Post # 1
BF and I are custom designing a diamond e-ring with an F color center stone. We’re doing small diamonds going half way down the sides of the e-ring band, adding a halo and I’m getting a matching wedding band.
Our jeweler is telling us that we should use F-G color diamonds for the bands and halo so they don’t stand out as being much different from the center stone. Would it be really noticeable if I used H or I color diamonds instead? She also said that the diamonds going down the sides of the e-ring and wedding bands should extend slightly below the middle point so that if the ring turns on your finger the diamonds are still visible. These little extras are putting us over our budget. Did anyone encounter these same suggestions, and if so, what did you do? We have the extra money for it, but it will have to come out of the wedding budget and I’m not sure if it’s worth the extra cost.
Post # 3
I’m not sure about the color of the diamonds, but The diamonds on my ering band only go half way around and it is perfectly fine. I guess it would depend on how rings fit on you though. Mine rarely spins, but if you have larger knuckles it may spin more than mine and then maybe you would want to go a little further down with the diamonds. Also you would have to decide if it would even bother you that much if it spins. I wouldn’t be so picky with my ering. the wedding band may be a different story since it will be likely to spin all the way around unlike my ering.
Just do what makes you happy! I’m sure your jeweler is just trying to help you, but if you are happy with your decisions stick with them. =]
Post # 4
It depends on how color sensitive you are, IMO. In florescent-free diamonds, I can see color on even near colorless (H-I) stones. Your F center stone is graded colorless, and H-I stones are on the lower end of near-colorless, so you may see some difference. Can you compare your F stone to another graded H or I in a larger size to see if you will notice the color difference?
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Can you ask to see the stone options in person before making your decision? I designed my settings, but Mr. LK chose my stones. The jeweler didn’t stock Canadian diamonds, so they ordered a variety of Canadian stones for him to choose from. He chose to stay within 1-2 color grades of difference for my center stone vs. my side stones and the stones in my wedding band because he noticed a difference (apparently he is color sensitive. who knew?). So my center stone is an E, my side stones are F, and my wedding band stones are F-G. I think it really does come down to how color sensitive you and your SO are when determining what looks “right” to you.
Post # 6
I would definitely suggest staying with F-G, MAYBE H for the diamonds in the halo especially, and the band. Don’t go to I, you will see a difference from an F to an I. As for the stones going past the mid-way point, your jeweler is splitting hairs and just trying to get you to spend more money. Plenty of people, myself included, have diamonds half way and it’s totally fine. It’s ultimately your decision, but don’t let the jeweler pressure you. Diamonds halfway are perfectly fine!
Post # 7
The colour match is money well spent, however, the extra diamonds are unnecessary I think. As long as your band has diamonds extending the same distnce around the shank, it will match and you’ll be fine. I wouldn’t pay extra for that, plenty of rings are 1/2 eternity.
Post # 8
My center stone is a D and the side stones are GH (6 side stones totalling .52 carats), and really, I can’t tell at all that there’s a difference in the color grade.
In my ring, the side stones go 1/2 of the way around the band. I feel like that’s just fine for me.
Post # 9
@Mrs Canuck: Unfortunately, I can’t view the exact band stones ahead of time because we’re having the ring designed at a jeweler that isn’t in our immediate area, but it was a good idea so I went to a local jeweler near our house and inspected some small diamonds and couldn’t really tell the difference in color while I was inside the store. Then again, I always find it difficult to determine color under those florescent lights.
@lovekiss: I’m glad you mentioned that you have F-G diamonds in your band. Our jeweler said that the band stones didn’t come in F-G, which I thought was really odd so I’m glad I was right. Maybe she just doesn’t have them in stock in her store.
@AP1976 & @MissNoodles: Thanks so much for your input. We decided to go with a half eternity band like you said and opted to get the E-F band stones since it was only a $70.00 price difference as compared to G-H. This brought us less than $200.00 over budget and we felt that it was worth it.
Post # 10
We had a custom ring made for our 20th anniversary by a jeweler that was a friend of ours. The question of the color of the side and halo diamonds was not an issue, but interestingly, how far down the band the diamonds went was. I had told the jeweler and my DH that because my fingers are so small, the diamonds did not have to go past the midpoint on the band, if it would help out our budget. Our jeweler said that the difference in price was minimal (and we had already negotiated the total price after picking out the center stone) and it wasn’t worth it to stop them higher up the band. He felt the overall look of the ring was worth it and in the end, he placed them past mid point (at no extra cost) and I must say, I love it!
Post # 11
I think it is important to have the same/similar color in the stones. My center stone is H and so I had the jeweler set in H color side stones (we had my ring custom made). If the side stones are much more white than the center, it makes the center look a lot more yellow. I’ve seen some really nice halos at my job, but I can definitely notice when the sidestones are whiter. It really makes the center stand out as yellow. (and not fancy yellow…)
Having stones go all the way down on the other hand shouldn’t be much of a problem if your ring is properly sized. Rings only turn on your finger if it is too loose. My side stone stop about half way and I think it’s perfect. I don’t worry as much about my finger rubbing against stones/prongs that are on the inside, thus making it more of a possibility of losing them (if that makes sense).