Round Brillant vs Fancy Shapes

posted 3 years ago in Rings
  • poll: What would you chose? Please chose a cut AND a setting!
    Roud Brilliant : (27 votes)
    29 %
    Fancy (oval, pear, cushion, radiant, tell me in the comments!) : (49 votes)
    53 %
    Solitaire : (14 votes)
    15 %
    Halo with plain shank : (3 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 2
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2016 - Gorse Hill, Surrey, UK

    I would go with an oval in a delegate plain shank halo. More finger coverage, same kind of sparkle as an RB, something different to the norm but still classic. I’m just not a fan of pears for rings unless they are side stone, I prefer symmetry. 

    Post # 4
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    1466 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2016 - Gorse Hill, Surrey, UK

    Here is a gorgeous oval halo, with double claws and a knife edge band:

    Post # 7
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    2214 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 1987

    I have a 0.5 carat RB diamond ring on a 5.5 finger.

    My advice to you would be to try rings on at a jewellers to find which shape and cut you prefer.  I always thought I would like a pear or a marquise but when I tried them on they didn’t suit me.  I was very tempted by a radiant.  I loved the sparkle pattern but I don’t suit a square shape either. 

    If you want to find out how big a stone might look then have a play on the http://www.diamdb.com site.  It’s a lot of fun if you want to compare stones.

    Remember that bigger is not necessarily better but sparklier is always better so get the best cut that you can. 

    Post # 8
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    8603 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I don’t know if you like princess cut diamonds but they typically are the cheapest of all cuts and you could get a larger stone for your money..just a suggestion! 

    Post # 9
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    8603 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    Also elongated shapes tend to give more finger coverage per carat weight..oval, pear, rectangular radiants, and marques because of their more shallow cut

    Post # 10
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    96 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    I’d go with the fancy, but I’m such a sucker for ovals, pears, and marquise. The bonus is that you could consider SI1 stones if you go with a fancy, because they are good at hiding inclusions. The catch is that you have to see the stone in person to make sure it’s eye clean. You can get way more bang for your buck by going slightly lower in clarity.

    Post # 11
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    390 posts
    Helper bee

    My advice to you is to look into pears and ovals because they “face up” large, and you can get a more impactful solitaire with those options.

    Cushions (and princess) “face up” smaller, so even at a higher carat weight, they will look relatively smaller.

    Of course, you can’t go wrong with a high quality round, even if it’s not huge. If you two are planning on upgrading, go with a reputable place with a trade-up policy.

    Post # 13
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    1141 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I already posted mine and it’s not what you’re looking for, but the center is .72 oval and size 7.  Try finding a loose stone and having it set, you’ll save a TON of money.  I got mine from Brilliance.com.  They have a ton of shapes, sizes, specs… you can find the most bang for your buck in one place instead of looking at a bunch of different jewelers with all the mark up.  Mine is 3/4 ct, laser incribed certified, E/SI3 and excellent cut for less than half your total budget! This is my anniversary upgrade, I have the setting custom made and ordered the loose stone and had it set by a local jeweler.

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    Post # 14
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    1653 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    labossanova:  I have a radiant myself.  I told my husband what shape I wanted without ever trying any rings on.  I used to want a princess until evregime I knew was getting One! so I wanted to be different!   He chose the setting and diamond specs.   I will say though that I’m finding that I really like ovals, esp some of the halo ones.  I also like pears, but only in a halo setting.  Rounds are lovely, and you’re right…pricier!  My mom has a round solitaire, so I wanted to be a bit different.   

     

    If you are able to try them on, I’d go for that.  I admit, I still go peruse rings time to time for fun as I think about changing my setting down the road. 

     

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