Post # 1
I got the green light to choose a ring by the boyfriend of 5+ years. Hooray! I have a 3/4 C. round diamond that is really great quality that is being given to me by my mother (it was her mothers). I need some opinions. First, i haveincluded a couple photos, one is a halo and the other is a more classical. the more classical option is less money, so i would be able to upgrade from 18 C gold/palladium mix to platinum.
1) Which do you like more? It is hard to tell, but the more traditional ring has a horse shoe of diamonds on each side next to the prongs. You can also see all the way throuogh the diamond area, which is really unique. I love the halo one too though, ugh!
2) I am worried about replating the rhodium, would anyone get a platinum ring instead of gold if they had the option To do it again?
Post # 3
I like #1. You can wear a straight band with it, it’s beautiful and classic, and the upgrade to platinum vs. white gold would be a big decision making factor for me personally.
Post # 4
I like the halo, but I’m biased because I have a halo. I guess it depends if you like a bit more bling or a more understated look. I personally love the finger coverage of a halo.
Post # 5
#1 all the way! Halos are today’s trend.
Post # 6
I like that you can upgrade the metal type in the first ring. I’ve had white gold and it yellowed on me terribly so I told my FI it was much more important to me to have a platinum band and sacrifice diamond size. Luckily, you already have a wonderful diamond, so now I would focus on metal quality. Both are beautiful rings however, and your priorities may be different than mine.
Happy ring hunting, and early congratulations on your engagement!!
Post # 7
@Jmbldr: i love the halo ring but i’m not sure if i like the band with it.
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
I don’t usually like halos, but I really like that set. In your place I would choose the first one though because of the whole plating issue. I wouldn’t want to deal with that
Post # 9
You do not need to rhodium plate white gold mixed with palladium. I used to have 18kt white gold rings with palladium alloy, unplated, and it was very white. That is one of the benefits of using a palladium alloy.
I personally prefer gold to platinum, but it is totally a personal choice.
I don’t like halos much, but you should go with what you are pulled most toward!
Post # 10
- Wedding: October 2014 - Disney
I think you’ll like 1 better longer since you said you are a traditionalist. I personally got a platinum ring, because the wings of my ring had to be platinum and I dont like the idea of having to replate the shank. I also feel like soldering 2 different metals together makes for weak points in the ring. I dont regret my decision at all. The platinum is weighty and beautiful.
Post # 12
@Jmbldr: I think no.1 is prettier! I too had a .75 heirloom round stone and was looking for a “classic” setting for it. I went with a platinum 4 prong solitaire and I think you will be happy with something similar! 🙂
Post # 13
@RayKay: RayKay thank you for the information about your past gold/palladium rings, it is super helpful to know that you didn’t need to have them rhodium plated. It would get old to have to part with my ring every few months to a year to have it redipped!
Post # 14
I like #1 much better. Simply stunning!
Post # 15
@Jmbldr: Okay everyone thank you so much for the great advice! Either ring could be upgraded to platinum, but the halo would be a little more than the boyfriend and I wanted to spend on a ring if it was in platinum.
I agree with the comment about the band not matching to it perfectly, I think that the store did not have the exact perfect match instock to try, and that the wedding band that goes with it would be flush against either of the rings.
I am usually more partial to rings like ring #1, but for some reason really like this halo. Oh decisions decisions!!!