Often we might go into a situation with one idea but come of out it with a complete 180. This is how I feel about the ring issue. I had a chance to look at some micro-pave rings (see my choices here) and I was a little disappointed after trying them on for myself. I had a vision of how it would look on my finger but the reality was different from my imagination. Then a friend suggested bezel setting. It had crossed my mind but I was so set on micro-pave I ruled out everything else. I gave up micro-pave style because there was just so much bling. I couldn't see where the pave diamonds end and where the center stone begins. In another word, I couldn't focus when I tried on the ring. So after some deliberation, I decided to look at bezel setting and actually gave the style a try before getting my hope up again. In the case of the ring, a picture is not worth a thousand word. It is important to try on different styles in person. A friend wanted the Cartier Honeymoon but due to the center stone restriction, she gave up. She ended up with a 3 carat stone so the setting just wouldn't fit. Cartier Honeymoon is only suitable for stones up to 1.5 carat. It stated something smaller on Cartier website but I check already with the SA. Out of curiosity I ventured to Tiffany to see what was available. I found out the Bezet setting would accommodate stones up to 3 carats. Honestly because of the style of the setting which REALLY magnifies the stone, a 1.5 carat stone actually looks a lot bigger. I tried on a 2.1 carat stone with Bezet setting, the stone looked obnoxiously big on my hand. Initially I thought it was a 3 carats or more. In the Bezet setting, I wouldn't go bigger than a 2 carat. Just for comparison, I looked at a 1.79 carat stone; I couldn't really tell the size differential. They both looked huge. However, the saving is considerable because price of a 2 carat stone will jump considerably; it is all about cost per carat of stone size. I almost choked when I saw the retail price to the 2 carat ring. It was $53,000 plus change for a F color with VS1 clarity. Ouch! I must say though, it sure was pretty. Did you change your mind many times when you were ring shopping? I think I am driving BF banana with me constantly changing my mind. For those gals who is looking, what is your dream ring?
images via Cartier and Tiffany
Update on Perricone Giveaway:
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