Congratulations on your anniversary!
I’ve been married 14 years and I have been through many ring styles – solitaire, 3 stone, side stones, and halo.
My original e-ring was picked out by Darling Husband. We didn’t discuss rings or styles; he thought he was supposed to pick it out. Anyway, the center diamond was quite small and it had channel set side stones. Not really my style but I wore it proudly.
A few years after we were married we were given a family diamond that wasn’t available previously. In order to save money I had it set in a solitaire setting. While I liked it I didn’t love it.
A few years after that I had it set in a 3 stone ring, back when they were the rage. Again, liked it but not loved it.
Last year Darling Husband said I could reset it into a halo. Unfortunately, because of budget, I couldn’t get the setting I really wanted, so I had to settle for a halo with a plain shank, like SophieB3’s ring. While I loved the pictures of them on the internet and on other ladies’ hands, it just didn’t look right to me. Plus, I had nothing but problems with it. I broke the prongs twice because the darn thing sat up so high (in order to allow a wedding band to sit flush) and the center diamond just popped out the second time I broke the prong. Fortunately, I found the diamond. What I also didn’t like about my halo was that the center stone was lesser quality than the diamonds in the halo and I could tell the difference right away.
So, for my last reset, it is back in a solitaire, a different kind than the first one I had. (the jeweler let me trade in the halo for the solitaire setting). I am really happy with it, finally
So what’s my point?….I guess it’s that it really is a personal choice. I still drool at the halo settings on this site, but it just wasn’t right for me. Yes, solitaires are kind of plain, but I also think that’s what makes them so beautiful. I think if there is a benefit to a solitaire it’s that it’s less maintenance than a halo, as you never have to worry about the little stones coming lose. You can spend more on the center stone as generally solitaire settings are less expensive than halo settings. But there is no right or wrong here. You really should try on some settings as most look different on your hand than they do in pictures.