(Closed) Rings: Solitaire or with sidestones?

posted 14 years ago in Rings
Post # 17
40 posts
  • Wedding: August 2008

I have a princess cut solitaire in platinum.  When I was originally looking for bands, I was very much of the same view as MsB. I wanted a plain platinum band as I thought something with diamonds would compete and look too bling-y.  However, when I tried a channel band, it looked fantastic and I fell in love (again).  It didn’t compete with the solitaire at all!  

So that’s what I went with, a platinum channel set band.  I also wanted a band that I could wear separately.



Post # 18
28 posts
  • Wedding: July 2008

Oh, I am in LOVE with my e-ring!  And Mr. W. picked it out all by himself.  (Well, with a little help from the jeweler)  It’s a 1 carat brilliant cut center stone with round sidestones and tapered baguette sidestones on the outside, set in platinum.  We haven’t gotten wedding bands yet, so I don’t have a picture of the e-ring with wedding band, but I’m planning on getting a 3-mm rounded palladium band.  (OT–I have it on authority that palladium is similar enough to platinum that the different metals won’t cause any problems, but if anyone knows differently feel free to message me.)  I wouldn’t personally want to get a wedding band with stones becuase it would just be too much.  I really like a simple small band that doesn’t overtake the e-ring.  I will say, though, that I tried on a 2 mm and it was actually too small–it was kind of dwarfed by the e-ring and looked really weird.  To my taste, I definitely prefer a wedding band that’s approximately the same thickness as the e-ring.

Post # 19
108 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

My engagement ring is vintage with 41 pave set stones in the band. We had a matching double faux-eternity (the stones go about 80% around) band made to match. It’s a lot of "bling", but I can wear just the band, or both, or just the e-ring.

Post # 21
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2022

I had my hear set on a 3 stone ring (center stone Asscher flanked by 2 trapezoids).  After months of searching, we finally found a jeweler with "my stone".  When he paired the side stones with it, we all agreed that any side stone detracted from the center stone.  So I have an Asscher solitare in a plain platinum cartier 1895-style setting. 

I had wanted an eternity band, but like MsB posted, Fiance thought it would compete with the e-ring.  In the end, I got a plain platinum band with 3 set in stones for some delicate bling from Cartier. http://www.cartier.com/bridal/index.ph
&codeLang=en I’m happy to wear either ring alone or together, and maybe will get the eternity band for an anniversary ring on day to wear alone. 🙂

Post # 22
9 posts
  • Wedding: May 2008


I inherited my engagement ring and wedding band (though my fiance gave me a non-diamond ring when he proposed, too).  It’s an emerald-cut diamond with a long and narrow baguette on each side in the very delicate platinum band.  The wedding band is just as delicate, and completely plain.  I think the simplicity of having a plain wedding band showcases your solitaire or three-stone ring’s diamonds really well.  

I mean, eternity bands are GORGEOUS.  I’m just thrilled with the history of the rings I got, and the fact that they’re from 1942 and still look modern.



Post # 23
13 posts
  • Wedding: October 2008

I actually like both looks – a diamond band can be a beautiful accompanyment to an ering as long as the size of the diamonds int eh band are complementary and not overpowering (as stated above).  I think part of it is that as engaged girls, we grow to love and are only used to our ering.  Another way of thinking of it is as a set – the engagement ring is a symbol of a promise, and the wedding band is a symbol of the committment – together, they are a symbol of your marriage.  So I thnk what is important is that they set looks good together and they compliment one another! 

I am getting a diamond band, but am wearing them on different hands! My setting doesn’t allow a band to sit with it, so that was what i had to do.

 Either way I’m sure your rings will look great!

Post # 24
35 posts
  • Wedding: June 2008

I just bought my wedding band, and I changed my mind to a 1.05 ct baguette eternity platinum band. I’m wearing it w/my 3-stone e-ring (Asscher w/side baguettes). I have pics on the page below:


Post # 25
73 posts
Worker bee

I love my ring!  My Fiance picked it out himself and I havn’t seen anyone with one like it yet.  It’s a radiant cut stone on a knife edge band with small pave diamonds in the band.  its the set to the right when you click this link.


you should just try a few on and see how comfortable you feel with the different looks!

Post # 26
37 posts
  • Wedding: June 2006

I could take some pics of my ring, but I decided to go a different route… my e-ring is a white gold band with a single solitare, and then I went with a white gold/diamond wrap, 3 chanel set stones with a taller stone on each side.  I had them soldered together, so it looks like one ring.  It works really well with my short fingers, but it does create some confusion at times (not all people realize that it is 2 rings)!

Hope that helps, and good luck shopping!! Congrats in advance! 

Post # 27
243 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I have a solitare in a white gold Tiffany setting, and actually ended up with 2 wedding bands 🙂  When we went to pick out the bands, I fell in love with a think gold band with 7 small diamonds across the top (from the top, it looks like an eternity band, but from the bottom it looks like a plain band).  It complimented my e-ring beautifully and still stood out – I wanted my wedding band to stand out; not steal the show, but not really play second fiddle to my e-ring, since to me, my wedding band symbolizes the official start of our family together!  But a few weeks later while I was hiking with my Fiance, I was constantly worried about my e-ring (i know the prongs are holding my diamond tight, but you never know!) and then had a sudden panic about my wedding band!  All the little diamonds!!  So that weekend we went to get a plain white gold band for me to wear to the beach, hiking, traveling, etc, so I don’t have to worry about the band with the diamonds.  Fiance calls it my "adventure wedding ring".

Post # 28
29 posts

My engagement ring has a princess cut side stone & 3 pave set stones on each side of the center stone… I wanted a plain band, but when FH & I went to look at bands, the plain one didn’t look right, so we started playing with other options. We ended up with a white gold band with 5 alternating round & baugette stones.

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