(Closed) Everyone's styles and opinions. & Bees that designed their own ring!

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 33
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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@Clairetoris:  ahh girl get to studying! (i should be doing the same, but just can’t bring myself to do so). don’t get me wrong, halos can be atrocious if done improperly. many people add them just to make the stone look bigger. while mine does add to the size of the stone my Fiance intentionally made it relatively small (.01 carat for each stone) as to not detract from the center stone. i guess i should say that we went to a jeweler and found a setting that we liked but wanted to tweak, so we didn’t necessarily come up with a completely custom design. 

Post # 34
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Clairetoris:  Hahah your post made me laugh πŸ™‚ I can relate! Anyway I didnt design my rings (customized, but didnt design) but thought I would post because I have one heart and one round πŸ˜‰ Here they are with my wedding band. I wear the heart on my right hand!

Post # 35
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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@BelliniChic:  xo thanks for the sweet compliment of my sapphire & diamond ring. Makes me laugh when I see it pop up on random threads. πŸ™‚ 

Post # 36
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

@Clairetoris:  yay for rounds with sapphires!  Sapphire is my birthstone, adn before designing my own, I heavily considered this ring/designer

 

http://www.diamondzonejewelry.com/jewelry-collection/diamond-rings/settings-semi-mounts/vintage-semi-mount-sapphires-antique-round-setting-ring.html

 

he has another design on Custom Made and Ebay that has a smaller, sapphire only round halo (with french cut sapphires…beautiful!). I want someone to own one of these rings!

Edit:  foudn this pic!  it has the center stone included, so the price is higher, but he totally makes a custom one for more like 600-800.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-85C-NATURAL-D-COLOR-ROUND-DIAMOND-ART-DECO-SAPPHIRE-RING-VINTAGE-HALO-COCKTAIL-/400614674368?pt=Diamond_Solitaire_Rings&hash=item5d467ecfc0

 

 

For my ring (which I am still waiting on!), I had preferences but then we were gifted several family stones, so it changed our plans.  Before that, I had spent probably 6 months looking at rings…then we were given 2 rounds, so another year of looking at premade settings and semimounts for 2….then we were given another round, and a selection of smaller rounds….so I looked for 3 months for a designer, style and inspo pics.  Finalized designer in June, paid, and worked on design.  About a month ago,, given first pics of the piece, I responded with my alterations. Last week, I approved the profile of my ring, and I should have it by Christmas.

 

I started a pinterest board titled “Research” about 2 years ago, and constantly updated it based on news on stones and my changing styles (love Art Deco, but i’m not flowery, nor overly geometric…then fell in love with bezels.  and milgrain.  and wheat engraving. and halos.).

 

Eventually, I just used Paint to combine my favorite images with what I knew we had to work with.  Sent it to my designer, and we were on our way!

 

Post # 37
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

YES!!!! I chose my first set (which didn’t work out unfortunately, that’s what I get for buying online I suppose!) and am now waiting on my custom set to be finished (MUCH higher quality, platinum with diamonds, and larger!).  I understand how you feel looking at rings 24/7 for what feels like forever!!! I thought I was done with this when I selected the first set!!! 

Post # 38
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I designed my own ring…  My fiance asked for me to please take care of the details and that he didn’t care what I got as long as he was not involved.  I respect that – he’s not a ring looking and shopping kinda guy.  At first I looked at pre made rings but I wanted something different.

Anyway, ya…  I got hung up on a cusion cut.  But, I always knew it would be a solitaire.  A solitaire is what I always wanted.  The only question was the stone shape.  I feel in love the the cushion square cut.  I started my search for my stone locally.  No one had the size I wanted in that shape.  So, I finally found my cushion cut stone in Thailand.  I got very lucky with a real nice stone.

Then I had my solitaire custom made.  I wanted it very plain and to be mainly about the stone.  I’m very picky and I just want what I want.  

Post # 39
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I was in the opposite position – I knew exactly what I want but couldn’t find it anywhere!

I had some very specific requirements – emerald cut stone, baguettes on the side, white gold, no halo/pave stones and Fiance had a specific carat size in mind.  While I think the emerald cut w/ baguettes is starting to come back there were NONE available for us to see in store.  

