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Tire-kicker question: are my side stones too small?

Side stones?

  • Too small; put them back in the ground and hope they grow.

    Votes: 14 21.9%
  • Big enough; go ahead and use them.

    Votes: 46 71.9%
  • No more Bling-Somnia! Go back to sleep.

    Votes: 5 7.8%

  • Total voters
    64

PreRaphaelite

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This is not my ring - but it could be.
I am kicking an idea around right now.

I have been enjoying looking at the PS threads with OEC three-stone rings lately and can't seem to get the style out of my head. So I have been googling, at 4 am, as one does.
Saw the below pictures and released that I have the stones to make a ring just like this.
Sort of.
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Source: Romanov

Do you think the side stones are too small?
My ring size would be 7.5 to 7.75, my central stone is 6.5mm and my side stones are 4mm.
Does this proportion work?
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Calling @Rfisher just in case the urge exists to photoshop just for funsies!
 
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marymm

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I think the 3 stones would nice together, but to my eyes the 4mm should be either even smaller so as to be clearly accent stones, or else even larger to make for a more proportional (to me) three-stone combo.

FWIW, I'd see if I could find an OEC pair to go in-between, for a graduated OEC five-stone ... ooh la la
 

Rfisher

Ideal_Rock
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The eternal burning question- HA!
I cannot answer your question. actually think I no longer have a preference in diameter ratio for sidestones.
After seeing smaller sidestones, I thought about redoing mine.
After seeing larger sidestones, I thought about redoing mine.
See where I am going? There’s no right or wrong.
My opinion? If you make a three stone with what you have, I think it will look lovely. Will it look like the Romanov proportions? Not really, IMO.
And what is those silly Romanov’s thinking with not letting us see a side view? The insanity! Jeez.

Here’s my best guesstimate at perspective, without taking tilt into consideration, so take that with a grain of salt.
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@PreRaphaelite
I didn’t get the notification you called me. Did you get this notification? Is it working for others?
 

PreRaphaelite

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The eternal burning question- HA!
I cannot answer your question. actually think I no longer have a preference in diameter ratio for sidestones.
After seeing smaller sidestones, I thought about redoing mine.
After seeing larger sidestones, I thought about redoing mine.
See where I am going? There’s no right or wrong.
My opinion? If you make a three stone with what you have, I think it will look lovely. Will it look like the Romanov proportions? Not really, IMO.
And what is those silly Romanov’s thinking with not letting us see a side view? The insanity! Jeez.

Here’s my best guesstimate at perspective, without taking tilt into consideration, so take that with a grain of salt.
17BCCA1F-F9B0-49DF-96BD-889D73B5DE9D.jpeg


@PreRaphaelite
I didn’t get the notification you called me. Did you get this notification? Is it working for others?
Thank you so much for your generosity in spending time on this! I am really grateful to you. The mock up makes the ring so much more compelling. I used to have such a clear imagination, but now seeing pictures is the only way I can come to a decision.
Old Age! Ppffft!

Anyway, it does look ok to my eye. I’ll have to figure out a ballpark budget, since I‘ve never had a ring made. (They say there’s a first time for everything!)

More thanks to everyone who responded! I’m open to people’s opinions about the setting style. I was imagining teeny claw prongs, crown style, maybe? And probably ‘antique’ gold, low-shine finish like Satin. Hmmmm.
 
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peppermintpatty

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I agree with Rfisher, I don't think there is a right or wrong. What appeals to you is what is right. I like smaller stones so it looks like they are side stones. If I went larger, then in my mind it is a 3 stone. Does that make sense? I think what ever makes you happy is what is right :) Good luck deciding!!!!
 

AllAboardTheBlingTrain

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I actually would prefer even smaller side stones so that they look more like accent stones, like in your inspiration pic! Perhaps you could look into what a pair of smaller stones would cost you and see if you’re willing to spend that. And that way you get to keep your studs :)
 

BMI

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A quick search at Stuller turned up these two semi mounts with the same dimensions as your stones. There must be plenty of people who like these proportions since the second one says it is a best seller.

Your diamonds are so pretty in their current settings, but I think they would also make a lovely vintage style three stone ring.
 

iluvshinythings

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I'm all over the place with my personal preference for side stones. I like both of your inspo photos, but I prefer the smaller side stones between those two examples.

I have a 3 stone ring with similar proportions to your three stones and I love it.

I found this graphic earlier when I was looking at pictures:

3 stone ring side stone size.JPG
 

JPie

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I like the proportions! @stc715 has the three-stone setting of my dreams:

 

PreRaphaelite

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I like the proportions! @stc715 has the three-stone setting of my dreams:

This ring really inspires me! I love the 3-D crowns. It just looks so timeless and romantic!
 

stc715

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The eternal burning question- HA!
I cannot answer your question. actually think I no longer have a preference in diameter ratio for sidestones.
After seeing smaller sidestones, I thought about redoing mine.
After seeing larger sidestones, I thought about redoing mine.
See where I am going? There’s no right or wrong.
My opinion? If you make a three stone with what you have, I think it will look lovely. Will it look like the Romanov proportions? Not really, IMO.
And what is those silly Romanov’s thinking with not letting us see a side view? The insanity! Jeez.

Here’s my best guesstimate at perspective, without taking tilt into consideration, so take that with a grain of salt.
17BCCA1F-F9B0-49DF-96BD-889D73B5DE9D.jpeg


@PreRaphaelite
I didn’t get the notification you called me. Did you get this notification? Is it working for others?
Oh man, this is hilarious, feel this in my bones. I go back and forth on wanting larger side stones all.the.time.

And I fully support recycling earring stones! Daily ring wear > earrings for me for sure. I never wore my diamond studs.

Can't wait to see how this turns out! It will be gorgeous no matter what.
 

YadaYadaYada

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I would totally move forward with that idea, they will make a great three stone.
 

PreRaphaelite

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This is a better match of the proportions:


Thanks everyone, for the feedback. I appreciate the opinions! I will keep you posting and share here if I decide to go ahead.
 
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