er alternatives: L-M-K diamonds, palladium, pre-owned mossy?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Palladium isn’t really a price-related choice. It’s being able to get a ring that doesn’t weigh a crapton (the weight of platinum is uncomfortable to me) with the convenience of not needing to re-dip as you would white gold.

Post # 4
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  • Wedding: August 2014

@chica95110:  Honestly, I think it’s so personal. Also, I have no idea what Zales etc prices are like, but here in the UK, high-street jewellers (which is what Zales/Kay etc would be considered over here) are WAY over-priced and totally not the way to go if you want a good deal.

That said, I do find this thread interesting. My brother’s best friend is planning on proposing to his girlfriend soon, and I’ve been asked to help with the ring. His budget is $3200 max, but ideally he’d like to spend less. He definitely wants an RB diamond, and a white metal band, and he wants a decent-sized stone.

My suggestions to get a nice size stone within budget are to go down slightly on colour, to H (as most people won’t notice, plus most high-street jewellers, where most people in the UK buy their rings, are H-I in colour anyway), and also on clarity, to SI1 or SI2, provided the stone is eye-clean. I have also suggested he consider palladium rather than platinum as it’s similar, but more affordable. I’ve also found that if he goes for a 0.49ct centre stone, he will pay a LOT less than he would for a 0.50ct one; yet, they will look identical in terms of size.

So, there are plenty of ways to get a more affordable ring, but each individual is different and has different priorities and wants.

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