- 3 years ago
- Wedding: August 2014
So, I’m hopefully getting a new diamond pendant soon, yay! I want something classic and fairly understated, but am struggling to make a decision. At the moment my top options are:
1) Diamond halo pendant with a centre stone of around 0.33ct, and a halo of around 12 diamonds totalling around 0.25ct; this would be a custom job and I think I’ll be looking at a figure of around £1000/$1600.
Pros: I like the added bling of a halo. I have a cluster ring and love how it sparkles, and having a smaller centre stone doesn’t bother me.
Cons: I’m worried this style is less ‘classic’.
2) 0.40ct solitaire pendant in a simple 4-claw, or possibly rub-over (undecided) setting; H SI2 (eye clean) excellent-cut RB. £860/$1400 with chain (which I don’t need); £700/$1100 without.
Pros: very classic and understated, and cheaper than getting a smaller stone in a halo setting. I could always add a halo at a later date if I eventually felt I wanted more ‘bling’.
Cons: I’m worried that as a solitaire it may be on the small side; that said, my previous pendant was about the same size and I never felt that it was too small.
3) 0.50ct solitaire in 4 claw or rubover setting: H SI2 (eye clean) excellent-cut RB. £1180/$1890 with chain; £1020/$1630 without.
Pros: little bit bigger than the 0.40ct.
Cons: much more expensive, for little difference in size. Definitely wouldn’t add a halo to it as a 0.50ct with a halo would be too big for my personal tastes.
4) 0.50ct solitaire in an unusual setting; it’s from a local jewellers and I’ve not seen anything exactly the same anywhere else, and don’t know what the setting is called. The closest I can find is this one:
Diamond would be G VS2 and because we have ‘contacts’ we would get a discount, bringing it in at £980/$1570 for a better quality stone; and that would include the chain.
Pros: I really love the setting; it’s a bit different, but still classic, and it isn’t blingy like a halo.
Cons: I’m worried that the setting will date.
So, which would you choose?