(Closed) E-ring on Budget – Bigger Carat or Pave Setting??

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

Personally, I would get the bigger stone (so long as I wasn’t sacrificing quality) and the plain setting. Mostly because I’m that person that would absolutely upgrade a setting in the future and if you can get the stone you want now, you could always get a nicer setting for it down the road for a 5 or 10 yr anniversary. It’s significantly cheaper to upgrade a setting than it is a stone. 

But, if you would never upgrade, then I suggest you go try them on or try on similar styles in person. Seeing something in person can sometimes seal the deal for you.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

What’s more important to you?  Detail or the size of the stone?  Once you answer that question, you should be able to decide.  If you can’t answer that question, I say go with #2.  The stone is slightly bigger than in #3 and a bit more unique than #1.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I would personally get either 1 or 2 the .1 size difference won’t be noticeable, but a .3 size difference will be and although I love pave bands, that wouldn’t sway me enough to go down 50% on the center stone size.

 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

@PuppyLove7:  Well, upfront I admit some bias as I am not all that fond of pave myself (though there are many who disagree with me!), but I AM very fond of Vatche settings! The Swan solitaire was my dream setting for a long period of time…ha ha.

I like the middle one best, but the first one is a runner up. You get a nice size centre stone, and a gorgeous setting that is a bit different than the first setting (which is lovely and classic too). You can certainly bling it up with either your wedding band, or an anniversary band down the road. Something I love about plain solitaires it is is very versatile and easy to really change the look with different bands. The difference between about .6 and .7 is also pretty small. Make sure you go for an excellent/ideal cut though, to ensure it faces up like a .6 should!

The difference between a .7 and a .4 or so though IS quite significant, and while pave will bling the band up, to me I would rather have a plain band and the .6 or .7.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

If it were me, I would pick 1 or 2. I wouldn’t want to drop down .3ct in size, but .1ct isn’t really going to be noticeable.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would go with the biggest stone and the simple setting.  That’s almost exactly what I have.  (Mine’s a 0.8 carat)  You can always go with an eternity band for your wedding band, which is what I did and it looks really nice together.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

bigger stone and add a blingy wedding band?

or you could get  halo?

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’d get the solitaire.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

I had the same budget and same choices. I chose carat. I got a beautiful, really high quality, .75 carat diamond for exactly $3,000. Darling Husband and I went to a local jeweler (stay away from chains…), and got a fantastic deal.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

@PuppyLove7:  The difference between .6 and .7 is very small, unless you are talking “mind size”. If you would feel better about going for the .7, then it is probably worth it. Now, of course, it is also possible to find .6s that face up bigger than .7s, but I am assuming both are excellent cut stones.

 

As for the bands, I like the tension set one you have shown.  I have this thing about not liking a centre stone with a “tiny centre” stone band, if that makes sense. The three stone balances it nicely.

 

Have you also considered a scattered band? Super low maintenance! You can see my scattered band here:

 

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’d go bigger caret with plain band espeically since I love how the simple solitare looks with a diamond wedding band.

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