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Small is beautiful! Please share your rings with small gems!

TristanC

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Hi, need inspiration for a ring with a small center stone, around 0.3-0.6ct. Anyone has these smaller beauties to share?

Typically we see the really lovely larger stones, but would love to see a thread with all the little lovelies that are too shy to come out and play with their bigger siblings. :)
 

Arkteia

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Old ring from my Grandma. Tiny sapphire cabochon.

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Arkteia

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And the first ring I ordered from Jill Anish, with a 0.8 ct. spinel from Lisa Elser.

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Re: Small is beautiful! Please share your rings with small g

You may want to check out Leibish's jewelry section, as they have some nicely set very small diamonds.
 

TristanC

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Nice rings! (0.8 isn't very small though :razz:) I think the sapphire ring is very dainty and feminine.

I think there is something very nice about small stones that are set - perhaps it is the bank balance in the old savings account that makes smaller stones so appealing.

Actually I'm looking for inspiration for a small stone because I'm looking for a pink FCD, and although it isn't found, I'm wondering if a 0.35-0.5ct gem would be just TOO small when set.

Really hoping more people will contribute. :)
 

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Here's my iddy biddy ruby and iddy biddy tanzanite (have no idea what size they are). They're both in gawdawful settings. The ruby was a gift from my mom when I was 14, the tanzanite was a "I got a real job" gift to myself in 1999 from Macy's.

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TristanC|1308111515|2946315 said:
Nice rings! (0.8 isn't very small though :razz:) I think the sapphire ring is very dainty and feminine.

I think there is something very nice about small stones that are set - perhaps it is the bank balance in the old savings account that makes smaller stones so appealing.

Actually I'm looking for inspiration for a small stone because I'm looking for a pink FCD, and although it isn't found, I'm wondering if a 0.35-0.5ct gem would be just TOO small when set.

Really hoping more people will contribute. :)
No, it is not, especially if you surround it with a halo or a double halo of white diamonds. I have seen stones as small as a quarter carat set that way.
 

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I love little stones that pop. A large gem may catch the eye, but a small one can really draw you in. Besides being beautiful, they're very wearable and stackable, which is a plus.
 

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Ah! - a perfect thread for ideas! I'm looking around for suitable stacker settings for my two pretty tinies - 5mm sapphire and 5.5mm spess - but I don't want to bezel, because the sapphire has such a fab range of colours in different lights that I think might get lost if he gets all bezelled up (and I'd like them to match settings, as I'd like to use different metals for each). I don't suppose anyone has pictures of more open settings of small stones that is a bit different to the usual 4 prongs...?

Sorry for slightly hijacking/expanding the thread OP :oops:
 

TristanC

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Go for it, the ideas you're asking for are pretty much spot on. I wouldn't want to bezel a tiny little 0.5ct round pink either... IF it is even 0.5ct. The 0.44ct fancy diamond is already close to 25K, and it isn't a nice enough colour yet.

That makes it just under 5mm round, so your request for ideas gels with the point of the thread!

I personally am not in love with halo settings, so was wondering if there are nicer settings for small gems than just halos to give the illusion of a larger piece.
 

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athenaworth|1308111668|2946316 said:
Here's my iddy biddy ruby and iddy biddy tanzanite (have no idea what size they are). They're both in gawdawful settings. The ruby was a gift from my mom when I was 14, the tanzanite was a "I got a real job" gift to myself in 1999 from Macy's.
Don't see what's wrong with the Tanzanite setting, looks quite nice to my eyes. =)
 

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TristanC|1308145191|2946508 said:
athenaworth|1308111668|2946316 said:
Here's my iddy biddy ruby and iddy biddy tanzanite (have no idea what size they are). They're both in gawdawful settings. The ruby was a gift from my mom when I was 14, the tanzanite was a "I got a real job" gift to myself in 1999 from Macy's.
Don't see what's wrong with the Tanzanite setting, looks quite nice to my eyes. =)
The setting itself is OK, but the side stones look like frozen spit.
 

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Was a time before PS when we all ooo'ed and aaaah'ed over frozen spit that everyone and their wifey had on their hands. Even the big honking gobs of spit that sometimes appeared on the showy folks.

Where did those days go? =)

Ahem, more rings please. Either that or I was right and everyone here thinks size matters!! :Up_to_something:
 

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My snake ring. The emerald and diamond are each about a 1/4 ct size.

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Purple and pink sapphires are about 1/4 ct size.
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Cat's eye alexandrite is about 4x5mm
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Demantoid ring is about 4mm
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Sapphire is 4x5mm
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On the left is a 4mm demantoid. The right is the cat's eye alex again.
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Kismet, your collection is deeply cool. I love the snake ring, and the catseye alex.
 

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My tiny 6mmx4mm star sapphire. My great-grandmother gave it to my mother, and thats all I know of it's history. It's got a funky setting but I wear it nearly every day.
 

TristanC

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Kismet, really beautiful rings! I especially like the snake and the 4mm demantoid! From the posts above I realised that smaller stones are really beautiful in that they use the entirety of the ring as part of the look, rather than just one central stone leaving the rest of the ring overwhelmed.

You have a lovely collection of smaller stones! You enjoy littler rings?

The delicate pink of that padparascha looks gorgeous! Is there a little hint of orange IRL? I think i see some of that gentle oranginess in the second pic. Somehow the ring looks very feminine and dainty on your hands

More please!
 

TristanC

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Maebelle, loving the history in that piece. Star sapphires were my favorite when I was young. Seemed extremely exotic. It actually doesn't look like it was made a few decades ago.

Oh, and I love your avatar photo. That daschund is adorable.
 

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Kismet: I adore that first dementoid setting! Makes the most of the beautiful colour and cut :love: Your rings are all gorgeous, with such a variety of styles!

MTG: That Sally setting really complements the delicacy of your sapphire. I would never have considered the lotus with a 5mm stone, but it looks stunning. Would you think more than one lotus setting would look diminished/awkward stacked? I have a feeling it might look lacy and pretty if two were planned to be stackers together, perhaps at different heights...

Lots of food for thought here...! *plots*
 

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I have a small pink FCD about 0.3 ct which I plan to set into a ring together with another yellow FCD and have both halo-ed.
 

TristanC

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Pictures or it didn't happen chrono! :Up_to_something:

Quickly find someone good to execute your vision and then share please!
 
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