I hadn't been on this thread in quite a while. Thank you all for the super sweet compliments! It's been a few months now and I feel thrilled to say that I still get excited putting my ring on every day!
Also, so far so good on the micropave. There are 202 teeny tiny stones in the setting and from what I can tell they are all still there. (Just watch, Murphy's Law-tomorrow I will notice stones missing!)
Many thanks always to this forum for making this ring possible!