(Closed) Get a new ring? or keep the original?

posted 8 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Which ring?

    Round halo (the original ring)

    Split shank (new ring)

  • Post # 3
    1755 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @tagsgirl3:  Keep the original.  With a bit of careful looking, my guess is you’ll be able to find a curved band that would fit against it without having one custom made.

    Post # 4
    521 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012 - Salvage One, Chicago

    My husband custom made my ring and we didn’t think about a band to go with it.  I found one that matches really well. (granted, I ALSO wanted the band a little thicker than my e-ring, so it could have matched even better)  I didn’t want a curved one, but I’m sure they have them, too.

    Post # 5
    3080 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Custom rings aren’t as pricy as you might think. 


    But the first one you loved first so I would keep it. 

    Post # 6
    2541 posts
    Sugar bee

    I am partial to the first one because it looks like a larger version of mine. Mine came with a band that has a little notch in it so it fits under the halo…maybe you could get something like that? I have seen them sold seperately in stores.


    My e-ring alone:

    Notched wedding band:

    Both rings together:

    Post # 7
    10357 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Just because the original ring is from neil lane doesn’t mean the wedding band has to be custom designed by them. I’m going to guess that pretty much every jeweler you could go to will be cheaper than a custom neil lane ring. I’d check that out before getting rid of your original engagement ring!

    Post # 8
    298 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    Keep the first one.  Later down the line you’ll appreciate the sentimental value more than the matchy-matchy of the band… heck, you might decide later that you want a not-so-matchy band

    Post # 9
    6255 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I like your original one better. It’s really pretty! The second one, with the band, just looks like way too much ring for a size 4 finger IMO. (Though if you have always liked big jewelry, you may like it that way.) It’s a shame there’s no way to make a band that will go under/through the halo part. Maybe they could take an existing band, cut it right where the halo starts, and sauder it? You won’t have the whole circle-with-no-end thing, but you will have a ring with a band that sits flush, and if the jeweler is good, you won’t be able to tell it’s all the same piece. Just an idea.

    In any event, I don’t think the inability to find a band is any reason to get rid of your pretty e-ring. There are ways around that, and most of them are going to be a lot cheaper than Neil Lane custom. Also, keep in mind that replacing the entire setting, sicne he already bought the first one, is going to be pretty pricy even before the band is considered.

    Post # 10
    748 posts
    Busy bee

    I love the look of the second ring more which you do as well, and it comes with a band.

    Post # 12
    6511 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    You have your DREAM RING!  Keep it! 

    Just try on a variety of bands at different jewelers – you might be surprised what you end up liking. 

    Even if it takes 2-3 months, you have plenty of time before the wedding. 

    Post # 13
    2201 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

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    @GeekChic:  Hey cool!!! We have a similar wedding band notch 🙂

    Post # 14
    2389 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I’d keep the original one and get this band (the platinum one)

    Post # 15
    1114 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    Ditto PP’s who said custom rings aren’t necessarily more expensive. My e-ring is a near replica of a ring I saw at Birks. For our budget we could get a diamond that was .5-.75 carats, G-D colour and VS2-IF clarity, ideal cut. We went to a custom jeweler and were able to get a 1 carat diamond. I can’t remember the exact stats but I’m pretty sure it’s an F colour, VS1 clarity, ideal hearts and arrows cut. For a similar ring at Birks we would have had to spend way over our budget!

    To make a band to go with your ring can be pretty simple actually. What they can do is take a wax ring in your ring size, put it on you then you put on  your e-ring. Your e-ring will make an impression in the wax ring and they’ll use that to make a mold for the band, then you can usually get diamonds or whatever added to it as well…

    Post # 16
    1084 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    Keep the original, source another jeweler to make the wedding band.

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