Hello! Total newbie here... first post.
I've been snooping around these forums for a while now... getting e-ring ideas, learning about sapphires, etc. I'm looking for a few opinions on sizes, colour, setting, etc. so I can give my boyfriend the best idea of what I want and help him get the best value in an e-ring.
I'm definitely set on a cushion halo - basically exactly this ring: http://www.pricescope.com/forum/colored-stones/maytal-hannah-sapphire-engagement-ring-experience-t168600.html... (so. freaking. gorgeous.). I love that its so delicate but also chunky and makes quite a statement. I'm wondering a few things - forgive me if some of these seem silly.
Do sapphires face up smaller than diamonds of the same carat weight?
What size cushion would give good coverage on a size 4.5-4.75 finger? (I think this is where my boyfriend is gonna save some money - I have tiny tiny fingers and very petite hands so I'm hoping we can get away with a smaller sapphire with the same "wow" factor). Based on this ring - http://www.pricescope.com/forum/show-me-the-ring/victor-canera-does-it-again-cushion-halo-t172877.html - that's a 4.75 finger and a 1.75 diamond... although I don't love that halo setting the size of the stone compared to the setting looks right to me. That's why I'm wondering if a sapphire of the same size will face-up about that large - I know cut make such a difference too so it's always hard to say...
I'm looking for a very low-profile halo and sometimes I get concerned since most of them seem quite high-set - do any of you have pictures of halos that are very low-set? If the stone is quite large (2 c.) - does it mean it has to be set quite high? I also get overwhelmed at the type of pave and how things are set - I like very minimal metal showing and the very delicate look.
What are the most important things when looking at a sapphire? (My boyfriend will have a local gemologist help him with stone selection... I'm just needing to know these things... haha). I know tone and saturation are really important as well as cut (windows are bad)... could anyone guesstimate the saturation/tone of the stone in the link I posted above? I love the deep, saturated almost electric look... is that what I need to tell my boyfriend? "I want it to look electric blue"... hahaha. If possible, can someone show me a stone online that would be similar to that one in the picture just to compare specs (like colour and tone and saturation, etc).
Phewf that was a long post! I feel like I ask such retarded questions... I just have so many! Thanks in advance for any help/advice you can offer.