- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2012
I have been married several months and love my rings, but I’d really like to see some other emerald cut bands out there. Emerald cuts are more difficult to find, especially as solitaires, without flanking stones. My husband and I had mine custom made, set in an eternity band with hand etched engraving and milgrain pave detailing.
We wanted the diamond to sit very low into the ring (I like when stones are nearly flushed with the band) and the band width to be as thin as possible. We began with looking at antique rings (that have a very classy and elegant look to them), but didn’t find anything that really struck us. Thus, we moved to building our own. I tried several carat sizes on my hand and preferred the 1-2ct range given my finger width (I have very short fingers, sized at 5.5). Closer to 1ct looked a tad bit small, and 2ct diamonds took up too much of my finger (although I think I preferred the 1.5+ look).
My husband ended up picking a 1.27 carat emerald cut (he also looked at several 1.5ct cuts, but most were too elongated and did not compliment my hand very well). The man who made my ring indicated that a standard solitaire mount would sit the lowest (as opposed to a basket), and the thinnest reliable band width for the diamond was 2mm (this may have been because we were looking at eternity-type settings).
We pictured the mounting starting at the base of the ring (so that the diamond sat more flush with the band – I think I pictured more of a basket sitting flush with the rest of the band) and the proportion of the diamond (8×6) to compliment the band width. However, the diamond mount sits on top of the ring, almost as if it is balanced on a plain eternity band, and the 2mm width seems wide compared to the stone. When my matching 2mm wedding band is added, the stone seems dwarfed by the bands.
I absolutely love that my rings are hand crafted, the platinum design with engraving and pave beading is stunning, and the emerald cut solitaire with the eternity bands makes for a very classy look. I hate that I kind of wish for a lower setting and slightly larger diamond, so I am posting pictures here to get some perspective and see some comparisons (part of me thinks, like my jewler said, that our “image” isn’t really possible to make). Again, comparing this style of ring is not easy.
Overall, my husband and family are the most important things to me (not a ring), and as they are, these rings symbolize the deep love, connection, and commitment we have for each other (In our 30’s, this is our first and only marriage after 5 years of great friendship and growth). I am VERY happy, and I hope my post doesn’t come across as complaining; just curious!