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BDJ

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Hello,

I am new here; this is my 2nd thread! My boyfriend and I were engaged a couple of nights ago, and have decided on a cushion solitaire for the ring. We are working on finding the stone, but my major frustration has been finding a setting that I am into!

I am hoping that one of you may have seen something along these lines, so I''ll get started...! Be warned, I am a picky girl!!

Here is what I envision the ring looking like from the front, a very simple platinum setting with a thin (2-2.5mm) band.




Here is the tricky part: I want to have a basket setting, but not the cathedral look. I want the basket to come straight off of the band, like this:


or this (not this look, but the way it is set on the band):


or this (but w/out the cathedral):




The basket on the 2nd image from the top (with the rope crossover look) is a perfect example of what I would like. In fact, if we have to go custom, I am thinking of doing a delicate single rope band. But I would much rather just find something than have something made.


Has anyone seen anything? Help!!!

Thanks,
B.
 

Shay37

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I like this one. If you click on the enlarged view, it has a rather unique profile similar to what you said. I don't know if the band is too thick, but it does say to hold the diamond cut of your choice, so I assume a cushion qualifies. link

I see that the band is 3.5 mm. hmm maybe have them shave it down?

shay
 

boston_jeff

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Hi! Why not just get Leon Mege to make you the solitaire in the picture without the cathedral? How do you know the setting has a cathedral?
 

BDJ

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Shay,

I have seen that setting; I love it, but it is not for me. The sides come up slightly (almost into a cathedral), and I would really like a simple basket, without any extra metal (like the last image, but without the cathedral).

But that is on the right track... I feel bad, like I said... I am so picky!! It is making things really difficult.
 

BDJ

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Date: 2/11/2007 7:54:23 PM
Author: boston_jeff
Hi! Why not just get Leon Mege to make you the solitaire in the picture without the cathedral? How do you know the setting has a cathedral?
Ahhh... I had just assumed that the setting did not have a basket on that one, because of everything else I have looked at. Good idea. I will shoot him an email and see what I can find out.

Thanks!
 

BDJ

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Does everyone go through this much when picking out a setting!?! There are plenty of settings that I love, but I''m just not in love with any of them.

Will it cost an arm & leg to have one custom made? Aarrrrg!
 

BDJ

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Date: 2/11/2007 8:14:59 PM
Author: jxl
I like the second one you post.
Isn''t that beautiful? If I had the $$, I would get it. It is a David Yurman setting, and they have a single rope band solitaire setting as well. It is the only setting that I have been 100% in love with, but you have to buy the diamond from them and we just don''t have the $$ to do that.
 

jxl

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When I upgraded my ring, I did a little bit check on the setting. I did not find what I like. WF has one very similar to mine. But I didn''t like the thick prong/band. They did mention they could make it shave it down. But I decided to keep my original setting which I like a lot and was custom made 8 years ago.
 

sunshine14

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I''m not the setting expert, but maybe if you called whiteflash and checked if they could make lynnb''s setting minus the pave? I think it would be close to what you are looking for!

Good luck!

P.S. If I knew how to link to her setting I would!
 

kcoursolle

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Date: 2/11/2007 7:54:23 PM
Author: boston_jeff
Hi! Why not just get Leon Mege to make you the solitaire in the picture without the cathedral? How do you know the setting has a cathedral?
Ditto, and leon can make your basket *any* way that you would like. His designs are cutom made.
 

ayala_jessica

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Date: 2/11/2007 10:23:17 PM
Author: kcoursolle


Date: 2/11/2007 7:54:23 PM
Author: boston_jeff
Hi! Why not just get Leon Mege to make you the solitaire in the picture without the cathedral? How do you know the setting has a cathedral?
Ditto, and leon can make your basket *any* way that you would like. His designs are cutom made.
Exactly, Leon can do whatever you want, including altering a design he already made for a previous ring if a design inspires you but you'd like some changes. BTW I saw many designs from him with beautiful baskets but without cathedral shanks so I am sure you'll find something that suits you.

I am almost sure that the setting from him you posted first (which I love
) doesn't have a cathedral.
 

