I'm an expert on finding beautiful, yet affordable wedding rings. I've never had real diamonds because we couldn't afford something that looked nice. The teeny tiny diamonds looked cheesy to me so I never wanted one. When I saw the pictures of this one online I was very skeptical, so I went to a Walmart store and looked in person.
I highly suggest you do this. You will be amazed. The pictures on here do not do this ring justice, including mine. The center stone IS actually very tiny. I mean that's obvious from the description, right. The whole thing is only 1/3 carat. So, no one should be surprised by that fact when they see it in person. However, the setting makes it look larger. Any casual observer will look like the entire center stone setting is the diamond. On careful observation, you can tell that it's not. But, even when you do lean in real close and look, it still looks lovely, trust me. The center stone on mine is white and clear.
The accent stone are set in a silver backing, which makes them pop out more, and probably makes them look larger. The ARE chips, but they are no smaller than other accent stones you see in many rings. You can clearly see them, they sparkle, and you do not need a microscope to see them. They ARE slightly cloudy, however. But again, you would have to get up close and really look at them. They are very sparkly.
If anyone is under the impression this ring will look like a $2,000, 1/2 karat center stone, is clearly deluding themselves. If that's what you want, then read below for an affordable way to get that look. This ring DOES however, look like it's worth more than I paid for it. If I saw it on someone and didn't know I would assume first of all that the diamonds WERE real, since they are small, and that it cost around $800 maybe. Do I think it's WORTH $800? No. but it does LOOK like it's worth that much. The designer of the ring was a master at creating a lot with a little.
It's a beautiful, classy looking ring and anyone who gets it and says it looks cheap, was CLEARLY expecting way more than they should have. It does not look cheap or fake. I love looking at it, and everyone I know thinks it's beautiful as well.
The reason there is not a stamp on mine is because I had to have it sized down to a 5 1/2. They make all the rings in the standard size 7, and adjust them according to order. They have to cut out the part with the stamp on it to make it smaller. Trust me, it's real gold. And by the way, my ring size according to a jeweler is a 6. I read another review that suggested having your finger sized at Walmart because the sizing is different. I did just that, and the Walmart ring sizer said 5 1/2. I was very nervous about ordering it, but it fits perfectly. If i had gone with a 6, it would have been too big. ;-) Go to Walmart. You can look at it in person and have your finger sized.
If you want something that is bigger, but still affordable, these are my suggestions. In the other pic I posted, I show my 5 wedding sets, and all cost less than or equal to this ring. If you want yellow gold look then buy 10k gold. Do NOT EVER buy anything plated or filled. If you want the white gold look, then buy sterling silver. Make sure it has the 925 stamp that means sterling.
In the picture, the set above this set on my ring finger, and the set that is on my index finger are both sterling silver with approximate 1 carat cubic zirconia. Both sets look just like white gold and cost less than $100. I've worn both for many years. They don't tarnish or turn color or have the silver rub off because they are solid sterling silver. Please note, sterling silver DOES react with some people and turn their fingers green. It does not mean it's fake silver. Sometimes it's just a body chemistry thing, and sometimes it's because of lotions and things like that. Please research this. Just google it and you will get a wealth of info. I see so many negative reviews for sterling silver claiming it's fake because it turned a finger green. That is not necessarily true! And a note about white gold. It turns yellow over time and you have to get it "re-dipped". White gold is just yellow gold that has been treated with other "white" metals to make it look white. That wears off over time. White gold is just a pain and expensive to maintain, so that's another reason I recommend sterling silver. Your grandmother's white gold stays white because it's much higher quality than the crud they make now. Again, google it for more info. ;-)
The two rings on my middle finger are both 10 karat yellow gold. The top one is also a 1k cubic zirconia, and the other one is a 5 mm x 4 mm natural opal with real diamond accent stones. The band is a cheapy Walmart 10k band I bought and had them soldered together. The top set cost about $250, and the opal set all together cost around $200.
You can easily make any gemstone look like a wedding ring set in the way I did my opal, and I can't tell you how many compliments I've gotten on my opal wedding set, and it's closes to my heart as it's the one I was actually married with. It's different, unique, and although you can't really tell in the pic, opals are so gorgeous. It just shimmers in the light.
Just remember - real SOLID 10k for yellow gold, and solid sterling silver for white gold. Cubic zirconias look just like diamonds, don't destroy the earth, people don't die over them, and they are affordable.
Real diamonds are a scam and rip off anyway, created and perpetuated by the De Beers corporation about 75 years ago until this day. There are actually tons of diamonds and they are basically worthless stones because they are NOT really rare. At least, not worth any more than the other semi-precious stones.
But, since they have a world wide monopoly on them, and ran the absolute most successful ad campaign in the history of the world starting in the 50's, we now pay a boat load of money for a worthless piece of mineral. I know, you don't believe me. Start with this article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Beers , and then do more of your own research.
And ask yourself, if diamonds are so valuable, why don't we trade in them, like we do gold and silver? But, back to the marketing campaign...yes, even I, who knows all about it, wanted some real diamonds. I feel satisfied now that I have them and paid very little for them. I can hand down to my daughter a real diamond ring some day, and she's already in love with this ring, lol.
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