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Lotus Engagement Ring

  1. DESIGN
  2. REFINE
  3. WAX
  4. CAST
  5. CLEAN
  6. SET
  7. FINISH



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  • Chris Ritchie on

    No problem, Kabi-
    Yes, my prices are listed in US dollars. I’m sorry I forgot about the exchange to Canadian.
    Let me know if you have any other questions!

  • Kabilan Thana on

    Hi Chris,

    Thanks again for the quick emails! We’ve decided not to go with the HPHT diamond, but I’ll probably make a decision by the end of the day today or tomorrow.

    I just wanted to clarify something just to ensure I haven’t missed anything so far. The prices you have quoted so far – are these in American dollars? I’ve been making conversions to Canadian and I wanted to make sure I’ve been converting yours correctly as well.

    Thanks,

    Kabi

  • Chris Ritchie on

    Hi Kabi-
    Here is a great diamond option for you to consider. It is what I consider a step above the “Ex Ex Ex” grading by GIA. GIA’s highest cut grade is “Excellent” but that represents a range of proportions that all qualify depending on the size of the stone.
    The “Hearts and Arrows” Cut pattern denotation means that it has the most ideal proportions of the many stones that qualify for GIA’s highest cut grade. This in particular equals maximum brilliance and light return.
    The color grade of (H) is great for the design we are considering and will match all of the smaller diamonds used in the ring.
    The clarity grade of (VS1) is very high, and as you can see from this highly magnified image, it is still extremely difficult to see any inclusions at this level of magnification.
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    In regard to the other treated stone you are considering, I can’t personally speak to the quality of the treatment or the permanence of the treatment. From what I read, it seems to be long lasting, but as I have never dealt with HPHT diamonds before, I do not know from experience.
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    I do need to make you aware of our setting policy which you can read in full here under the label Stone Setting:
    https://www.crcjewelry.com/pages/help-center
    (Or by clicking FAQs at the footer of our website)
    While diamonds in particular are very durable, we cannot accept liability for stones that we do not personally sell. This is especially true with a treated stone.
    As long as you understand this policy and are comfortable shipping a stone to us to complete your ring, I would be happy to design the custom mounting and set the stone you found elsewhere.
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    Let me know if you have any questions about DIA01 in your slideshow!

  • Kabi on

    Chris,

    Thanks again for the quick email. Your advice on the EGL certified stones; it echoed what my friend advised, and so we decided to look for a GIA certified stone. I’ve attached a link of a GIA certificate for a stone we’re looking at. I’ll likely make my final decision once I have a look at what your supplier provides you. The diamond here has been high pressure heated for clarity enhancement. Let me know what you think, and I’ll definitely have a look at your suggestions as well.

    https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t34.0-12/17760264_10155024269836438_816763592_n.png?oh=0774a49787d10098cb4bd98fb3d790bc&oe=58E5AAE2

    Thanks for your advice on the Texas sales tax; I wasn’t aware of that. It’ll definitely factor into my decision about coming down to pick up the ring in person.

    Kabi

  • Chris Ritchie on

    Hi Kabi, I should have some diamond images to show you tomorrow from my supplier, but while we wait on those let me try and answer some of your questions.
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    1) What is the color grade of the EGL stone?
    Either way, I try not to sell EGL stones if possible because they have been shown to be 2-4 grades off of what GIA would grade the stone. This misrepresentation of color, and lax standards on clarity and cut make the stones typically desirable on paper (and cost), but disappointing in reality. In some cases they hit the mark with accurate grades. In other cases it borders on being illegal. If you are looking at an EGL stone I would suggest nothing lower than (F) color, (VS1) clarity, as you could easily end up with what is a (H) color, (SI1) clarity if the stone was graded by GIA.
    The honest truth is the only way to buy EGL stones or any other less reputable laboratory graded stone is to have your own set of master stones to check the color, and training to know what clarity and cut value you are actually getting. At that point, what is the use of the laboratory grade if it needs to be double checked?

    2) The May 8th delivery might be possible, but we would need to start as absolutely soon as possible as the typical production timeline is 4-6 weeks.
    However it may be a moot point for the following reason:
    While I would be happy to meet you in person and deliver the ring to you when you were in town, I would also be required to charge you sales tax on the delivery since the delivery would occur within my state of Business. This would be an extra 8.25% paid in Texas Sales Tax. Whereas if I ship the ring to you, Texas does not require sales tax collection for business conducted outside of the state.

    3) Yes, thank you for the email about your wedding band. I am working on a new project page for you regarding that design. I was under the gun the last week to finish a ring for a wedding and so I fell behind a bit on the new designs. But with that being said, I am now working on a matching style band for you and will let you know as soon as the new project page is posted to your account page.