(Closed) Which was more important to you: The setting or the stone?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Did you go for a designer setting or a "better" stone?

    They don't make 'em like my designer setting!

    I'd rather put that money toward my rock!

    I didn't have to sacrifice one for the other!

  • Post # 16
    4252 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2009

    My setting is not designer, but it was my dream setting that had to be custom made.  It is prob the most important to me, in terms of my dream ring.  But my stone was also a dream of mine to get, I just didn’t mind waiting I guess…  

    I have had a lot of rings where the cost of the setting exceeded the cost of the stone and I was never fussed by that, but I guess it is not thebest use of money, lol.  I knew I could not make my “dream” ring until I had my forever diamond, because it had to fit perfectly without messing up the custom setting.  So if you are planning on upgrading at some point, I am not sure I would get the “perfect” setting until I had the perfect stone.  

    Post # 17
    3584 posts
    Sugar bee

    The setting style was important to me. I knew exactly what i wanted. When i found it i switched the diamond but honestly i was so excited to have found it that i didn’t even think about what shape i was getting. I had been wanting a princess cut and was absolutely against round and i ended up with a round diamond lol. Anyways i love it! My Fiance and i picked it out together and i think he was just as excited as i was.

    Post # 18
    1355 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2016 - Modern, Classic, Fun

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    Jeneexoxo:  I’d rather put all the money on the stone — and that’s what we did. My ring is not from a luxury store or designer name, but I know the stone is of higher quality and we got the best value for our money. 

    Post # 19
    1444 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I was all about the setting, but I didn’t care about it being a Verragio or something like that. I wanted something with beautiful metal work. And then there was one setting that I fell in love with.

    It wasn’t crazy expensive, so with our budget we were able to get a quality .74ct diamond, but if I had needed to get a .5ct to get my dream setting I would have, or moissanite if I had known it existed.

    Post # 20
    764 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    For me it was the stone since I knew I wanted moissanite. After that I went on the hunt for a setting that I would like. My ring is currently on the way, so I can’t wait to see it!

    Post # 21
    240 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014 - Sedona Golf Resort

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    Jeneexoxo:  I didn’t get to pick the setting my DH did and although it was not what I would have picked out for myself, having a decent size solitare was most important. Yes I look at Halo’s and other really fancy settings with a twing of envy but I respect that he picked this one out all on his own (which I would advise against) just for me. 

    Post # 22
    1482 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I don’t even really know the specs of my ring, only that it’s 1ctw. All I cared about was that is was nice and sparkly and a flower cluster ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 23
    3610 posts
    Sugar bee

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    Jeneexoxo:  Definitely the rock. My setting cost very little relative to the center stone. I’m never planning on “upgrading” my ring per se – there’s a remote possibility I might get tired of the setting down the line, but I would then just take my center stone and reset it in another setting. It’s a fairly simple and classic setting though, so I don’t really see that happening.

    Post # 24
    2968 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    There were soooo many rings i loved but i never found all of those elements on the same ring. I voted that the setting was more important because no matter what the ring would be my forever. 

    I decided to go the custom route since there were several rings i wanted to combine, so i reached out to david klass. Hr was amazing and im so in love with my ring even a year and a half later. He just “got me” and nailed my vision. My now husband was more than relieved to just contact someone and order it when he was ready. He and i had the same taste but he also said a lot of the other settings were missing things i wanted and i would constantly go back and forth on making a choice. This way i didnt have to ๐Ÿ™‚


    Post # 25
    1555 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

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    Jeneexoxo:  I didn’t go ring shopping at all. However, based on my husband’s choice, he values the stone over the setting (gorgeous cushion cut with a simple solitaire setting).

    Post # 26
    2010 posts
    Buzzing bee

    It’s not so much a designer name that’s important to me, but just the setting period.

    I have ALWAYS wanted a cushion cut which is what we have purchased. The setting is completely up to my SO. I don’t wear much jewellery and I don’t like “blingy” things. I like sleek, classic, and “clean” looking pieces. All I gave my SO to work with was no halo (so pretty but too fancy for my plain self), no split shank (I just want a basic band that I can easily find a wedding band to sit flush with) and I don’t want the stone to sit too high (I would constantly knock it everywhere so the closer to my finger, the better). Because I’m more of a plain Jane, the setting matching my personality and clothing style is important to me. My SO knows me well enough so I trust that he’ll design something appropriate (plus he has the help of my sisters and best friend if he’s ever not sure).

    I picked the last poll option because I guess for me it’s less about money and more about personal taste.

    Post # 27
    7892 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    It never occurred to me that I could want or get a Tiffany ring setting or anything, which is a good thing because they are very expensive! Similarly, I didn’t have that many specifics on what I wanted from a diamond besides just being a diamond. I mainly just wanted a ring I could wear in my everyday life and at work when I use gloves sometimes. 

    Post # 28
    1733 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

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    Jeneexoxo:  The stone is more important to us, plus it has a better value on the long run.

    Post # 29
    6562 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Not sure about your poll, but my setting was more important to me. My diamond was an heirloom so I didnt have a choice there! But the setting I designed/customized/spent forever deciding on. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 30
    135 posts
    Blushing bee

    I originally ONLY wanted a Verragio setting,I didn’t care if the diamond was moissy or amora. Luckily my SO got me both :). I got the Verragio Parisian 106CU and a 2 carat GIA diamond. ๐Ÿ™‚

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