The Kofford Family relocates to Colorado after 40 years as Californians. In December of 2007, Grandma Lorraine is diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer. Sadly, she passed away on Dec. 26th, 2008 after a year long courageous battle. Follow our journey as we keep Lorraine's memory alive, and as we learn to appreciate that each day we are given, is a gift to be enjoyed!

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
~Maria Robertson

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Diamond woes...

Diamond Update...Thanks readers for the great tips about returning to the store where we purchased the ring from the post below. Unfortunately, we bought both the center diamond and the setting at the "San Francisco Gift Mart" where there are fabulous prices on diamonds at their many jewelry stores, but to keep prices down, perks like no cost replacements aren't available!

Bummer, so it will cost $287 for a new small stone, plus another $200 to add more prongs to the existing stones as they too were loose! Then, to really top it off, the jeweler discovered my center stone now has 3 chips! How I did this to it, I do not know! Well, that will be another cost to have the stone re-cut and polished. The jeweler also said that it would be wise to put the center stone in 6 prongs, (vs. the 4 I have now because I thought the stone looked bigger with only 4 prongs!) I also chose to have the center stone sit up high, because I liked that look, but then that may have contributed to it getting chipped. So, all my vanity will end up costing me a small fortune! What do you think, maybe I should just trade the whole thing in and get cubic zirconias?!? :-) (Or maybe put the money toward Girl Scout cookies! :-) HA

5 comments:

Melissa said...

Hey Denise, That is the same place the setting and side diamonds for my wedding set came from! Too bad about the 'no perks'! Hope you are able to get the whole thing fixed and back soon. Don't you feel naked without your wedding ring? Makes me feel like I forgot something important all day long when I don't wear mine!

Denise K. said...

Melissa, I am wearing a "fake" right now, as I too feel naked without it! The ring is being sent to Bismarck, South Dakota, and then I'll find out what the verdict is about cutting it down. The Gift Center/Mart is great, but make sure your ring is checked for loose stones, just in case!

bryce_suzanne said...

Denise,

Just wanted to let you know we have been searching for your missing jewel as well. My mother in law went to the catholic church tonight and was going to look and ask around again for you. Bryce & I will be going for a walk tomorrow so we will stop by the cemetary and see what we can see. I'm so sorry to hear about the cost of replacing the diamond, and fixing the other diamond. I get so nervous wearing mine because I don't want anything to happen to it. Anyway will keep you posted on our searching.

DeClercq said...

Denise~

First thing...I would get a 2nd opinion from another jeweler. Another thing to consider...I know you love your ring now...but, you can take the diamonds you have now and design a whole new ring in a platinum setting...Ohhh La La! Someday I would like to do that!

Sorry Tom, you didn't hear ME say that! ha ha...

Laura

Kim said...

You know what they say...."diamonds are a girl's best friend" and you have a beautiful expression of that! I say get it fixed, add the extra prongs and enjoy it for many years to come!