Looking for ring advice before I buy

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
267 posts
Helper bee

 @skaterzero807: mine is a 1.01 ct on a size 6. I haven’t noticed rainbow colors at all, it does sparkle though. I think there is no way around sparkle when it comes to diamonds! It depends what lighting you are in though. Halogens make it sparkle like no other, and the sunlight makes it sparkle as well.

Post # 4
1662 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013


I don’t have a solitaire, so I can’t show you that but I have a couple of thought as to the sparkly conundrum.

1) The sparkles are really quite captivating in person, so if you want a white diamond I wouldn’t worry about it too much. They are all sparkley. But you could find a setting that lets in less light. Try googling bezel set solitaire. Those are low set and protect the diamond very well. It’s a common choice for women who want a diamond that won’t get in the way. (Also, they are gorgeous too.) 

2) A step cut diamond. Asscher or emerald cut. 

3) A black diamond. They look pretty rock n roll. A couple of bees have them if you search the forums.

Good luck! 

Post # 5
2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I asked for a lot of those same qualities in my ring. I work in a lab and my ring fits under my gloves and I love it. It’s a 0.33 carat on a size 5 finger. Mine does sparkle quiet a bit but I don’t think it does in an over the top way. I think in terms of sparkle one good quality diamond is a good choice. It’s not too much. 

Post # 7
287 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

For something under gloves, maybe a bezel setting? Basically there’s some metal all around the center diamond (but not a halo which is little diamonds all around the center).

What makes diamonds so special is the sparkle, but round brilliants (what 85% of people have) are very splintery flashy, perhaps she’s more of a vintage cut, more broad cut and pastel flashes? Here’s a good comparison video:


Their August Vintage is their in house cut of “vintage” but maximizing sparkle. You can find older diamonds or similiar cut online called OMC or OEC, but the “personality” or way it’s cut really range.


Post # 8
668 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I have a Ritani cathedral setting which is elegant and low profile. My stone is VVS1, ideal cut (polish/symmetry/no culet) hearts and arrows style 1.22ct on a 6.5 sized finger. The stone is sparkly but not gaudy. By “too sparkly”, she may have meant “too blingy”, in which case a solitaire would be great for her! Bezel set is typically the lowest profile…

Post # 9
3407 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I second looking into bezel settings! def good for going under gloves 🙂

Post # 12
462 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Thirding a bezel set diamond, and perhaps a step cut one to reduce the sparkle. If she’s really totally against sparkle, perhaps you can look into a white sapphire, which does sparkle a but, but doesn’t give rainbow colors. 


If you get diamonds around the band, I would recommend looking into baguette diamonds, and channel settings, which reduce the sparkle factor.

This is from MoissaniteCo, but something I had bookmarked as a nice solitaire. It’s a semi-bezel setting, and I think something like this would fit nicely under a glove, because there are no prongs to get caught.

Post # 13
1159 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@skaterzero807:  “Too big” is so relative that I think you’re going to have to take her to a jewelry store in person and get an idea of the ideal carat size for her!

I think if she’s looking for less “sparkle”, you should definitely look into step cut (assher and emerald cut) stones as PPs mentioned. If she’s partial to the round shape but wants less sparkle, OECs or OMCs have more chunky facets than round brilliants.

Finally I second (er…fourth?) the bezel setting. Super low maintenance and low profile. I wear nitrile gloves and my ring sits nicely under the gloves, no prongs means no snagging or ripping the gloves either.

For reference, here’s my bezel set solitaire, ~1.4ct RB diamond, size 6:




Post # 14
97 posts
Worker bee

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