Post # 1
Hello!! So I recently posted about considering a split shank cushion halo moissanite ring, and a user, anonymousbee001 made me aware of LightBox diamonds and that I can get a slightly smaller lab-created diamond that fits the budget we had in mind for our moissanite ring!
I thought I’d post the final design I’m thinking of and get everyone’s thoughts before it gets finalized!!
The setting would be custom designed for me to look like this based on a design I really like:
And as for the diamond, I’d go with either the 1 carat cushion cut or round cut diamond from Lightbox.
Link (Round): https://lightboxjewelry.com/collections/necklaces-1-carat/products/necklaces-1carat-solitaire-gold-pendant-white?variant=31315851739178
Link (Cushion): https://lightboxjewelry.com/collections/necklaces-1-carat/products/necklaces-1carat-cushion-pendant-white?variant=30115110223914
The setting in the photo appears to be set with a round diamond, but I think a cushion diamond in a cushion halo might look better. However, I have heard that rounds are more brilliant. Would you recommend the round or cushion for this setting?
I am working with a local jeweller who will allow me to completely design the setting and approve the final design. The design of the setting should be around $3000, and then the diamond for a total of approximately $4000. I think that is a pretty good price for a one carat halo ring that I’ve customer designed. Any thoughts on the price?
I could get the price lower most likely by choosing a moissanite setting and then setting my diamond within it, however I am not sure I would really want to go down that route.
Apologies if this post was a little scattered, looking forward to hearing any thoughts!!
Thanks in advance!!
Post # 2
$3000 seems steep for the setting alone. Is this the jeweler? https://www.bengarelick.com/products/gabriel-amavida-piper-cushion-halo-split-shank-diamond-engagement-ring
If not, I’d reach out to them to see how much the setting alone would be. Also, my initial recommendation was assuming a lower budget, closer to the original cost of the moissanite ring in the link you provided. If your budget is $4000, I’d recommend checking out rarecarat.com. There are a number of round and cushion diamonds lab created diamonds that are close to 2 carats for ~$3500.
Post # 3
A well cut round will have more brilliance than a cushion and rounds face up larger than cushions, so I’d go with round. I’d also go with diamond melee in the setting vs moissanite since diamonds and moissanites perform differently and those differences will likely be quite obvious when you have the next to each other. Halos and settings with a lot of pave aren’t really my style, so I can’t offer much opinion on your design except that you should be sure the jeweler is reputable and does good pave work since poorly done pave can lead to stones falling out, which will be a hassle to deal with and can be pricey to repair. You may also want to confirm the jeweler is making the setting custom to your diamond and not just plopping it in a pre-made stock setting if you want the halo to be as seamless looking as possible. Not sure if the price of $3,000 is decent for a custom setting, but that price would be rather high for a pre-made stock setting. If you’d like another quote for a custom setting, reach out to David Klass in LA. He’s known for quality custom pieces as reasonable prices. GL!
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2019 - City, State
I have both rounds and cushions, and I am in love with cushions! Just a little more interesting. Cushion center in a cushion halo is the most visually appealing imo!
Post # 5
Beautiful setting! A round will look bigger for the price so that gets my vote!
Post # 6
- Wedding: February 2005 - Shreveport, LA
I think it’s stunning setting and for the price it’s about right…I have my 1ct princess cut in a .50ct pave setting I designed and it was about $3200 from a local jeweler. I’ll post a pic for reference. As far as the shape I love cushions and rounds are my least favorite but they do have more fire and face up larger…so it depends on if those bother you. The cushion will sparkle like crazy too so keep that in mind but it will be about 1mm smaller face up. My 1ct princess cut is a 5.5mm but had I gotten a round it would have been a 6.5mm. GL I can’t wait to see what you pick and here’s my ring to show for cost reference.