Looking for ring advice!

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Newbee

When my boyfriend and I went ring-shopping, I was convinced I wanted a halo because they are so pretty and sparkly. Then all the jewelers we visited and my sisters convinced me to not go the halo route. I then went ring-shopping with him again and I tried on solitaires with side-stones. I thought they were beautiful and I was set on getting one of those too. However, I went one more time and decided to try on a plain soliatire just for fun. For some reason, I really liked this look the most. Everyone was wondering how I went from wanting a halo to a plain soliatire but I find that its classic and elegant and when you pair it with the wedding band, it really lets the e-ring stand out. I was really confused about what I wanted and I told my fiance, I would be happy with anything. He ended up picking the solitaire and I am really happy he did. Plus the wedding band options are endless. Here is mine! 

 

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Post # 3
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1189 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

I love solitaires! You can get a super blingy wedding band, stack it, use a ring guard- so many possibilites!!!

Post # 4
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672 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2020

I think it will be beautiful.  I am custom designing a ring right now too and it’s really easy to second guess every choice, especially if you haven’t seen exactly what you are recreating.  Then I think about what I really like, not just what I see a lot of – and I usually relax a little.  Trust your instincts!

Post # 6
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Helper bee

If it becomes too plain for you then you can spice it up with different blingy bands. Make the choices as your heart desires. 

We customized mine and I was a nervous wreck about my choices. But I’m pleased with our choices and how the ring turned out. 😁

Post # 7
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Newbee

You can’t go wrong with a classic solitaire. I tried on different shapes, halos, and bands – but loved how a plain band made the diamond really stand out. Here’s mine

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I love my solitaire. I never heard about halos before and I haven’t seen them IRL till I moved to the states a couple of month ago. I thought I wanted one but my boyfriend was convinced a classic six prong was THE engagement ring. I tried one on and I loved it!! I was very specific on the setting and he nailed it. I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was when I saw it the first time. 

I never take my ring off and it never bothers me or catches on anything. Well just how a ring is supposed to be right?! Two weeks ago I sent my ring in for service prior to our wedding and since I feel naked I without the ring I am wearing a princess Diana style oval Saphire halo… it’s beautiful but annoying as hell. It catches on things (like thin air or dust or anything actually) and it’s heavy and doesn’t feel right. (I never understood why so many bees keep on taking their ring off for what feels like every single task they do – now I get. I take the Saphire ring off a lot because it’s just to unnerving). I can’t wait to have my simple solitaire back!!!

Post # 9
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Blushing bee

I think your ring will be gorgeous and a simple, dainty solitaire looks so elegant and timeless. My friend has a cushion halo and regrets it sometimes because it’s so blingy. She says she only wants to wear it to special occasions and kind of wishes she had gotten something simpler. Actually, she barely ever wears her ring at all…she only wore it for about a year which is such a shame, in my opinion. I suggest the solitaire, I don’t think you’ll get sick of it and you can always bling it out with bands when you’re feeling sparkly!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

If you wanted to add a little something you could put a little donut of diamonds it another colored stone that you like but wouldnt want to have to match to all the time. Since it’s under the head you could only see it from the sides so it wouldn’t alter the overall look. You could also have a design in between the prongs for the same reason. Or add some surprise diamonds on the side of the band.

Post # 11
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664 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

You also may want to consider shopping some more and going somewhere with a larger selection

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

If you really want a simple solitaire, why go custom? There are so many variables and unknowns. Have a look at nice quality stock settings. But, for a solid metal band, you generally want it to be at least 1.5 mm at the very very thinnest and that assumes it has some thickness off the finger. Thin shanks can torque of round, bend and will wear through more quickly.

You can get a dainty look by looking at a setting with a reverse taper (or pinch) at the top. You get the durability of more metal, but with a dainty look.

Examples (look from the top to see the reverse taper):

https://www.whiteflash.com/engagement-rings/solitaire/legato-sleek-line-solitaire-engagement-ring-728.htm

https://www.pricescope.com/jewelry/engagement-rings/reverse-tapered-solitaire-diamond-engagement-ring-in-platinum-19-mm-13542

https://www.greenlakejewelry.com/gallery/cust_gallery.aspx?ImageID=56855

 

This is a very pretty solitiare from JamesAllen. Its simple but with some curves and style.

https://www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/solitaire/14k-white-gold-modern-tulip-diamond-engagement-ring-item-50671

JA’s version of WF’s Legato Sleek.

https://www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/solitaire/14k-white-gold-sleek-diamond-engagement-ring-item-49507

If you want the entire band thin (along the length of the finger), have a look at knife-edge bands. I prefer them softened, but they may suit you. The classic Tiffany solitaire is knife-edge.

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