Help please! Solitaire or halo? Carats?

posted 5 days ago in Rings
  • poll: Solitaire or halo?
    Solitaire : (51 votes)
    76 %
    Halo : (16 votes)
    24 %
  • Post # 46
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    52 posts
    Worker bee

    I like the first setting. I personally would go with a lower carat of high clarity, cut and color.  

     

    Post # 48
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    134 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

    Halos aren’t to my personal taste, so I’d say solitaire. I have an engraved ring as well, but strongly considered a twisted band like the first one you posted, so I think those are both beautiful options!

    I am a 4.5 ring size as well, but didn’t want anything too big. Idk if this will help you gauge how it would look at all, but this is a .73 ct H diamond. 

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    Post # 50
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    137 posts
    Blushing bee

    aaliyah :  Here is a helpful video from Good Old Gold comparing the graduation of tone of the body colour of a diamond just to give you an idea of what is out there. Many people new to looking at diamonds think diamonds graduate slowly to only yellow shades but he compares a yellow tinted M vs a brown tinted N vs a grey tinted M and the price differences relating to those particular colour grades. 

    We gave our jeweller our budget for the stone and told him that in order the priority was clarity, cut, carat and lastly colour. (I love diamonds with a little colour so that was not really a compromise).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YizGfSIisJE

    I love a solitaire especially with a tinted diamond. #3 is my fave but #1 is a very close second.

    Post # 51
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    77 posts
    Worker bee

    aaliyah :  My favorite is the first option. I don’t think you should go for a diamond that’s below a J color. Even for a J, I would say the diamond is already noticeably yellow. It’s ok to compromise quality for quantity but I think going below a J is seriously pushing it. A K diamond will definitely show the color quite obviously. My friend has a K diamond and it is pretty obvious. Personally I would go higher in color and lower in clarity. But I do no advise anything lower than a si2 depending on the type and location of the inclusions of course. I don’t think you should compromise the quality so much to get a bigger carat weight. A whiter stone will look bigger at the end of the day because it is a much brighter stone. So do keep that in mind too. 

    Post # 52
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I understand the dilemma over trying to choose one style over the other.  Over the years I’ve collected a few different styles and I like each for different reasons.

    I would say my double halo gets the most attention for obvious reasons, bling lol. It is a 0.75 ct.

     

    My other ring is a single halo but with bigger side stones. It is also an OEC so lets off larger flashes of light as opposed to constant sparkle and scintillation.  It is a 0.84 ct.

    Lastly, this is my recent upgrade stone from James Allen.  It is a 1.7 ct K (so close to thecolour range you’re looking) and I absolutely love it.  While I love the flash and glitz of my halo rings, I find the classiness and simplicity of a solitaire more appealing.  I find myself gravitating towars the solitaire the most .

    My finger size is 5.75 so a 1.3 on your finger size might give you a sinilar finger coverage appearance.  I’d go for the biggest stone possible and if its not enough coverage, add a halo down the road.  Also, as for the colour, my K is beautiful nd looks very white. I think a well cut L will look fairly white in most lighting conditions.

     

    Post # 56
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    2206 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    aaliyah :  there is a finger coverage chart if you google it.  It will tell you a percentage of finger coverage. Are you looking at excellent cut only? You should plug the info in the Holloway Cut Advisor to rule out stones.  You want one that’s between 1-2 ideally. There is wiggle room on that though if you love the cut in the 360 video.  If you are looking at an SI1 also make sure you really scrutinize the video for any inclusions.  You can also get one of their experts to look at the stone and tell you if its eye clean.  Lastly, make sure you look at the diameter in mm on the GIA report.  Every 1.3 ct will not have the same spread.  My 1.7 ct is a little deep so it faces up more like a 1.6 ct which was okay with me because my baseline was a 1.5 ct spread.  It also scored a 1.6 on the HCA so I was sold.  It is an SI1 clarity as well and the report said the inclusions were only visible from the base of the diamond, but upon receiving it I could see a reflection of the feather from the top.  I was a little miffed but I am going to have the diamond rotated so that a prong will cover the reflection.  

    Sorry for the overwhelming post but I just went through this whole process and understand how confusing it can be.  If you have any questions or are looking at any particular stones feel free to pm me the link! I love diamond selection lol.  Good luck!!

    Post # 57
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    2206 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    aaliyah :  I just read your post to another bee re: the K colour.  I will tell you that a lot of people warned me not to go for a K and the colour is honestly not even on my radar. When I upgrade again I will 100% be going with a K again to get the biggest bang for my buck.  I never see the colour.  I also ordered a K with a faint brown undertone before settling on my current K with normal yellow undertones.  I did not like the faint brown.  It ended up looking fancycoloured in certain lighting and I really wanted a classic white looking stone.  That being said, if you are considering side stones it is super important that you make sure the side stones are in the same colour range as your centre, otherwise the contrast will be too much.  My band has I colour diamonds and the difference between the K is not noticeable.

    Post # 58
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    65 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: City Hall

    I just love the simplicity of a solitaire personally.

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