Post # 1
I was wondering when did you stop searching for your ring? DF and I have gone to two different jewelry stores. At the last shop I found the “perfect ” ring a 1.15 carat radiant solitaire. It’s H color and I1 inclusion the inclusions are clear and not visible to the naked eye. DF also loved it too and left a refundable deposit on it!! Last night he was speaking to his friend who is related to a jeweler . Now DF, thinks we should consider further options and see if we can find something comparable w/ less inclusions. Personally I feel like this is the one and further searching may only just muddle things ?! What are your thoughts ? how did you know it was the one for you ?
Post # 3
Don’t do it! If you love it now, you will love it later. Don’t stress yourself out by looking and looking and looking only to go back to the original!
Post # 4
I knew it was the one because it’s the one he proposed with… He had asked my opinion and had a pretty good idea of what I liked (white gold, no squares, maybe a colored stone), and he picked out a gorgeous ring.
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I fell in love with my ring before I ever met my FI! I was just flipping through a magazine and out of a stack of beautiful bling was my simple with a twist solitare. I was just like “that ring is so me!!”. I tracked it down online, pinned it to my “wishful thinking” Pintrest board and a year and a half later FI proposed with that ring. 🙂
Post # 6
Saw it and just gasped. I kept looking for a while but nothing else even came close, it incorporated literally every element I was looking for in a ring (and the side profile I had customized), I’ve never seen another ring that I liked as much! I also fell completely in love again with the ring with the matching guard, I couldn’t tell which I liked better (the ring alone or with the guard), that pretty much sealed the deal for me!
Post # 7
I designed my ring, so N/A.
Post # 8
@Thesoon2bee: I had my heart set on buying my ring from the same jeweler that my mom got her’s from, and I was glad I did because I did end up going to someone else beforehand, and they didn’t give us near the individual attention that my jeweler did.
So, truly, we went to the jeweler, DH told her a price, and she laid out all the sets and told us the diamond size, color, and clarity options within that price range. I picked out 3 sets, narrowed it down to two, kept one of those on my finger longer than the other, and DH noticed and that’s the one he bought.
After I had seen that one ring, I didn’t need to do anymore searching. I’m the type of person that finds something, sets my heart on it, and no matter how many options are presented later on, my mind still goes back to the original. Happened even with my wedding dress.
Post # 9
@Nostawyn: Exactly! And I was lucky because my husband picked out the ring BEFORE he asked me what I liked (but hadn’t bought), and it was pretty much the same thing. I never saw my ring until he popped that box open in the garden. No offense to anyone who chose their own ring, but it would never occur to me to pick out my ring. I will also say that if you found one you love, stick with it. My DH said he found mine right away, but then went looked a ton more and came back to the first one he chose. 🙂
Post # 10
@Thesoon2bee: if its just a radiant solitaire, I’d do a little more hunting for the perfect center stone. I knew the style and shape I wanted, and the specifics sort of changed and got narrowed down. I knew it was the right one when no other rings even interested me. I wanted a rose gold, emerald cut halo, and those were my non negotiables. I spent hours browsing pricescope, James Allen, and ritani for a diamond, but the setting basically stayed the same.
if I were you, id browse those websites and look at the price range for diamonds with the same and better specs than the one you found to compare.
Post # 11
@Thesoon2bee: When my FI and I decided we were eventually going to get engaged (as in, talking about getting engaged/married comfortably with each other), we would step into jewelry stores that we happened to pass just to look at the rings (with no intention to buy at that point). All the rings I tried on were beautiful, but just didn’t feel right on my finger. I always had a “this is gorgeous, but please get it off my finger” feeling.
Then one day we stopped in a jewelry store and I tried on a few rings. I tried my now ring and it just clicked. I didn’t think it would be my style at all (I never would have predicted I’d end up with a round setting), but it just felt right on my finger. It felt like MY ring. After that, I couldn’t stop thinking about it and knew I would compare every other ring to that one. And now I have it, and couldn’t be happier!
Is it the diamond you fell in love with, or the band/setting? In my opinion, if you love it, get it!
Post # 12
@Thesoon2bee: FI and I only went to one store and when i looked at the setting in the case, I knew it was the one and started tearing up. He picked the stone by himself.
Normally, I’d say to stop looking, but if you’ve got a friend in the jewelry industry, I think it would be worth checking out what they have to see if you can get something with the same or better specs at a better price.
Post # 13
@leahthehun: It was the same with me, that I the ring that “clicked” wasn’t what I went into the jewelers thinking I was looking for. In some ways it was, but the style and stone shape weren’t what I expected. My SO hasn’t proposed yet, but we went ring shopping so I could pick out what I wanted. We were fortunate enough to have a good experience and find what we were looking for at the first store we went too. I felt overwhelmed looking at all the options and tried on ring after ring. I kept finding rings that were nice, and that I could certainly live with, and I kept thinking, “well, it’s a possibility.” Then we got to the last case in the store and I found it. As soon as I put it on I just knew it was the right one, and even though the jeweler kept suggesting more options and having try them on, I kept gravitating toward THAT one. SO says he could see it on my face as soon as I put it on. And that was it. He wrote down the style # for the ring so he could come back and have it made in my size and color at some point, and we were done. As it turns out, So told me as we were leaving the store that it was his favorite as well, but he hadn’t said anything for fear of influencing my decision!
Edited to add: This was entirely about the setting style for me. I told SO that he’s free to pick the stone himself.
Post # 14
It was pretty and on sale so we bought it!
Post # 15
@Thesoon2bee: I knew it was the one for me because it was the one he proposed to me with 😉
Post # 16
@LadyAna: Likewise for me about the setting. That was actually a compromise we both had to make…his preferred style is a single solitare stone, while mine includes a bit more..pizzazz. The ring I fell in love with had a setting that was the perfect combination of both our styles! We agreed that since the setting meant more to me and the diamond meant more to him, I could choose the setting and he could choose the diamond. In the end, I couldn’t be happier with our decision!