Post # 1
I’ve been looking for an engagement ring for my girlfriend. I’ve visited Hatton Garden (Jewlery centre in London) and looked extensivly online.
Blue Nile is so far my prefered choice (I’ve heard good things) and I have looked through their rings.
I’m looking for a solitaire platinum ring, I’m going for a ‘classic look’. I’ve got my choice down to a few settings:
Classic Four Claw Solitaire Engagement Ring
Petite Solitaire Engagement Ring
Classic Six Claw Solitaire Engagement Ring
Petite Nouveau Six Claw Solitaire Engagement Ring
I have three questions:
1. Four or six claws – I’ve looked at various posts about this, four claws shows the diamond off more but they offer less protection if a claw were to break. Four claw also sort of squares off the diamond. Six claws offer more protection and gives a more solitaire shape, but can overcrowd the stone.What are your thoughts on this? I was thinking about going for a 0.4 crt to a 0.6 crt, do you think a six claw would overwhelm the stone, is it best to stick with a four claw so the stone looks larger?
2. Does anyone have any pics of the any of the above rings? On blue nile I can only see showroom pics would love to see them in real world settings.
3. Does anyone have any opinions on the above rings that could help me chose?
Post # 2
- Wedding: October 2015 - Haddonfield, NJ
I actually met with my jeweler today. I have a four carat stone and he said you really only need 6 prongs with the larger stone, like 3 carats and up. I think the four prong should be fine with that size stone. I hope that helped! 🙂
Post # 3
My original setting was from Blue Nile, they’re wonderful! I had the four prong petite nouveau, not the six prong, but I felt that the prongs were way too bulky. I’ve attached a comparison to my current setting so that you can see what I’m talking about. The thick prongs might overwhelm your stone. Good luck!!
Post # 4
- Wedding: An amazing castle. August 2015
Hi, I don’t have a blue nile ring as my fiancé custom made mine in a local jewellers before I discovered wedding bee. Had I known about it before my ring was made I probably would have gone down that route. I absolutely love their petite cathedral setting and the monique lhuiller settings. My ring is a 0.63 in a 4 claw setting. I personally prefer it to the 6 claws. The size you are looking at will be safe in 4 claws. Especially as you are looking at platinum as that would just bend rather than snap if your future fiancée ever hit it accidentally therefore the diamond would be safe. What finger size is your future fiancée? This is my ring on size H 3/4 (I am also uk) to give you an idea of what it might look like on her
Post # 5
Mine’s from Blue Nile and I adore it. It’s princess cut, so 4 claw is the obvious setting. Just to say – we both tried on wedding bands yesterday and I was so surprised that rings of smaller and similar size to mine, but far less on the other 3cs, cost at least twice as much! Going to probably be buying our bands from Blue Nile too… Good luck – you won’t go wrong 🙂
Post # 6
Classic 6 prong.
Because it’s classic and you said you want classic. Because it does afford more proctection and why not have more? Because the 4 prongs do rather “square off” the round stone which isn’t wrong but it is a distinct look, while the 6 prongs follow the rim more.
Post # 7
I have the petite nouveau 6 prong ring and I absolutely love it. I have a .64 carat and I don’t think it overwhelms the stone at all.
Post # 8
I love the petite nouveau! I don’t have it but it has always been a favorite of mine. I love the thicker prongs especially on the 4 prong
Post # 9
I have a .58 princess in the petite solitaire setting in 14k white gold, so obviously I’ve only got four prongs. It has a very thin band, but it doesn’t feel “flimsy.” I think it’s perfect to showcase my diamond.
We considered the classic solitaire setting as well, but I found some real-life pictures of it and it’s got a very low profile. When paired with a straight wedding band, there was a noticeable gap. The petite solitaire has a very tiny gap when paired with my wedding band; I don’t think anybody but me would even notice it.
(For what it’s worth, I personally prefer the look of 6 prongs with a round solitaire)
Post # 10
Blue Nile is great! My married friends whose spouses could actually afford e-rings (I work in education so not many) got theirs there. Very classic and pretty rings!
I have a round brilliant padparadscha ring with six prongs, so that’s my preference. I think it makes the stone looks rounder than a 4-prong would have.
Post # 11
We purchased my ring through Blue Nile. I believe my setting was the Tapered Cathedral setting, so not exactly what you were looking at, but we did get it with 4 prongs. We had it made in 18K yellow gold, almost any wedding band can sit flush with it, and it is just perfect for me. The prongs are platinum but are not at all bulky. And I don’t think they really square the round stone that much, either, but that could just be my bias speaking. My prongs have never appeared quite as large as the product photos on Blue Nile’s site for some reason. However, Blue Nile will bend over backward to help you get what you want, so if you request smaller or more clawed prongs, I am sure they would be willing to accomodate your requests.
Post # 12
I went back and forth between the 4 prong solitaire and the 6 prong solitaire. I decided on 6 prongs because I really love how it rounds the diamond out. Also, I noticed while trying both styles on that the prongs on the 4 prong solitaire are usually a little larger and I liked the delicate look of the 6. Here’s a photo of my 2ct:
Post # 13
Thanks, very helpful, where did you get your second setting from?
Post # 14
Thanks for the pics, very helpful, looks great! I was wondering, do you have more pics, from the side and the front side (if you know what I mean so I can see the bridge) etc. Would be really helpyful!
Post # 15
Thanks for the pics, what size stone is that?