Post # 47
If she likes halos, go with the halo. There’s also something called a “bloom setting”, which is like a halo, but more subtle, as it sits more below the diamond. The diamonds sort of peek out from underneath. It’s a nice compromise if she likes halos and you don’t. Remember you can get settings custom made if you don’t like any setting you’re finding.
Also, I’d go with 1.5 carat; that’s a nice, big rock, and high quality. That size will look substantial on any hand.
Post # 48
I think it also depends on what region DSM lives in. E-rings in NY or LA, etc, tend to have much bigger stones so a 2 carat might be preferable. However, if they’re in, say, Kansas City or something, then a 1.5 carat will probably seem plenty big.
Post # 49
If you’re having trouble finding a halo setting off the shelf, then you can have one made custom. In that case, you could get a classic setting for the proposal, then if she wants a halo or something more elaborate, she can help design it.
Good luck with the proposal! Make sure you send her here once she starts planning 😉
Post # 50
If it were up to me, I would take the larger stone. Those differences in clarity are not visible to the naked eye. Color would be to some…but I’m not very color sensitive and I would be fine with an I colored stone. It depends on how sensitive your girlfriend is.
As far as the setting goes, if she told you that she likes a halo, I would go with a halo. Since she stated her preference, I would say 100% go with what she wants. I’ve read too many threads about girls complaining that they don’t like their ring or want to change the setting. Just my two cents.
Post # 51
if you’re looking for top-of-the-class, consider checking out Mark Morrell! I don’t like halos much either, but he makes it work:
if I had to get a halo, I’d get that one, personally. since halos tend to lose sidestones, you’ll want the best workmanship to deter that. this guy’s an absolute perfectionist.
Post # 52
Have you looked into wholesalers? My husband saved a lot of money that way. He purchased my ring already made but they do custom work or you can just purchase the stones. I have no personal experience with Blue Nile but a lot of people on here have had positive experiences with them.
As for size…you know her best. My rings a D and I love the white color. But if she prefers size I say go with the 2. GL!
Post # 53
I’d go for the larger size (or one of the diamonds other bees have suggested)
Im still waiting but I found this site http://www.truthaboutdiamonds.com that basically says you don’t need high quality diamonds (the don’t sell diamonds on the site, just kind of teach you about them). I plan on sending my SO there to learn about diamonds when my time comes!
Post # 54
You got a millions posts but My vote depends on the setting. If you have a white gold or platnium setting and I may make the diamond look darker than it really is. I picked a white gold setting with a F diamond and it looks amazing. Now he just has to propose!
Post # 55
Color is really a personal preference. Matter of fact most things involving a ring are. No sense asking a bunch of strangers! I have a 3 carat princess in a halo- and I think it’s FABULOUS. I liked the sstyle and never saw a halo as “trying to make my diamond look bigger” cause a 3 carat ain’t too shabby! I do agree with the GIA advice and going to look to find out your own preferences. I personally don’t like DEF diamonds and I’m glad I got to choose my own because most people assume if your spending money you want to get what they consider is “the best”
Post # 56
I have a colorless diamond and I love it! A friend of mine has a bigger diamond that is slightly yellow and sometimes it shows, but it’s pretty rare.
Post # 57
It probably doesn’t look big on your finger because you are used to it, but 1.5 OR 2 cts is large regardless. I don’t have a small diamond, but I feel that if you are saying a 7.5 finger NEEDS the 2 ct. you are probably leaving it open for many women to feel bad or self conscious about their rings.
I would also look at her other jewelry and her lifestyle. If she leads a modest lifestyle it doesn’t exactly seem fitting to get such a large stone. Either way, she will be a happy lady! 🙂
Post # 58
Actually the guy who works for that site works for James Allen. He gets commission on stones he recommends.
Post # 59
depends on whether you want a colorless stone or a warmer stone. both my princess rings are E color and then i decided i wanted something warmer so i bought a champagne.
Post # 60
If you’re not totally sure I’d go for the solitaire first. She can always reset the diamond into a halo if she really wants one. Solitaires are usually a safe choice.
Post # 61
Any decisions yet? Any luck with the stones??