Post # 1
I’m having a difficult time picking out a wedding band to go with my engagement ring. Here’s a picture of my engagement ring.
I want to have the option of wearing my e-ring and w-band separately or together (thus I do not want to solder them together). Nor do I want to wear a separator (too bulky looking). Here are some options I am considering:
Option 1: A channel-set ring. Pros: Matches aesthetic of e-ring well when worn together. Cons: Not as sparkly (maybe—The channel-set diamonds on my e-ring aren’t particularly sparkly and I worry that those on the w-band wouldn’t be either). Don’t like the look of it alone as much. Here’s a picture.
Option 2: Graduated pave setting. Pros: Round stones mimic the round stones on the side of my e-ring, which I really like. I like the look of this w-band alone more than I like Option 1 alone. Cons: Doesn’t match e-ring as well. Slightly wider than Option 1 (might compete too much). Here’s a picture.
Option 3: Alternating round and baguette stone setting. Pros: It’s my favorite ring worn alone. Like the combination of stone shapes as in my e-ring. Cons: Probably looks too busy when combined with my e-ring. Would be more likely to wear my e-ring on my right hand (losing the wear together option?). Here’s a picture.
What do you all think? Which option do you like best? Thanks for your input!
Post # 3
Personal preference- I’m not wild about channel set.
I think my favorite is option 3. I don’t think any combination of diamonds can be "too busy" so wear them together if you want!
Your e-ring is gorgeous, all the options are lovely. I don’t think you can go wrong.
Post # 4
I would definitely match the channel setting on the engagement ring if you plan on wearing them together much. Have you had your engagement ring cleaned lately? it’s hard to keep the channel set stones in clean so maybe you’ll find the ones in your e-ring will sparkle more if they get a good cleaning. Do you know what level clarity they are? That’s going to make a difference too. The VS2 on the wedding band at blue nile should be fine.
Post # 5
huh. just read this thread, and apparently, pave set stones get lost easily:
didn’t know that, but it makes sense.
Post # 6
You’re engagement ring is beautiful 🙂 I would try to find a jewlery store to go look at some of those rings in person, even if you buy them from blue nile, but that way you really know what it will look like on your finger … i have a feeling that you’ll know immediately which one feels/looks the best, though personally i think that option 3 is the most fun … good luck!
Post # 7
Per the clarity of channel-set stones, the ones on my e-ring have a clarity of VS2, so I think they’ll go fine with whatever I get. But even when I get the ring (professionally) cleaned they are only normally a little sparklier than what’s in the photo (which was taken right after I got the ring). One thing that’s important to me is if I wear my wedding band alone I want it to be sparkly (i.e., not get the channel-set band just because it matches). What have others’ experiences been with channel-set diamonds? Do they really get dirty easily in all channel-set rings?
I have been ring shopping in person to try on these styles. I tried on one very similar to #3 (same idea, different configuration of stones) and liked it the best then too, but again there was the matchy-matchy in me saying, "too much!" and wanting something more refined/streamlined. Of course, if I want refined I can always wear them separately and together if I want it more funky. More thoughts on this?
Thank you all for your compliments on my e-ring. I am finding your input very helpful!
Post # 8
Go with what you love! It seems that you are justifying getting the channel setting because it matches your ring but you don’t like it alone. Originally, you said you wanted something you could wear separately and it seems that option 3 is that. Besides, I can just tell you like it the best. And I agree with Rosychicklet, no combination of diamonds can be too busy!
Post # 9
I had the same dilemma when choosing my wedding band. There are pictures of all my rings at http://mf580398.googlepages.com My ring is a three stone, princess cut with 8 channel set diamonds in the band. Fiance thought I would just get a channel set band – but I just don’t think the channel set diamonds sparkle as much as opposed to prong set – although I do like the "matchy" look of a channel set band with my Engagement Ring.
However, I just didn’t want a channel set band for my wedding band. I wanted a ring that would stand alone and look spectacular. So Fiance helped me design a custom band. He decided we should get a seven stone ring to represent the 7 years we’ve been together before marriage. So I ended up with a 7 stone, princess-cut, prong set band that matches the prong set diamonds in my Engagement Ring.
I ALSO decided to get the channel set band to wear when my wedding band and Engagement Ring just aren’t practical or I just don’t want to be as flashy. I am SO happy that we decided to do this – it took some pressure off! And I can wear all three rings in different combinations together, separately or not at all! Get what you love for your wedding band – don’t put so much pressure on yourself!
Post # 10
We have very similair engagement rings. Same except for the fact that mine doesn’t have the cannel set on the Engagement Ring. I do have the same center stone and smaller round side stones though and I got a channel set wedding band exactly like the first one you have posted. It looks great and I can wear it alone or with my ring very nicely.
Post # 11
A lot of the "sparkle" you think you see in pave is actually the setting. I’m not sure why you don’t feel that your channel set stones sparkle – maybe you should talk to your jeweler about that. My rings (both of them) have graduated channel set diamonds – ranging in size from 6 to 12 point – and they are pretty darn sparkly. Does your band have cut-outs on the back to allow some light to shine through the channel set stones?
Post # 12
Well, the channel-set stones are over on the side of my e-ring and only really pop when I turn my hand and they catch the light. It did look different in the wedding band when the stones were going all the way across. The ring does have cut-outs on the side. Suzanno, it sounds like the stones in your ring are bigger than mine (and I would want pretty small/dainty ones in a wedding band), maybe that impacts sparkliness?
Alas I don’t have a jeweler to whom to complain…my engagement ring was bought from amazon.com, that large impersonal corporation with possibly the worst customer service I have ever encountered (trust me I won’t make the mistake of buying from them again—I love my ring but it was an incredible pain to get it).