Stone Hunter

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From other threads the LM settings are about 3,000 but call and check it out. It may be worth it to get what you want. Do you ever plan on changing or upgrading your ring? If I had a custom setting I wouldn''t want to. Or I''d do what jxl did and reuse the setting.

Another thing to think about is that your life will be simplier if you get the stone and the setting from the same vendor. But many people here have worked very happily with 2 or more vendors, just requires more coordination.
 

havernell

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If Leon Mege is out of your price range, don''t be afaid to shop your design ideas around to local artisans too. Since you''re looking for something rather simple (basket setting, no pave, etc) I wouldn''t think it would be too hard for any experienced ring-maker to do. Just be sure to be detailed when telling them what you want.

Good luck with it!
 

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Date: 2/12/2007 2:42:45 PM
Author: Stone Hunter
From other threads the LM settings are about 3,000 but call and check it out.

Leon quoted me $1700 for a solitaire I inquired about not too long ago. he's more reasonable than most people think. the more complicated the design the more expensive the price but for this ring I think he'd be competitive and it'd be worth it to me to just have Leon make it.
 

BDJ

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Thanks so much for all of your comments! I think we are finally on our way with this ring.


I have decided to go with this stone from Engagement Rings Direct:
1.13 Cushion Cut
Color: G
Clar: VS2
Measurements: 6.78 x 5.79 x 3.8
Depth: 65.6%
Table: 54%
Girdle: Med to Slightly Thick, Faceted
Culet: Slightly Large
Finish
Polish: EX
Symmetry: EX
Flourescence: None




The only think that I am anxious about is the culet. I will be getting the stone on Tues, then I can relax!



I have decided to go with Quest for the setting. They are creating a 2.5mm rope band, with the basket head that I described above. They did lovelylulu's rope style wedding band, and that turned out to be beautiful.

Will post pictures when the ring is done!
 

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Oh, that''s a beautiful, firey diamond! Yummmm! I actually like a culet on a rectangular cushion. It just adds character, to me, and the one on yours doesn''t seem to detract from the brilliance at all.

Have you decided on a setting or are you waiting to see the diamond in person?
 

pinkie621

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Wow, I love your taste, I have the exact same requirements as you. I can''t stand cathedral, I want a thin band and for the basket to come right off the ring. I thought I was the only one, keep us updated!
 

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Date: 2/19/2007 11:32:26 AM
Author: BDJ
Thanks so much for all of your comments! I think we are finally on our way with this ring.


I have decided to go with this stone from Engagement Rings Direct:
1.13 Cushion Cut
Color: G
Clar: VS2
Measurements: 6.78 x 5.79 x 3.8
Depth: 65.6%
Table: 54%
Girdle: Med to Slightly Thick, Faceted
Culet: Slightly Large
Finish
Polish: EX
Symmetry: EX
Flourescence: None




The only think that I am anxious about is the culet. I will be getting the stone on Tues, then I can relax!



I have decided to go with Quest for the setting. They are creating a 2.5mm rope band, with the basket head that I described above. They did lovelylulu''s rope style wedding band, and that turned out to be beautiful.

Will post pictures when the ring is done!
My cushion has a slightly large culet and I was disappointed that it is so small. Most of the time I cannot see it at all and even if I put a red fingernail under it, it is sooo tiny in real life.
 

Stone Hunter

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That looks like a lovely cushion. PLEASE post your own photos of it when you get it.
 

BDJ

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Date: 2/19/2007 12:04:14 PM
Author: lumpkin
Oh, that''s a beautiful, firey diamond! Yummmm! I actually like a culet on a rectangular cushion. It just adds character, to me, and the one on yours doesn''t seem to detract from the brilliance at all.


Have you decided on a setting or are you waiting to see the diamond in person?
Quest is making my solitaire setting - it is a 2.5mm rope (or cable) band, with a basket setting. I am so excited!

I just received the diamond, and it is beautiful. I am shipping it off to be appraised by Fuller & Associates, then it will make its way over to Quest for the setting!

I should have the completed ring in about 2 weeks (they have already started twisting the platinum for the band)!

I will post pictures when I get the completed ring back; I can''t seem to get a good shot of the loose stone.







 

BDJ

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My ring is complete!




I have more pics posted here!

https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/my-cushion-solitaire-from-quest-engagement-rings-direct.58805/
 
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