Post # 1
I’ve been browsing this forum for a little while after deciding to propose. I went and looked at a few rings with her a couple months ago but she wants a surprise. I spoke with her about diamonds and how much I should spend and she said don’t spend a ton of money and that she didn’t care if it were a diamond etc. Then I started reading about moissanite, and the more I read the more interesting it seemed to me. She told me that she liked rings with sidestones but doesn’t like the halo style ring and loves rose gold. I was browsing moissaniteco and found two rings that I liked the look of and wanted input. She does not wear jewelry typically. The only thing she wears is an automatic Swiss watch I bought her for her 30th birthday that has rose gold accents with a mother of pearl face and small diamonds. She doesn’t have her ears pierced, doesn’t really have many rings but is a lawyer and wears suits to work every day. She’s a bit clumsy at times so I figured the moissanite stone would be better in case it’s damaged and I thought a 6 prong ring might be suitable so bees…. what do you think of the two options I’ve picked out below? I was looking at an AGS 000 1.25-1.5 carat stone with diamond sidestones for each.
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Post # 2
I love the second ring you posted. I think it’s very classic looking and will look beautiful with a 1.25-1.5 center It’s a beautiful choice!
Post # 3
kazr : I would also choose #2 with the cathedral setting. The cathedral is pretty but also strengthens the basket holding the stone. I always think non cathedral rings with the diamonds just “sitting” on top of a band look vulnerable. Cathedral settings are elegan and serve a purpose.
Post # 4
Would option 2 look better with the pave or with a channel set for the side diamonds? She wears a size 7 ring which is why I was thinking that stone size. Also does anyone have thoughts on claw prong vs standard? I liked the look of the claw prong vs the traditional but I wasn’t sure if it’s better.
Here’s the channel set for comparison:
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2019 - City, State
I think eng296a is a winner (shared prong cathedral). I would recommend a 1.5ct center stone. I think she’s going to love it!
ETA: To me, rounded prongs are more traditional and claw prongs are newer/modern. Since she doesn’t wear much jewelry, I would pick the traditional (but I’m also biased because I love round prongs and don’t like claw prongs). But it’s all personal preference! I think you could mention it to her and get her thoughts without spoiling anything.
Post # 8
- Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL
Team claw prongs, all the way!!
IMO, 7 mm or 1.25ct is perfect.
On ring #1, the head attached to the ring looks flimsy like it would break off. I prefer the basket of ring #2 because it looks sturdier, but I hate the post prongs, and would see if they could make them into claw prongs for you.
I prefer pave over channel set – channel set looks dated to me.
^^^ This is all completely subjective and will vary by person!
Does she have a Pinterest board maybe?? And are you thinking rose gold to match the accents in her watch, or a different metal?
Post # 9
She doesn’t have pintrest or anything like it. She likes fairly simple things generally. Rose gold because that’s what she’s indicated is her preference for jewelry. I decided on moissanite because it’s not terribly expensive to get a beautiful ring that she would be happy with and still keeps us on budget to purchase a house this year.
Does anyone have thoughts or comments on AGS 000 for the stone? or is F1 H&A the preference? Same price for both.
Post # 11
kazr : Did she say explicitly that she was ok with moissanite? Have you and her seen moissanite in person? I can see her saying she is ok with it not being a diamond and being ok with precious gemstones like sapphire but not simulants like moissanite and CZ. Also, the MoissaniteCo listings seem fairly overpriced.
Post # 12
I had a $12,000 diamond in my younger days, but sold it a few years ago. I hate the diamond “scam” DeBeers created and the unethical way diamonds are mined. I honestly love the way moissanite looks and I can’t tell a difference, especially with the newer moissanite that is not as moody or yellow. Sure, it has more rainbow effect and is more sparkly. Only real jewelry collectors or some of the ladies here that truly love and collect different rings and cuts of stones would possibly know the difference. The vast majority of people don’t know the difference. I’ve never had anyone question my stones. It’s probably a fair question whether she likes moissanite but she also told you not to spend a lot of money.
Is there a way to discuss alternative stones in a general way just to be sure? I have to say I’d honestly be thrilled with what you are picking. Of course I’m sure you’re going to educate her that it is a moissanite. You can always upgrade later once you’ve taken care of the important things like a house if that becomes important to her. You describe her as pretty down to earth. I bet she’ll love the moissanite and be thrilled you saved for the important things. I also have to say that after the new wears off neither she nor anyone else will care that it’s not an over priced diamond. People really don’t pay that much attention past the giddy and exciting engagement period. Best of luck!
Post # 13
kazr : How lovely, and thank you for asking for our considered opinions for such as important event.
I love the second ring with the trellis, it’s so classy and beautiful. I would recommend a 1.5 ct stone, and consider an OEC (they are stunning and have a lovely table and look more diamond like in shape that the brilliant round IMO).
Post # 14
Look up previous posts on AGS 000 Moissanite, I think they’ll really help in your decision. Here’s a link to videos of my old AGS 000 in different lighting compared to my diamond.
A quick note, did your SO mean sidestones as in diamonds in the band itself (a solitaire look) or sidestones as in a 3 or 5 stone ring? Those are very different looks so make sure you know what she meant!
Post # 15
newbeegirl : I believe she meant side stones as in the solitaire look, also that AGS 000 stone looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing
anonymousbee001 : Perhaps it’s a bit more expensive but they seem to be more on the environmentally friendly spectrum that we would be looking for. Both of us are environmentally conscious (or at least trying to be better about it) so I like the recycled metals and know she would too along with all of the stones being lab created vs mined.