(Closed) How did you pick your engagement ring ?

posted 10 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Yes, it is the same feeling as with dresses.  I had that feeling when I found my ring, which was actually online.  I feel in love with it about a year before I got engaged.  When we got engaged, I looked at every jewelry store within thirty miles of house and was disappointed I didn’t find anything like it.  I searched my email and found the site that carried the ring I had looked at a year prior and knew that was the one.  After it was bought, he and I went to a jewelry store and picked out a center stone.  He made his opinion clear (which surprised me, he isn’t really into the wedding stuff), and said he really liked round.  We both agreed it was a classic cut and matched the ring perfectly.   

The great thing about your choice is that if you decide later on a more elaborate setting, just take the stone out and pop it into your new ring.  

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

uuummmm, at first i was in love with the princess cute – and when i got it on my finger i was like "eh – i’ts ok"

it wasnt until we went back and i tried on a cushion cut that i just knew that was the one

sooooo – cushion cut it was for me…

Post # 5
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Helper bee

I also thought I wanted something square and simple at first – princess or emerald cut solitaire because they felt more modern to me. But when I found my eventual ring online, I definitely had "that" feeling, and it was round. I tried on many different styles, and realized that round worked best on my hand, and best of all, the ring that I loved online was THE one for me.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I’m in the group where it was a total surprise: my guy did all the work.  He told me afterwards that he wanted to pick something out that was "out of the ordinary".  🙂  I can’t even describe my ring accurately…it sort of looks like the Tiffany Legacy, with a modified brilliant cut center stone (looks rectangular w/rounded edges).

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

We went to half a dozen jewelry stores, and while what I learned there was interesting, I ultimately went with the very first setting I had liked in the very first store.  I knew I loved it from the first, I just apparently had to look at dozens of other things I didn’t like at all to know just how much I loved it.

I had no idea what shape of diamond I wanted – I actually had an idea that an emerald cut was what I wanted.  However when we started looking at actual center stones, it was really clear to me why the brilliant cut is sort of ever-popular – it just seems to have the most fire.  And it definately looks best in my setting, which is a tension setting, so you see the whole stone rather than just the top.  I don’t think I would have picked it from a catalog, or could have described it before seeing it – but once I had it on my finger it was definately the one. 

The real key, I think, is afterwards…  I have had it six months now, and of course once you have a diamond everybody must show you theirs.  FI and I agree that we have yet to see one we like half as much.  So I guess we picked well!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

The brilliant cut (from my research in books), is also popular because it looks bigger for its carat weight.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I did not get to pick out my ring. Heck! I didn’t even know a proposal was coming my way! I didn’t have any prticular style in mind. But I really love the ring he picked out for me.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2006

I was playing around one day looking at rings on the internet and fell in love with a vintage style ring with a princess cut diamond and side sapphies, the band has filagree on it.  I was hesitant to show it to my then boyfriend, because I didn’t want to pressure him and I knew it was way out of our price range.  To my surprise when he proposed he had that ring, he had to have it designed by the local jeweler so it’s slightly different and I think it looks better than the one I found online.  So for me it was picked out and a surprise all in one.  I can’t wait til my wedding ring comes it, we were able to get one ordered with matching filagree.

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I had always been fine with the idea of having my boyfriend pick out my engagement ring all by himself with some guidance from my best friend.  But then, another friend got engaged and said that she was glad that she went ring shopping with her guy because what she thought she liked and would have told him to buy looked awful on her hand.  Well that freaked me out so I took some friends and went browsing at a jewlery store.

I knew that I wanted a center stone that was unique so I only looked at Asscher and Cushion cut stones at first and then the Asscher quickly won first place in my heart.  I also wanted a more antique setting and once I found my setting and put the stone in it, I knew it was the one!

I still wanted FI to have some feeling of autonomy in the ring choice but I knew that this ring was the ONE.  So I sent him to the jewlery store with my best friend and had her and the jeweler "steer" him in the right direction.  In the end, he really appreciated all the help I gave him because this is so not his kind of thing and he was overwhelmed the second he walked in the door 😉

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

My guy picked it out all on his own.  I just hinted heavily at princess cut.  My guy knows me pretty darn well and I knew that he would be able to pick out a unique ring for me.   He went beyond that and even designed the whole ring himself!  It’s nicer than anything I would have picked out.  So he did good. 🙂

Post # 13
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Helper bee

We designed the ring together after we got engaged. I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted, but when we went home to announce our engagement I remembered that I’d always liked my mother’s engagement ring, and we took tons of pictures of it just in case. Then I decided to tweak a few things in Photoshop, and took the tweaked photos to the jeweler to copy. It turned out beautifully, and was exactly what I wanted. He knew better than to try to pick out a ring himself– our tastes are so different– and the only other way we could’ve done it would have been for him to get a plain solitaire (he knew I wanted a round stone) and changed the setting later.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

i didnt know. i did a lot of research but there wasn’t a this is the one feeling….. 

before the engagement, we talked about the ring a lot. i said over and over that i wanted a "Princess cut", the square stone, NOT the rectangular one.

i looked at rings online and flet very drawn to the vintage antique style rings.

well, as we were shopping…..we weren’t finding anything in his price range……… that was princess cut and antique……we stumbled across Moissanite and after doing tons of research, i switched from a princess cut to a brilliant round (gives the most fire with a moissy stone).

i picked 4 rings i liked a lot that were in his price range, and he surprised me with his pick! i like that he ultimately picked my ring, while i got to steer him in the right direction….he is soooo proud of it!

and when i look down at it, at its intricate design and the way it captures light and sparkles, i definitely am happy and couldnt imagine another ring on my finger. Its the ONE definitely.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

he designed it himself, and did all the legwork of finding the designer, getting it made, etc. i saw the design while he was working on it and LOVED it, so i just trusted him. we have the same taste in most things, so i wasn’t too worried.

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

several years back before i was engaged, i saw my dream ring on a billboard bus stand in pgh.  i actually took a pic of it too! yes i know.. very corny.. hehe.. fast forward to now, FI gave me a surprise proposal with a wedding band instead of an e-ring so we can pick one out together.  I knew exactly what I wanted and he chose the center stone.  I love it and wouldn’t trade it for anything.. =)

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