(Closed) Ideal e-ring vs not so ideal e-ring?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 61
204 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

My ideal ring is my own! Princess cut solitaire with a thin simple band in platinum. Other than my e ring I love the solitaires that are pear shaped. I have small hands and a size 4 ring so many rings look too gaudy in me other than simple solitaire rings  

I also considered a center stone pearl or sapphire e ring which then I would have wanted small diamonds to accent the center stone. 

My less than ideal ring would be yellow gold, rose gold, anything that’s not a solitaire diamond, thick band, heart and round cuts and diamonds that look way too big!  

Post # 62
9694 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

Dream rings: must be intricate, lots of pave (the more sparkle, the better), rose and white gold will do. Antique cut center stone, or something with some color.

My own engagement ring falls in this category


Other rings that I find droolworthy:



If I were to get a solitaire, I would want a very intricate setting like this:

And one final, a color change sapphire

Rings that don’t suit my tastes: “too” simple, or “too much” and yellow gold in general

My idea of “too simple”


My idea of “too much”

And marquis shape just isn’t for me


I hope this doesn’t offend anyone, as I know I’m probably in the minority regarding simple solitaires and yellow gold. But if we all loved and had the same rings, these boards (and world) would be a very boring place! The main thing is that your sweetheart made the ultimate commitment to honor your love 😀 


Post # 63
1743 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I really love both of these rings and sent them to Boyfriend or Best Friend, but I know he didn’t buy them since they are both still for sale. I really want a ring with sapphires that isn’t too blingy or big. I absolutely loved that second one sinces it’s an interlocking wedding ring and engagement ring. I didn’t like wirher separately nearly as much as I like the ringnwith both rings. Hmmmm.  Still, I can’t wait to see what Boyfriend or Best Friend when he proposes, hopefully Christmas Eve.:)


So like, I really don’t like these:

All that bling just isn’t me.

Post # 64
523 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

My ideal is my ring

Other rings that are my style


And opposite of my taste 

Post # 65
1108 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I want to play!

Some of my ideals:

(This first was the basis for my own ring, I just exchanged the halo for a milgrain bezel)

I love this ring!

A Fascinating Vintage Asscher Cut Diamond Engagement Ring. GIA certified diamond. A BEAUTIFUL ring.

Egyptian Revival Art Deco Ring made in platinum and centered with a 2.95 carat EGL certified old European cut diamond with K-L color and VS2 clarity. Accented with french cut diamonds in the gallery and single cut diamonds on each shoulder. Low profile. Circa 1920

Stunning vintage engagement ring

Basically, if it’s been on Erstwhile or Trumpet & Horn, I love it! I prefer OECs but emerald cuts and ovals are growing on me a lot. Blake Lively’s ring is amazeballs.

Not ideal:

Anything chunky or with really obvious prongs. Not a huge fan of pave on the engagement ring. I don’t care for halos, marquis, and definitely no heart shapes.

Post # 66
5033 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2017

There are many styles that are not my preference or ideal. I have a simple round solitaire in platinum and love it.

As for ideal, I have a forever crush on this ring.

Post # 67
1755 posts
Buzzing bee

My ideal ring is a cross between these two:

I’m an unabashed vintage and art deco lover. I love colored stones. I also want a ring that suits me and my personality. 

This ring would just not be for me:

I don’t like yellow gold, I don’t like princess cuts, I don’t want a solitaire and I really hate the look of 4 stones set tight like this to give the illusion of a bigger ring. I personally think they look really cheap. If that was our budget I would choose a different ring style, that would fit our budget better and not look liek we’re trying to have a rng bigger than it is.

Post # 69
1755 posts
Buzzing bee

Lemonyellow84 :  I keep my mouth shut, when I see someone with this ring style, with pressed stones to look like a bigger stone. But I always think well why didn’t you just get a smaller stone so that you could have an actual solitaire, and not look cheap liek your trying to impress.

Post # 70
193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Love: anything GAUDY (I thank my mom for my taste, she wears large rings (costume and real) on every finger)

hate: anything simple like a solitaire 

Here are some pictures of my favorites 

Post # 71
1743 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Wow! As a sign that Fiance totally gets me, here’s my nee ring! It’s so close to the ideal rings I posted earlier.


Post # 73
350 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I didn’t have an ideal ring – I’m very picky about styles but also have eclectic taste – and if it weren’t for societal pressures my ideal ring was probably no ring. I like emerald cuts, OECs, unusual geometric cuts like hexagon/rhombus, solitaires, modern/alternative rings without a clear center stone, art deco and older historical styles, bezels, leaf/wheat patterns, baguettes, and minimalist styles.

My actual e-ring is a 1.87ct marquise solitaire in a semi-split-shank white gold setting. It’s perfect for me – the shape reminds me of gothic arches, so I designed a simple/classic looking setting with historical influences. The center stone is an heirloom from my husband’s mom, which is like the only thing better than no ring (in my mind) haha.

My least ideal is maybe a heart shape or multistone illusion with pave/halo in a Tacori or Verragio style setting with mixed metal colors and surprise stones. I like “effortless” looks and to me those styles feel like they’re “trying hard,” but of course it doesn’t feel that way to everyone.

Post # 73
731 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

My ideal ring has always been a round solitaire. My fiancé chose a 5 prong ring set in platinum which are two added bonuses for me (unique and durable!)

My least ideal rings would be princess cut, or a halo. I’ve never been big on either for myseld but of course I can appreciate the beauty of princesses and halos on others!

Post # 74
13 posts
  • Wedding: May 2004

KKJohnson :  Thud…..Excuse me – just fainted – your ring is to die for – Love Love Love.  And you have fabulous resetting powers — Just Awesome

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