Post # 1
I see so many posts on here where people talk about their “solitaires” or post their ring on a board asking for solitaires and they post rings with side stones or pave bands. I had always thought a solitaire was called that because it is a solitary stone, meaning a plain band with one stone sitting alone. Am I wrong?
Sorry it just bothers me…but if I’m wrong and a solitaire can be more than just a single stone I’d like to know so I can stop being bothered by it haha.
Post # 2
- 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
missmargo: I agree with you.
Post # 4
I’ve always thought of a solitaire as just the center stone, plain band, not side stones/accents/paves/etc. . Like mine…
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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”
Post # 14
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
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.