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futuremrsT

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I need some suggestions on what settings look best with a 1.02ct cushion cut. When my fiance bought my engagement ring, he was on a tight budget so I told him to spend every last dime on my diamond and that we can always upgrade the band later on. I absolutely love my diamond. The specs are: color-E; cut-Excellent; clarity-vs2; polish-excellent...not sure what else is important. My ring size is 7 and I am now thinking I should have gone for size rather than quality because my finger is swallowing my pretty ring. Does anyone have any suggestions to make my diamond look bigger? I was considering a 3-row pave, but I''m not sure if that''ll give the illusion of size. Any suggestions? Thanks :)!

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futuremrsT

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Also if anyone knows any jewlers in the downtown Los Angeles area that makes great settings for cushion shaped diamond, I''d appreciate a name :) I''m really hoping to pay under $1400.

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Ellen

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Hi future,

Very pretty! I would suggest a halo, it's the best way I know of to get more size on the stone. Here's a thread of halo's, many cushions in here. Also, if you try searching "cushion halo" on here, you should get lots of seperate threads with pics. However, it might be a bit tricky on that budget.... I know Maytal Hanah (not sure of location) and Bridget Durnell (Palos Verdes) are both in CA, not sure if they are close to you as I don't live there.

https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/show-me-your-rings-with-halos.27882/

HTH!
 

girlie-girl

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Your cushion is really pretty. I think you made the right choice to go quality v size.
Are you just wanting more sparkle on your finger or what look are you going for?

I agree with Ellen that a lot of people do a halo and like how much larger the center stone appears, though this stone is plenty big at 1.71ct. I tend to like the understated halos like this more so than the other style:

#1 Winnie's ring

https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/cushion-cut-mircropave-ring-by-mark-turnowski.36661/page-2

I'm also wondering though if one would be obtainable with your stated budget. I was thinking maybe if you set it in a thicker band that it'd look more substantial, this has a 1.55ct. I don't think the diamond disappears on your hand, I feel the band does. How about something like this:

#2 Maya Moonstone's ring

https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/mayas-cushion-finished.34850/

The only other thing I can think of and again it'll depend on the budget, is something with side stones like this:

#3 Kal-bi's ring

https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/cushion-and-shields.23167/

I'm not a huge fan of halos for myself, but I do love them on everyone else. LOL If I had to pick from the three options I've posted, I'd be hard pressed to pick between #2 and #3.


Good luck and welcome!
 

Carreras Jewelers

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Check out Peter Storm''s settings - they are unique and always offer big beautiful looks!
 

futuremrsT

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Thanks everyone for your suggestions :) I really love that understated halo look. Now the quest is on to find one within my budget :) Thanks again.
 

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Hi Future Mrs. T. I think you can probably find a ''stock'' setting for your budget if you are okay with 14K white gold. If you like, we can help you try to find one.
 

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Have you tried on any wedding bands along with it? I wear a size 8 ring (and a size 11 shoe!) and my engagement ring band looks too small on its own. However, with the wedding band I think it looks just fine. I only wear them as a set, so it's not a problem. Before you re-set the engagement ring, it might be worth trying on a nice diamond band or something along with the existing ring and seeing what you think. I considered a halo because they absolutely do make a center stone look bigger, but I personally was a little concerned it might look a little dated in a few years.
 

futuremrsT

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Redrose, thanks for that link. It''s definitely beautiful and even below my budget. I''m going to compare it to a few other ones and I''ll let you guys know which one I decide on.
 

futuremrsT

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Gypsy, I don't mind 'stock' at all...I'm not an expert so I really don't think I'll know the difference :razz: I also love white gold.


I've been browsing the net for hours with not too much luck with the exception of one website with a large variety of halo settings (exceldiamonds.com), so I'm glad I finally decided to check all your replies...thanks!
 

futuremrsT

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Date: 4/16/2009 10:38:29 PM
Author: wapila1
Have you tried on any wedding bands along with it? I wear a size 8 ring (and a size 11 shoe!) and my engagement ring band looks too small on its own. However, with the wedding band I think it looks just fine. I only wear them as a set, so it's not a problem. Before you re-set the engagement ring, it might be worth trying on a nice diamond band or something along with the existing ring and seeing what you think. I considered a halo because they absolutely do make a center stone look bigger, but I personally was a little concerned it might look a little dated in a few years.
I have tried on a few wedding bands and the ones I want are pretty sparkly and they make my engagement band look so plain. I've tried on a few wrap around bands I can't say that I'm very fond of those. I also walked into Tiffany (hehe, not intending to buy but I wanted to see if there's really a difference in quality for the name...I didn't notice any...) and I tried on a few different micro-pave band and a channel setting. I liked the danty micro-pave, but again, my engagement ring looked dull next to it. I guess I'm finally realizing that I love glitz and sparkle.
 

