(Closed) Solitaire bees! Help with diamond question!

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would think a catherdral would let the most light into the stone so it would sparkle best? 

However i wanted a bit of a lower setting so mine is almost like a basket setting. Which i actually prefer because i find cathedrals sit too high for my liking. Its all preference though. Every diamond will sparkle if it is good quality. Here is a side view of mine.  

Post # 5
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Helper bee

I disagree…cathderal settings dont “lift” the diamond any higher than any other setting, in fact, the cathedral setting would probably hide some light trying to enter and leave the diamond (a.k.a sparkle and fire).

To get the most fire I would go with a normal prong setting. It holds the diamond up high and has nothing in the way of the light entering or leaving.

https://www.google.com/search?q=prong+setting&rlz=1C1GGGE_enUS395US395&sugexp=chrome,mod%3D2&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=Eqs7UKjLII-a8gSfloGgCA&biw=1280&bih=619&sei=FKs7UI2-H4Oc8gSgwoCACg#um=1&hl=en&rlz=1C1GGGE_enUS395US395&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=+prong+setting+ring&oq=+prong+setting+ring&gs_l=img.3..0i24.23211.23211.2.24122.1.1.0.0.0.0.42.42.1.1.0…0.0…1c.jzWDj9XI36c&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&fp=59e95f8346e983be&biw=1280&bih=619 

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Floridian Belle:  Ok apparently i dont know what a cathedral setting is because i was thinking of a prong setting!!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

4 prong – not 6 bc the prongs block light.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

All settings are going to have some spots where they don’t let in the light, but a true basket or a bezel setting will let in the least amount of light and a tension will let in the most, with prong in the middle. Thin prongs will let in almost as much light as a tension setting but have the added benefit of securing the diamond better. 

I’m a fan of prong settings, I find they are a good compromise between security and sparkle.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

This web page does a good job explaining the different types. I have a trellis setting.

http://www.jewelrycentral.com/engagement-rings/settings/

If you’re worried about the best light getting through then make sure you get an ideal or excellent cut diamond.

 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I have cathedral setting and my round diamond sparkles like crazy! In all honesty, the setting won’t make all the difference – it’s simply the cut of the diamond. I would definitely go with “very good” or “ideal” cut if you want it to sparkle not matter what setting or lighting it is in

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think a basic 4 prong setting (not cathedral, not trellis, not contoured) would let in the most light. You might try looking at a “tiffany style solitaire”. Thats the kind I have (mine is knife edge which i don’t think affects the amount of light coming in, but the fact that its an asscher makes it sparkle differently than a round):

ETA: Make sure you get a diamond with an “Ideal”/”Very good”/”signature” (varies based on where you buy it) cut. That means its the sparkliest it can be.

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