Post # 1
I thought it would be a fun to see what kind of rings your friends have. On all the halo threads everyone says they’re trendy but no one around me has one, so I thought I’d ask all of you what you see.
My results will obviously be a little different that most ladies’ since I got engaged in 1998!
Believe it or not, the most popular diamond shape amongst my friends is the marquise. Channel set settings are also very popluar, along with sets that have a wrap or an enhancer. Most of my friends chose to solder (sp?) their e-ring and w-ring together. Cathedral settings were also everywhere.
The late 90s was also a time where you started seeing a lot of white gold and platinum. Two-tone settings (white and yellow gold) were also popular.
One of my friends got married in 1997 and she had a princess cut and it was the first time I had ever seen one.
No halos, no pave unless it was really a “vintage” ring.
Now many of these same friends are resetting their diamonds. The three stone look is very popluar around me. I am also seeing a lot of stacked settings, with more than two rings, but all thin rings. The solitaire surrounded by two enternity or half eternity bands are quite popular.
So what about you?
Post # 3
I’m seeing tons of round solitaires with plain or pave single-shank bands. I only know of one person with a halo and a round stone. I’m the only person in my family or social circle that has a a fancy shape, fancy color, halo, split shank. 🙂 I’ve only ever seen the stacking bands online, friends here have single bands, plain bands and wear them on the left. I’m wearing mine on the right…maybe I’m unconsciously contradictory… 😉 White gold seems very popular. I’ve rarely seen yellow gold. But we’ll see. I think yellow gold will be making a come back soon.
EDIT: I was initially concerned about the “trendiness” of halos till I realized they have been coming and going for a long time. No one has to wear it but me and at the end of the day, if my ring offends someone’s fashion sensibilities…well, that’s their problem. 🙂 But halos are all over the shelves where I am yet everyone seems to be sporting a solitaire. Makes me wonder where the halo ladies are…they must be buying them right?
Post # 4
all have round solitaires …i have princess halo
Post # 5
Most of my friends have either a soliatire dimaond in white metal, or a 3 stone ring in white metal. I’m the only one with a halo. I haven’t seen any pave or colored stones at all.
Post # 6
All of my friends have white gold with round diamonds on a pave band. I know one girl with a pave split shank but that’s it.
Post # 7
3 of us from my church got engaged within a few months. One had a 3 stone, I think with some stones down the band too. One had a solitaire with a knife edge band. I havhalo round halo with lots of pave diamonds and lots of milgrain and scroll work 🙂
Post # 8
I have two friends with cushion halos, I don’t see a lot of princess cuts. Most people I know have round solitaires. I have one friend with a 3 stone emerald cut ring that i covet.
Post # 9
Two of my friends have BIG princess cut soliatiares and I have a shiny round solitiare with a channel set band. Another friend has one similar to mine.
Post # 10
It depends on which friend it is a great deal because I am at the point in life where my friends have a vast range of varying financial situations. From what I’ve seen, halos are very popular with my friends who were looking in lower price ranges because of the added coverage with lower cttw of diamond. Also, a lot who were looking in the lower price ranges chose cluster rings (not sure if that is the right term) with a cluster of many small diamonds in the center rather than one center stone.
Those who were looking in the higher price range generally have what I’ve heard referred to as a “fancy solitaire”, so basically a solitaire with side stones. The vintage style is very popular, and a lot of them have engraving in the gallery.
I can’t think of anyone I know personally who has a colored gemstone ring. I also haven’t seen any princess cuts in person (although I have seen some square “cluster” rings like I mentioned above). Round seems to be the most popular, and I have one friend with a cushion. I don’t know anyone who has a CZ or a moissanite, but I wouldn’t be suprised if someone does and they just aren’t telling people. It would be very uncommon in this area, and people generally don’t share things like this for fear of judgement (the sad thing is, a lot of people would be judgemental). None of my friends have anything but white metal, but I think this may shift with those who are yet to be engaged.
Can you tell I’ve been researching rings lately? lol
Post # 11
@obsessivebee: Halo doesn’t always mean less expenisve. My halo was actually more expensive than the larger solitairs that we were looking it. We decided on a halo because I liked it better, it had nothing to do with price.
Edit: I forgot to answer the question. Most of my friends have pave bands and solitairs. I know one person with a marquis diamond, but it was a family stone.
Post # 12
All of my friends (and I) have white gold solitaires- some with sidestones, some not. I don’t know anyone personally who has a halo, either.
Post # 13
My three 3 GF’s who got engaged recently all have round/princess diamonds with halos. Before that my BFF got a 3 stone princess cut, and 6 of my other GF’s all got round solitaires, though some have channel set bands etc. I’m the only one with a step-cut 🙂
Post # 14
@Bostongrl25: Ditto. I halo’d my 1.25ct stone, which is certainly large enough to stand on it’s own. I just prefer halos!
Post # 15
Most of my friends have princess cuts with pave bands or round solitaires. I have a princess but a channel set band which is unique among my circle. Naturally, I think mine is the prettiest 🙂
Post # 16
I would say 80% have princess cut diamonds with some sort of band embellishment. One friend has a round halo. One has an emerald cut. They range from .5 to just over 1 carat. (But thats just me guessing)