- 5 years ago
- Wedding: May 2006
After 7 years, my husband and I decided to upgrade my ring after it was damaged too much to repair.
We’ve been looking for the last three months, actively shopping every weekend, going to galas and trunk shows galore. We’ve been to every store we can think of and some we didn’t even know that existed. I’ve searched the webs, and just can’t seem to figure out what to do.
We have the stone .74 Ct Round diamond. Now, we are just not sure on the setting. We’re super frugal people, so making this decision has been very difficult. Originally I had a solitare with a chanel set band. Now, I’m caught between two setting styles:
1. a solitare setting with a sparkly band
2. a sparkly engagement ring and matching band.
I have my eye on this Jeff Cooper set. I love the tapered design, thin band, and delicate appearance. I also absolutely have to have a setting that is set low and also that there is a criss-cross under the diamond. Now, I’m just trying to decide if I want to order it with both bands sparkly or if I want to cutomize it and have the engagement ring solid white gold with no diamonds.
I’m worried that having both bands aparkly will make it look less traditional and maybe become dated or not a classic style. But I just love the diamonds. The set my hubby picked out was not my style at first, but it really grew on me and I loved it. He loves the traditional plain ring with the sparkly band look, too. If I went that route, I would also save $800 on the set, which is already at the top end of my price bracket and probably more than double what I had expected to spend in the first place.
Yet if I get the solid engagement ring, I’m worried I’ll be sad about it innitially. I know I’ll end up loving anything we purchase in the end, and I love the idea of spending $800 less. I also am really not imaginative, and hate not actually seeing what these two would look like without the top one having diamonds. I’ve gone back and forth for weeks about this!
My hubby will let me purchase either option. We have the cash to do so, but have been workign towards a house downpayment, so saving money has been on our mind. It is totally out of our character to spend anything more than absolute necessary, so part of me just wants to swap out the $3,000 options and settle for something that will just “do.” Yet with kids on the horizon, I know this is the only option for upgrading in the future.