Ring Setting Advice-blue Topaz
Q: I have a lovely blue topaz stone with sentimental value I need to get
set. I don't want to sink much money into it and would love the look
of "diamonds" in the setting but can't afford it. Has anyone bought a
cz setting they liked and pulled the main stone out and put a
different stone in it (by a jeweler)? I want 14K gold for a ring.
What would look best with a blue topaz (swiss type blue), a yellow or
A:However, if you have an unusual size stone you may not find a ring that can accomodate that stone. Try going to a jewelry store so they can measure the stone and they should have a catalog. Stullers comes to mind, they can show you ring settings. I have blue topaz in both 14K gold and another one in sterling silver which also looks nice. So either way your choice of yellow or white would work. Depends on the type of ring chosen. You may ask them about adding another small stone or two of white topaz (looks a bit like a white diamond) which isn't that expensive. If white topaz doesn't work, then try White zircon or even better the newest diamond knock off is going moissenitte (sp?) it ssupposedly lookes more like a diamond than a cz. I prefer white gold or silver with the brighter blue topaz. In 2001 while on a cruise I purchased 2 oval stones about 2.25 carats each in the London Blue color and had them set into white gold earrings for my MIL. They are beautiful, I wish I had kept them. I'd go with silver if you don't want to sink alot of money into the setting, or a simple white gold setting. My DH swears by a jewelry store up in Balto that gets settings from: http://www.newyorkfindings.com/ You can browse the online catalog and probably at least one jeweler near you has their catalog and works with them too. I know when I have some of my loose stones set - this will happen soon as I have citrines I want to have set into jewelry for my November baby girl - I'll probably be going through the aforementioned store which has NY findings as its supplier.
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