Post # 1
Hi bees! This weekend my bf is taking me e-ring browsing, to find out what styles, cuts, etc. I really like! Eeeeeekkkk!!! I was just wondering, from a practical pov, are there any details I should keep in mind, that you wish you knew before you got your e-ring? Any hints you can give me? Thanks girls!!
Post # 3
I would just keep in mind that at one point you are going to need a wedding band. I hear a lot of stories of girls that love their E-rings but then can’t find a nice matching band. Thats all I could think of lol oh and doing your homework on diamonds but I guess Fi will take care of that? Anywasy CONGRATS! How exciting!
Post # 4
You should look on the internet and read up a little on diamonds and settings… etc. I know when my FH took me shopping he knew more about rings than I did! But the jewelers you visit will can sit you down and give you the low down on how diamonds are rated. Just have some ideas in mind and have fun!!!
Also – if you are going to leave the decision up to the boyf, then don’t get your heart set on any one ring! Because he may not choose that one!!
Post # 5
If you are just looking and then he’s going to buy on another day, don’t forget to get sized! I forgot and then had to go to a jewelry store alone and feign interest in the rings to get sized later, haha.
Also, I dont know if this will be an issue for you, but i was at first a little put off at how my bf didn’t seem excited about any of the rings once we got there (I guess i had kind of expected it to be this super exciting trip). I found out later he actually was just trying to keep an even keel because he wanted to know what I wanted, and didn’t want to cloud my opinions. So just something to keep in mind if he happens to be unusually quiet during the field trip 🙂
Post # 6
I would say do some research ahead of time, so you understand how diamonds are classified. A good jeweler will go over this, but it is nice to know a bit for yourself.
I agree with JennyChicago about the wedding band…not saying you need to buy the matching set now, but keep it in mind when you look at styles.
Also – be aware of an approximate budget, so you are not trying on rings that are way too expensive for you. It will probably lead to disappointment otherwise.
Finally – try lots of styles on! I had a good idea about what I wanted, but I ended up loving something different. I knew I wanted a round center stone with some smaller diamonds on the band and I thought I wanted a super thin band. Turns out, I did not like the look of a thin band on my finger (and I have small fingers – size 4.75) and that a wider band suited my tastes better! So be open and you may just surprise yourself on what you like!
Congrats! Have a wonderful time!
Post # 7
I agree completely with @JennyChicago! My fiance did an amazing job of picking out my engagement ring (with no input from me whatsoever!) and chose one with a very intricate band. Last weekend we went browsing for wedding bands and I realized that it’s going to be extremely hard to find a band that I really like and that goes well with the e-ring. I’m also not so great at making decisions so we might have a really ‘fun’ time with the wedding band choice!
Have a great time!
Post # 8
Yey! Congratulations and have fun!!! There is so much information on the internet about diamonds and the 4C’s that will help you during your browsing. I found that sales people are more accomodating and responsive when you ask educated questions.
Post # 9
You’ve gotten some great advice already. When SO and I went looking I was shocked that just about everything I liked when I looked online, I hated on my hand. So have an open mind and just try on everything to narrow down what you both like and what looks good. We started in the mall since we had to walk by to get to the independent jewelers, and not only did I not like any of the rings Kays and Zales had, but I despised their sales people. The independent jewelers were 100x more helpful and genuinely interested in us rather than making a sale that day. Just something to keep in mind.
It’s so much fun, have a good time!
Post # 10
Update!! Thanks for all the wonderful hints!! I totally had not thought about fitting the ring with a wedding band, and it really made a huge difference! I tried on a ton of different styles, as suggested, and was really suprised with what I found… I settled on a nice simple solitaire (which wasn’t what I thought I’d prefer when looking at all the ‘ring porn’ on here!). I was actually quite turned off at times with how pushy some sales people were… I tried to make it clear that we wouldn’t be purchasing anything that day, but some didn’t seem to get it (like, flat out asking me what the budget was, and then seemed agitated that I didn’t know, nor did I want to know!). Just a mini-rant 🙂
I think my BF got a good idea of what I like (although, admittedly, I was all over the board, gushing ‘oohhh pretty/shiny/sparkly’ at every other ring!). He was probably a little ‘dissapointed’ to find out we were so in tune with our tastes that he didn’t actually have to take me out ring browsing.. but it was such a fun experience that I’m glad he did. I’m so thankful at how good of a sport he was… we must have gone into 15 jewelry stores over the weekend
I had a great time – now I’m just anxiously waiting for him to actually go out and finally make that next step! I’m so excited, but now it’s SOO much harder to wait, because it just seems sooo close! Also, trying very very hard not to be too pushy and to not scare him off or frustrated with too much wedding talk. I’ll keep you girls posted with when the proposal finally comes!! yay!! =)
Post # 11
Thanks for the update! I’m so glad you have fun shopping and trying on rings. The time until he proposes will be hard I’m sure. Best wishes.