Post # 1
First of all: hello everybody! First time poster, but I have been lurking for a bit and enjoying all the discussions of every type of ring imaginable.
So my partner and I are just starting to look at rings, and we want to collaborate to find something that speaks to both him and me. The only must-have I brought into this process was that it absolutely needs to be an old ring (1940s or before.) I just love the history of a pre-loved piece. Now that I’ve done a bit of digging, I find myself torn between two very different styles.
I love the clean lines and Art Deco-esque simplicity of an Emerald Cut flanked with baguettes in an unfussy setting. Something like this as an example:
I am also drawn to the softer touch of an Old European Cut solitaire in a bezel setting with delicate metalwork. Think of something similar to this:
What would you pick and why? I know it’s sort of like asking random strangers whether they prefer pears or yogurt, but it’s on my mind and I want to discuss!
This topic was modified 5 years, 11 months ago by saintpaulgal.
Post # 2
I prefere pears
Although I love bezels, I have one myself, I prefere the emerald cut. I hope this doesn’t sound harsh, the bezel looks more like a class ring to me than a wedding ring.
Post # 3
I like the bezel, because the lines are a little softer.
Post # 4
Man, I love both of those. I’m also a vintage girl, my ring’s from the thirties, so these are right up my alley! If I had to pick, I’d go with the OEC with metalwork because I think more people would think vintage when they saw it.
Post # 5
I prefer the OEC. I have one, and I love the way it sparkles in low light.
Post # 6
Love my OEC! It’s set in a similar setting to what you described. Everyone who sees it comments on how beautiful and unique it is with the metalwork and Edwardian inspired design. You may have seen me post it before, but I can’t help myself!
That being said, I think the emerald cut is also very elegant. I think It would like beautiful in a setting surrounded by actual emeralds!
ETA: If you do get one with intricate metalwork, know that they have to be cleaned often. I always take mine off when showering, doing dishes, putting on makeup, etc (I didn’t the first couple weeks I wore it and it was FILTHY). I also clean it myself about once a week, in addition to getting occasional professional cleanings. The other design may require less upkeep.
Post # 7
Both styles are beautiful but my pref. is an emerald cut with baguette or shield cut side stones.
Post # 8
I love emeralds and OECs but I’d choose the emerald because of the setting. Solitaires with baguettes are one of my absolute favourites styles. The other option you gave always reminds me of a class/football ring…sorry!
Where are you looking at rings? If you haven’t checked out Erstwhile yet, you definitely should!
Post # 9
Emerald all the way. I am plotting and planning for an emerald cut ring in my future!
Post # 10
I couldn’t vote cause I couldn’t decide! These are my two favorite cuts!! I have both and love both, so I have no clue what to tell ya! LOL
Just sayin you have GREAT taste, lady! 🙂
What I like about each:
OEC-facet pattern is mesmerizing, throws chunky pastel and primary colors, old artistry, soft and looks wonderful in candlelight.
EC-clean lines, throws gorgeous prisms of rainbow light + big white flashes seen clear across the room. Also has a mesmerizing “hall of mirrors” facet pattern.
Post # 11
- Wedding: September 2016 - Simsbury 1820 House
I’m an OEC girl so I’m biased. Love the OECs. They sparkle like crazy.
Post # 12
This would depend on size for me. If I can afford a good quality large stone, I would get the emerald. If I had to stick to something smaller, I would do the OEC. I’m not a fan of small emerald cuts, they just look funny to me.
Post # 13
Im partial to an OEC in a detailed setting 🙂 this is mine – it’s from the 1920’s!
Post # 14
Some emerald cut love here:
And some OEC love as well:
Post # 15
Fishtail prong setting from the 1940s with OEC diamond: