(Closed) Ring Center Stone Dilemma

posted 5 years ago in Rings
  • poll: What should I do about a center stone?
    Get a 1ct Forever Brilliant Moissanite : (11 votes)
    20 %
    Get a Smaller Diamond : (32 votes)
    57 %
    Screw Your Budget and Get a 1ct Diamond : (13 votes)
    23 %
  • Post # 2
    893 posts
    Busy bee

    Have you looked into getting that setting custom made? Sometimes you can save some money by going that route so you’re not paying for the designer label, and then you can get the diamond you want within your budget. 

    Post # 3
    6896 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 1997

    Because the setting is so large, you could easily put a .5 ct stone in a setting like that and it would still look big. With a 1 ct stone, it might be overwhelming.

    Post # 5
    3109 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman

    From what I’ve seen most double halo styles are shown with a 1/2 carat stone, I think 1 carat in a double halo would look really big, which is fine if that’s the look you want but it’s not worth blowing the budget on imo.

    Post # 6
    2699 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2015

    Id get a 1 ct cz center buy the setting i wanted and upgrade to a 1ct diamond for an anniversary. 

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 10 months ago by  jily.
    Post # 7
    10572 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

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    nanikoa:  have you considered an amora gem ultra?  They are colorless and are forever stones, and of course way cheaper than diamonds. They are hands down much more diamond like than moissanite. I have a 1.65 carat G color vs1 clarity amora gem ultra and it’s set in a diamond halo setting custom made by David klass. My entire ring with stone included was only about $2000. So I just thought I’d throw that out there incase you hadn’t considered the amora gem. 

    Betterthandiamond.com has a .97 carat available as we speak.

    Post # 8
    4238 posts
    Honey bee


    I also think an amora gem ultra could be a good option.

    As to a double halo/double shank with a pear, as a w-band, it would look pretty but I also think it would look like you’re still just engaged. Which is fine, but, I think the round stone with the double halo/triple shank gives the illusion of a “bridal set with w-bands” and then you “look married” with a w-band to the average joe.

    Just my $0.02.


    eta: link to a pear double halo http://isaacjewelry.com/380315-1.jpg

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 10 months ago by  NFLwidow.
    Post # 9
    4640 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Get a placeholder stone (CZ, moissanite, whatever) in the size you want, but get the setting that you really want so when you can afford a diamond in the size you want, then you will already have the setting so all you will need to do is have the CZ swapped out for a diamond.

    If you get a smaller diamond now and then upgrade, if the size is significantly larger you will probably have to change the head / prongs of the setting which can be quite costly. 

    Post # 11
    3942 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2007 - City, State

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    nanikoa:  what about ordering a one carat pear moissanite and seeing what you feel about it? Get the forever Brillant one. It will be more white. It can’t hurt, if you don’t like it you mail it back and get a diamond. 

    Post # 12
    5221 posts
    Bee Keeper

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    nanikoa:  Honestly, I think a setting like that needs a smaller stone. If you are worried about color, you could look into white sapphire. They have a lovely sparkly water look to them. It won’t sparkle the same way a diamond does, but you have so much pave in that setting, I think it will still be really sparkly. You can get a good quality lab white sapphire for a couple hundred dollars. 

    Here are some links. I can’t post pics for some reason 





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