Post # 1
My girlfriend has a 4.8 carat stone that is a bit yellow (O color) that was her grandmother’s and she wants me to use it for her engagement ring, but with a new setting. She wants it set in platinum, and she really wants pave diamonds down the side. The jeweler I went to suggests it would look better in just a classic Tiffany style band without the pave diamonds because she said the pave will cheapen the look by making it appear more yellow. Would you go with the jewelers recommendation or should I go with my girlfriend has asked for?
Post # 2
Rings are a very subjective thing. I would personally go with the jeweller, but I also don’t like pave diamonds.
Post # 3
I wouldn’t go against what she asked for. I would suggest bringing it up with her and maybe you can even look at settings together with the stone and put them up together to see how she feels about it. You can also get a cheap cz band so you can compare the contact in color and see what she wants.
Post # 4
Does this look cheap to you?
It’s a Q color diamond w/a platinum halo. Your jeweler is not very good or imaginative. You dont try to hide the color, you can accentuate it.
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Post # 6
Many women prefer the look of more yellow diamonds (pc term is “warm”). Plus, if the pave is down the shank of the ring, not actually surrounding the main stone, the contrast your jeweller is talking about won’t be so noticeable. Even if it is, that’s not the same as looking “cheap” unless the setting is generally poor. Go for what your girlfriend requested, no doubt, but maybe look for another jeweller.
Post # 7
I thought i wanted diamonds on the band until i tried on my ring. I love the plain band, the stone really stands out. I have a light brown diamond with white diamonds in the halo, so not exactly your situation but similar. As PP mentioned, you can accentuate the color. I’d say let her try some rings on and maybe consult several jewlers.
Also, you can always get a diamond band 😉
You may want to search these boards for pictures of other O colored diamonds to get an idea of settings. I think I’ve seen some!
Post # 8
- Wedding: April 2007 - City, State
First, find another jeweler.. Second, stick to the ring your girlfriend asked for. She’s the one wearing it. I have an S color diamond and I have G-H side diamonds in a white gold setting. And that’s what I wanted because it shows off the yellow in my diamond. Even the jeweler agreed it needed to be shown! I say find another jeweler and her the pave setting your gf wants. It’ll be amazing! Here’s my ring just to give an idea.
Post # 9
I don’t think it looks cheap if it’s done well. I have a R colored AVR diamond with colorless accents and really love the look.
If the concern is that the diamond has warmth, well, it’d be time to look at another diamond. Most Os will have body color, even those with an exceptional round brillant cut.
Post # 10
there this jeweler in NYC Iz & co. And he matches all side stones to the color of the main stone so there’s no discrepancies in color in the ring. He’s custom making my wedding set and he’s really great!
Post # 11
this is an O/P diamond next to D color traps, very crisp so colorless next to a warmer stones doesn’t always “cheapen” the look but it does bring out the stones color. My diamond I had an 18k yellow gold cup added and it made the stone look like a light fancy yellow
I suggest sending the diamond to David Klass and have him work his magic with exactly what she wants, his team can source warmer pave stones to even lessen the contrast if your intended does not want to enhance the diamonds warm color
ETA: someone suggested matching the pave but I didn’t like the match look, here are side stones matching the main, it’s nice but the center stone then just blends and at 4.8 ct it needs to be the star
Post # 12
The jeweller isn’t going to be the one wearing the ring so their opinion superseding that of your future wife is a no go. It is your wife’s choice as it is her ring. You want her to be happy, not the jeweller.
Does it have to be a surprise? Maybe let her know you would love more input as you do not want her to have any regrets. Invite her to be part of the process and have fun together.
I adore warmer diamonds and if she has an O then she has the chance to really highlight the rich creamy colour if she so chooses.
I second David Klass.
Post # 13
Talk to your girlfriend but also find a new jeweler.
Post # 14
Thank you for the input so far. This is a pic of the stone in the original setting.
Post # 15
Go with what your girlfriend likes. I like pave bands and wouldn’t want a Tiffany style solitaire. I also love yellow/warmer diamonds. It’s nice to show the colour off next to white diamonds. I second getting David Klass to make the ring. Never seen a single bad setting from DK.