Post # 1
My fiance and I have been looking at wedding sets. He is currently overseas and when he gets back we’re going to make a day of purchasing our wedding rings and some other wedding planning.
Does anybody own either of these rings? I am interested in how they hold up due to the twisted shank settings. I have heard that the smaller stones could be more prone to falling out in these types of settings. These are my favorites:
This is from Kay, the Neil Lane Bridal Collection.
And this is a set from Zales …
Let me know your experience with similar styles and please post pics!! I would love to see them. I love the twisted shank style, especially how it looks on your finger! 🙂
Post # 3
Those are so pretty! I don’t have a twisted shank, but I do have small diamonds just like those in my band. And, two weeks ago one of them fell out. (We’ve been engaged since Christmas.) My first reaction, of course, was that I was so bummed! I couldn’t believe one of the stones fell out already. Also, I didn’t think it was a big deal financially since the ring is insured. But, turns out I had to pay for it because our insurance broker explained to us that we shouldn’t sumbit a claim for something so small. (Because it’s such a tiny stone, it was only $30 to get it replaced.) Of course a $30 fix is really no big deal. But, if each of the 14 little guys were to fall out of the band over time and have to get replaced one-by-one, suddenly we’re talking $420 for a ring that ony cost about $900 in the first place. Is that likely to happen? No, probably not. But just something to consider. Also, my ring was purchased from overstock.com, so I’m sure that makes a difference. If FI had purchased it from a regular neighborhood jeweler (like the one we went to for the repair), they probaly would have covered that sort of fix, regardless of insurance, especially since the ring was fairly new.
Post # 4
I don’t have either of those rings, but I do have a ring from Kay’s and it has small stones like that with a curvy setting and I haven’t had one of the stones fall out yet, I’ve had it since Sept. Also the warranty plan you can buy through them I believe covers any stones that might fall out and need replacing. Hope that helps.
Post # 5
I don’t have a curvy setting either, but I have a setting from Jared’s and we purchased the ESP (Extended Service Plan) on it and it’s basically already paid for itself. The price of the ESP depends on the price of the ring, but I highly recommend it. They pay for any of the smaller lost stones (not sure about the center stone…), replating, re-sizing, all sorts of things. I have a halo setting with channel-set side-stones and I lost one of the stones from the halo 3 days after getting it and they had it replaced in 24 hours.
Post # 6
I don’t have these rings, but I wanted to jump in and say that I think the zales set is prettier. also, the wedding band could be worn alone, wheras the band in set #1 would look funny w/o the e-ring next to it.
Post # 7
You might want to consider going to a local independent jeweler to have a ring like one of those custom made. Mine is currently being made (cushion cut halo with pave diamonds along the split shank) and to avoid the hassle of dealing with stones falling out, our jeweler insisted that the small stones be “bead-set” with four tiny prongs on each stone instead of four prongs on each stone, but shared with the adjacent stones. This is how Tiffany’s does most of (or perhaps all of) their pave stones for the most security.
A “visual” example to explain the difference:
Bead set :o::o::o::o::o:
Prong Set :o:o:o:o:o:o:
Post # 8
I think the Neil Lane set is lovely. 🙂
Though I preferred Zales diamonds to Kay’s, which is why my ring is from Zales.
Go try them on!!! That’s half the fun hehe
Post # 9
Thanks for all the great feedback so far!!! I know there will be some sort of coverage plan for repairs, I just was curious to see how they do after being worn for awhile. I have had friends get a special setting they loved, and then they spent more time with the ring off their finger being sent for repairs than getting to enjoy it on their own finger. Thanks for all the info so far, I never knew what the bead setting vs, prong setting was either.
I have tried on the Neil Lane at Kay’s, and that’s where I fell in love with how the twisted shank looks against skin.
Also, excellent input about the ability to where the wedding band on its own, I hadn’t even thought of that.
More input appreciated!!! 🙂 Thanks Bees!
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Post # 10
I personally like the Zales ring – i think the other one takes away from the solitaire and is just too busy for my personal taste
Post # 11
I have also found this one now at Zales:
I’m worried as when I read the reviews on these from the store stires, they are saying that lots of their stones are falling out. Decisions, decisions….
Post # 12
I have also found this one now at Zales:
I’m worried as when I read the reviews on these from the store sites, they are saying that lots of their stones are falling out. Decisions, decisions….
Post # 13
I don’t have rings like that, but FI and I looked at Zales for rings (he proposed, then let me choose my ring). We bought one because we thought we loved it and it was a great sale, but after looking around we realized Zales didn’t have very good quality. When we went to return we also found they had pretty poor customer service- they tried refusing to return it (only a couple weeks later) when they told us we could, and didn’t even call us to tell us when the resized rings were available for pickup. I’ve heard other bad things about Zales, but maybe that’s just my local store and not all of them.
All these rings are lovely though, so I can see why it’s so hard to choose!
Post # 14
You can get something similar from a locally based jeweler, or they could make or order something like it. The upside to this is that they usually offer warranties or a guarantee, they can ensure that the diamonds are set tightly, and are usually more likely to help you out or fix it should something go wrong.
Not to hate on the big box stores, but a lot of your money goes toward their overhead (big flashy stores, big flashy ads) instead of the actual product you get. And the college sophomore heifer working part time behind the counter usually isn’t going to give you much help or care if something is wrong with your ring. A lot of people steer away from local because they’re leery of the price but if you shop around a little you can find someone reputable AND reasonable so you don’t have to worry about your ring!
Post # 15
I probably like the Neil Lane ring better. The first Zales ring looks too matchy matchy (although with a different band I’d probably like it).
I’d go to the stores and try them on. You might be able to get a better deal online. By online I mean from a place like Blue Nile or even Zales or Kay’s own website. When we were shopping for my engagement ring Kay’s wasn’t that nice to us (left us waiting forever even though their was nobody else in the store). We did have a good experience at Zales, though.
Big box stores (and some local jewelers) have good protection plans that come with their products. This is especially great if you get a pave ring or other ring with a lot of stones. Just be sure to read all the fine print about bringing it in for cleanings and checks.