Post # 1
Help! I am very indecisive and my future fiance isn’t much help in this matter. 😛 I’m pretty set on moissanite in a 1ct size set into 14k rose gold for my engagement ring, but I’m torn between two very different settings that I think would call for differently cut center stones to boot! I wish I could get BOTH, but that’s not happening anytime soon.
Option A: Floral Halo (PLAIN SHANK! I’d get no side stones on the band.)
I have had this ring bookmarked for over a year now, haha! I love it just as much as I did when I first saw it! I would actually get it customized to have a plain shank. I know that I would adore it. However, I’ve started to lust after OECs (Old European Cut) moissanites, but my gut feeling is that this setting calls for a standard Round Brilliant (round brilliant). I suspect that an OEC wouldn’t look right or shine to its maximum potential surrounded by an Round Brilliant halo… is that true, or am I just being crazy?
Option B: Milgrain Bezel Solitaire
Since I’ve started lusting after OECs, I realized that they seem to look great when they stand alone… well, I’ve seen gorgeous OEC halos too, but we can’t afford a full custom and I haven’t seen a halo setting on MoCo that I both love and think would mesh with an OEC. This is sort of a compromise to my eyes – it’s a solitaire, which I usually don’t care for, but the miglrain bezel sorta mimics a halo. I really love this setting, and I think an OEC would look great, but I’ve grown so used to loving the floral halo!
So, I dunno… help me figure out if I should follow my original heart’s desire of that floral halo, or if I should give into my new infatuation with the OEC and go with the dainty milgrain bezel?
Post # 3
- Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL
I voted for the floral halo with an OEC. It sounds like you really want a floral halo and you really want an OEC, so why not combine them? Luckylady has an OEC halo that reminds me of a floral halo with a plain shank – check out her ring 🙂 It’s beautiful!
Post # 4
The OEC would be PERFECT in the floral halo. I could not disagree more with your concerns, as I think it screams for an older style cut!
Post # 5
Floral with an OEC for sure!
Post # 6
@porcelain_teacup: I am not a fan of Round Brilliant at ALL, but I am obsessed with OECs, they call to me! SO, I say get the OEC in the setting you have always dreamed about!
Post # 7
@porcelain_teacup: I am loving the bezel solitare with the OEC! Gorgeous!
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2010 - parent\'s backyard
@porcelain_teacup: wow, I love that milgrain bezel! what a way to combine the comfort and security of a bezel but with such a classic design. where is it from?
Post # 9
@porcelain_teacup: I think the OEC would look absolutely phenomenal in the floral halo! The floral halo reminds me more of an antique style ring and I believe it should go with the OEC rather than the round brilliant. The cut you love (OEC) + the setting you love (floral halo) = WIN WIN in my mind. I would go with that choice, hands down. Especially since you describe the bezel as a compromise and have been excited about the floral setting for over a year.
This is not the same setting (I found this picture on the BTD forums–it’s a 1 ct unenhanced OEC moissy in the solitaire and a 2 ct OEC Amora Gem in the halo setting), but the picture can help you get an idea of how the OEC + floral halo might look since this setting bears similarity to what you’re contemplating.
Post # 10
I have a Round Brilliant moissy and i love it, but I would pick option B. It’s just more my taste. I also have fallen in love with OECs too and just really like them.
@MissMarple: That moissanite looks so dark and cloudy. I’m kind of surprised.
Post # 11
I love the milgrain bezel, I’ve never seen a ring like that before.
Post # 12
@Mrs.LemonDrop: Yeah I’m not sure what’s up with that moissy–it definitely looks dark to me. I just posted the pic bc I thought it was a good shot of the setting the other stone is in.
Post # 13
@MissMarple: Oh yeah, it totally is. It was more of a general surprise. But I also think photographing rings is SO hard! I have an unenhanced moissanite and it’s super sparkly but all my inside photos look like crap and all my outside photos look blue. lol
Post # 14
@missmarple: Thanks for posting that pic! Maybe it doesn’t capture the stones to their best potential (it’s HARD photographing jewelry!) but the important part is getting the gist of the big chunky OEC factered stone in a flowery halo! All these replies make me feel pretty good after all about swappping the Round Brilliant out for an OEC in the halo setting! 🙂 Also I found a real life pic of the ring, which makes it even easier for me to visualize in rose gold with no side stones on the band….
@nerdybird: Both settings are from MoissaniteCo. The bezel setting style number is sol400.
The more I look at the milgrain halo, the more it grows on me. I’m enchanted by that swirl detail visible from the side! It’s really a beautiful setting – sleek yet charming and unique.
It’s hard for me to come down on a solid decision on one moissanite engagement ring because I’m a jewelry junkie – for my age and pay grade, I have a pretty substantial collection of colored gemstone rings!
Post # 15
Ooooh… just had a vision of making the milgrain bezel a two tone ring… with a white gold bezel, and the rest of it in rose. *dreamy sigh* It would be delightful. But would I forever regret letting go of the adorable halo? Ack! Good thing I still have a while to make up my mind!
Post # 16
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
That bezel would look stunning with an OEC!