Post # 40
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Midland, TX

I was very picky even before finding WB. I knew I wanted a purple color in my set and I knew I wanted it to be unique. After looking through all the local jewelry shops, most of the rings looked the same to me…..halos,channel set,solitaires,straight pave bands, nothing screamed “wow” to me. It took me 3 YEARS to finally put together a set that I adore. (Sort of custom I guess) I have a celebration diamond from Zales, a setting I had made to my size and slightly modified from a local shop, and a band I found online from a jewelry store across the country from me.

 

(We got married with a “placeholder set” and then upgraded later.)

 

Place-holder ring:

Post # 41
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I am sooooo thankful I knew from the day I met DH I wanted a ring that reminded me of his eyes – so I knew it had to be round and big and I love halos.  Well I then googled average sizes of irises lol but that was 12-14mm so I thought that would be too crazy with a halo too and my favorite number is 10 so I went with a 10mm stone – then it took months of ordering 10mm round stones of all types and holding them up to then Fiance eyes while I decided which one best captured what I see when I think of them lol.  Once we had the stone the custom process fell in place because I have always wanted an eternity band too and I was torn between a bezel and a halo so I did a bit of both.  It is perfect and I don’t know how I’d change it nor do I want to! But I too will see other rings and think ohhhhhhhh lol!

Post # 42
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@BelliniChic:  I am so glad I am not the only one who still looks at rings…I was starting to feel guilty because I still look all the time, definitely a hobby…

@Clairetoris:  I also was very indecisive and my husband and I were on a strict budget. I almost said #^&*% the engagement ring I’m just going to get a nice wedding band.  There are several nice bands out there, but the hubs wanted me to have an engagement ring.  So after lots of consideration I decided that I was not a must have diamond kind of girl.  Instead, I decided to go with a cushion cut aquamarine (lighter blue stone) solitaire with mismatched diamond bands.  I love my rings, consider them to be classic with a hint of vintage, but even now do still look at other styles.  Many anniversaries in the future I may ask the hubs to upgrade to something more antique-styled, or may not want to change things up at all, who knows πŸ™‚  In your own hunt I have to agree with BelliniChic in waiting if you think you have found the one for you, I fell in ‘love’ with so many initially but after 24 hours it had faded.  However, I kept circling back to a cushion cut solitaire, so I knew after a while that that was the way to go.  Do you think you keep circling back to the ‘simplicity’ ring with sapphires in the band?  It sounds like you might be πŸ™‚  I think it is a beautiful ring!  So many possibilities for bands!

Here’s my ring porn πŸ™‚

Post # 43
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

I designed mine!! 1.2 carat round hearts & arrows  cut H color diamond. 14k rose gold shank with a white gold head. My inspiration was a ring from tiffanys. 

Post # 44
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Clairetoris:  YES! I was absolutely, positively 100000% positive I would die if I didn’t have a moissanite micropave halo set so that is what I got. And then….well, I loved it, don’t get me wrong. But DH kept talking about upgrading the size and of course a bigger stone would not fit in the set I had and then the band lost a stone and I had to send it off to get it fixed which was awful to me to be without my wedding band. In the end, what I thought would be my forever set turned out not to be, and what do I have? A 6-prong diamond SOLITAIRE with a plain white gold band! I do have a blingy wedding band but yes, I thought I was a micropave halo girl til the end but it turns out, I was not.

I think it is great advice to be 1000% sure but even when you are, sometimes, we can change our minds! Smile

Post # 45
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I tried on rings like crazy. Every designer I could find, Taccori, Simon G, Veragio, Christopher Designs, etc. I went to some amazing jewelry stores and am the most indecisive person. I can barely pick a pair of jeans. 

 

 

 

This is my set, I love it and what it represents. it’s by Scott Kay. 

 

Post # 46
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Hi, I have mine custom made. I picked natural vivid blue Ceylon sapphires, untreated. I love both my wedding band and the e ring. Both bands has 3mm square sapphire eternity style. My ring size is 4.5

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