Show me your half carat diamond/moissanite rings!

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Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2000

My stand in set solitaire is a.5 set in sterling silver it is a forever classic 

Post # 17
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Busy bee

 

.50 in 18kt white gold

Post # 18
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Half ct diamond in white gold with compass setting w/ 1/3 channel wedding band also in white gold.  Size 6  I’m actually guessing at the size  it was heirloom diamond ring from my mother  

 

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

.60ct center round brilliant with pear sidestones, size 5 🙂 such pretty rings on here! 

Post # 20
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Blushing bee

Mine is 0.58 carats!

Post # 22
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2018

0.66ct solitaire on a 5.25 finger.

 

Post # 23
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: City, State

Mine is 0.56 carat solitaire on a 1.8mm band (size 5.5)

I absolutely love it! 

Post # 24
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I love your set Supersleuth, the yellow gold, the taper on the diamond ring really suits your wedding band. Just wondered if you’d mind sharing the size of the stone and the table size. The table looks small, which I think I’ve read is good for creating sparkle.

Post # 25
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Worker bee

.5 carat moissy 

Post # 26
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Worker bee

.5 carat moissy, size 3.75

Post # 27
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Sugar bee

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elvira125 :  Thank you for the compliment. 🙂

Okay, here is more information than you probably ever need to know.

The diamond is 0.51 carat G colour VS1 clarity. I’m in the UK but I bought the diamond from Whiteflash. It’s from their “A Cut Above” triple excellent (excellent cut, symmetry and polish), Hearts and Arrows range. The table size is 54.9 but other measurements come into play too.

The setting is 18 carat yellow gold knife edge with yellow gold prongs, from a reputable jeweller in the UK. (As long as the prongs sit below table height, as viewed from the side, they don’t colour a well-cut round diamond. If anything the yellow gold makes the diamond look whiter.)

Diamonds are really expensive here in the UK and so when we bought the diamond it was cheaper to import a good quality diamond (even with 20% import duty) than buy one on the high street.

Can I say that if you are looking for a diamond then I’d give you the following advice.

Don’t be frightened of dropping the colour and clarity if you want a slightly larger diamond but don’t compromise on cut. The quality of the cut is what makes diamonds sparkle.

If you can do so then make sure you see the diamond before purchasing it. Whereas one diamond of a particular size, colour or clarity looks much like another in terms of size, colour or clarity, this isn’t true of cut.

Two diamonds, both excellent cut, can look very different. This is because slight changes in angle of cut produce a different sparkle pattern. This also means that some excellent cut diamonds are prettier than others. This is perhaps the best kept secret in the jewellery industry.

As far as diamond size goes, I have some very unpopular opinions. To my eye,  half a carat looks great and so does anything up to about 0.80. (For some reason, around 0.72 is sweet spot.) Much above this and the ring starts to wear the woman rather than the other way around.

One of the prettiest rings I’ve seen in person had a 0.25 diamond and the ugliest I’ve seen in person had a 5 carat diamond. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t ugly small diamonds and beautiful big diamonds but what it does mean is that it is possible to get a very beautiful ring and diamond, whatever the size of diamond.

If you want to buy diamonds I’d recommend White Flash, and I’ve heard excellent things of Brian Gavin. Both sell diamonds online.

Unfortunately moissanite isn’t sold widely in the UK, as far as I can tell, and so I don’t have any opinions on it.

 

Post # 28
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Whoa, thank you so much for your knowledgeable rosponse and perspective Supersleuth.

I’ve just checked out Whiteflash and Brian Gavin. They both sell what they term “ideal” diamonds. I gather these stones have tighter parameters than the wider “excellent” range. In addition to cut I really like the idea of a higher colour white diamond so a G sounds like a sweet spot.

I’m from Australia and diamonds appear to be more expensive here or frankly dull looking pieces of glass. The States even with, a not so favourable exchange rate, seems to be a cheaper way to go. I’d offset the cost with not going for a diamond much over .5. I don’t see people here with large diamonds and amongst our friends a band or small diamond is common. My niece has a one carat moissanite and it looks terrific on her but she has a larger hand while I’m a size I. 

What I’d get a kick out of is knowing the diamond was lovely quality. If I doubled the size to a carat I think it would be diminishing returns in terms of the enjoyment I would get out of it. Thanks to this thread I’ve seen how lovely smaller size stones actually look on hands.

We’ll be working on this.

 

 

Post # 29
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

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weddingnewbie23 :  your rings are very pretty…..but they look uncomfortably tight….

Post # 30
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Newbee

Half carat bezel solitaire on size 4 (or 4.25, I forget exactly) <3

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