there were issues PayPal was able to resolve them.
- Has anyone living outside of the US worked with a jeweller in the US before on a custom piece? Please share your experience working with a jeweller long distance. My custom pieces had always been done locally.
- All the pieces I’d custom made were over 10 years old and didn’t have any CAD drawings. Just showed my jewellers the design and I got the finished products. They were hand forged. What’s the process of working with CAD drawings, wax mold, etc.? I figured an eternity ring can’t be that complicated?
- And for Canadians importing jewelry into Canada, did you experience any issues with the courier and custom?