(Closed) What do you consider a solitaire?

posted 4 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - City, State

I’m trying to find a clear way to answer and not coming up with much, haha. But solitaires can be plain band or pave or channel set or whatever.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

missmargo:  I agree with you.

 

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Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I’ve always thought of a solitaire as just the center stone, plain band, not side stones/accents/paves/etc. . Like mine…

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But you’re right, I do see a lot of people (those who have paves, in particular) refer to their ring as a solitaire, so I could be completely wrong in my definition.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper

What exactly does solitaire mean?

Within a jewellery context, the word Solitaire is used to describe a single diamond or gemstone set into piece of jewellery. We apply the generic word to any item of jewellery holding a single stone—a solitaire diamond ring displays a single diamond.

So yeah I agree with you that it means a single stone ring. It can’t be a solitare if it has friends.

 

Post # 6
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Helper bee

I always think of solitaire as either a plan band or a pave/channel/whatever band, and when I hear “side stones” i think of a 3 or 5 stone ring :p maybe it just depends on where you’re from, thats how my fam/friends say it too 🙂

Post # 7
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Worker bee

Whitetoes:  Yeah I agree with your definition, although I didn’t know anything about jewelry until I started researching for my ring. I realize a solitaire is a single stone, but I feel like a pave/channel band should count bc these accents still give the limelight to the center stone.

Post # 8
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Helper bee

missmargo:  I consider a solitaire to be one single stone on a plain metal band.  If it has diamonds on the band, I think of it as a “solitaire with side stones” or accent stones 

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

dimefinger:  That’s like saying that a girl with two brothers is still an only child because the brothers bring more attention to the fact that she is a girl.

A soiltaire is a ring with only one stone.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

missmargo:  I completely agree with your definition of the term solitaire. A solitaire is a single stone on a plain band – no side stones. The misuse of the word Solitaire bothers me a little too. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee

I can think of a solitaire loosely as in the general silhouette of a ring, a solitaire vs. a three stone vs. a cluster.

But when someone says solitaire I do think a plain band with one stone.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2000

missmargo:  I agree with your definition. I think the problem lies in the lack of another setting style to define their ring. Halo, three stone, and cluster don’t fit either. Solitaire is simply the closest term to describe the ring. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

This bothered me last week too when I saw someone describe there ring.

Solitaire – a diamond or other gem set in a piece of jewellery by itself.

“a diamond solitaire”

 

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Post # 14
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Worker bee

julies1949:  Your analogy is a little strange, but I understand what you’re saying. I’m no jewelry expert, so still learning here. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

Maybe people just don’t know better? I THINK it’s a plain band as well. But in any case, to each their own. It’s no big deal if one person thinks solitaire is defined as a plain band or a pave band. No need to get hot and bothered by it. Let people call it what they want. 

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