Post # 1
When I got my ring I wanted a solitaire in a Tiffany style setting. But, I also wanted something that would withstand some abuse because I’m not easy on rings. My designer knew the order was for something substantial. I never wanted to deal with the stone coming loose. I also wanted a stone that would be hard and somewhat carefree. Lastly, no pave stones, I’ve always had them pop out in past rings so I didn’t want to deal with it.
When you got your ring what was on your mind? Where you looking for something dainty? Or did you want something that you would never need to worry about? What is it about your ring that makes it suit your life?
Post # 3
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
Ummm…it’s gorgeous. LOL! That’s really all it needed to be for me.
Post # 4
I don’t care for prongs, so I wanted my ring to be bezel-set. I also love art deco rings so my set has a halo and a split shank (and a Euro shank to prevent spinning). I also love bling, so it’s quite large. I’ll post pictures when it’s finished :-)!
Post # 5
I didn’t have input on my ering – DH surprised me with it. It does suit my life though. It is relatively simple compared to many of the rings on the bee. While I love seeing the sparkliness of pave on others’ rings, I know I would drive myself crazy worrying about a stone falling out if it were my own ring.
For my wedding band, I got a bezel set 3/4 eternity – I know none of those stones are going to fall out!
Post # 6
I wanted low set, low maintenance, no pave and pretty!
Post # 7
@chica95110: Basically I knew I didnt want vintage, detailed, intricate, delicate, or pave. Haha mostly what everyone else loves 😉 I would have loved a three stone or a solitiare with basically any stone but leaned towards yellow and black diamonds. I got a solitaire with a clear diamond that was DW’s grandmother’s. 🙂
Post # 8
@chica95110: I wanted a solitaire as well! And like you, I wanted something that is pretty sturdy. I’m not going to bang my ring around all the time (I hope!) but I want to not have to worry about it too much 🙂 And I’m young and in a profession that’s not too flashy, so I wanted something classic and pretty without worrying about it being too showy (for my super self-conscious and shy self haha). I haven’t gotten my ring yet (it’s in the apartment, not on my finger yet!), but hopefully it’ll be all of this and more! This thread I looks like it’ll be interesting 🙂 🙂
Post # 9
honestly, that it’s small. We didn’t pick it–it’s a family ring–but I love it. I was worried a single-stone ring would look or feel too prominent and was even considering a band before we received the family ring. I think the center stone is a little over half a carat and there are 3 small diamonds on each side. I am not very “feminine” and don’t do my nails and would have felt uncomfortable with a larger stone. I take it off every night, for working out and for errands on the weekend, and if it was larger i would probably wear it even less. I plan to get a longer chain to wear it around my neck when I dont want it on my finger.
Post # 10
@chica95110: I have the kind of job where I can wear my ring all the time, and I am not like super outdoorsy or into sports (I work out at the gym and take fitness classes but nothing over the top), so there wasn’t concern about whether it would get smashed around a lot. I have a 1 carat round cut solitaire in a 4 prong tapered cathedral setting. I love thin bands, and I love the classiness and timelessness of round solitaires so all these things combined are how I ended up with mine 🙂
Post # 11
- Wedding: April 2014 - Carondelet House
Protection! I knew I wanted a colored stone (emerald was my first choice, blue sapphire a close second), and I’ve never been a big fan of diamonds.
When he proposed with a Columbian emerald in a 4-prong solitaire, I was over the moon! It was such a classic setting, made unique by the stone. Just gorgeous.
Until…I started having nightmares of it cracking! Every time I’d knock my hand against something, I’d frantically check to make sure it was ok.
After about a month of this, I decided I needed to have it reset into a bezel to protect it. He wasn’t too happy with me (didn’t like the idea of me changing it), but I just couldn’t bear the idea of damaging it. The jeweler wasn’t sure they could even do it! They said they had to search for someone willing to set it, and when they finally did, it took him the majority of a day to do.
Now, any time we go in, all we need to say is “bezel emerald” and they know exactly who we are. 🙂
Post # 12
Well, I didn’t have any say in my ring (just told him I liked vintage/art deco style rings) and he got me a bezel halo. He chose it because even though I have a great quality stone and he would’ve liked to showcase it more, he wanted to protect the stone w/the bezel since it was quite pricey.
Post # 13
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!
I work in a lab with hearts, rna/dna, and chemicals so I wanted something that could be worn easily under gloves. At the same time I <3 bling and halos and didn’t want to compromise on the style of design I wanted. I worked with designers to make it from scratch. We went through 3 iterations of CADs until the profile of the ring was low enough for my liking. This way I can comfortably wear nitrile gloves at work all day without having to take it off and risk losing it. I also got claw prongs instead of regular prongs so that they hug the stone and won’t poke through my gloves. I’ve experienced a hole in the glove before… and hepatitis scares are no fun.
ETA: A picture of the side profile 🙂
Post # 14
My ring is small, which is perfect for a couple of reasons:
– I do a lot of walking and bike commuting by myself, and regularly go out to hang out alone – reading at coffee shops, stuff like that. I don’t want to look like I have an expensive ring, and be targeted for mugging, or something like that.
– Due to the walking and biking, in cold weather I need to wear gloves. Having a high-profile ring and wearing gloves every day would be a nightmare.
– Spending a lot of money on a bigger ring would be silly, considering we’re saving for a house right now.
Also, I specifically requested that it not have a lot of extra stones, because ring maintenance is just not my thing. I feel like everyone I know with a pave ring or lots of little stones has had to take it in multiple times for loose or missing stones. Having a simple ring, for me, means less to worry about.
Post # 15
It had to be under $1000. It’s shiny.
It’s a piece of jewelry. It is meaningful to me, because we talked about it a lot, looked at a lot online together, and he respected my request that it be under 1k. I feel like spending several grand on a piece of jewelry is silly. He thought I was lying at first but I told him it was important to me and he respects that. My ring is moissanite with diamond pave and it’s gorgeous. I am proud that my “set” (ering + band) only totalled about $1100.
(Not to knock people that want their fiance to spend that kind of money or had a fiance that did. That’s wonderful if you can afford it. I just dont believe in buying things you cannot afford with cash, with a house/car/medical necessity exception)
Post # 16
My ring standards were as follows:
- didn’t look like costume jewelry
- wasn’t too big on my small hands (thin band)
- the center stone be the main show
- emerald cut stone 🙂
- white gold