Hi There All -- new addition here!
We got engaged in February and are still in the *very* beginning processes of budgeting, planning, etc. My FI had my e-ring essentially custom made [solitare is a GEORGEOUS family heirloom, halo setting purchased from a small-ish pittsburgh chain jeweler, and everything assembled by the bench jewler sugggested by the jeweler]. Unfortunately, about 7 days after our engagement (and about 6 hours after getting it back from the appraiser) I looked down to find one of the baby diamonds in the halo MISSING! After a few tears and some misplaced guilt, my FI and I went back to the chain and they apologized and sent it out to the bench jewler to repair (for free) for THREE WEEKS. Unfortunately, I hear that the 3 week timeline isn't really unreasonable for this kind of stuff, but I was pretty bummed nonetheless. Anyway -- fast forward to early this week, I FINALLY go to pick it up... so excited for it to look perfect again and bam, I put it on and its OBVIOUS that the missing diamond has been replaced. I (uncomfortably) said something like "uhh...why does this look so different from the other diamonds in the halo?" The jewler took a look at it under the loupe (which you do not need to see the difference) and sure enough she was like "oh, you're right, its a smaller diamond, and a different color." The jeweler has agreed to send it out again to get it "fixed right," but I'm skeptical and skiddish about giving them my ring for another THREE WEEKS and potentially still being disappointed.
I would say I hate to be a pefectionist -- but no, this is my brand new engagement ring. And, by virtue of the halo setting, all the diamonds in the setting need to MATCH and sparkle the same way, or else its SO obvious!
thank you all in advance for your help!