(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 # 76
    1135 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    Setting for the 1st is GORGEOUS!!!

    Post # 77
    1587 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    Go try on a 1 ct and a 1.3 ct and see how you like the diamond size on your finger. It is a noticeable difference, and I bet many of the bees saying “what’s a few millimeters” also coo over the bigger diamonds in the hive. 

    If you try them on in person and like both sizes, get the setting you prefer. If you really love the 1.3, get the solitaire. As others said, you can always reset it later if you don’t find you love it once you’re wearing it. 

    Post # 78
    3013 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2008

    I think this depends on your personal style! If you like clean, simple, modern lines as much as I do, the larger diamond in the simpler setting will appeal (thus my voting for it… I personally wouldn’t want to wear that floral milgrain pavé ring). If you prefer the softer, more romantic look of the first setting, then you should go with that one. 

    Post # 80
    13 posts

    dkdlel:  I totally agree with you on this one.

    Honestly in my opinion I would go with option one because 1 carrot is a nice sized stone and the setting of option one also makes it a more stunning piece. But that’s my opinion. As for stone size you can always upgrade a smaller stone say several years down the road and still have that amazing setting.

    Post # 81
    97 posts
    Worker bee

    I actually prefer 2 because I love mixed metals <3

    Post # 82
    3198 posts
    Sugar bee

    I don’t think the size difference will be noticeable because of the way the first setting adds diameter lost by a smaller diamond. Where are you getting a diamond?  If you are thinking brick and mortar store, I’d suggest something like Blue Nile for the diamond abd you could probably have both. 

    Post # 83
    316 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

    Gabrielle91:  I think option one is stunning.

    Post # 84
    9595 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2015

    Amazing the poll is 50/50! how helpful for you lol

    Post # 86
    34 posts
    • Wedding: April 2016

    I think if you want the more ornate ring, but it’s only the size of diamond that’s holding you back, do the ornate one. 1 carat is huge here, and I believe is the standard in a lot of places, so definitely not small or something I’d imagine you’d regret. You have tiny fingers like me, and it’s amazing how much more substantial a ring can look. I might be biased, but I have a very small diamond (0.27). and a setting that I love, and I care much more about how unique and pretty the setting is. At a 1ct it will be a sparkly sizeable diamond and in a lovely setting. That’s my vote 🙂 

    Post # 87
    594 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 1993

    I actually had to make this choice 2 years ago. I went with the larger diamond in the solitaire setting. I do love solitaries but if I decide to change the setting it will be much cheaper that getting a bigger diamond. I was also very concerned about diamond quality and bought  on line from James Allen So I could get more for my money.   Good luck with which ever one you choose, and I hope you post a picture when you get it  




    Post # 88
    366 posts
    Helper bee

    go with the setting! It’s so pretty! 

    Post # 89
    1015 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    I say go for the beautiful more intricate setting. i have a solitaire with an intricate setting and that’s my favorite thing about my ring. You’ll see your ring from the side a lot so I think the ring with such a pretty side view is worth it. 

    Post # 90
    25 posts

    Where is setting #1 from? It’s absolutely gorgeous! I’m noticing a personal tendency to go for more detailed/intricate/whimsical settings. Either is beautiful, though. 

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