(Closed) Cluster or Solitaire ?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Which one bees?
    Cluster : (33 votes)
    21 %
    Solitaire : (127 votes)
    79 %
  • Post # 17
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    @Lastmimzy:  That cluster is very pretty but I prefer a solitaire! I would say, get a solitaire now and then get a upgrade later. That’s what my Fiance and I are doing. I really wanted a 1 carat solitaire but the price wasnt right for us college students lol So the Fiance got a .71 solitaire and for our 1 year anniversary after we get married this summer, we plan on getting an upgrade!

    Post # 18
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I think in the long run u will be happier with a solitaire. It will stand the test of time.

    Post # 19
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2007

    @Lastmimzy: I like clusters and solitaires, I think if size/presence is important to you, a cluster would be a great option! I really love the vintagey floral clusters, they are so romantic looking!

     

    As for clarity enhanced diamonds, it is my understanding that many of them come with a lifetime guarantee, so they will be repaired/replaced if anything should happen to them. From the very little I’ve read about them, it seems that care should be given when they are being worked on (ring re sized, stone reset etc..) If you can find one throught a reputable source for a good price, then that could be a great choice! 

     

    It looks like Schubach’s offers clarity enhanced diamonds, I don’t know if they offer any kind or warranty or guarantee, but it could be worth looking into! http://shopping.schubachstore.com/Clarity-Enhanced-Diamonds

     

    Post # 20
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    Solitaire!!!

    Post # 21
    Member
    97 posts
    Worker bee

    I prefer a solitaire over a cluster. A well cut rb will face up white in the J/K range, and you could probably find an eye clean SI1. 

    Post # 22
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    594 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 1993

    Solitare for sure.  If you buy on line you can get a much nicer stone for much less.  Make sure you only buy an excellent or Ideal stone.  Color is subjective.  Here are some wonderful and trustworthy on line vendors.  Blue Nile,Whiteflash,Brian Gavin, Good Old Gold. Check with them. Many will let you upgrade to a bigger diamond in the future.

    Post # 23
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2015

    @highschoolhoneys:  If you purchase a cluster or solitaire from a chain store they will credit you the total amount of the original ring toward an upgrade. 

    Post # 24
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    3682 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    If you buy from a reputable online store like James Allen, Blue Nile, Whiteflash, or Brian Gavin, you’ll save a ton of money compared to shopping at a mall store/brick and mortar store. You might be able to make your budget stretch further that way. I would not buy a clarity enhanced stone.

    Post # 25
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2015

    @Lastmimzy:  I love solitaire erings, but I go coo coo for a cluster. Especially,  the floral cluster rings.  I have a halo daisy  cluster and I love her dearly. If on a budget and you want a lot of bang for your buck then a cluster is a great option.  My cluster is 1/2″ diameter.  That’s the span of a 5.0 carat solitaire that Fiance would have to win the lotto in order to afford. Some people are of the opinion that cluster erings have poor quality diamonds, but all the same aren’t all alike because mine has good quality diamonds.

    Post # 26
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2014 - Catholic Church Ceremony & Restaurant/Bed & Breakfast Reception

    I think it really depends on what looks good on your hands 🙂 You’ll be the one looking at it most~

    Post # 27
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    A solitare. I had a cluster ring as a promise ring from a guy I dated when I was 19. 

    Post # 28
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    @SoNLoveWithHim:  that’s good to know. I didn’t realize stores used that policy on clusters, halos, 3 stones, etc. 

     

    i would still pick a good ol solitaire 😉 

    Post # 29
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    272 posts
    Helper bee

    Solitaire. I reccomend blue nile. I got my E VVS2 princess cut 0.46 solitaire from there, the quality is so good. 

    Post # 30
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    5224 posts
    Bee Keeper

    @Lastmimzy:  Clusters will sparkle like crazy! I think they are really beautiful, and you can definately get more bang for your buck. I have a .25 soliataire, and I love it! It is very practical for everyday jewelry. Keep in mind that with a solitaire, you can always buy ring wraps and enhancers to change up the look! Soliatires are very versatile!

    You can’t go wrong either way.

     

    Post # 31
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    757 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Our Backyard/Steakhouse

    personal preference is for a solitaire…I’m not a super blingy person and I like the clean simplicity that one stone offers.

    Also, look for alternatives like white topaz, moissanite etc if youre open to them and check classified ads.  That’s how we got my 1ct solitaire for 1/4 the appraised value and 1/3 of the retail price :).

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