Rated 1 out of 5 by 1
Rated 1 out of 5 by BejeweledinNH One of my first choices but definitely the worst
For my birthday my dying ex-husband wanted to purchase me a family birthstone ring and asked for my input in selecting one. My criteria for choosing one included several factors: I wanted my ring to be cast in sterling silver with a mostly solid shank, it needed to include four genuine stones and lastly I wanted a more contemporary take on the traditional setting.
I searched many websites before concluding that Zales was the only reputable jeweler to do business with based on the breadth of selection offered in a variety of metals, many with all genuine stones. This ring was one of two rings that I suggested for my gift. My ex preferred this ring to my other choice, since it was very different than traditional family birthstone rings. I did have reservations about the setting. I've had other rings with the raised beaded setting and generally I haven't cared for them. I took a chance with this one and it was a mistake.
Upon opening it, I was underwhelmed with the stones and the setting. The raised beading on the ring was more attractive than other settings I've seen, but the overall effect with the stones was gaudy. The prongs holding the birthstones were not totally tight and one was loose enough that I could easily jiggle the stone within the setting. The lab-created ruby was cheap looking set next to the other three genuine stones. The shank of the ring was extremely thin and the underside was hollow with only a very narrow, solid band at the very back of the finger. It reminded me of cheap rings I purchased from gumball machines when I was a child, definitely not the timeless piece my ex intended for me to wear for years to come.
Based on these observations, I can only give this ring a value rating of poor - save your money and keep looking. My fifth and thankfully final choice is shown below - it's a fabulous value for the money, it actually ending up costing less than this one and it has excellent workmanship and high quality genuine stones. Another great pick is the second one I recommended below with the marquise shaped stones. It's a fabulous choice if you have three stones or alternatively four to five with two you want to hide off to the side.
December 25, 2016