If you’ve seen some of my previous posts, my SO and I have been discussing what engagement ring I should have. I keep flip flopping and changing my mind, but we both love the Tiffany Soleste.
The only problem is that I am worried that with all the pave stones and the double halo, it will be a really high maintenance ring. For example, I put on hand cream every time I wash my hands so I am worried about the ring getting gunked up easily, and having to clean it every couple days. Also, I can be a bit clumsy and I am scared of damaging the ring/any of the tiny stones coming out.
I don’t know if I am overthinking this or whether you have to be super careful with these fancy micro-pave rings. I just am worried it won’t hold up for the 30+ years I hope to be wearing it! I know a lot of you bees have fancy rings so I was hoping to get some insight on whether these are practical or not.
I am not a big fan of round solitaires (they don’t look right on my hand – but I thought I wanted one before I tried them on)… so I was thinking maybe a cushion solitaire with a plain band… but then I miss the sparkle of all the pave stones.
First world problems, I know… but I just want to make sure we buy the right ring for me!
Here’s a photo of what the Soleste looks like:
I don’t think they require much maintenance. Personally, I take off my ring when I’m doing anything that I think might “ruin” it, like putting on lotion or taking a shower/bath, cooking, cleaning dishes, etc. The place where I bought my ring requires an inspection every 6 months, so that if any of the smaller stones do fall out, they replace them for free. I also have my ring insured so if it is lost/stolen, it will be covered for the value. I take mine in every 6 months and get it cleaned and checked for any loose stones. I also own my own jewlery cleaner, and I’ll clean it every other week with a soft toothbrush just so I can get all the fingerprints and such off the diamond and it’ll shine.
I have a halo (double in fact) and it hasn’t been a problem for me. I constantly twist my ring, an old habit that won’t die lol, and it’s still not an issue. I have bang my ring on things, gotten it “caught” on the inside of the washing macine, etc and it’s still fine. Besides my jeweler will fix it if anything happens. As far as the lotion thing, I would recommend taking off your ring to do that…even with a solitaire it would still get all gross. Good luck!
Here’s my ring just for reference
I have a halo ring with pave stones on the band and also on my wedding band.
Once I get home, the rings go straight into the box and don’t leave until I leave the house, so I don’t shower/cook/clean with my rings either.
I had my rings professionally cleaned for the first time (in a year) and had them check for loose stones. They told me side stones wouldn’t be an issue and they can be easily replaced. I just had to be careful with the center stone.
I clean my rings with vinegar based windex and lukewarm water and they sparkle. I think you will be fine with your gorgeous new ring!
I’ve never had issues with my halo. I don’t shower/clean/put lotion on with it. I do wash my hands and put purell on with it on though. I usually only clean mine every couple of weeks – just mix some windex, dawn dish soap and hot water together, let it soak for a few minutes and scrub it gently with a toothbrush. No big deal.
I knock mine on things sometimes and never had any issues with stones falling out, etc. If you’re getting a Tiffany’s ring I would assume they would replace any stones that fall out free of charge (my local family-owned jeweler will do this for life).
I don’t have a halo, but I do have one of those little containers of jewelery cleaner and I tend to drop my ring in that when I shower. I just started doing this in the past month or so and my ring has never been so sparkly!
No issues with mine, either. Mine is very detailed, milgrain, etc., but I don’t shower/clean/put in hair products/put on lotion/etc. with it on. I do wash my hands with it on, because that cleans it, and then once a week or so gently scrub in the setting with a soft brush while washing my hands.
I always take off my rings when I use lotions, etc. It’s not really been high maintenance for me at all.
My ring is also a pave halo and its very easy to keep clean! I also stop by zales (where its from), once a month to have them steam clean it. Love my ring though!
Thanks for all the replies, ladies! I feel a lot better knowing this. It just looks so delicate lol.
@canarydiamond: That is one gorgeous ring! I know what you mean about worrying if it is too delicate. I had the same question when I was looking into getting my halo/pave diamond ring too. But since I’ve had my ring, I haven’t had any issues with it. I take it off before I put any lotion though and I don’t shower with it or sleep with it on. I clean it at least once a week with my “Diamond Dazzle stick” and it keeps it nice and sparkly. I’ve also had no issues with the little diamonds falling out- even when I bang my ring on things.
Get your dream ring! Congrats!
That is a beautiful ring! One of my favorites!
I’ll be the lone voice of decent as I found my halo ring to be much more high maintenance than my other setting. I broke a prong and loosened some of the diamonds in the halo. I’m not sure what I did with it to cause the prong to break. It did sit up higher and the halo made it kind of look like a flyer saucer from the side in order for my wedding band to slide flush with it. I banged my ring a lot more than my old setting.
However, I wouldn’t necessarily not get a setting because it’s more high maintenance. If you really love a particular ring, go for it!
Here is a photo of my halo. It is very dainty, but like i said, it doesn’t require a lot of maintenance…but I am really careful with it regardless.
I do NOT have a halo but I do have pave in a custom setting, which has given me no trouble whatsoever to date. Nothing loose, nothing has fallen out, and no, it doesn’t get crusty in the tiny gaps (I don’t know why not, maybe because I clean the whole ring fairly often and I don’t use hand cream at all).
After hearing all the horror stories, that was a pleasant surprise.
I have a halo, and have no problem with it at all! I get it cleaned once a month but it doesn’t get dirty or anything. When applying hand lotion it sometimes (rarely) does get in the little cracks but I just run it under the water for a quick second. If you love it, go for it! Don’t let those little things stop you