Well, another day now and I haven't heard from the boy yet. He's mulling it all over and may well stay in that mode for a good week or so now. We have a couple more weeks before an order deadline, so I'm encouraging him to unwind and just look at his beautiful wife in the context of her own style for the coming days (you know how men don't do this?), and think about what would best suit her.
As for me, I'm making a conscious effort to let go of worrying that we won't make the perfect choice. There are these things called returns and exchanges, and they are beautiful safety nets. It ain't over 'til the fat lady sings the security tag is cut!
At the start of this, my first thought was to have a custom setting made with marquise cut rubies as side stones to make it like her original ring. Awesome! But that turned out to be a scary can of worms. Custom work and purchasing rubies bumps the price up where every $50 matters, it's not exchangeable if she doesn't love it, etc. So it's a moot point, but since we're all playing the game here of having fun with creative ideas, here's one of the settings I initially found for this idea. Sigh, it would've been awfully cool.
Sharp mind, soft belly.