Post # 1
I’m recently engaged (after 11 years of dating and after a long picnic in the park by the Eiffel tower 🙂 ) and I have had my heart set on a round diamond on a platinum halo (micropavé) setting, with a plain shank (like tiffany embrace). I’ve got a contact (ex work colleague of a friend) who makes bespoke engagement rings in Hatton Garden (London) and we have met to discuss all the things I like/want in my ring. But I wanted some opinions from like minded brides to be, recently married, etc hence my post.
Since discussing with the jeweller I am now considerinhalo cushion cut stone over round? Although I’m worried cushion cuts tend to look smaller than other shape equivalent size counterparts. Is this true?
AlsI the jeweller suggested palladium over platinum as you get more for your £ andoffers the same benefits of platinum but weighs less. If the jeweller is happy to wok withpalladium are there any other reasons any one can think of not to use palladium?
Finally in terms of carat size we are working to a budget (buying a house soon/don’t want a long engagement so will also have wedding costs) but I want to get the best possible stone for our budget. Does anyone have examples of their halo rings – can you please post a pic on hand so i can gauge the size? I’m looking between .5ct and .8ct. Also I cannot decide upon the height of the setting I know I don’t want anything too high but any suggestions/pics will help!!!
Post # 3
Mine’s a half carat in a halo (sz 7 finger). Mine’s white gold so I don’t know much about palladium or platinum but people seem to really like palladium. Mine’s an SI1 stone… IMO there’s no need for clarity above that as long as it’s eyeclean, so go for a better cut to get more sparkle. Mine’s G color, but I also don’t mind H.
Post # 4
1.50CT CENTER IN A HALO SIZE 7.5
Post # 5
My center stone is a round 1.1 ct diamond, size 4.5 finger, set in white gold. I wanted a cushion cut stone with a halo, but when my husband was ring shopping he felt that the round stones did appear much larger than the cushion cut stones in our price range, and he also felt that they sparkled more. Hope this helps!
Post # 6
I have a ring in a similar style to what you described, in round. Here’s the link, so you can see the profile. I really like it because it’ll sit flush with another ring; with many lower set halos, you can’t do this.
And here it is with a 6.5mm stone on a size 6 finger, for some perspective.
If your jeweler’s willing to work with palladium, great! I wish I’d had that option. The only bad thing I’ve heard about palladium is that resizing can lead to cracking. That might not be an issue, though, if the jeweler is used to working with it.
Post # 7
I have a .75 carat cushion halo and a size 7 finger, a halo will make ANY size ring look even larger… but I believe round stones have the biggest surface area… But I love the pillow-y shape of a cushion, especially in a halo. 🙂
Post # 8
I have .75 center diamond, round cut, on a 4.22 finger
As for the hight, I wanted smth as flat as possible,
so here it is:
Post # 9
I love cushion cuts too, mostly in large sizes, like my right hand ring in smokey quartz. In a smaller size, I prefer the round cut. It’s just classic and so elegant!
As for height, I thought I would prefer a lower setting but I ended up choosing one that was somewhat tall, and I love the elegance it creates. I really feel like I’m wearing an engagement ring 🙂 Since my flower halo as the center stone set inside the halo, I don’t have the problem of a center stone protruding from the setting and getting caught on things.
As for the metal, I say definitely invest in platinum or palladium. I have a platinum band that stays white and looks amazing. I don’t know much about palladium but it seems like another great alternative to white gold.
Post # 10
Yeah, I had the platinum/palladium debate and decided to go platinum- it seems to hold up the best in the long run. But my FI is getting a palladium band and a rose gold band (because he wanted 2 and platinum was twice the cost of palladium). So I can see the benefits of both. Here’s my halo e-ring- a little bigger than you are looking for though- 1.2 ct G color VS2 excellent cut, so much sparkle, and I LOVE halos- theres just more to sparkle! And I agree with others on the board, in a smaller size diamond- less than 2 carats- a round has more sparkle than a cushion.
Post # 11
Cushion cut diamonds typically do face up smaller than round diamonds. Also, round brilliant diamonds are more forgiving in terms of color than cushion cut diamonds. As in, cushion cut diamonds will show any yellow much easier than a round brilliant diamond.
As for palladium, it does offer the same benefits as platinum, but it weighs less and costs slightly less. Palladium is a pure white metal, so it will not need to be rhodium-plated like white gold, but it show marks after some time. You can have it re-polished by a professional jewelry every 8 months or so. Palladium is completely hypo-allergenic like platinum, so it is a popular choice for those that suffer from nickel allergies (gold contains nickel).
I hope this info helps 🙂
Post # 12
I love the look of the round center stone in the cushion halo, as I think the round sparkles a bit more. Mine is a 1.75 carat round in a cushion halo, set fairly high and I love it.
Post # 13
Here’s mine on a size 4.5 finger…I think the center stone is just under 0.5 carat:) I love it!
Post # 13
- Wedding: November 2016 - Garden
Scintillante: I agree with you that getting palladium or titanium will last longer and it doesn’t change colors over the years like white gold does. But the only problem is it’s very difficult to resize something like that. I heard from the internet that titanium can’t get resized. Is that true?
Post # 14
princessbee1991: I have no problems resizing platinum and palladium in Toronto, Can. Titanium is very challenging to resize though. Something to consider for sure!