Post # 1
Boyfriend just came in my office (we work together) and mentioned that he wants to go engagement ring shopping tomorrow! There goes any Friday afternoon productivity I had remaining!
EVERYONE: What is the best engagement ring shopping advice you can give me? I’m planning on painting my nails tonight…
Post # 3
Think about how the ring will fit with a wedding band if you want to wear them on the same finger. Some e-rings are really hard to find matching bands for and will not sit flush.
Also, don’t be afraid to try on a lot of different styles. I was surprised at what I ended up picking versus what I had always imagined I would wear.
Most of all, just have fun!
Post # 4
At least you get some advance notice! Before my FI proposed, we just happend to drive by a jewelery store and he mentioned that we should look around! Its so exciting! Painting your nails is a good start 🙂
Make sure you look up ideas online, but don’t limit yourself to what you see in the store. You may not find exactly what you like. The point is to let him know the shape your going for, what carat size you want, whether you want gold, white gold, platinum, etc. Then TRY to allow him to put it all together! And remember, what you think you like, might not look right on your hand! Happy shopping!
Post # 5
Shop around! When you first start looking, you love everything! Take your time, don’t make any impulse buys, look around a lot (in stores, on the internet, on the finger of every woman you pass on the street) and be certain.
Before my husband and I were seriously talking marriage, I had a ring picked out. When it came time to get serious about what I wanted I really started looking around and my tastes changed dramatically. I don’t know if was that the engagement was real or the knowledge that I’d be wearing it for life, but I really changed what I wanted.
Also- don’t feel like you have to stick with diamonds and platinum- there are lots of options!
Here are some links to get your started:
What shape/cut is your diamond?
The Not so Traditional Rings
Yellow diamond club!
Does your ring have a story?
Post # 6
I looked at rings online- but the funny thing was, my fiance had a vision he had for what he thought should be ‘the ring’. I looked and looked (on my own) and one day while we were out we happened to walk into a random jewelry store. And I saw some rings- and he stood near by me while I tried on a ring. Once this particular ring was on- we were both just (!!?!!) about it. And we knew that was the ring. we were both pretty like, wow.
I thought he flaked on proposing. He took forever to propose. Little did I know that he got the ring!
I don’tknow how much one can plan for finding THE ring- but I certainly hadn’t picked it out prior to actually putting it on.
Post # 7
How exciting! I think the best advice is just to be open to trying on a lot of different styles and sizes — while I knew I prefered white gold/platinum over regular gold, I didn’t know what size or cut would look best on me until I tried a whole bunch on. It was then I discovered larger diamonds look ridiculous on my tiny finger (what a stroke of luck for my FI, huh ;)?) and the princess cut was the most ‘me’! Thinking ahead to how your e-ring may look with your wedding ring is good advice too. I’m having a little bit of trouble there right now haha.
Post # 8
Go to the places with the largest variety first and try on EVERYTHING! Get a feel of what looks best on your hand and what you are drawn towards so that you can begin to narrow it down a bit. Before we started shopping I really thought I knew what I wanted, but once I started trying on rings I found out I liked almost the exact opposite.
Oh…and have fun! How often do you get to try on diamonds, right?
Post # 9
We didnt go shopping but I think it would be fun for each of you to secretly pick your top three … and see if any of them match! if they do – great — if not – more rings for you to try on!
Make sure that you guys discuss the amount of money you are willing/able to spend before getting in there. Or if he doesnt want price to be an issue or for you to know about it — then make sure he mentions that to whoever is helping you at the store before things get started.
Wish I had more, but I didnt shop with him, he did it on his own!
Post # 10
Thanks to everyone for the advice! We strolled Main Street today and had the opportunity to meet with a designer in one of the stores. I’m pretty adamant that we buy from a local jewler rather than a mall chain. We both have the same taste in jewlery of this nature, and it looks like we will be working with the jewler we met today to do a relatively plain custom-designed asscher cut in platinum (apparently its a good time to buy platinum!). Boyfriend also likes my idea to have a channel set Yogo Sapphires as my wedding band (Yogos are only mined in MT- gosh I sound like such a local yokel!).
Anyway- thanks for the advice! I did use it, and made sure to try on every ring with a wedding band!
Post # 11
Yay! I’m so glad it was a successful trip! And as a bride with a sapphire ring (center strone and in the setting) I think local sapphires is an awesome idea!