Post # 1
Hello, Bees. I am brand new to the site, but have been lurking a while.I can’t believe I’m finally finding myself here, but I have found the most amazing man that I’m ready to spend my life with! The best part is he is equally in the same place I am. It feels amazing, just pure amazing..however! I have to ask your advise as my soon to be Fiance pick out my engagement ring.
I’ve found that I adore cushion cut solitaires with a pave or petite/micro pave band. I actually had my heart set on this and we were ready to pull the trigger! On the day of order, I read a few articles on here about how not durable pave and petite/micro pave bands are. This really worries me, as I don’t ever wish to upgrade or have to change my ring. I suppose I’m sentimental in that I want to forever have the ring he asked me to marry him with. 🙂 I’m ok with an occasional repair accross my life time, and think that’s realistic. However, I’ve read some posts wherein girls have lost stones in the band after just days of getting the ring or getting married.
So… I know this has been discussed before, but if you all could humor me, I’d greatly appreciate it!
1. Would a regular pave ring vs petite/micro pave be more durable? (I’ll be having my wedding band soldered after the wedding as well)
2. I have seen some rings that look like pave but have little prongs along the side vs the diamonds actually pave in the band. Is this a safer bet in regards to durability?
3. Lastly, the ring I was sure I wanted from Josheph Schubauch. Does anyone have this style? It’s their Petite Pave Engagement Ring Style-10537. The second option is their prong set round engagement ring style-10147. I thought maybe this would be more durable but give the look of the pave that I so covet?
I have been talking with Beth at Schubauch’s and she is wonderful. She assured me all rings would require maintenance and that petite pave rings are delicate but knows people that have never head trouble. I just don’t know if my life style is conducive to that ring. I’m a fairly active person and I enjoy wearing my rings. I don’t want to have to remove them when I sleep or shower, etc. I want to enjoy wearing them, as they’re a symbol of our life together. So I am honestly at a loss and am not sure what to do!
Thank you for reading! Your insight and advise is much appreciated.
Post # 2
kassieb: I don’t know that much about the durability, but I will say that I haven’t lost any stones in my eternity band after a year of daily wear. But I do remove my rings when I shower, swim (sometimes wear a stand-in), cook, or wash dishes.
I’ve heard the most durable way to do accent diamonds is channel set, would you be open to that? And if you want it to look a little different you could do milgrain with it.
Post # 3
Get the ring you love, just make sure you get it insured. With pave you are more likely to loose stones, but I wouldn’t let this drive you away from getting the ring you want. Small pave diamonds are very inexpensive and easy to replace. If the ring is made right, this shouldn’t happen often.
Post # 4
I was wanting a e-ring with pave or stones in the band too, then I thought about durability and actually found plain makes the main stone/stones pop more to my eyes. That said plenty of ladies have pave and it works fine. If youre worried though how about plain and adding an eternity band afterwards?
Post # 5
I have a micropave e-ring (with a modified brilliant cut center – a modification of the cushion!) and I have not lost any stones. I also take it off for anything such as cleaning, working out etc, which if you ask me should be the care you take with any fine piece of jewelry. If you buy from a quality jeweler that guarantees their work and have your ring insured, replacing the small stones if they ever fall out isn’t a huge deal anyway. I have a friend who has a ring similar to mine, also a micropave band, and has not lost anything in 5+ years.
Post # 6
I would go with what you want for sure. When I got my ring we were told the chances of loosing diamonds increases when you have the ring sized more then 1 size either way. I would have the ring made in your size vs buying and having it sized the way you have a little wiggle room.
Post # 7
Thank you everyone for your advice! Fiance to be and I went and looked at rings again this weekend.. I really found myself being partial and drawn to a plain solitary sandwiched between two prong set eternity wedding bands. He loved that look as well. I also looked at some solitaires on channel set bands and actually liked those as well!
I don’t want to have to baby the ring, though great points about treating all fine jewlery with care. I am certainly going to keep looking and thoroughly make up my mind before I jump on something. 🙂
Thanks again everyone!