Nicky Butler Pink Quartz Triplet Ring 402-594
I think this ring is pretty but how can a quartz triplet be worth anything close to $149? Doublets and triplets are manufactured using only a small layer of the actual gemstone. I know I’d be paying for the designer name, but I can find handmade and more unique pink quartz rings on etsy and other sites.
“A doublet is created by attaching 2 layers of material together. Opal for instance is often found in thin translucent layers which, although beautiful, are too fragile to be used in jewelry. By glueing a layer like this to a more durable mineral such a onyx, the gem is not only made stronger, but colors in the translucent opal are enhanced by the dark backing. Similarly, thin layers of opaque gemstones can be attached to a clear top layer to create an interesting new look.
By adding a third layer on top, a triplet is created. Clear quartz crystal is often used as the top layer in doublets or triplets. It may be used to protect the middle layer or just to enhance the overall look of the stone. Other materials, such as glass, can also be used in triplets. A clear top layer of a natural or synthetic gemstone provides shine and durability while the bottom and middle layers create interesting visual effects.”
Quartz is not an expensive stone and I wouldnt be surprised to learn that a quartz triplet is actually costing more (because of all the activities involved) – but even if not, you are paying money for the work and the rest of the stones and the silver. I stronfly doubt you will find anything of that quality on etsy. These are not your typical etsy hand-hacked or the other typical etsy Chinese mass prodiced kind of a ring…
i don’t buy doublets or triplets.
but on this ring the sterling presence and other gems are worth the value. if it was only the triplet on thin silver i’d pass.
Well, HSN charges around $150+ for some cz and synthetic rings, so I’m not shocked about the cost of this ring, just because it’s a quartz triplet.
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03.14.15 4:07 AM