- 4 months ago
- Wedding: September 2010
I’m team Solitaire for many reasons:
Classic look with staying power.
More versatile. Can be blinged up with bands, wraps, etc. or down with a plain band.
Budget is focused on the diamond vs. the setting/melee. I would rather have an exceptionally well cut (or larger, higher color, clarity, etc.) solitaire diamond vs. a lesser diamond with in a pricier setting. And if you decide to re-set it in the future you haven’t wasted a ton of money on the setting.
Well done halos are few and far between, IMO. Most “stock” halo settings do not look cohesive to me. I think halos generally need to be custom made by a quality bench or high end a-la Tiffany, HW, VCA, etc. to be well executed.
Can go bigger with a solitaire without looking OTT. I sometimes feel that too much melee (halos w/pave, double halos, etc.) can come off as trying too hard. On the other hand, it takes a really large solitaire to look like “too much” IMO.
Lower maintenance and more durable. Halos and pave side stones are more likely to have prong issues, get dirty, lose side stones, etc.
I think a 1.5ct solitaire is a great size and should give you nice coverage, particularly if you pay attention to the cut specs and avoid diamonds that are cut too deep (a MRB should be no more than around 62.4%, but for better spread shoot for less than 62%). You may want to consider a bit narrower setting than 3.5mm if you plan to stack more than one band with it (maybe 2.5mm). A narrower setting will also make your diamond appear larger.
No. Because solitares may not always be the top style of the year but its still timeless and always pretty.
Whereas current styles come and go such as halos.
I got a solitare becase I am a plain jane but I love it. Not a halo girl. To each his own though! Not knocking just my thoughts.
In terms of classic style and longevity, it might be worth noting that cluster and halo styles were first popularised in the Georgian era from the first half of the 18th century and solitaires were popularised in 1886 by Tiffany. If anything, cluster/halos can be considered more classical, from a historical perspective.
I think you can ever regret a classic 🙂
I actually just went from a halo to a solitare (with a micropave band… does that still count as a solitare?)
I orginially had a .80ct center round diamond with a halo and a micropave band 5 years ago and for the last two-three years I have wished I had gotten a solitaire- simply because of the timelessness of it.
So about two weekends ago DH and I went to our original jewler (who also made his parents engagement ring 32 years ago) and got an upgrade on the diamond and the style. I unfortunately dont have a picture since its still being made but I am so excited that I changed the design to a solitare with a micropave band, and DH agrees.
Side note: I desgined my original e-ring with DH and was undecided then as well! & when i brought up the idea of resetting my og diamond he was happy to do it and suggested the upgrade.
I definitely do not regret it. Sometimes, I wonder if I should’ve picked out a halo because I love the extra bling, but when I was looking at halos, I found a lot that were clunky looking and just not done well. The ones that were done right (in my opinion, obviously), they were wayyyy out of our price range. I feel like you can’t go wrong with a classic solitaire. Also, there are so many types of solitaire settings! Cathedral, basket, hidden halos (my personal favorite), etc etc etc….
If you want more bling, you can always get a diamond wedding band, or a pretty ring guard/enhancer. I think either way you go, you’ll always wonder if you should’ve gotten the other type of ring… sort of like “the grass is always greener” type of a thing, ya know? Good luck bee!
I don’t regret it at all, but my style in general is very simple. I knew when we went shopping that I wanted something classic and understated. I ended up with an oval solitaire and a plain band. This leans more traditional than many in this thread or even in my social circle but it suits me.
There’s really nothing that compares to a gorgeous diamond in a classis setting in my opinion. Like you said, the look can easily be changed up with bands and enhancers.
After having had both, I wouldn’t say I regret one style over the other.
My first marriage I had a platinum solitaire. I did find it a bit boring so I spiced it up with different bands, but I’m also really hard on jewelry and don’t wear much of it, so a solitaire was extremely durable for me.
This time I have a halo with a pave band wrap. I LOVE the way it looks and the style much more, but last year I had a lot of issues with stones falling out of the halo and the band. I’ve had to replace one stone in the halo in the almost 3 years of having it, and replaced like 4 stones in the wrap. Granted, my experience is tainted a bit because the resizing of my wrap compromised the intregrity of the setting, so we had to have the wrap remade in my size and I have had no issues since. I’ve been wearing it for over 6 months since the wrap was remade without any issues, and again – I’m really hard on jewelry. The only time my rings come off are when I’m mixing meat with my hands. I live on a farm and my rings stay on even for gardening and helping with the animals.
I’ve always had solitaire rings but really liked the look of an emerald cut halo, so I recently had one made. The halo ring was beautiful, but after wearing it a few times, I found myself still being drawn to my round solitaire. I really love emerald cuts though, so I sold the emerald cut halo and have an emerald cut solitaire being made now.
I love a simple solitaire more than anything! But my wardrobe is all black white and grey. So I’m not very adventurous or interesting 🤣