- 6 years ago
- Wedding: October 2013
I want to first say I’m so glad i came across you all as researching alternatives for engagement rings/stones, the bee became a haven for me!
I apologize for this in advance as it may be long and convuluted at times, but I am in a sort of dilemma and have the nicest SO who wants me to make the decision for me and for some reason I am struggling with that.
I’ve lurked over the past few weeks on this site, read a lot, educated myself on all of your great info and now that we’re getting closer to narrowing down the setting i’m sort of in a panic- as much as i like a lot of the moissanite & co settings, none of them are 100% me, if I had the option to change them a smidge I’d probably be super happy. I have a thing for halo/pave with carriage or basket depending who you ask on that last part I’ve heard both described.
I provided two examples below that I ADORE- these were picked out before going 95% in to the moissanite realm (to back track, I originally wanted a vintage ring, but I really wasn’t happy with the quality of most rings- and the ones that were made to hold up exceptionally well, are exceptionally priced- I can’t really justify 10k for a ring when i alone have 90k in student loans) I also ethically don’t want to contribute to the diamond trade industry in the traditional sense and most brokers in the Chicago area hold strong prices, even the ‘ethically’ sourced ones, end up being higher than my max budget of 2000-3000 (TOP max for the whole set- band and ring/stone)
I want to be closer to 2k and even lower if possible. Anyway here are my two loves (setting wise)
This became the second runner up to the next one but it also is lovely and by no means is ‘second’ I love both equally.
The original fave-but I feel like all it does is toy with my emotions. HARD.
So after spending a good chunk of the weekend making a list of ones I liked on M&Co’s site, and narrowing it down to 7, which is pretty good as a starting point (or i’m nuts, feel free to call me out on it :)) I still came back to these two and just my heart sank because I love them both-
My last question(s) from that is-
For those of you that have diamond settings with the Moissanite center stone does cause it to look weird?
Also, do any of you feel Moissanite will look weird in these settings because of the style and possible color reflection from the basket/carriage setting?
Last, does anyone know of settings like these or where i can look because I feel like I’ve been at this weeks and haven’t found much else.
I apologize for blabbering on and on- thank you kindly in advance!
(I should note we’re considering between a .75-1.25 stone I have to go try things on locally to see what I like the best)