Welcome to “the Hive”
Agree with the other Bee who said the WAITING BOARD will be your best friend in your current situation. Lots of great gals over there… many of us began our adventure on WBee by posting there.
Take some time, and cruise around the Website… there are infact a lot of fabulous Boards… some about weddings some not (NWR = Not Wedding Related)
Something for everyone, which is why soooo many of us who are now married have decided to stay on and participate in this on-line community
As for Rings…
My BEST ADVICE…
Do a lot of reading & research, the RING BOARD here on WBee is a fabulous spot to start no matter what type of gemstone you might be interested in.
IF you do decide to go the Diamond Route… do 2x as much reading / research. There is a lot to be learned about those tiny sparkles. One of my favourite websites for learning about them is Blue Nile and their Education Pages.
The more you know about Diamonds the better *… otherwise it is very very easy to pay too much or end up with a ring / stone that isn’t all that
* There are the 4Cs that everyone talks about – CARAT – CUT (Quality & Shape) – COLOUR – and CLARITY. But there are also the ones they don’t discuss… which can be just as important… CERTIFICATION – CONFLICT FREE / CANADIAN – COMFORT – and COST as well as the Ss… SETTING & STYLE
The trick is finding the right combo for yourself and your Fiance (which is probably why more and more Couples are choosing to shop together now… in so much as 4 eyes are better than 2, and you can bounce ideas / impressions off of each other… and hopefully avoid any pitfalls and the unscrupulous “pressure selling” techniques which are rampant in the Jewellery Industry… particularly so with Chain Stores)
And my last bit of good advice…
GO TRY RINGS ON. Try lots of rings on. Get a feel for what you like and don’t like. Just like clothes there are 1000s and 1000s of different styles, and just like not every pair of jeans looks great on every gal.. so it is with rings. Not every ring is going to be the same, or suit every woman. We all have different hands. You may as well spend several hours looking and trying on things to see what you like, than pick out something you’ve seen a PHOTO of just to be disappointed with it in real life. (too many posts like that on WBee).
No matter which way you and your Boyfriend or Best Friend work out the Ring, Proposal, etc… it cannot hurt to be informed consumers. In the end you’ll be more likely to end up with something YOU BOTH LOVE… and will be both a symbol of your LOVE and the future, and the many years you’ll proudly own the ring no matter what you choose.
Hope this helps,