(Closed) Diamond/center stone versus setting

posted 7 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Diamond/center stone versus setting
    Emphasis - I/we put more emphasis on the diamond/center stone. : (44 votes)
    26 %
    Emphasis - I/we put more emphasis on the setting. : (18 votes)
    10 %
    Emphasis - I/we put emphasis equally on the diamond/center stone and the setting. : (37 votes)
    22 %
    Emphasis - I/we used an heirloom diamond/center stone so only picked the setting. : (6 votes)
    3 %
    Emphasis - I/we used an heirloom setting so only picked the diamond/center stone. : (1 votes)
    1 %
    Emphasis - I/we used an heirloom ring as-is. : (0 votes)
    Cost - I/we spent significantly more on the diamond/center stone. : (49 votes)
    28 %
    Cost - I/we spent significantly more on the setting. : (10 votes)
    6 %
    Cost - I/we spent roughly the same amount on the diamond/center stone and setting. : (7 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    3344 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    About 60% of the cost of my ring was the center stone.  My setting is a designer one, so the cost was a little higher.

    Post # 4
    Member
    3222 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I said emphasis on both the center stone and setting, and cost was mostly on the setting (because we got an Asha). 

    Honestly, when I was looking at diamond rings originally, I was more picky about the setting. I fell in love with my delicate little setting with split shank and pave stones…that was more important to me than the center stone.

    Post # 5
    Member
    2100 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I think this is a difficult poll because an excellent quality setting is still going to be significantly less expensive than a quality diamond.  I love both of mine and I believe them to be relatively equal but the center stone was 4 times the cost of the setting

    Post # 6
    Member
    6661 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2010

    My ring was almost 100% center stone, we put it in the cheapest setting available on purpose. We did this for two reasons 1) So we could start out with as big a stone as possible so no need to upgrade in a few years and 2) So I could have more time to pick out my ‘dream’ setting, since i really had no idea what I wanted at the time. It worked out well for us, we ended up with a beautiful 2 ct. ideal cut diamond and a year after our wedding I picked out my dream setting.

    Post # 7
    Member
    7173 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    Darling Husband focused on the stones (mine is a 3-ring stone) and did a white gold setting instead of platinum to give him more $ to spend on the stones.  I think his thinking was he could always reset the stones and wanted the highest quality he could afford.

    I’m kind of bummed out about the white gold soley becuse the entire thing has filagree work and I know over time that will all fade away.

    Post # 8
    Member
    3564 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    The cost of my ring was probably about 95% the center stone…I didn’t want a setting that was too big or bulky, so I went with a channel set half eternity band. The diamonds in settings are usually so small that the cost is almost irrelevant when compared to the center stone. Or at least, that was the situation for us. 

    Post # 9
    Member
    3572 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    We focused on the center stone, because we felt the setting can always be upgraded later, and that most of the value is in the diamond.   My setting cost about 1/10th of what the diamond did, but i really don’t ever see myself upgrading.  (I have a halo setting)

    Post # 11
    Member
    5800 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    He spent 90-95% of the cost on the diamond. I like really simple/thin bands. Also, since I asked for an asscher he had to focus more on size (they don’t face up as much) and clarity. You can see flaws more easily in step cut diamonds.

    Post # 12
    Member
    2100 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @abbyful: yes but the cost of the setting will not go up – mine was about the same price as yours – it is etched platinum with micropave diamonds but my stone is larger and thus as you mentioned more expensive.

    Does that make sense – my Fiance put his heart in both which like you I agree with but there is still a cost mismatch 🙂

    Post # 13
    Member
    7311 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    Mr. LK was most concerned about the center stone because that is where the $$ value lies. He was focused on quality and size. I focused on the setting because that is the bulk of how it looks on my finger. But the ethics of my stones mattered to me, too. I wanted to know that my stone was mined and cut in the most ethical way possible.

    Post # 14
    Member
    3482 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I have a tourmaline as my center stone, but platinum for my setting, so cost-wise the setting definitely carried more weight. We also had the setting custom-made, whereas the stone was chosen from three options the jeweller showed us; I spent hours working out of the details of the setting, but with the stone I just picked the one with the colour I liked best.

    Post # 16
    Member
    3142 posts
    Sugar bee

    My ring was $500 bucks. No idea what it costs if you broke it down

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