I like it I love it I want it, can I hope ever to have it?
October 7, 2010 9:51 AM   Subscribe

I *love* this aquamarine and diamond 14K ring, which is priced at $1850(USD). Not that I'm actually planning on buying it, but just for curiosity's sake, and possibly for practical use much further down the financial road, is this a competitive price, or could I hope to have one just like it made, or to find something similar, for less?
posted by orange swan to Shopping (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Way overpriced. The diamonds are tiny and aquamarines are not pricey stones. You could have it made or find it for less.
posted by cecic at 9:59 AM on October 7, 2010 [3 favorites]

Ah. You know, when I googled "aquamarine diamond gold ring", I didn't find a ring that looked enough like it to satisfy me, but I did find rings that looked like they should be equally valuable for less than a third of that price. I shall carefully save the pictures and hopefully get a ring like it made some day.
posted by orange swan at 10:05 AM on October 7, 2010

You could put up a request on Etsy Alchemy and see what kind of responses you get. I had a ring made for me this summer based on a picture that I submitted, and I love it, and got it for a quarter of the price and in the materials that I wanted. I got several bids, and went with a seller that had great reviews and whose style seemed to match the ring the most.
posted by amarynth at 10:11 AM on October 7, 2010

Aquamarine is a really soft stone. I clouded over an aquamarine ring with what I'd consider regular, normal use. If you think you'll wear it often, you might want to look for a different but similar looking stone (topaz, maybe?), which could affect the price.
posted by gnomeloaf at 11:04 AM on October 7, 2010

If it's of any consolation, you should always try an aquamarine on before you buy it - because a pale, watery, shallow stone like that will show a lot of finger through it. They look entirely different on. So first, find the aqua that you love, then build the ring around it.
posted by peagood at 6:55 PM on October 7, 2010

Thanks, everyone, for your helpful suggestions. Great idea to advertise for a jeweller on Etsy, so I'll do that when there's room in my budget for this purchase, and I'll keep the advice about the softness and translucence of aquamarines in mind.
posted by orange swan at 4:45 PM on October 8, 2010

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