Post # 1
So FI and I have been researching rings for almost 6 months now, and silly me got a moment of impulsive-buying-syndrome over Boxing Day ring sales at the mall – and now we got me the setting of my dreams (swoon) custom-made at the jewelers with the centre stone just over half a carat (my teeny hands allow for this). So 0.52, VG, F, SI-1, and just a little ($200) over our budget. In terms of cost (stupid 13% tax notwithstanding), the owner was really accomodating and got me a really good discounted price for the ring. BUT! Today I went browsing on Bluenile (gah i shouldn’t have!) and saw that I could get a muuuuch better quality ring for the same amount of money (which just about killed me inside)!
So, dilemma number 1: they don’t do refunds at ALL. But they can give me store credit for 1500 (the setting would cost more now because they gave me a discounted price for that if I use their stone), which I could use towards the purchase of our wedding bands (yeah I can splurge on the bands now), and get the stone I want on Blue Nile.
Which means, dilemma #2: more money spent on rings!
Dilemma #3: I still can’t quite figure out if I want ideal, 0.5 carat, F, IF versus bigger carat but less quality (only up to 0.7ct though). My fingers are tiny, and the setting is like tiff’s ribbon ring (which makes the centre stone wider looking so I don’t really need a bigger diamond to begin with).
I have to call back the store today, so help me oh wise hive!!! -_- I need to hear different perspectives!
Post # 3
Have you talked with your FH about this?
Post # 4
Honestly, I think you should stay with the one that you have made. It’s custom – it’s TOTALLY unique to you 🙂 What’s better than that?
If you get a new ring, you’ll spend more money, and you said that you’re already over budget. So why not keep the ring you have? Trust me, you’ll always find something better out there (this goes for dresses too!), but there’s a reason you picked that one after 6 months of looking! I think your first ring is the way to go.
Post # 6
Hmm..did you say you would be returning the setting + the diamond? Or just the diamond?
Blue nile is great, I’ve seen beautiful rings from friends whose Fiance’s bought from there. My only concern would be, are you sure that what you saw on the interent would look good in person/on your hand?
As far as returning at the store and getting the credit towarrds your wedding bands, I think that’s a great solution!
Post # 7
keep the one you have! like franks.katie said, it’s custom for you. Keep it and in the future if you still want something bigger you can always upgrade. Plus, you wont have to spend any more money NOW, you can work for it in the futrue.
Post # 8
Wow thanks for the lightning replies bees! The problem with the setting is that changing the stone would mean messing about with the setting too much -_- and they make the setting around the specific stone that we picked out with the FI yesterday.
Post # 9
I would not pay more for a IF clarity ring. I don’t even think you can tell the difference between an IF and say a VS2 with the naked eye. There is likely little difference between an F and G in color, too (although some might be able to perceive this).
They say the best value in terms of rings is a G VS2 (pleasing to the eye and pocketbook). Personally, I would get a larger ring with these specs, and also ensure that the cut is “excellent”.
Post # 10
I think a custom made ring would be much more meaningful to you. Then you can shop around some more for a wedding band.