Post # 1
Ok so I think I finally have decided on getting a solitaire with pave instead of a halo from James Allen. Now my question is: does a cathedral setting offer more protection to the diamond? I am not interested in a super high cathedral just wondering if any of you bees prefer one over the other. Please feel free to post pictures of either type of ring. Thanks in advance!
Post # 2
Depending on the diamond and the rest of the setting, they can offer a slight bit of extra protection, or they can be completely decorative. Personally, I don’t like the look so I never considered one.
Post # 3
I really think it comes down to a matter of personal preference.
A well set solitaire can be perfectly secure in either setting, it’s just depends on what you like
Post # 4
My main preference with a cathedral setting is that the head is usually set on top the band instead of down within it. That means that most wedding bands can sit flush with a cathedral, whereas they cannot when the head is set down in the band (there are exceptions, of course). I also like the visual appeal of the shoulders curving up the sides. Mine looks like this in profile, so it is a fairly classic cathedral setting.
Post # 5
Yes, they can offer a bit protection and stability, but it depends as well on the construction.
On smaller stones, either to me look good depending on how it is done, on larger stones I tend to prefer a cathedral – it balances it out in my eye. Large stones can get a bit lollipop-like otherwise (to me) 🙂
Go with what style you like more.
Post # 6
I have a De Beers cathedral solitaire snd I love the fact that my wedding band sits flush and it doesn’t snag on things, the sloping shoulders help fabrics slide over the head rather than catching.
I’m always bemused that many people associate cathedral settings with being high on here. They can be high but they can also be very, very low. My ring is low set and the previous setting was as low as is possible, the culet hovered a hair’s breadth above the skin of my finger through the doughnut in the shank.
I think cathedral settings are more common in Europe than in the U.S. perhaps because of the influence of the Tiffany setting in the U.S. The De Beers, Graff and Cartier classic solitaires are all four pronged cathedral settings.
Post # 7
I never even considered a cathedral but ended up choosing to have one with my larger moissanite. I love the look because it balances everything out and it does give it a bit more stability if your ring has a more classic 4 prong setting. It might not apply to me since my basket is pretty secure. I really think it comes down to personal preference and what you like aesthetically.
Post # 8
i like cathedral settings as they tend to lessen the “snag” factor. since the shoulders of the cathedral go from the band to the top of the setting, you don’t have something just sticking straight out as much, and in my experience, it means it snags less.
also, could you give us a pic of your ring? i don’t really understand how it looks – you said it’s a solitaire, but also then said it’s pave? a solitaire has just the single center gemstone, a pave ring falls into the category of “accents”
Post # 9
I guess I don’t have the best ring lingo here! I just meant a single stone with pave on the band. Hope that makes more sense!
Post # 10
I have a cathedral, so I’m biased… but I also have a three stone setting, so it’s a bit wider than what you’re describing.
I don’t think that cathedrals are necessarily higher than prongs. I think the height is based more on the cut of the stone – so the settings are probably equally high or low.
I also LOVE the “tulip basket” (I don’t have one, but I drool!) I think it’s the best combination of sterdy and dainty.
Here are 2 ping pics with the pave band – they don’t have a particularly high profile.
Here is the “tulip basket” setting that I geek out over.
Post # 11
I them but I am biased. It makes it feel more stable overall in my opinion. I have worn both and really do prefer the cathedral. I was thinking about a James Allen pave cathedral setting as well to have my moissy set into! Ended up going the custom route but I lover the James Allen one! Heres a picture of mine.
Here is a side view.
Post # 12
I also geeked out over that danhov ring and ended up modeling my ring after it with some other details added!