(Closed) Calling all UK bees – let's see your rings!

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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2587 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - UK

@pomellina: Firstly – welcome to the Bee! 🙂 Congratulations on (nearly) getting engaged!

Have you considered palladium as an alternative to platinum? The properties are very similar, but it has a cheaper price tag because it doesn’t have the prestige of platinum!

 

My ring is from a family jewellers in Middlesbrough – Lloyds, I believe, although it was bought online in their sale.

 

 

9ct yellow gold, 0.75ct Tanzanite and 0.25ct conflict-free diamonds. Don’t know how much it cost, but I am certain it was under £200.

 

 

 

Good luck finding a ring! Sometimes the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham can actually work out more expensive, because it’s become the “Go-To” place for jewellery, particularly in the Midlands, but independant jewellers in towns can often be good places to try.

 

Post # 4
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90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@pomellina:  this is mine 🙂 1 carat round brilliant (colour h si2) it’s a four claw but it’s away getting a new head with 6 claw at the moment. Should get it back tomorrow and I’m so excited! Mine is from a little jewellers in the north of England and was way way overpriced. But did a trade in with a couple of old rings so my fiancé didn’t end up spending that much more on it. my finger size is a n. 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@pomellina:  Would you consider looking at vintage rings? You may be able to get more for your money that way.

If you are thinking about going to Hatton Garden you should also look at Grey’s Antique’s in london (Bond Street) which is full of antique stalls / shops and loads of fun to look around http://www.graysantiques.com/location.php. In fact we got my engagement ring from there. If you go to an independant jewllery like these you can also negotiate on price, in fact we knocked our jeweller down and got my ring for £2,000 (it has been later valued at £3,000). All these places are completely trustworthy and will provide you will the poroper certification etc.

Post # 6
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1478 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC

My set is 14k white gold 1 carat total and thats about as much as I know. I chose not to know all the individual detail so i wouldnt compare (he picked it out himself). I want another band to go on top

 

EDIT: oh, and it was from Gordons in America and I know it was around the $1500 mark give or take a few hundred

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post # 7
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284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014 - Lizard Island, Australia

@pomellina:  hello. I’m a fellow UK bee and just recently got my ring from Blue Nile. I can’t recommend them enough they were fantastic. I dealt mostly with Ivan and Diane, I must of called them about a thousand times and they were so patient and helpful. I did so much research on diamonds and I personally feel you get a much better deal online in that you can really pick your 4 c’s. when I looked on the high street the stones they stocked tended to be a little bit lower in quality but that’s just my opinion. However having used Blue Nile I can definitely vouch for them!

 

In terms of the stones you’ve mentioned have you looked at the stone sizes in mm? That’s a much better way of looking at the size. I suspect it’s a difference of something like 0.05 of a mm? In which case I would most definitely go for the D. You can get Blue Nile to check if the stones are eye clean. What about going for an F/G colour to get a slightly bigger stone. I got an F and I’m thrilled although sometimes I think it’s too white its amazing! 

 

Also remember if you pick a stone and aren’t happy with it you can send it back and change it. I did this with mine and it was very quick and easy to do. I bought the classic comfort fit four claw and I felt the band was quite thick so they shaved it down to make it thinner for me also at no extra cost. They really are so helpful. Hope I’ve been some help please feel free to message me with any questions I’m more than happy to help I can not stop singing the praises of Blue Nile! 

Post # 8
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55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

what about james allen? you can check directly by the 360 degree view of the diamond

my first ring was from BN, but since its a cushion cut i didnt have any firm statistics to go on to determine te ideal cushion cut stone.

my upgrade is from james allen and i felt much more confident and at ease at purchasing since i feel like i am seeing what im buying 

Post # 11
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113 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Hi, i’m from the UK – I also have very short and somewhat chubby fingers….I almost always have long nails to give them some extra length!!

My e-ring is a size j (us 4 3/4) and it is a little tight at the mo but thanks to the setting (the diamond is raised to allow for a wedding band to sit underneath) i think it’s disguised quite well!

Overall weight is about a carat with the centre stone being just over 0.50, the halo obviously makes it look bigger.  My stones a yellow/champagne colour which I love.  Excuse my awful picture taking!!

Post # 12
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2587 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - UK

@pomellina:  Thank you! This is actually my second tanzanite ring – my parents got me a tanzanite RHR when I graduated university, and they’ve both last pretty well actually – but I understand wanting a diamond! FH keeps telling me he’s going to upgrade me one day, but I love my ring so much, and only wear the two (my engagement ring and my RHR), I’m not sure what I would do if I got an upgrade! I’d feel guilty not wearing it, but my hands might feel too overcrowded with three rings!

Post # 13
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199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@pomellina:  It’s definetly worth making a trip, I honestly thought wandering around London looking at rings was the most romantic part of our engagement Smile. Personally I prefer vintage because I love knowing it has a history and we are giving it new lease of life.

You ask and you shall recieve (its a bit different from the ones you are looking at!);

 

Post # 14
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284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014 - Lizard Island, Australia

@pomellina:  I think I’d notice the difference in size in those stones if I had them side by side and really stared at them but set in rings on two different hands I doubt I could. I’d only be able to notice the sparkle!

 

I was looking for around a 1.25 when I first started but an amazing 1.12 came up which scored all excellent on HCA so I snapped it up as it was also F VS2 and I thought the fraction of a mm wouldn’t matter. When it arrived I actually felt like it was too big so I sent it back and changed it to a 0.90 F VS2. This smaller stone definitely has more fire and sparkle than the 1.12 I can’t fault it at all (other than now maybe wishing it was a teeny bit bigger!) But actually now I have it I’m less bothered by size than I thought. Well today anyway. I got served this morning in a shop by a girl wearing a far smaller stone than mine and I was jealous! It was so white and sparkly. I think really I just appreciate rings in all sizes now as long as they sparkle. I wouldn’t trade mine for a bigger less sparkly one. Here are some pics but please trust me when I say I just can’t capture it’s true personality. It has so much fire that my iPhone just can’t see! It looks a million times better than any picture I’ve taken and I love it!

 

sorry the first two pics are sideways I’ve no idea why or how to change them!

 

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

I have a simple solitaire, in platinum… either a 0.3 or a 0.4. Not sure.

If you are worried about price, have you considered:

– White sapphires? Good value for money. But quite hard to get in the UK.

– Pawn shops. So not a dirty word, ladies… the second hand and estate stuff there is really good value, and you will get a lot of bang for your buck.

– Try a variety of high street jewellers, because £2,000 sounds high to me for what you want. Not obscenely high, but high. Try family jewellers rather than very high end chains, because they will work out cheaper.

Also, I would try to go for higher clarity, if possible, because the cut and the clarity make it sparkle! And consider the costs of getting an internet ordered stone set… they can be higher than you think!

Post # 16
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440 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Commenting to add a photo later as I don’t have one on this computer 🙂

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