- A simple flat band works better for her than a more ornate band. The sparkly may be nice for a ring to wear out on the town occasionally, but it's both too distracting and ostentatious for an everyday ring for her.
- Cathedral seems to be her preferred setting, and a round brilliant cut catches her eye best.
- It's a rare four-prong setting that will allow the shape of the round brilliant diamond to show through.
- She needs a stone with at least an SI inclusion grade diamond; she would unconsciously rub her finger along the milky I grade diamonds, as if to clean them!
So, where do I go from here? Well, I doubt I was able to get her dream ring, but I hope it's something she likes all the same. I ended up with a custom order that I picked up on Valentine's Day. Certain compromises had to be made, but I hope it has the right mix of contemporary and vintage features to keep her smiling about it for decades. Guess we'll see in New York, won't we?