Oh my goodness, I missed so much in this thread!
Yes, I saw a similiar ring when I was at a jewelry store with flashfrenzy. Honestly, I thought Lily was WAY prettier. I think knockoffs of this ring are very difficult because Lily is incredibly dainty. I mean, crazy dainty! All similiar rings have looked much bulkier and unappealing to me. Sorry you have to deal with ring drama, Erica!
Gong back to the original question...
Milady, this ring is such a stunner!
May I ask about how you feel about the contrast between the melee color and the center stone? Is it very obvious?
I love the contrast! I can definitely see a color difference, but I'm one of the few people that like that, lol. Most people obsessively want to match the center stone with their melee, but for some reason I think the antique OEC is really striking and glowy against the F/G melee.
That being said, if I had a modern cut then the color difference would bother me. I like antiques to have body color and I like modern cuts to be whiter.
Schubach's didn't tell me ahead of time that they were going to add tiny prongs. To be honest, when I first opened the box I immediately thought, "WTH?!" I wasn't expecting it and I wish they had warned me before they shipped Lily to me so I could have mentally prepared to see her with prongs. They have grown on me, though!
They are like fierce lil flames curling around the OEC. Plus, they make my ring more secure which is the most important thing!