Cathedral vs "non" (and what is that called?)

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

I dont really care for cathedral. There is no practical reason for a ring to be set that high, unless you’re trying to compensate for a stone that you feel is too small.

My setting is blingy, but the stone is set in a really low profile way, and I couldn’t be happier. I can wear winter gloves over it, I don’t have to worry about knocking things into it, it doesn’t try to stick through the holes in sweater and afghan blanket knit, and I can sleep in it without it being uncomfortable.

Besides, even though cathedral settings might make the stone look bigger from straight on, I always felt like it made it look really small from the sides. But maybe that’s just me.

Get what you love; differences are what make life interesting 😀

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I prefer low-profile engagement rings because I am such a clutz.  But really, it’s up to personal preference. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

It would drive me nuts to have something sticking up that high all the time. I agree with Effie that they look pretty from straight on, but from the side view I think they look odd and uncomfortable, like the ring equivalent of seven inch heels. It’s just my opinion though — the important thing is that you feel comfortable and happy with your ring, so go with your heart on this one.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I think it depends on the ring. Some cathedral setting are high, and some arent.  It just depends on what you like on YOUR hand.  I love how mine looks from the side. 

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1998

“I dont really care for cathedral. There is no practical reason for a ring to be set that high, unless you’re trying to compensate for a stone that you feel is too small.”

That is fine if you dont like them but to say that ppl that own them are tying to compensate for a smaller stone is daft! Some like the look simple as that!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@GelaMac:  Thank you for saying that.  Its exactly how I felt, but I didnt say it!  🙂

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I have cathedral setting and I love it. I didn’t get it to compensate for a “small” diamond, I never even thought of that. I chose cathedral because I didn’t want my diamond sitting up by itself. I like the way my diamond setting goes all the way up to the diamond, so the diamond is essentially set in it rather than on top of it.  This picture shows what I like about it…

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I have cathedral setting and I love it. I didn’t get it to compensate for a “small” diamond, I never even thought of that. I chose cathedral because I didn’t want my diamond sitting up by itself. I like the way my diamond setting goes all the way up to the diamond, so the diamond is essentially set in it rather than on top of it.  This picture shows what I like about it…

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@alreadyawife:  The first link is going to be a rather low setting. The cathedral part is the arch that leads up to the center stone.

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I like both types of settings, but I went with a cathedral setting because I knew I wanted to put a larger band with it (I am wanting a 7 stone band with diamonds maybe around .15 ct each-so not a tiny little band) that would sit tight against it.  I didn’t want a gap and I don’t like curved bands.  So there you go!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I like cathedral, but I really like the idea of a high sitting ring.  At least in theory.  None of the 3 rings I picked sit very high (that I can remember).  If/when I upgrade somewhere down the line (5-10 years), I will probably get a cathedral.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@kes18:  that’s part of the reason I got a cathedral too – bands fit better with it because it’s not bumpig up agains the prongs as much.  I do not care for curved bands.

I just want to point out that some cathedral settings set the stone much higher than others – there is varying degrees of height.

I also like the way it looks from the side view.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@GelaMac:  Thanks, girl.  I love my cathedral, and the 1.27 ct diamond that’s in it.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I think it’s just called a “prong setting”. What’s w/ all the cathedral hatin’? My ring’s high as hell- probably the equivalent to a standard cathedral setting you’d find in stores, but it’s solid gold.  I never thought I was compensating for a small stone. Cathedrals aren’t the female equivalent of a man with a super super nice sports car hahaha….

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