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PumpkinsAreAwesome

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In an attempt to take a break from my frustrating OEC search, I've decided to instead look at how I'm going to mount said diamond if/when I get it. Hopefully I'm not opening another can of worms here!

Background info: The diamond I will likely end up with will be 6.5-7.2mm and be in the color range of I to N. For as long as I remember, I've wanted a simple six-prong white gold setting with a super skinny band (since thicker bands do not look good on my tapered size 5 fingers). I work in a hospital and while I do not touch patients, I frequently handwash, use hand gel, and don gloves. I also play drums/percussion in my spare time. I want to avoid pave unless it's simulant or antique stones for the same reason I want an OEC. Also, pave isn't practical for my lifestyle.

We're thinking no more than $600 since we're basically blowing the budget on a stone. The settings I'm looking into are the following:
-1.5mm band from Adiamor
- 1.7mm band from Adiamor, 4 prongs, only $298
-1.5mm antique band from eBay
-1.85mm band from Blue Nile
-If I had more money to spare, I would want this without the pave: http://www.loveaffairdiamonds.com/the-sophie-solitaire-setting-lad-signature-collection/

Questions:
-Should I be considering rose or yellow gold given the color of the stone? My plan was to get white gold and just not get the rhodium replated ever.
-Do 1.5mm bands snap and bend really easily? I'm thinking the worst things I'll be doing other than frequent alcohol gel/handwashing are push-ups and playing crash cymbals.
-Some of these rings have baskets, while some just have the diamond suspended by the prongs. What's the benefit of having a basket?
-Would a 4 prong band produce more light return than a 6 prong? I don't want to spend all this money on a nice diamond only to have the fire diminished by prongs!
-Any recommendations for other/better places to get a setting? Do any of you have the above settings? I'm a little leery of those $199 settings on ebay...
*Edit* I almost forgot my entire reason for this post! Since I'm getting an OEC, the girdle will likely be very thin. Is a six prong setting generally a bad idea in this case?

Thank you thank you thank you! =)
 

motownmama

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My ER is 1.5 and I've worn it 24/7 for 21 years - and YES, I do pushups!

BTW - What about the Adimor basket setting? I prefer that profile
 

MollyMalone

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Have you seen Stuller's 122004 mounting? 6 prongs, 1.7 mm band (widens slightly to 1.74 mm towards the bottom of the shank); currently stocked, for rounds, in 14K white or yellow gold, but this mounting is in Stuller's customization program, so you coul order it in a different alloy or a 2-tone combination with the diamond set in white gold (or maybe platinum) & another color of gold for the shank.
http://www.stuller.com/products/build/122004/?groupId=113775#/start/Mountings

Photos of two PSer OEC rings that used this Stuller mounting can be seen by scrolling through these threads; I think Stuller "hit it out of the ball park" (as I'm hoping the Mets do tonight!!) with this one :))
[URL='https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/1-17-oec-shes-a-keeper-and-an-antique-finger-warmer.187205/']https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/1-17-oec-shes-a-keeper-and-an-antique-finger-warmer.187205/[/URL]

[URL='https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/oec-folks-stuller-setting.188826/']https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/oec-folks-stuller-setting.188826/[/URL]
 

PumpkinsAreAwesome

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MollyMalone|1446252663|3944038 said:
Have you seen Stuller's 122004 mounting? 6 prongs, 1.7 mm band (widens slightly to 1.74 mm towards the bottom of the shank); currently stocked, for rounds, in 14K white or yellow gold, but this mounting is in Stuller's customization program, so you coul order it in a different alloy or a 2-tone combination with the diamond set in white gold (or maybe platinum) & another color of gold for the shank.
http://www.stuller.com/products/build/122004/?groupId=113775#/start/Mountings

Photos of two PSer OEC rings that used this Stuller mounting can be seen by scrolling through these threads; I think Stuller "hit it out of the ball park" (as I'm hoping the Mets do tonight!!) with this one :))
[URL='https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/1-17-oec-shes-a-keeper-and-an-antique-finger-warmer.187205/']https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/1-17-oec-shes-a-keeper-and-an-antique-finger-warmer.187205/[/URL]

[URL='https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/oec-folks-stuller-setting.188826/']https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/oec-folks-stuller-setting.188826/[/URL]

Wow, that setting is GORGEOUS! I may have to "hijack" one for myself as well! Thank you for the tip!

