Post # 16
I second the option to have him look at single solitaire rings with plain bands, look at blue nile. I’d much rather have a small single diamond than a lot of flash. And if you’re at Zales/Jared I guarantee you are overpaying for those rings. He should know that those princess illusion settings can be a real pain if a stone comes out. It can be difficult to reset.
Post # 17
I would pick #3 out of those options. But I also agree there are other options out there that would be in his budget, that may be less fussy and more durable.
Post # 18
I voted #3 because I have seen this ring in person. My mother in law has this ring and it is very pretty. I prefer one stone as opposed to a cluster setting but #3 is my fav!
Post # 20
I really do prefer a nice cluster over a quad! Quad’s always look like they want you to believe it’s a big solitaire, and the lines always show too well! whilst clusters, even when they are a obvious cluster, just look pretty and sparkly and i like that they don’t look as “hard”, “trying” and lined up!
But I most definately would prefer a solitaire, or even a solitaire with a halo! It doesn’t have to be huge! and if he likes size, go for the halo rather than side Stones!
Post a pic of the solitaire he looked at? What carat size is it? 🙂
Post # 21
From your options I voted nr 3. But I really think that a solitaire or halo would be a better way to go! 🙂
Post # 22
Is she dead set on a diamond? Your money will go a lot farther if you look into gemstones. If she wants a clear stone look into moissanite. If she is open to colored gemstones, like morganite, various colors of sapphire, aquamarine, or ruby- you can get a very nice ring for much cheaper than a diamond. Their hardness is just below a diamond with aquamarine probably being the softest. If you really want to save, look into doing a lab created gemstone, which is the same a mined stone, just less flaws. Here is an example:
Post # 23
I picked the first one because to my tastes, it is the prettiest 🙂 But honestly, they are all gorgeous and it comes down to personal preference. Yay, congrats to your brother 😀 😀
Post # 24
i second everyone who says are you sure that is her style? If so great but if she would “take a $20 band” is it bc she has more simple style or just bc she loves him so much? I have a solitaire so these settings seem too much to me. And beware it won’t be as sparkly outside the jewelry store lighting, ask to hold the rings out in mall lighting at least.
Post # 25
I voted for #3, but I honestly don’t like any of them. Look at James Allen and Blue Nile – you can get a good sized solitaire that isn’t so busy for, I imagine, a similar price point. Good luck!