Post # 1
Are there any extremely picky brides out there that had a trouble choosing their engagement ring? I’ve been to literally every jewelry store in the city and have tried on hundreds of nice rings but still haven’t found the perfect one. I’ve decided to go the custom made route (which I am very nervous about as I cannot try it on first) but have heard about many positive experiences from brides who have also gone this route and think it’s time to take a leap of faith.
So picky brides, what did you end up choosing? (pics are always welcome ) and are you 100% happy with your ring?
Post # 3
I looked at a lot of rings before I found “the one” but when I saw it, I KNEW.
I did not shop with my FI but did shop with a mutual friend who I figured would be the conduit. She also knew I wanted to use a cushion instead of a round center. I had no idea what his budget was, so I didn’t know what it was going to end up being (the one in the store was to accommodate a 3ct center so I knew I wouldn’t get that!) He ended up going through 4 appointments looking for the perfect center (he’s a bit of a perfectionist,) and then another appt to find matching sidestones and went with the below. I am 110% in love with it…and unlike the infamous “diamond shrinkage syndrome” mine seems to keep growing every time I look at it!! I couldn’t be happier
Post # 5
@SR: Yes! It took me forever! We went to every single chain store in our area (Jared’s, Kay’s, Zales, Browne Lee, etc), and none of them had what I wanted. I ended up finding a Master IJO jeweler, and now I have a handmade setting with recycled diamonds and a moissanite center stone (6mm on 4.5 ring).
Post # 6
I never saw a ring I 100% loved. When FI COMPLETELY surprised me with mine (which I had never seen or looked at… Or even knew existed!) and it’s my absolute perfect ring!
Post # 7
I had an idea of what I wanted in my head… but I was completely surprised by the ring and proposal… If you think there is a particular style you are interested in I would look online for a CZ option that you could try out before you spend a lot of time and money to have something custom made. Returning a custom piece is not easy, so if you are picky you certainly want to make sure it is THE ONE. 🙂
Post # 8
It took me 7 months to decide. I tried on 30 rings and looked at 12 stores then finally got a custom one on Etsy.
Post # 9
I am way way picky. I do not have the ring yet and don’t know what he picked of the few options that are very similar to one another.
Post # 10
I was totally picky. I really didnt like anything that you could walk in and walk right out with on the spot. We went to our local jewelers row (2nd largest in the country) and it was the same styles in every store just about because they stocked mostly popular settings from all kinds of designers. I ended up seeing a 5 stone design online that I loved instantly. I sent it to DH (SO at the time). He had my ring loosely based off of it from a jeweler in another state. He did everything online/over the phone.
Post # 12
I’m currently planning on going the custom made route. Like you, in the stores I can’t seem to find what I want and I’ve heard better things about custom make anyways. Firstly, you’re only paying the creator of the ring. There are no middle men involved so you don’t get those added costs and mark ups that stores always have. Secondly, you get exactly what you want! Jewelers aren’t trying to force you to get the more expensive option or things like that because they are not on commission. They just want to make the ring that you want. Thirdly, I’ve just heard better things about the integrity of a jewelers work as opposed to box store rings. Jewelers design your ring so therefore it’s made with percision and perfection (if you have a good jeweler). Box store designs just have the diamonds placed in with molds and this way is an insecure way of setting diamonds. That’s why you hear about a lot of people’s rings have diamonds falling out. If this ever happens with a jeweler, if it does, they usually will replace it free of charge. Good jewelers stand behind their craftsmenship so therefore I’m going the custom route!
Good luck! (And wow sorry that was so long to read! haha)
P.S- I am SUPER picky so I know custom design is the only way to go for me!
Post # 13
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I couldn’t find “the one,” so we had it made. Custom FTW!
Post # 14
@SR: Oh yes, I am very picky. I’ve thought that many rings would be the right one but keep changing my mind! Don’t have a ring yet, but the contenders are a canary Tiffany Soleste or a normal round Tiffany solitaire.
I looove yellow diamonds but part of me wants something more traditional.
I don’t like most round solitaires on my hand, but there’s something special about the Tiffany one!
Post # 15
Um yah. We have been looking for a ring for much longer than I care to admit! I just can’t decide what I want!
Post # 16
Oh man, same here. FI and I went shopping together, and I probably tried on like 100 rings. It came down to my ring, and one other, and I waffled ridiculously for a week or so. In the end, my ring just really spoke to me, and I eventually knew it was “the one” 🙂 But man did it take time to get there hahah