Post # 1
So my boyfriend is most likely popping the question sometime this year(excited!!)… and he is letting me pick out the design of my ring! So my problem is that I am COMPLETELY TORN between two very, very different styles of rings!
I’ve ALWAYS loved emerald cut rings – the deep flashes of light, the art deco/vintage/classy/elegant vibe, the “hall of mirrors” effect – love it all. And I’ve always loved halos, especially with ECs, to add some brilliance and sparkle as ECs inherently aren’t very sparkly. And I’ve always assumed my engagement ring would definitely be an EC halo. But recently I’ve come across a ring that is totally not an EC halo but that I also really love. I’ve actually never figured myself for a solitaire type of girl, especially round brilliant cut, as I’ve always thought that they were a bit boring (of course no offense to anyone who has one! just my personal opinion) BUT I’ve recently come across a round brilliant in a prong setting that is super delicate and whimsical that I wouldn’t say no to either! Both rings are very “me”, but in different ways.
The EC halo I am eyeing: (LOVE the vintage milgrain detail and the peekaboo side diamonds)
The round brilliant solitaire I am also eyeing: (LOVE how it looks like a flower)
For the bees who have either an EC halo or round brilliant solitaire, mind weighing in on the pros and cons of that style? and maybe casting a vote? 😉
Thank you so much for your help and input!
This topic was modified 2 months, 1 week ago by pinkxlilies. Reason: spelling mistakes
Post # 2
Ooh two very lovely rings! It’s a tough call!
I can actually relate a lot to your dilemma! I always imagined myself with a bling-y halo ring, but once I started actually looking at rings, I fell head over heels for a solitaire in a floral/rose-shaped setting, and am so happy with my decision! (Of course, a big difference is I hadn’t fallen for a halo at the same time, so I was less torn!)
In terms of pros and cons, I love that the floral shape of my setting takes center stage with my e-ring, and it also allowed me to get a unique band to go with it without overwhelming my ring, since it was a solitaire (and therefore a bit more simple!)
Thats just my experience though. It really is a very tough call! two beautiful rings there <3
Post # 3
pinkxlilies : I voted for the second ring
Pros – low maintenance as it’s easy to clean and do not have to worry about stones falling off.
Cons – prongs might be more prone to catch on clothes and other things but not enough to cause any real damage to either
Post # 4
I chose the solitaire, butI have never been a fan of halos.
Post # 5
I also started out wanting an elongated cushion halo with a split shank and pave band and gallery. Well, I ended up with a 3 stone with zero pave instead. Smaller stones but amazing finger coverage and no worrying about the small pave diamonds falling out. I vote solitaire because at the end of the day, after shopping and shopping (and shopping!!!) for seriously over a year, halos started to look like “too much” and dated to me. You can’t go wrong either way but option 2 gets my vote.
Post # 6
Thanks ladies for your advice and input and whoever voted in the poll 🙂 It seems like the round cut solitaire is more popular! Very interesting how some of you also started off wanting a bling-y halo and then went with something more pared down. I’m still super torn haha
Post # 7
- Wedding: Scotts ~ Walnut Creek
I like the EC halo. Slightly biased since I have one. 😎 I’m more into ring design than bling. EC is only .25 ct, double halo with split shank. Solitaires are nice but a bit too plain for me.
Post # 8
I have a solitaire in a delicate setting, not something I thought I would ever have. But I find it very classy and elegant.
My fh did not like the busy rings, and I found I didn’t like halos like I thought I would.
Post # 9
It’s such a personal choice. Whichever ring makes you feel excited every time you look at it should be “the one.” Based on your post, I think the EC makes you light up inside. I was previously married and had a princess cut with pave setting and it was gorgeous and completely what I wanted but overtime, I found that it just didn’t sparkle as much as I would like. I felt like I always needed to clean it. With my recent engagement, I ended up falling in love with the classic Tiffany setting and a round brilliant and I couldn’t be happier! It makes me smile from ear to ear and I am mesmerized by the fire and sparkle. Everyone is going to have a different take on this but I prefer the brilliance and fire of a round diamond with a simple setting but I don’t necessarily recommend that to you, because I can feel your excitement for the EC Halo when I read your post.
Post # 10
Solitaires are too common & boring IMO!!!
Post # 11
These are both so beautiful! I went for the Solitaire! It’s classic
Post # 12
- Wedding: April 2019 - City, State
I have a mix of both of those rings. I have a round brilliant with diamonds along the band and milgrain edges. For this reason, I vote the EC ring you posted, as it’s most similar to mine and I LOVE the vintage detail the milgrain gives and the sparkle that the side stones give!
Post # 13
I used to have a different ring, now I have a Round Brilliant solitaire. In My Humble Opinion, solitaire rings look classier
Post # 14
I really like the solitaire, the prongs and side details give it a unique and interesting look.
That being said, I’m a huge fan of step cuts and have one in a solitaire setting with diamonds set into the band (does that technically mean it’s not a solitaire?). I can tell you that step cuts get visibly dirty very quickly, I feel like I’m constantly cleaning mine, but to me it’s totally worth it! Just something to take into consideration if you do end up getting the EC.
Post # 15
I have a solitaire.
Pros: It goes with everything. It never feels like too much or too little regardless of whether I am in casual day clothes or fancy evening clothes
Cons: I dont have any but if I were nitpicking I guess just the fact that I can appreciate all the blingy halos etc when I walk past jewellers however I know that I’d grow out of the style real quick hence a simple solitaire as my choice.