(Closed) Engagement Ring Upgrade?

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m actually getting an “upgraded e ring”… When my fiance purposed we also had alot of bills & loans to pay off.  He was lucky that my mother had her grandmothers diamond, but being from the early 1900’s it is not good quality.  He was able to set it in the setting I always wanted, but the diamond itself just isn’t me.  We figured we’d upgrade years down the road, and I was ok with it, until I found moissanite on this board!  I highly suggest you check out moissaniteco.com.  Do some research and see if it’s for you! 

Post # 4
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3219 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Check out overstock and see if they have something similar their rings are very well priced!

Post # 5
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669 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

$2-3,000 isn’t really that much for an engagement ring, especially if it is going to be a replication of a ring that you truly love.  Look at it this way, this ring will be made of white gold or platinum (whichever you chosoe) and will have a stone (whichever type of stone you choose) that will stand the test of time….all the way around, the ring that will be custom made for you will last your entire marriage, which could be 50+ years!  So, in retrospect, $2-3,000 for a lifetime ring really isn’t too bad when you think about it.  The beautiful ring that you have now is already starting to “turn” on you, so even though you love it, it is something that you should put away for a keepsake and get it replicated into a version that can withhold the daily grind.  Does this make sense?  I don’t want to come off offensive about money because I know everyone has different budgets in mind when it comes to an e-ring.  I’m just saying, if you have the $2-3,000 to spend on replicating the ring of your dreams, then I think it would be worth the money.  Good luck & let us know what you decide….and show PICTURES 🙂

Post # 6
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Helper bee

Sounds like you definitley need an upgrade as your ring is it sounds like your ring is not going to hold up.  My advice to you is do it now!  We had a similar situation – he proposed with a ring because that’s what he could afford and we were going to upgrade later.  But, now that we said our vows while I was wearing the ring, there is no way I’ll upgrade.  Fortunately mine is white gold and diamond – just smaller than I would have picked.  I think you can make the switch while you’re engaged but, if you’re like me, it will be harder to switch once you’re married.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Totally know how you feel, I will also be ‘upgrading’ my ring, but just the setting. We agreed my original setting is just a starter setting and put all the $ into the diamond. I know your first ring is nostalgic, but your new ring will be so fabulous and a reflection of the two of you working hard and pickign out something beautiful together.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

White gold and diamond can withold daily tasks, even shampooing someones hair…in fact, shampooing someones hair will actually clean your diamond for you!  A diamond is actually an extremely hard stone; it is very hard to damage (crack, chip, or scratch).  Also, white gold can be dented or scratched, but that is normal with wear, which is why you take it to a jeweler every once in a while to get it rhodium plated, which means the ring is dipped in rhodium to make it vibrant againt and rid the ring of any scratches or dents.  I truly don’t think you will damage your new e-ring, if you choose to get one.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

It depends on which jeweler you go to for rhodium plating….you only need to get it done once or twice a year.  I think it may cost in the area of $40 to get it done?  It could be less than that, but definitely not more.  But, like I said, it’s not something you get done monthly, so it’s not bad.  Some people don’t mind not getting their ring rhodium plated, ever….they simply buy a jewelry cloth from a jewelry store and “buff” their ring themself….that is also an option.  A warning though, white gold does turn yellowish over time because it is mostly comprised of yellow gold.  If you get it rhodium plated once a year, the rhodium will keep your ring white looking.  It’s all in what does or does not bother you.  An alternative metal to platinum, which NEVER yellows, is palladium.  It is almost identical to platinum (which is way more expensive than white gold), but it never yellows and does not have the cost of platinum (even though it looks just like platinum)…just another option!

I would definitely put your ring under your renters insurance just so that you are covered.  It would cost you maybe $40 or $60 a year to do so….depends on how much your ring appraises for, so it could be even less than that.  Some people, though, done believe in insuring their ring, so it’s not something you have to do, but I like the idea of it because if something happens to it, your insurer will give you the appraisal amount to replace your ring….phew….to me that is a relief!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I also think palladium is cheaper than white gold and it is very hard to scratch and dent….you might love this option if you’re afraid of scratching or denting your ring up.  And, like I said, you will NEVER have to get palladium rhodium plated.

Post # 14
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669 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

If you are from the Pittsburgh area, you should try the Clark Building!  Man, those people like to wheel and deal.  It’s a building full of different jewelers.  I’ve known people to get AMAZING deals.

I actually have a palladium e-ring by Verragio (a ring designer).  I absolutely LOVE the metal.  I tend to turn my white gold rings yellow quickly, and I didn’t want to deal with having it re-dipped (I’m OCD, so at the first sight of yellowing I panic).  Platinum was around $1,000 more for the setting we chose, which was OUTRAGEOUS.  We got palladium instead because it is a sister metal to platinum, it never needs to be rhodium plated, and it is cheaper than platinum.  It is just a strong as platinum and much stronger than white gold….your diamond will be extremely secure!  I’ve had my ring for almost a year and it looks brand spankin’ new!  The palladium metal has help up wonderfully.  I’ve attached a picture to show you.  Let me know if you want to see any other angles of the ring that would show you the metal more.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I forgot to add that I took that picture a week or 2 ago……and I wear my e-ring all the time….it still looks really new 🙂  I’m not even sure if I’m going to take it in to get it cleaned before our e-pictures which are in a month or so.

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