(Closed) Larger diamond VS prettier setting

posted 4 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Which option is best?
    Option 1 (more elaborate setting, smaller diamond) : (209 votes)
    54 %
    Option 2 (larger diamond, less elaborate setting) : (180 votes)
    46 %
  • Post # 46
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    2699 posts
    Sugar bee

    I really love the solitaire. They’re so versatile and you can make so many different stack combinations with them. I say go for the bigger stone. 5 years down the road, if you’re still hankering for that other setting, you can always do a reset WITH the larger stone. Best of both worlds!

    Post # 47
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    733 posts
    Busy bee

    We had the same issue. I wanted a Tacori setting, but the setting was so much that it would seriously limit how much we spent on the diamond. In the end, I went for a much larger antique diamond and a simpler setting. We also had it custom made, which was cheaper than getting a Tacori. It’s been a lot of years, but it was the right decision for me and I don’t regret it.

    I’d go for a larger diamond, and an intricate wedding band, personally.

    Post # 48
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    11520 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Gabrielle91:  Forgetting the diamond size, I think that #2 is more classic and less likely to look dated.  If you don’t care about that then I’d go with #1

    Post # 49
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    10577 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    Gabrielle91:  that setting from brian gavin is one of my absolute favorites! So my vote is for bigger diamond or the 1 carat diamond with the brian gavin solitaire setting

    Post # 50
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    318 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    Personally, I recommend you go with the setting you love FIRST, no matter if that means the diamond is bigger or smaller. I think a lot of people tend to upgrade to a larger diamond after a few years…so why not go with the setting you love now and simply upgrade the size of the diamond later on if you feel like it?

    Both rings are gorgeous, though… I personally like #1.

    Post # 51
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    2166 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I picked ring one…I’m a sucker for nicer settings, solitaires never really did the trick for me.

    Post # 52
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    868 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2016 - Cherry Orchard

    The 1st setting is SO high. You’re going to hate hitting a beautiful setting you love on everything.

    Post # 53
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    5547 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I voted for #2, only because pave are a pain in my ass! 🙂  both are lovely though.

    Post # 54
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    1234 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    InspieLass:  That’s the exact opposite of what jewelry conniseurs will tell you to do. The advice would be to get the bigger diamond now and get a fancier setting later. It is more expensive to upgrade a diamond down the line than to upgrade a setting.

    And besides…settings are made to fit diamonds…not the other way around. If she got the setting with the smaller diamond and then upgraded to a larger diamond…she would have to scrap everything and start from scratch. If she got the larger diamond now and upgraded the setting later…she would keep the diamond and only get a new setting. Not to mention that diamond prices have been increasing over time. So yeah, it would definitely be more expensive to get the smaller diamond now and upgrade to a larger one later than to get the larger diamond now and upgrade the setting later.

    Post # 55
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    2699 posts
    Sugar bee

    franklymydearidont:  I agree plus once you’re married, something will always, always, always seem like a wiser financial decision than upgrading your diamond. Get the big rock while you can…lol.

    Post # 57
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    1174 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2017

    Honestly I don’t think you’ll miss the larger diamond if you go for the smaller one.  There might be a noticeable difference between the two side by side but how often will that happen?  If the first one suits your style better, I would go with that one.  1 ct is a very good size on its own especially for someone petite like you.

    Post # 58
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    1443 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I think its all personal prefernce. I would hands down go for the prettier setting one, but I’m not a big fan of large diamonds, or solitares in general and am obsessed with beautiful settings. My engagement ring is fairly simple setting-wise, but I added tiny details into my wedding band because I love details so much.

    Post # 59
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    341 posts
    Helper bee

    Gabrielle91:  You could also use the gold from the original setting to make a new setting if you do decide to upgrade down the line. That way you can keep the sentimentality of the original engagement ring, but still keep it in use. But you’re not upgrading right now, so that’s neither here nor there. I’d still get the bigger diamond if it were me.

    Post # 60
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    701 posts
    Busy bee

    I think the first setting is absoultely gorgeous but it’s your finger.

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