(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! : (29 votes)
    21 %
    I'd rather put that money toward my rock! : (62 votes)
    45 %
    I didn't have to sacrifice one for the other! : (47 votes)
    34 %
  • Post # 31
    576 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2000

    We looked for over a year before we found a stone for my upgrade ring, and we’ve been designing the setting for 15 months and counting.  I’m lucky enough to be able to get exactly what I want.

    Post # 32
    9521 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    I work with my hands a lot, I’m a seamstress and prongs catch on delicate fabric, so I wanted a bezel setting. the fiancé had one custom designed, I loved it! I dont care about brands, I wanted something practical. My 1 carat bezel set with half eternity band is perfect for me. I don’t want to add a wedding band because I love how delicate it looks.

    Post # 33
    142 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    We are spending waaaay more money on the diamond than on the setting — so diamond is more important to me for sure! Plus I am googley over all the sparkley rocks I see on here…so I’ll blame the ring porn too! Hahaha. 

    I’ve never been one to care much about ‘brand’ name settings or buying things from brand name stores. But I did care about the type of setting.

    Post # 34
    157 posts
    Blushing bee

    I wanted a verragio as well.  Tried looking at others but truly nothing at All could compare.  luckily one day when we went in to look at them they had one already set with a 1ct diamond in one of the designes I loved and was just about the right size (like it was meant to be lol) so we ended up purchasing it right then and there. 

    Post # 35
    5362 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2016

    My ring was custom made. The setting includes diamond’s from both of our late mother’s engagement rings. It was definitely the most important part. And I wanted a moissy so I guess I got the best of both worlds. 

    Post # 36
    654 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

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    charliesangel09:  Same here Verragio is a quality designer for settings! 🙂  

    Post # 37
    7493 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 1997

    In my eyes, the setting has always been merely a vehicle to display the stone, so the stone was more important to me. Then again, I didn’t want anything complicated, so the setting style I wanted was neither expensive nor difficult to find so I didn’t have to compromise. If I’d had to choose, though, the stone would have taken precedence over a setting.

    Post # 38
    1341 posts
    Bumble bee

    To me, both, as they aren’t mutually exclusive. However in saying that, I couldn’t care less about the brand as long as I was getting quality diamonds, gold and craftmanship.

    When shopping for wedding bands in an expensive designer store, they cleaned my ring for me (obviously trying to butter me up) and the jeweller asked who made my ring as it’s so well made. It’s not a big ring, but that really chuffed my then fiancé. 

    Post # 39
    2347 posts
    Buzzing bee

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    Jeneexoxo:  I didn’t want a “designer” setting, but I did want an antique art deco setting (which is what Fiance chose). 

    The actual look and design of the setting has always been the most important to me and I told Fiance that. I don’t mind small stones, and most imperfections are invisible to the naked eye, which is good enough for me. 

    Post # 40
    680 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

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    Jeneexoxo:  The rock!! I didnt get much say, but Fiance and I were on the same page with that. The way I look at it, we could always get a new setting. The diamond would be the thing that I would want forever. 

    Post # 41
    10572 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I would rather have an amora gem or moissanite and have my dream setting custom made.

    Post # 42
    9576 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I don’t feel like I sacrificed on my diamond at all, its the max size I wanted but could I have gotten a nice 2 carat from adiamor/bluenile for the price of my designer ring? Sure. But my Fiance was the one who instisted on a luxury brick and mortar because that’s just what he trusts. Hes kind of technology reluctant so was horrified at the thought of buying a diamond online.

    It worked for me because I LOVE The Tiffany Setting. Its not about the name to me but about that design which yes inspired many many settings, but there is only one original and I can spot the difference immediately. I love the design, history, and the squeaky clean ethics. I also love that my Fiance could go in there and pick with his eye, because all their diamonds are great quality stunners, even the melee is excellent cut. I also love service that time after time leaves me feeling royal (Hello resizing in an hour). He’s also in a good spot that that wasnt an irresponsible option but was in budget (As in no debt and owns his home, not living rent free at mommys haha)

    Heres a pic of the tiffany setting vs zomg the exact same thing from bluenile. 


    Post # 43
    375 posts
    Helper bee

    I voted “I didn’t have to sacrifice one for the other” although I do believe I prioritized my stone some. However, going into shopping I knew I didn’t want any diamonds on my band and I knew that I probably didn’t want a halo. I quickly settled on a solitaire setting. Since the setting was so cheap, the bulk of the ring budget went to the diamond. Finding the diamond took much more time. Specs were very important to me (I definitely would choose great specs over size!) and therefore I looks at several diamonds before choosing one. The saleslady described the last diamond before she brought it out and I knew it would be the one. I saw it and fell in love immediately….I had a “YES!” moment with my diamond!

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