Hi @mindysoo: first & foremost, I see you are NEW to WBee… so a BIG Welcome to “the Hive”
I am not a Solitaire girl…
BUT that is mostly because I am an Encore Bride (been there done that)
Solitaires are nice however if you are a traditonal type of person, and never been down this road before
So understandably, of the 2 rings you’ve shown I much prefer the Halo
Lol, I’d hardly call it a “Cocktail Ring” because Halo ERings are HUGE now… and I don’t think anyone would deny it is to be an ERing
Lol, now on the otherhand as an Encore Bride… I most decidedly wanted a ring that didn’t look like a classic ERing… I wanted a bigger ring, and a lot of diamonds (ala a Cocktail Ring)… Mr TTR insisted that my Ring have a “Feature Stone” so it would qualify in his eyes as an ERing
Hence, this is what I ended up with… a lot different than either of the ones you are considering
PHOTO – ERing (Photo take the day we picked it up)
As for buying on-line or in person. This is a crap shoot. Many will argue that prices are better on line vs a brick & mortar store (I don’t deny that)
But I personally won’t buy a Diamond without seeing it in person first.
We ended up dealing with a small well established (30+ years) Family Run Jewellery Store… with a Goldsmith on site. My ERing is semi-custom, and it is GIA Certifed, with Canadian Diamonds. I felt confident buying what I did … as I strongly felt that this family stood behind their product. At the same time, I got better quality than I would have at a chain store… Chain Jewellery Stores have some nice things (and their place in the market) but for higher end stuff they are way overpriced.
Of interest, I did get both my Sparkly & Plain WBands at a Chain Jewellery Store… Quality is good… my Sparkly WBand also was GIA Certified with Canadian Diamonds… and on sale. Very competitive. So I was quite content with that choice in that circumstance.
Hope this helps,
LOL – Needless to say I DID NOT VOTE