Getting Engaged This Year… Help!

posted 1 year ago in Rings
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Honey Beekeeper

I just wanted to come in and tell you how sweet you are! :) I’m afraid I may be no good in the ring advice department (my husband is the pro ring guy haha!), but I’m sure you’ll get lots of helpful advice soon! Best of luck to you!

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Buzzing bee

You’re so very sweet! If you want the most bang for your buck and your girlfriend wouldn’t mind, I think you should look into a gemstone called moissanite. It’s a clear gemstone which is super super sparkly, very hard (never needs replacing like a CZ would) and is more affordable than a typical diamond. 

MoissaniteCo.com is an EXCELLENT place to start. What type of setting does she like?

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Buzzing bee

@seffweds:  That’s what looks like a six prong Tiffany solitaire setting. This ring with a one carat round moissanite stone would be $495!.

You can get the plain matching wedding band for $180 more, or you can get something a little “blingier” like the ones I posted below, for around $400 extra.  

1) Solitaire Ring

2) Prong Set Wedding Band, $400, 9 stones, 0.06 ct, 2.5mm

3) Channel Set Wedding Band, $469, 13 stones, .26ct, 1.8mm

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Helper bee

@seffweds:  Thats super cute and I think very afforable if you get a Moissy Stone. 

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Buzzing bee

@seffweds:  First off, welcome!

 

My FH did a lot of research on here before he bought my engagement ring (although he wasn’t brave enough to make an account!) and the way he decided to go was the gemstone route, and researched those heavily.

This is my beauty:

The specs:

9ct yellow gold – I wanted yellow gold to match my other ‘special’ jewellery, and when he researched he discovered that white gold is generally less pure than yellow gold, it’s mixed with other metals and then dipped to give the effect, so whilst it’s more fashionable, its metal value is a lot lower. BUT because its less fashionable, I think it can be a bit cheaper in places.

 

0.75ct Tanzanite – when researching gemstones, he mistakenly (although fortuitously!) thought that Tanzanite was my birthstone. It’s not (mine’s Topaz), but this means my engagement ring perfectly matches my gold-and-tanzanite graduation ring from my parents. Tanzanite is actually rarer than diamond, as there is only a small radius where it can be mined, around Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. It can vary in shades from blue to purple, although as I understand it the more purple it is, the more ‘pure’ it is.

 

0.25ct Diamond – the diamonds are very tiny, but nicely finish the ring off. And what meant a lot to me was that he made sure they were Conflict Free, and are certified as such. Whilst they’re not necessarily ‘perfect’ (I think it’s a I clarity?), they’re so small any flaws are impossible to see, but they still catch the light beautifully. Before I saw it on the certificate, it hadn’t even occurred to me to think about having conflict-free diamonds, but once I saw it I realised that was more important to me than having the biggest, shiniest, most flawless diamond.

 

 

At full price, this ring clocks in at about £230, I think. Which XE tells me is about $363.50. He got it from an independent jewellers, rather than a chain store, and bought it online as well – AND got it in a sale, so promises me he got a bargain on it. He also promises that when he has money he’ll buy me a big beautiful ring, but I utterly adore my ring as it is, and wouldn’t change it for the world.

So I’d advise to steer clear of Big Name Jewellers, and also to shop around online. And look out for sales – apparently May is a good time to buy a ring (because it’s after Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, so there are a lot of sales on), and my FH bought mine in September, which I suspect would be another good time, because there aren’t any big holidays immediately around the corner.

 

I hope that helps! Good luck!

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Helper bee

@seffweds:  I have a tear in my eye reading your posts you are so very sweet and I wish you and your future FI all the luck, love and happiness in the world! :D <3

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Honey bee

OMG how sweet are you! Have you tried Esty or Moissaniteco? There are some very reasonable prices there. Good luck and let us know how you make out!!!!

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