Post # 1
My boyfriend and I are currently in the design process of my e-ring, and we are trying to replicate the Tiffany Embrace with a family stone that is very important to me.
For those of you with the Tiffany Embrace, or those who are experts – I was wondering if you could answer a question about the Embrace. Our ring designer showed us a CAD rendering of the ring and it looks SO close but it appears that there is metal around the stone, a very very thin piece, but still – on the embrace rings that I tried on, it doesn’t seem that there is any metal surrounding the stone (and that was my favorite quality of the ring!)? Perhaps it is an optical illusion. But, for those who have the embrace, can you please speak to this? Is there metal that is just hard to see, surrounding the stone?
Our designer told us the thin metal around the stone is what holds the prongs…I don’t want to be pushy on her until I have information that is correct from anyone who can help!
If any of you could offer insight, I could so appreciate it!
Post # 3
I don’t have the embrace but I did research on a lot of halos when deciding on my setting, and the embrace was one of them. I’d say I’m 99% sure there is no metal surrounding the centre stone either. I know this because I’m not a fan of bezel setting an dthat would’ve put me off if it did. What holds the stone in place are the 4 prongs. There is a bit of metal around the surrounding stones on the halo though.
This link shows a picture that I think shows this relatively clearly 🙂
Hope it helps.
Btw, that’s a GORGEOUS setting!
Post # 4
@jda785: I don’t have the embrace (have looked up pics) but I think I understand what you are describing. There has to be metal to create the halo shape and to hold the prongs (and the stones) however, the metal piece from the CAD may be too thick? I can see metal on the embrace pictures but I think it’s pretty to similar to my ring. I have a pave halo and while there is certainly metal underneath the diamonds, the way they are set into the metal you cannot see the metal when looking at the halo from the top down.
My advice to you is to show the designer what you are talking about in person and how you want it to look. There are certainley halos that are thicker with more metal so there is almost an outter ring of metal surrounding the diamonds – which is NOT (from the sounds of it) what you want.
It’s okay to tell her what you want and to not settle until it’s the way you want it. Once you sign off on the CAD you’re screwed if you don’t like it. So speak up – don’t be afraid, it’s not being pushy! You’re spending a lot of money so you should get exactly what you want.
Post # 5
Thank you SO much ladies! I talked to a lovely lady at Tiffany this morning, and she said the following:
“The four prongs are extending out of the channel that is holding the halo. There is no additional band of metal surrounding the diamond in the center.”
Does that make sense to you two? I hate to be a stickler on this, but the whole reason I am mimicing the Tiffany Embrace is BECAUSE of lack of metal in between the center stone and halo. If there is metal, I have never once seen it in the 10 times i’ve tried on the ring in the store 😉
Post # 6
i have a cushion embrace replica from moissyco and I have a thin metal piece around the ring. It originally bothered me a little bit, but to be honest, I rarely notice it now. You can kind of see it in this picture. That being said, if it really bothers you, I would try to get rid of it.
Post # 7
One positive thing about having a metal frame is that it holds the center stone way better! Without it, the stone is only held in place by tiny prongs and it’s vulnerable to getting loose constantly. I say this because my initial e-ring was a large smoky quartz held by 4 prongs. It got loose every few months and I constantly had to get it tightened. I ended up changing rings entirely.
Here’s another ring I was considering as an e-ring because it did have the metal frame 😉
Post # 8
@jda785: Do you have a picture of the CAD design? I think I’m more confused now about what you’re talking about!
Post # 9
@Miss Panda: Ohh I see what the OP is talking about now from your picture. OP – you can definitely have that easily removed. My ring def does not have that. It’s never come lose or anything either.
Post # 10
After I told our designer what the Tiffany woman told us “The four prongs are extending out of the channel that is holding the halo. There is no additional band of metal surrounding the diamond in the center.”) she said she talked to her Goldsmith and was able to remove the metal lip surrounding the center stone. He said, as long as you don’t set the diamond up too much higher than the halo, it should be secure. I hope that holds true!!
She said we can see a wax ring in a week! WOW! I am all very new to this so I don’t really know what that entails….She warned me that the CAD images look bulkier and that the actual ring will be much more delicate and less “metally”. Anyone have insight?
Thanks everyone 🙂 Happy Holidays!
Post # 11
Here is a close up of my Embrace for you to check out.
Post # 12
@hfarrant – thank you very much! super helpful (and beautiful!) Thank you for sharing.
Post # 13
Hi again everyone –
For those of you who have halos, do you know what size your diamonds are around the halo? My “ring” that is currently in the making has 2 point diamonds in the band, and 1 point diamonds in the halo – I didn’t want a very big halo. But we might bump them up to 1.5 diamonds diamonds – any thoughts? Again I like the look of a halo/center stone as one.