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    Creating a Custom Ring - Part 1

    Leon is Xpensive. I should have clarified that that setting in the picture is much more than 7500.00... Thats just how much it would have cost to make me one that was similar. Which I nearly feel out of my chair over!

    The stone in that setting is 5cts or more and mine is a measly 2.34. So that would mean a pretty drastic change to the overall setting anyway. That particular setting has well over 2cts of french cut diamonds, and I was opting 1/2ct of carre diamonds. French cuts can really set you back a lot as they can be difficult to source.

    That setting is likely 3 times the amount I was quoted for mine, tbh...but I didn't ask and they didn't tell me.

    But, Leon isn't cheap and you are paying for his expertise and brand, so its something you either resolve yourself to and spend the money or not. Maybe when I turn 50

    IMO, in terms of look and expertise, He's up there with McTeigue & McClelland, and Harry Winston as they all make high end hand made/ hand crafted settings. On a basic MC2, one should be expect to spend 20K+ ( only if I win the lottery!)

    All settings have elements that will almost always be alike, so if being made by the same jewelery house, there are no copyright issues. If its being made by someone different, then yes, there could be some copyright issues, so something would need to be changed on the setting so that its somewhat different and no one gets in trouble.

    But its not gauche or anything like that to want an inspired setting, and if you're going to go custom anyway, its always a good idea to tack in something that unique to you since it would need to be changed anyway

    Like with Tiffany's which is mass market, there are various Legacy inspired settings on the market, and I've got 2, To me they're clearly they're not a Tiffany's setting but I have to admit, most people wouldn't be able to tell the difference (including the sales people at Tiffs!

    -A
    Posted 04-11-2011 at 06:26 AM by Arcadian Arcadian is offline
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    Creating a Custom Ring - Part 1

    That setting is beautiful but eek at $7500! Is it frowned upon in the industry to have one that is a replica of that ring or "inspired" by it?
    Posted 04-10-2011 at 03:57 PM by LovelyPiratess LovelyPiratess is offline
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    Something blue...

    I think what I want is rings that I could switch out for day to day wear. I eventually want to build up a collection that I could pass on to my kids.


    I'm just a beginner...I don't need to have another obsession (right now) besides my hair

    I really like the ring; I can definitely see it as a flower motif with the 4 teardrops on the side as leaves.
    Posted 03-25-2011 at 03:09 PM by LovelyPiratess LovelyPiratess is offline
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    Something blue...

    Well in my view, cocktail rings are usually stones that are 4cts and over.

    I would put this size stone midway between daily wear and cocktail ring.

    I saw a Cartier Ring that really was lovely, and I think I would semi replicate it on a smaller scale but I would want to go with either white gold or platinum

    Cartier Ring

    What can I say, I'm a gemwhore who's cheap


    -A
    Posted 03-25-2011 at 08:52 AM by Arcadian Arcadian is offline
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    Something blue...

    What a beauty! Would this type of gem work for a cocktail ring?
    Posted 03-24-2011 at 08:50 PM by LovelyPiratess LovelyPiratess is offline
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    Gems and Jewelery

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    Your creations are truly beautiful!!! I can't believe you are selling these!
    Me Sell? Its hard enough deciding what to wear everyday!

    I would never ever want to be a seller. I'd talk more folks out of buying than buying. I'll actually go over some of that in the next blog which is about sapphires.

    -A
    Posted 03-17-2011 at 04:48 AM by Arcadian Arcadian is offline
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    Gems and Jewelery

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    So excited that you started this blog! What are some good resources (websites,books, etc.) for a beginner?
    The best place to get started is Pala. I love their website for all of the stuff they have on there (not just the pretty gems)

    http://www.palagems.com/learning_vault.htm

    Their learning vault is really great. I refer to it a lot.

    -A
    Posted 03-17-2011 at 04:47 AM by Arcadian Arcadian is offline
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    Gems and Jewelery

    Your creations are truly beautiful!!! I can't believe you are selling these!
    Posted 03-07-2011 at 08:22 AM by Garner Garner is offline
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    Gems and Jewelery

    So excited that you started this blog! What are some good resources (websites,books, etc.) for a beginner?
    Posted 03-06-2011 at 03:19 PM by LovelyPiratess LovelyPiratess is offline


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