FI wants pricy-ish ring

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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726 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

That is a bit for just gold, but mens rings are bigger and heavy. Maybe find the same one online from a place with a good return policy and make a deal that if he doesn’t like the one from online it will be returned and he can buy the one instore. 

Post # 3
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434 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

RedHeadKel:  That price doesn’t seem totally off the mark. As NEAM2014:  said mens bands are much larger and heavier than women’s bands which drives up the cost.

Post # 4
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219 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

You know, when I started reading this, I was like, $1100 isn’t bad if that’s what he wants and you can afford it. But $1100 for that ring seems like a lot.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s a cool ring, but that seems steep.  When we first started looking for my FI’s ring, he found one he liked but it was SS which I didn’t like. So I contacted an old jeweler of mine about having it custom made. It was 9mm white gold, brushed and polished (but not concave) but with 1/2 black diamonds.  It was going to be $1100-1300 depending upon the final weight of the gold. So, that ring, without the diamonds, seems overpriced.  Maybe take it to a jewler and see about getting it made?

When it’s all said and done, I had a very hard time drawing any sort of financial restrictions on my FIs ring. No matter what, it was going to cost a fraction of what he spent on mine. And, I really want him to be happy in it.  AND, back to the previous point, their rings typically (but not always) cost a fraction of ours.  

Post # 5
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4998 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

RedHeadKel:  Can you find a similar one which is more reasonably priced? My husband’s ring is quite similar in palladium and cost about £525 ($800ish).

Post # 6
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6872 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

My DH wanted a black band, and luckily we were able to get him a Tungsten Carbide band for $17.99 on amazon! It has a brushed finish too. Maybe you could talk your FI into something like that for now? Otherwise, it’s all about comparison shopping!

Post # 7
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1988 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I’d shop around some more. Is this ring a known brand? That could be the reason why it’s so expensive. Maybe you could have a knock-off made by a jeweler in your area. I agree with PPs, men’s rings are usually bigger, broader and heavier which naturally affects the price but that still seems like a lot of money. 

Post # 8
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409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

RedHeadKel:  my FIs ring looks exactly like that but the brushed gold is yellow gold with the white on the sides. We paid $1250. It’s pretty standard to cost that much as those rings are really heavy and use a lot more gold than others. 

Post # 11
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409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

RedHeadKel:  Haha I understand. But to be honest, if you’re not on too tight a budget, I would invest that much into it. This is something he’ll be wearing his whole life. I understand that there are cheaper options, like tungsten, but they don’t last a lifetime, they shatter. Also, men are tougher on their hands so the thicker the ring, the better. Especially if it’s 18k gold. 

Post # 13
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8025 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

RedHeadKel:  seems over priced for WG, for that much you could be getting Platinum. Is there a brand/luxury markup for that one?

 

Post # 14
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2087 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

RedHeadKel:  I was expecting FI to get a regular old ring. We always knew I had to go custom with my ring because I have tiny fingers. As we were discussing my ring with the jeweller he started talking about the design he likes. All of a sudden, he’s getting a custom ring the same price as my diamond one! I was shocked because it was so expensive. At least 40% more than I had budgeted. But I couldn’t say anything because he was on board with me getting my dream ring. FI isn’t the sort of guy to get excited over jewellery. But when we picked our rings up last month he was so so happy with his ring! He actually said he couldn’t have picked a better ring. If your budget can stretch, try to get his dream ring. We are splurging on photos and rings as that’s what we are left with after the wedding (other than a marriage of course!). 

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

That isn’t outrageous for that ring. Men’s rings tend to be thicker & wider. They use more gold. I can see it would be outrageous if you couldn’t afford it.

Maybe you could get it cheaper if you took the concept to a local jeweler? The original engagement/wedding ring set I wanted was outrageously expensive. I had them custom make my own rings of my design for “dirt cheap” (compared to my original desires.) That way you guys might get a price cut, support local companies & get what you want.

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