Can you help this clueless guy find an engagment ring??

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I wouldn’t buy a diamond you didn’t look at. But blue Nile has good prices on diamonds. whats her style? Simple? Or more fancy or Glamorous? Had she dropped any hints? You could do a rose gold band with a solitaire if she likes classic and simple. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2018

Does she like a little more bling, or is she more simple and classic? What does her other jewellery look like?

ETA: I would go to a local jeweller first before going online, to get an idea of prices there and the different styles. It is probably safer to purchase in store as well, although Blue Nile is very popular and recommended here on the bee!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@redneckincanada:  first off, you are a smart man! lol and secondly I have not idea because rings that would cost 2500 are beyond me! Have you cosidered finding someone who works with whole sale and making a custom ring? 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@redneckincanada:  What style does she normally go for? That is really important. Does she want/like diamonds or is there another stone she may like better? If she likes rose gold there are lots of options. Rose gold with diamond setting, rose and white gold with diamonds. I actually went for white gold band, with rose gold surrounding cognac diamond. 

I suggest askihers close friend to help. It’s a daunting task by yourself and you’d be surprised what friends talk about! They may have discussed this already!

Also, there are some beautiful pieces on etsy.

Post # 8
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9226 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2018

Probably a solitaire diamond would be right up her alley then 🙂

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@redneckincanada:  Okay, first of all, as I see this is your first post, welcome to the Hive! 🙂 

You can read about the 4Cs online, just google it, there are lots of places that explain them in great detail, I really like this one: http://www.goodoldgold.com/4Cs/

But when choosing an e-ring, you really should consider your girl’s taste first. She likes rose gold, that’s great to know. Do you also happen to know whether she likes complicated, elaborate jewellery or simple solitaires? What’s more her style, something like this: 

Or something a little more like this:

Something else you need to consider is what shape of a diamond she’s attracted to. Round brilliants are classic but there are also fancy shapes some women prefer, such as priness cut, oval, asscher, marquis… 

Does she wear jewellery at all? Not necessarily fine jewellery, look at her costume stuff if she has any. That would be a great way to know her style.

Do you have a good relationship with her mother, sister, best friend, cousin maybe? Ask them! She might have mentioned something to them, like a favourite shape or style. 

That’s of course if you want to keep your proposal a complete surprise. You can also flat out ask her what she likes, or maybe show her some pictures or go to a jewellery shop together. She may also surprise you by not wanting a diamond. Your budget is more than enough for a very nice diamond ring but if she’d prefer a really big rock of any kind over a smaller diamond, you may also look into moissanite or maybe morganite – they’re gorgeous with rose gold! Some Bees have them, look around. Another thing to consider is how big or small her hands and fingers are. If your girl has small hands with thin fingers, a huge rock in an elaborate setting might look silly or out of place. 

Now the safest way to go, if you want your proposal to be a complete, out of the blue surprise, is to buy her a round brilliant solitaire. You know, like the Tiffany commercial. Of course you know she likes rose gold so get her a rose gold solitaire. If she later decides she wants a more elaborate setting, you can have her ring reset at a later time – it’s a great anniversary present! 

Since you wanted some places to look online, I suggest you go to ones where you can really see the diamonds and what they look like. 

http://www.goodoldgold.com/Home/

http://www.jamesallen.com/

http://www.whiteflash.com/

http://www.briangavindiamonds.com/

 http://www.bluenile.com/ (only signature cut diamonds have pictures!)

I hope that helps! I think all of these sites include really good diamond education too if you want to do some more reading on the 4Cs.

And of course you can always come here and ask, I’d be delighted to help, and I’m sure the other ladies will too.

Good luck and congratulations 🙂 

Post # 11
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1988 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@redneckincanada:  Oh but she will, I’m sure, you sound like a great guy 🙂

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

@redneckincanada:  you can get awesome engagement rings on eBay but be sure they come work with certified paperwork and ship insured. A good seller will list the 4 C’s for you which are the diamonds clarity cut color and carat. Compare it by googling the usual price range for the specifications listed. If your scared to go that route definitely go into a jewelry shop and see what your money can buy!

Post # 13
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7271 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

Honestly, if I were a guy getting ready to propose and had no clue about what kind of ring she liked, I would ask her to go ring browsing (whether online or in-store). I have seen WAY too many posts here about how much girls dislike their rings!

Post # 14
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9226 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2018

@Cory_loves_this_girl:  Good point, maybe drop some hints, and ask her if she would like to go ring browsing? 

Post # 15
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367 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

@redneckincanada:  Lots of people recommend BlueNile and their prices are very competitive but my now hubby and I purchased a diamond from James Allen which are also very reputable and are probably the second biggest retailer of engagement wedding rings after Blue Nile. The difference is you can see magnified images of all the diamonds they have for sale. This allowed me to compare diamonds I was interested in before purchasing and making sure that I was getting an eye-clean diamond.

I had the diamond sent to me and put into a custom made ring which totalled $2750 so you can get a great ring for your budget. To save even more, you can purchase a setting from James Allen and they will set it for you for cheaper than having a custom made ring thus allowing you to purchase a bigger diamond/gemstone!!

Their customer service is great and they respond promptly to questions. i recommend looking at the James Allen website as well as the others posted by MrsMeow, if you look at all these, I’m sure you will definitely see something you think your girlfriend will love.

Happy shopping!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

@redneckincanada:  I also REALLY love this ring in rose gold. Its from the Better Than Diamond website (though they dont sell real diamonds but lab-made gemstones and other diamond simulants). I’m purchasing it as a right hand ring. Its classic and the rose gold is just beautiful!

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