Can't decide between pave cathedral settings

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  1. woprxcpe1704

    Jun 17, 2019
    by woprxcpe1704 » Jun 18, 2019

    I'm having trouble deciding between two pave cathedral settings from WF.
    Cathedral 3/4 French set:

    Petite Open Cathedral:

    I was originally drawn to the three quarter eternity, but it looks like the gap at the top might be a bit too large and awkward. So, now I'm leaning more towards the open cathedral setting. I've selected a 1.244 ct G VS2 ideal round diamond to go with these settings in a size 8.75. I'm looking for any advice or thoughts on both. I've provided the links to both settings below.

    Thanks in advance for the advice!


  2. BMI

    Apr 17, 2014
    by BMI » Jun 19, 2019
    I like the 6 prong 3/4 eternity setting more. And when I looked at the 'recently purchased' photos on the setting page the gap was not very noticeable to me with stones the same size as yours. I should add though, that my opinion is biased because I am not really a fan of round stones in four prong settings.
  3. headlight

    Nov 2, 2003
    by headlight » Jun 19, 2019
    I think #2 looks like it’s a planned, cohesive ring, versus option #1 where, to me, it looks like they just plopped a standard 6-prong mounting on top (which is, essentially, what they did).
    Option #2 looks custom, while #1 looks like a semi-mount they accommodated to fit a stone.
    I have had round stones in 4 prongs over the years and I do think that type of mounting lends itself better in the 4-prong look.
    With that said, now having my new stone I love how round it looks in a 6-prong but I have a solitaire, no other diamonds.
    I don’t personally think you need the 3/4... you gain that extra Pavé up at the top, in the cathedral arms, where it will be seen. It’s not going to be seen really when it’s that far down your finger. Also, some people find it uncomfortable when their finger touches the adjacent ones.
    Are there any other versions of that look that you can choose from?
    Another thing I’m thinking is that the option #1 mounting that holds the stone will overtake your diamond.
    I just think #2 is a finer piece, looks more custom, will show off your stone better, prongs are prettier, you’ll see more Pavé, it has a matching band (the other does not and I don’t know how well it will fit with one that isn’t custom), the fact that it has a perfectly matched and fitted band makes it look that much more custom and a beautiful cohesive look.
    The only downside, if you want to call it that, is that it is a 4-prong, not that there is anything wrong with it, but if you had your heart set on 6 then that’s something you have to decide in which case I would suggest you find another option in that pave style.
    But I feel that the option 2 has so many other things going for it, it clearly outweighs option 1.
  4. tyty333

    Dec 17, 2008
    by tyty333 » Jun 19, 2019
    The second setting would be my choice. I agree with @headlight. I really dislike cathedrals that are left just hanging in the air. They really need to
    connect to the head at a bar (or at something depending on the head). Just my opinion...pick the one you think your GF will like the best.
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  5. lovedogs

    Jul 31, 2014
    by lovedogs » Jun 19, 2019
    I also prefer the cathedral. It looks more fluid and purposeful.
  6. hypermom

    Feb 19, 2013
    by hypermom » Jun 19, 2019
    My vote is for the second setting the cathedral. The first one looks like a peg head to me. It looks inexpensive—although it’s not!
  7. bibiloves

    Sep 21, 2009
    by bibiloves » Jun 19, 2019
    I like the petite open cathedral more. I don't like the gap in the first setting.

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