Post # 1
We are going next weekend to hopefully pick out our wedding bands! I am planning to pick out a new setting for my solitaire that is more dainty. I am hoping that I can trade in what I have, and not have to pay too much more.
I currently have a cathedral setting which I originally loved! But after wearing it for several months, I think it is a little too low set for me, and the shoulders cover up a lot of the stone. I would also like something that is a little thinner on the band.
My one concern is that the stone is less protected or secure. Those of you with “tiffany” inspired settings (knife edge, higher, 4-prong), do you encounter a lot of damage or bent prongs on your ring?
What I currently have:
Similiar to what I plan to switch to:
This has been on my mind for a while now, and I just want to get some opinions. I want this to be my forever setting and don’t want to make any changes later on. Thanks!!
Post # 2
Mine is not a solitaire but it does sit up higher and I really have had no problems with it. Granted I have only had it for about 5 months. No damage or bent prongs so far!
Post # 3
I have a really thin (1.5mm) knife edge six prong 1carat ring. Have had it for 18 months and have had no problems at all with the prongs.
Post # 4
Had my ring for about 7 months now and haven’t noticed a problem. I have accidentally scratched things when I first got it, but no harm seemed to come to my ring from it.
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2014 - Cape May
I’m not sure if this helps you or not. I have a 4 prong basket setting on a 2.1mm band but my stone sits above the basket allowing me to see it from all sides. It’s probably not as high as you like, but the openness of the setting really does show off the stone better. No problems with the prongs at all. Here’s a pic in case.
Post # 6
highschoolhoneys: I have a 4 prong, knife edge in platinum and haven’t had a problem I would be concered with 4 prongs and white gold because it’s a bit softer of a metal. With only 4 prongs they gotta be strong.
Post # 7
Mine isn’t a tiffanys inspired, but a 4 prong solitaire. I’ve actually gone back and forth about getting it reset to 6 prongs. My diamond has been loose before. Hopefully it was a one time thing, but I feel like Id feel safer with 6 prongs.
Post # 8
I had mine ring set low in a prong setting. My stone is pear shaped and a 5 prong is typical but to ensure it was secured, I had it made into a 6 prong setting. I haven’t had any problems so far.
Post # 9
People IRL always see how high my diamond is set and ask if I hit and snag it on everything. I really don’t. Also my 4 prongs are very solid, so I don’t see them going anywhere
Post # 10
I have a 4 prong 1.6 solitaire. It’s high. I do occasionally accidentally hit it on the edge of counters, doorways etc. Only every once in a while tho. Not very often. I’ve never had any problems and I’ve had it over two years. Altho I will say I am proactive about keeping it in tip top shape. I get it inspected every 6 months on the dot to keep the lifetime warranty. Only now did I have the prongs retipped because I was having it redipped anyway. I’m paranoid like that.
Post # 12
GrannyPantiesRock: I actually believe that platinum is softer than gold.
From what I read, platinum is stronger, but softer? Not sure how that really works?? lol.
My stone is less than a carat so I am hoping the 4 prongs will be okay.
Post # 13
highschoolhoneys: That’s true. It’s softer, but less malleable. So basically it scratches easier, but will not bend like gold. That’s what keeps diamonds from falling out of a platinum setting. I have some gold rings, and they all eventually molded to my finger, but my platinum Ering and WB are still perfect circles.
Post # 14
The only thing I’d warn you of is that many classic solitaires are difficult to put a band with and have it sit flush. Not all, of course, but if it is important to you, make sure you check before buying. Personally, I love a cathedral setting because they generally allow most bands to sit flush, and many of them are quite delicate and allow lots of light through the diamond while still providing a little bit more bump protection. Mine is a classic cathedral, and I specified that I wanted the shoulders very narrow and pointed toward the stone, so that in the profile it would look like the shoulders met the sides. And band width is up to you, regardless of the style of ring you choose. It is likely that you could remain with a cathedral setting (if you like it) and still have it meet your criteria.
This style of solitaire can make finding a band difficult, for example:
My cathedral, for comparison:
Post # 15
Thanks for the photo and all the information! 🙂
I love that you have a cathedral setting, but the diamond is also a little higher set. Your diamond is floating a little bit, but mine is snug into the setting- which I don’t love.
I think I could probavly have the jeweler knock the head off of my current setting, and put a new one on that is higher… do you think that would look okay? But maybe at that point, I would rather just get a new setting.
Good point about the wedding band… I am hoping to find my new setting and band together to make sure they fit flush. That is pretty important to me.