My husband and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary in late May, but between my nasal surgery, work travel, and general life craziness we never ordered my special gift in time for our anniversary. But late is better than never and after a month in production, I recently received my anniversary gift: a light pink diamond eternity band set in rose gold.
It sounds extravagant and in person, it looks very extravagant. But, I wanted to share with you the designer who made my ring because she really delivered an amazing piece at a surprising price.
I wanted a pink diamond band because I wanted something that could stand out on its own from my three stone engagement ring. I also like the idea of mixing and matching as I get older and acquire more jewelry. I was one of those nerdy kids with a rock collection, and I have remained interested in what makes stones different or how you can identify which part of the world a stone is from. I would love to own a full collection of diamonds in different colors and other precious gemstones.
We initially got a casual quote from Lester Lambert when they were on Oak Street. I don’t mind paying a premium for quality and having a fancy stamp inside of your jewelry does decrease depreciation if you want to sell a piece later.
Lester Lambert quoted us around $5,500 for a normal pave style pink diamond ring. We thought that was reasonable, and sincerely intended to order from them. But they closed for a period of time to switch locations and we didn’t want to place an order for a piece to be made while they were moving.
I looked on the web, and I found a smaller designer on Etsy named Zina Tahiri (ZinaFineJewelry) who specializes in stacking rings using a variety of gemstones and 18K gold. I noticed that she offers genuine Argyle pink diamonds in VS2-SI1 quality, which is decent clarity for colored stones (color intensity is the primary factor in their value). And the price is 1/5 what I was quoted from the upscale local jeweler.
I received my band in the mail this week, and I am in love. My bezel setting eternity ring is wonderfully crafted and Zina added size beads without blocking any of the light in any stone. The stones are extremely sparkly and depending on the light range from a soft nude pink to a gorgeous purplish-pink.
I chose a bezel setting because you don’t have to worry about prongs becoming loose, the extra metal contrasts better with my engagement ring, and for some reason, the bezel setting really amplifies diamonds in the same way a halo does.
We’re holding onto most of our savings, but I did book our stay in a 5-star hotel for my college roommate’s wedding weekend.
I know it can be nerve-wracking to purchase jewelry online, and I hope anyone researching colored diamond anniversary rings or independent jewelry designer Zina Tahiri finds my review helpful.
Enjoy the rest of the week!