Post # 1
So I need to make a choice. Soon. I managed to narrow it down to three rings but I like them all!
I just recently moved to the US and the taste in the US seems to be quite different from what we are used to in the part of Europe I am from. I’d love to have some US input on this 🙂
for me the right choice is particularly important because I don’t believe in upgrades or staking. He proposed to me with that particular ring and we are getting married once with one (or in my case maybe two) ring. There will be the traditional exchange of rings at the wedding and a Jewish one.
I always invisioned to have a shared prong to go with my classic solitaire but when my plain band arrived I really like the plain look as well.
I will have the plain ring anyways. In Jewish tradition a wedding band has to be plain. I planned on wearing it on my right hand as it is tradition in my home country. But when I tried it on with my Ering it looked lovely. And the channel set was an alternative I had in mind and when I tried it on I thought I looked very nice as well.
So please let me hear your opinions!
The channel set is a 2.8 tcw and the shared prong is about 2 tcw on a 5.5 finger. Both are also way to big as they display them in size 6.5-7
Post # 3
From the US and familiar with ring styles in a lot of East Coast cities where they tend to be larger (but maybe not as large as LA or a few other cities). I *love* the shared prong – I think the sparkle of the smaller round brilliants actually lifts and makes your big solitaire sparkle even more. Your center stone is quite large (but completely gorgeous and tasteful) so it doesn’t get eaten up by the shared prong. The look with the plain band is quite nice but not as “wow”. So if you already need a plain band for your Jewish ceremony and are planning to wear it on your right hand, perhaps wear the plain band there and use the shared prong to enhance your set.
I do not recommend that particular channel because I think the diamonds add a lot of bulk without sparkle and take attention away from your engagement ring.
Post # 4
I voted plain, but I like the channel one equally as much. I’m a little OCD, so something about the edge of the prong band not being perfectly straight or smooth sort of bugs me. And it would rub more against your e-ring.
I’m more a fan of the “clean” or tidy look of a straighter edge in a band.
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2014 - Merritt Winery
Love the top pic. Definitely a classic yet blingy choice!
Post # 7
You can’t go wrong with either the shared prong or the plain band. Both look lovely!
Channel set isn’t my favorite, and I think many women share my opinion on that.
Post # 8
Definitely the shared prong or plain. I’m not a fan of the channel set band with your ring.
Post # 9
I think with as gorgeous of an engagement ring as you have, the plain band looks great! But I also come from a part of the country where a half to one carat engagment rings are the norm. I think of the two sparkly options, the first looks better than the second with your ring.
Post # 10
lucreziab : thank you for you detailed input! That helped a lot!
rosegoldgirl : thank you for you opinion!
hannahshope : thank you!
All of you are helping a lot! Thank you! I love all the input! Please keep commenting as I have a couple more days to make a final decision!
Post # 11
Shared prongs are gorgeous, but I always cringe a bit (forgive my honesty) when I see them being worn, especially worn against another ring. The damage shared prong bands can do to companion rings can be significant (not to mention expensive). Even worn on its own, the prongs would have to be checked at regular intervals to ensure no stones are loose, so if it were my wedding band, I would never feel truly comfortable wearing it for the long term. I do very much like channel bands, as well, but in this case, that beautiful plain band just looks so classy. It really lets your stunning diamond speak for itself! Just my thoughts — please take them or leave them as you will. You have wonderful taste in jewelry!
Post # 12
beyondthesea : Agree about the friction against the e-ring. I couldn’t do it
Post # 13
I think in recent years in the US, younger women have sort of viewed channel set bands as “outdated,” but there was a thread on the Bee recently that showcased a bunch of really tasteful, beautiful channel set rings paired witth solitaires (like yours), and it really made me warm to channel sets. I think the one you’re considering is beautiful, tasetful, and has a very “clean” look to it when paired with your stunning soliatire, so that’s what I voted for!
Post # 14
I like both alot but the shared prong would need a spacer to prevent it from chewing up your beautiful ering. So for safety i would say channel set but really i love how the plain band lets your solitaire shine. Really you cant go wrong with any of them.
Post # 15
Shared prong is definitely super popular in the U.S. But I think if you can afford it, you should get both shared prong (for going out to events or sociaaly) and plain (for home and work). At the end of the day though, if you have to pick just one, I would go with plain. You seem to really love plain, and there are still plenty of women in the US who have plain bands. Plain is timeless and is the most durable.