I promised to post photos and a review of my ring when it arrived so here goes!
1. The cutting is really gorgeous and the topaz performs well in all lighting conditions (inside with lights and outside in daylight)
2. The colour of the blue topaz is very very very lovely
3. The design is incredibly pretty - simple but makes the gemstone the centre piece.
1. The goldwork is very very lightweight.
2. The ring is incredibly high (not sure why because it could be made lower without impacting the perfomance/style. It may put people off I think although this doesn't bother me and I quite like it (it's only in with the negs because others may not like it).
3. The cost -v- goldweight/gemstone
4. The bottom side of the topaz is cut slightly to one side - you can see it in the photos. I don't know if that will bug me.
5. Will have to have it re-sized. It's an N-O but feels huge!
I had initially ordered an Amethyst and also the Blue Topaz version so I could compare but after speaking with Gemcherub and hearing that her Amethyst was very pale, it put me off (plus I have a number of very good Amethyst rings so another "purple" probably wasn't wise).
I really really really really wanted to hate the ring because of the cost. I understand that these have a craftsmen element to them and that's essentially what you're buying but in the back of my head I've got my conscience screaming "it's an irradiated blue topaz - what are you thinking woman"! The problem with me is that as a collector of gemstones I know their value and I understand the cost of making pieces but I still can't get beyond the £299 price tag! If it were a natural blue topaz (which it isn't) I think I could forgive it a bit but it's not.
So, ladies and gents, does it look nice enough on my hand to keep? I'm going to bombard you with photos and would love your HONEST feedback please. Although feedback about my old lady hands or rubbish nail varnish can be highly dishonest! These first lot are all taken inside with the lights on.