(On a sidenote, it's an odd year for my Giants, so I'm pretty much rooting for a 7 game series! I am a fan of your pitcher who reminds me of a certain longhaired "Freak" :love:)
 

PumpkinsAreAwesome

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Oh darn, looking at the Stueller setting again, I guess I would need a custom band in order to wear it flush against the e-ring. That's a bummer! It is a beautiful setting, though!

If I were to get a basket setting, would the basket hinder the fire and light play at all?
 

tyty333

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MollyMalone|1446252663|3944038 said:
Have you seen Stuller's 122004 mounting? 6 prongs, 1.7 mm band (widens slightly to 1.74 mm towards the bottom of the shank); currently stocked, for rounds, in 14K white or yellow gold, but this mounting is in Stuller's customization program, so you coul order it in a different alloy or a 2-tone combination with the diamond set in white gold (or maybe platinum) & another color of gold for the shank.
http://www.stuller.com/products/build/122004/?groupId=113775#/start/Mountings

Photos of two PSer OEC rings that used this Stuller mounting can be seen by scrolling through these threads; I think Stuller "hit it out of the ball park" (as I'm hoping the Mets do tonight!!) with this one :))
[URL='https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/1-17-oec-shes-a-keeper-and-an-antique-finger-warmer.187205/']https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/1-17-oec-shes-a-keeper-and-an-antique-finger-warmer.187205/[/URL]

[URL='https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/oec-folks-stuller-setting.188826/']https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/oec-folks-stuller-setting.188826/[/URL]


This is one of my all time favorite inexpensive settings. I even got a quote from my jeweler...it's well within your budget.

Edit..there are some more pictures in this thread of a gold version and one that has engraving and milgrain.
[URL='https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/show-me-stuller-settings.212118/']https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/show-me-stuller-settings.212118/[/URL]
 

VRBeauty

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PumpkinsAreAwesome|1446302582|3944164 said:
Oh darn, looking at the Stueller setting again, I guess I would need a custom band in order to wear it flush against the e-ring. That's a bummer! It is a beautiful setting, though!

If I were to get a basket setting, would the basket hinder the fire and light play at all?

The donut is there to add stability to the prongs - and since this is a custom-built setting, the size of the donut will vary with the size of the stone. Here's a thread showing that setting with a ~.75 center stone. The wedding ring doesn't sit totally flush because the shoulders on the e-ring taper, but it does appear to sit flush once you get beyond the taper.
https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/show-me-stuller-settings.212118/
 

PumpkinsAreAwesome

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VRBeauty|1446311404|3944201 said:
PumpkinsAreAwesome|1446302582|3944164 said:
Oh darn, looking at the Stueller setting again, I guess I would need a custom band in order to wear it flush against the e-ring. That's a bummer! It is a beautiful setting, though!

If I were to get a basket setting, would the basket hinder the fire and light play at all?

The donut is there to add stability to the prongs - and since this is a custom-built setting, the size of the donut will vary with the size of the stone. Here's a thread showing that setting with a ~.75 center stone. The wedding ring doesn't sit totally flush because the shoulders on the e-ring taper, but it does appear to sit flush once you get beyond the taper.
https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/show-me-stuller-settings.212118/

I'm wondering if anyone out there got a modified wedding ring to get the rings to sit flush with one another. I think I'm the type of person who would probably be bothered by the gap!

I know that my setting is out there somewhere. Will keep looking! =)
 
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