Ring doesn’t mean a thing?
We’ve been ecstatic over the news that Kandi Burruss recently accepted a proposal from her TV producer boo Todd Tucker, but now the special occasion has been marred as it’s been revealed her boo actually copped some bargain bling.
In a HuffPo exposé diamond expert Ira Weissman explains how Kandi’s ring might shine bright like a big ol’ diamond but is actually created from a bunch of little cheaper diamonds.
According to the US Magazine report, Tucker proposed to Burruss with a “a gorgeous two-carat white diamond sparkler by ring designer Gregg Ruth.” They report that she actually picked out the ring from a Las Vegas jewelry store about four months ago. She had told him about it, and he had it shipped to him in Atlanta.
At first glance, the ring looks like a stunning (and HUGE!) two-carat oval diamond. In a fine pave setting like this from a high-end designer like Gregg Ruth, one would expect the diamond quality to be rather high. In my professional estimation, a large oval in a setting like this would need to be at least a G color. A diamond like this would likely cost at least $25,000 for the diamond alone. A designer setting like hers could easily add another $4,000 to $5,000. At full retail from a high-end Las Vegas jewelry store, this ring would likely cost well over $40,000.
But at closer inspection, this is clearly not what we’re dealing with here. A quick look at Gregg Ruth’s website brings us to this ring’s specific page.
The MSRP listed there is about $11,000. When I saw that, it didn’t make sense to me. If that price is for a complete ring with a two-carat oval center stone, then the price is far too low to make any kind of sense. If the price is for the setting without the center stone, the price is far too high.
Kandi Burruss’ “gorgeous two-carat white diamond sparkler” is really from the “Karina Collection” which is a “diamond cluster” collection.
US Magazine is perhaps deliberately misleading us. The ring is not a “two-carat diamond sparkler” — it is a two-carat total weight diamond sparkler. The face of her ring, which is in the shape of an oval, is filled with much smaller round diamonds that when clustered together give the illusion of a much larger diamond.
SMH… Look we all know Todd ain’t ballin’ like Kandi, and she shouldn’t care about getting a ring that’s worth $11K versus one that’s worth $40K, BUT wouldn’t it have been nice for her to have kept it funky to be a good example to other women who have unrealistic expectations about what their boos can afford???