Solitaire ring set – plain or pave style? 1.5 carat or 2?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Plain or Pave - 1.5 or 2 carat
    Plain bands with 1.5 carat solitaire : (13 votes)
    23 %
    Pave bands with 1.5 carat solitaire : (17 votes)
    30 %
    Plain bands with 2 carat solitaire : (14 votes)
    25 %
    Pave bands with 2 carat solitaire : (13 votes)
    23 %
  • Post # 2
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    Well its really a personal preference. There’s a big difference in price between 1.5 and 2 carat diamonds. But if you can afford it then I’d go with the 2 carat and diamond band. But I’m biased because I have a solitaire with diamonds on the band. Do you know where you plan to buy your diamond from and have you done your homework on the 4 C’s? 

    Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: A very pretty church.

    thecraftingfairy05: I would go plain if it’s important to your husband that they match. Hard to know about the best carat size, weight doesn’t always correspond to how it ‘faces up’ and the price difference can be huge (if they’re of otherwise similar quality). I’d take some pictures in a store and have a look back at them later. This all said, I would take a higher quality cut, clarity, colour (well…to F) over bigger.

    Post # 4
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    6490 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I agree with mrssloan2013. There are alot of factors that come into play.

    I’ll first say that 10 out of 10 times, I would choose a 1.5 excellent/ideal cut over a 2 of lesser cut quality. I find cut to be that important. Now, if your budget is such that you can afford both the 1.5 and the 2.0 with the same specs, then I think it all comes down to personal preference.

    From “least flashy” to most, it’d be 1.5 on plain band while the “most flashy” would be the 2 on a pave band. Where you want to fall on that spectrum is up to you. 

    I would focus on (a) trying some on in stores to figure out what size you’d like and pricing some out to see what your budget would allow (and also keep in mind that there are tons of stones in between 1.5 and 2 that might just be the perfect size for you that should be considered) and (b) once you decide on the size that you’d be interested in, really focus on making sure you are getting an amazing quality stone.

    You should also poke around these boards to see what different sizes look on fingers that are around your size. I found that helpful. And also, when you’re trying them on you should also get a sense of how color sensitive you are. If it turns out you’re very color sensitive and want a D/E/F, that’ll really bump the price up.

    Post # 6
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    6490 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I think even if you’re “not worrying about the price,” you’re still going to need to figure out what specs will work for you. For example, a 2 carat Ideal cut H VS2 on Blue Nile is around $17K, while a 2 carat Ideal cut D IF is $80K. So you’re going to have to do research on where on the cut/color/clarity scale you’re comfortable being at.

    But if you’re extremely wealthy and $80K sounds just fine to you, then ignore this!

    Post # 8
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    254 posts
    Helper bee

    If you are passing it down to your daughter I suggest a plain band, it will be more timeless and structurally secure than a pave band

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I agree with Miss.E.91, a plain band would be more structurally sound to be able to be a forever ring and an heirloom for your daughter. 

    What is your wedding band like? Is it also a plain band? Or is it pave/shared prong/channel set? If you haven’t purchased it yet, then the bling factor could come from that.

    Or if you’d rather a blingy band for your e-ring then maybe look into shared prong or channel set for more secure diamonds.

    Post # 10
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    I like the look of one plain band and one pave band together.  Have you thought of that? 

    I’d go with the 1.5 carat, but I just prefer the less flashy stones.  

    Post # 11
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2003

    I am in the 2 ct camp. I personally didn’t like the pave bands for myself. I thought it looked way too blingy. But I love the look on other people. And there are other band styles. You could do something with milgrain or engraving, channel set diamonds, etc. for me, personally, the plain band was just a little too plain. So I opted for something with a little visual interest. $50k is healthy budget. You can for sure find a gorgeous stone and setting in that price range. Good luck! 

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: A very pretty church.

    thecraftingfairy05:  Pave is not known for its durability, if you’re looking for a forever(ever) setting as well as stone then pave may not be the way. How about channel set (many classic options, it doesn’t need to be little round brilliants with your budget!), much more secure if you are set on having lots of sparkle. Seems to me with your budget you should be talking to the nice people on pricescope 

    Post # 13
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    This thread just seemed a bit off from the beginning.

    Post # 14
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    1249 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    mrssloan2013:  I agree! If she plans on giving the ring to her daughter, then she won’t be able to wear it for very long. If she has a daughter now, let’s pretend the daughter is 1 year. DD could potentially get married in 25 (ish) years. Let’s say OP is 30. Then she will be giving up her ring by the time she’s 55? There’s still a lot of life to live after 55.

    Besides, 50k on a 2ct ring is A LOT.

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