futuremrsT

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Date: 4/16/2009 9:03:45 PM
Author: Tuckins1
Here are a few...
Knox 1
Knox 2
Knox 3
Knox 4
Knox 5
JA 1
JA 2
JA 3

See anything you like?
Tuckins1, thanks for all these options. My fiance purchased my e-ring from JamesAllen and I''m really happy with the great deal we got. I''ve looked through his site and don''t see any bands that I''m interested in. I do however like a few of the bands from Knox that I really like.

Here are the ones that I''m going to marinate over (a couple are from exceldiamonds and one from pearlman''s):

1) http://www.exceldiamonds.com/-Engagement-Rings-5/Diamond-Accent-Engagement-Rings-12/Inspired-by-Ritani-Halo-Diamond-Engagement-Ring-JENS311-1374.html (This one is the best deal I''ve found, but I''m not sure how a cushion will fit in this round setting...)

2) http://www.knoxjewelers.biz/index.htm?crn=201&rn=1561&action=show_detail

3) http://www.knoxjewelers.biz/index.htm?crn=201&rn=1562&action=show_detail (This one will be perfect with the micro-pave wedding band I love so much)

4) http://www.knoxjewelers.biz/index.htm?crn=201&rn=786&action=show_detail (I''m not super hot on how the side of the crown (?) is so bare, but the price is sooo right)

5) http://www.pearlmansjewelers.com/jewelry-designers/beverley-k-jewelry/rings/116PP1/14/ (I''m not hot on the scrolls, but the aerial view is gorgeous)

6) http://www.exceldiamonds.com/-Engagement-Rings-5/Diamond-Accent-Engagement-Rings-12/Vatche-Grace-Diamond-Ring--180-1540.html (love it love it)

I''ll let you guys know what I decide on. Good night
 

Rhea

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I have a friend who has her 1 carat cushion set with pear sides. I don''t remember their weight, but it does provide good finger coverage for her.
 

Ellen

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Date: 4/18/2009 4:46:24 AM
Author: futuremrsT

I''ll let you guys know what I decide on.
Please do, it''s going to look gorgeous when you''re done. And big.
 

vespergirl

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I would put a halo around it, with a micropave band, like a harry winston style. Beautiful stone, by the way!
 

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Date: 4/18/2009 4:46:24 AM
Author: futuremrsT

Date: 4/16/2009 9:03:45 PM
Author: Tuckins1
Here are a few...
Knox 1
Knox 2
Knox 3
Knox 4
Knox 5
JA 1
JA 2
JA 3

See anything you like?
Tuckins1, thanks for all these options. My fiance purchased my e-ring from JamesAllen and I''m really happy with the great deal we got. I''ve looked through his site and don''t see any bands that I''m interested in. I do however like a few of the bands from Knox that I really like.

Here are the ones that I''m going to marinate over (a couple are from exceldiamonds and one from pearlman''s):

1) http://www.exceldiamonds.com/-Engagement-Rings-5/Diamond-Accent-Engagement-Rings-12/Inspired-by-Ritani-Halo-Diamond-Engagement-Ring-JENS311-1374.html (This one is the best deal I''ve found, but I''m not sure how a cushion will fit in this round setting...)

2) http://www.knoxjewelers.biz/index.htm?crn=201&rn=1561&action=show_detail

3) http://www.knoxjewelers.biz/index.htm?crn=201&rn=1562&action=show_detail (This one will be perfect with the micro-pave wedding band I love so much)

4) http://www.knoxjewelers.biz/index.htm?crn=201&rn=786&action=show_detail (I''m not super hot on how the side of the crown (?) is so bare, but the price is sooo right)

5) http://www.pearlmansjewelers.com/jewelry-designers/beverley-k-jewelry/rings/116PP1/14/ (I''m not hot on the scrolls, but the aerial view is gorgeous)

6) http://www.exceldiamonds.com/-Engagement-Rings-5/Diamond-Accent-Engagement-Rings-12/Vatche-Grace-Diamond-Ring--180-1540.html (love it love it)

I''ll let you guys know what I decide on. Good night

Pearlmans allows you to modify the Beverly K settings! You can ask if it can be made w/o the scrolls!
 
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