- 6 years ago
- Wedding: June 2013
Hello ladies (and any gentlemen?)! I’ve been lurking for a bit since my boyfriend and I have decided to get engaged, but now that I have a question I thought I’d register to ask.
Unfortunately, I can’t give you reference pictures for the two because it’s a local jeweler and there aren’t stock photos online. So I’ll do my best to describe.
A little background here: My soon to be FI and I have been together for over six and a half years, but since we were undergrads without any reasonable means of affording a wedding, we mutually agreed that there was no real point in getting engaged. Now that I am starting my PhD in the fall with a stipend, and hoping that he will be able to get something at least part time to supplement in the area, we are in a position where we will likely be financially able to begin planning a wedding for this coming year.
So, we very un-romantically discussed getting engaged via text message convo before my math class, and since then I’ve been ring shopping. Now back to the rings.
They’re basically identical, except for two minor details. To describe both in general, they have a pretty smallish center stone (maybe a quarter carat tops, I think less, but I’m pretty understated) with two oval-ish shaped clusters of small diamonds inlaid into the band on either side. The cluster is slightly above the midline on one side and slightly below on the other, and then there is a brushed finish that creates a gentle curve above one and below the other on each side, kind of like a low-amplitude sine wave (sorry, math minor here).
So what’s the difference? The first one has a slightly thicker band and a six-prong setting, whereas the second has a slightly thinner (I’m talking maybe a mm) band and a four-prong setting. Diamonds are comparable size and quality, though the certified gemologist, as she introduced herself, explained that the diamond on the former was more… There was a special term for it, but most plainly, more sparkly. The latter is $25 cheaper, but that’s not a whole lot of difference price-wise so that’s not so much of a concern.
I’m not really sure where to go with this. I think I slightly prefer the look of the thicker band but really the difference is almost negligible, and I like the idea of a more secure six-prong setting. Then again, it’s a small diamond already so I don’t want to lose out on the sparkle factor, so maybe it would be better to have the four-prong setting which lets in more light. I’m also not sure if the sparkle factor on the specific diamond really matters either because those aren’t the exact rings that I would be choosing from, rather versions that they produce in my correct size, as she said they are both very popular styles.
Given that most of you ladies from the looks of your pictures wouldn’t go for either of these puny rings, if you had to choose one, which one would you go with?