Post # 1
I know the solitaire or halo subject is debated a lot, but humor me in one more post about it.
A friend of mine is looking at rings with her boyfriend. He is giving her free reign in picking out her ring and his budget is $5,000.
She has been back and forth several times to the jewelry store and has it narrowed down to two very different looks: a solitaire or a halo.
The halo she likes is a french cut Ritani cushion halo and with his budget she can get an appoximately .75 carat round ideal cut diamond for the center.
Or, for the same budget she can get a knife edge solitaire with an approximate .90 carat round ideal cut diamond.
I know it’s a personal choice and I’ve listed the pros and cons of each (not that there’s really any cons to either). She wants a diamond wedding band and though I am not a solitaire gal myself, I think the solitaire and diamond band look is beautiful. On the other hand, the all blingy look with the halo and diamond band is gorgeous too!
I had issues with the small diamonds in my setting, but since I ordered a new setting in my correct size I haven’t had any problems since. My friend doesn’t want a ring she has to baby. I think she’s leaning toward the solitaire just because it’s a bit bigger.
Anything else I can tell her?
Edit: sorry for the quality of the pictures!
Post # 2
I have a pave halo and I feel loike I have to baby it lol. With a solitaire she can add bands to bling it up! Is finger coverage a big deal to her?
Post # 3
I’d got with the solitaire, but halos aren’t my favorite.
Post # 4
Solitare, it’s bigger, so if she ever wants to upgrad the setting down the line, it’ll be cheaper and she’ll lose less money than upgrading a diamond. I loooove the solitare + diamond band look. And for me, simplicity of single diamond looks better than the clutter of a halo.
Post # 5
ButterflyButterfly: I voted halo because I like more bling and prefer the way lots of diamonds sparkle to the way one single one does. But, that’s just me.
As far as babying it goes, I have a cluster with lots of pave-set stones in the halo and band. I wear it almost all the time, Inc for sleeping and swimming, and only take it off to shower and do messy things (eg marinate meat, use fake tan). I’ve been doing so for coming up to a year now with zero issues; also had no issues with my previous ring which was the same design but in white gold. So personally that wouldn’t be a deciding factor for me.
Post # 6
ButterflyButterfly: I have the exact ring you pictured above (the ratani French set halo) just a bigger center stone and I love love love it. That being said it’s actually fairly delicate and is actually at ratani now because I caught the top of the ring on something and it bent and one of the pave diamonds fell out (they are fixing free of charge even though it was my fault, great company). I’m super hard on my hands and wasn’t being careful because I figured the ring would withstand anything (it’s not the quality of the ring it was my own stupidity that messed it up), and I plan on treating it much more carefully when I get it back. It could be different because my center stone is larger /heavier and the band is so so thin that it bent easier. That being said I’m still obsessed with my ring and would never change it. she doesn’t have to walk on eggshells if that’s the ring she chooses, but it will be way more fragile than the solitare for sure. If that’s her main concern and she loves both styles go with the solitare. Here is a pic of my ring for reference. Hope that helps!
Post # 7
- Wedding: February 2014 - Windstar on Naples bay
I vote solitare! I love my solitare! I have a half eternity diamond band as my wedding band (and my actual wedding band is diamond and saphire eternity heirloom band that I don’t wear often and it goes perfectly with that too.) and it goes perfect with everything I wear!
Post # 8
msformaldehyde: I don’t think finger coverage is a huge issue. She wears a size 6 so her hands aren’t super tiny. I think she’s more concerned with durability.
BWLE: Thank you for posting your picture! Your ring is gorgeous! I went shopping with my friend and loved the setting too so I could see why you’re obsessed with your ring. She is worried about catching the edge of the halo on things.
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2014 - Cape May
Solitaire. I actually was between similar choices and I regret the decision I had made. It was between a .74 center in a Scott Kay halo, or a larger solitaire. I went with the bling. 2 years later I reset my .74 center in a solitaire setting and I love the simplicity. It’s so comfortable to wear, it doesn’t spin like crazy and I don’t have terrible scrapes from the pave rubbing on the side of my neighbor fingers. She can always reset later.
Post # 10
Solitaires are my favorite!
Post # 11
I used to love halos. And I do still enjoy them. But I’ve found after a few years they’re not the first style I gravitate towards anymore.
Then again I also don’t like knife edge cause I have short fingers and I feel like ttheahank highlights it, so my opinion is useless either way. XD
I agree with other posters, going with the bigger stone now could mean an easier/cheaper upgrade if she does bore/tire of it. That would be what’s most practical.
Post # 12
Have her try on wedding bands with each ring to see which look she prefers. That may help her to make up her mind.
I vote for the solitaire though! I have one and love it!
Post # 13
barbie86: my jewler told me not to swim with my ring he said over time the chlorine will actually wear away at the prongs that hold your diamonds and said he has seen many women upset because they look up and one day their diamond is gone… I did it once and told him about it an he smacked me on the hand and said “stop it”.
Post # 14
creeative1: you shouldn’t swim with a gold ring on, that’s true; I always took my first ring off when swimming (plus it was white gold so had the added issue of the plating wearing away more quickly!). Platinum is fine though which is one reason I had my original replicated in platinum. That said, once we’re married I plan on wearing a plain band only when swimming rather than my set.
Post # 15
I love halos..but mine is fishtail prong set and very sturdy..pave settings wouldn’t work for me since im constantly working with my hands..but it depends on how hard you are with your hands..I see why this is a tough decision they are both gorgeous rings..but I prefer the halo as I love bling!!