Placeholder ring

posted 3 years ago in Rings
  • poll: What stone for engagement ring/ later to be used as RHR
    Amethryst (Nice colour...) : (7 votes)
    16 %
    Garnet (Red) : (2 votes)
    4 %
    Pearl (Not keen) : (0 votes)
    Tsavourite Garnet (I Like this...) : (8 votes)
    18 %
    Lad-created Emerald (my birthstone) : (4 votes)
    9 %
    Cubic Zirconia (Meh) : (1 votes)
    2 %
    Lab created Ruby (OH's birthstone) : (3 votes)
    7 %
    Jade : (1 votes)
    2 %
    Lab created sapphire : (19 votes)
    42 %
  • Post # 3
    668 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    @Alohomora93:  Uh….if you don’t want CZ, Moissy, or colored gemstones…you want a diamond for a couple hundred bucks? That is tough. You could try perusing the selection at pawn shops—your money will go further there. Or, you could select a simple metal band (gold, platinum) and wear that and then get married with an “engagement” ring…


    I recently had a good experience buying wedding bands from Gemvara, but I am not sure if they ship over seas or if it would be worth paying the duties if they do….

    ETA: ok, you added a poll with gemstones so I am reeally confused about what you actually want. If you’re interested in gemstone costume jewelry, you could check out Ross Simons. They do ship internationally and have a wide selection of gemstone and sterling silver or gold plated stuff and frequent sales. The quality varies from piece to piece (I have a great pair of earrings, an ok (pretty put not perfectly made) ring, and a crap bracelet from them).


    Post # 6
    101 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I vote for a blue/pink sapphire. They look beautiful, will last forever, and you can get a large stone for pretty cheap. 

    Maybe something like this?’ defer=’defer


    ETA: Lab created emerald cost a touch more than sapphire/ruby since it’s a more difficult process. Mossanite can also be very pricy. 

    Post # 7
    490 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I know you said you weren’t keen on CZ, but Berricle has some pretty colored CZ rings.  The rings themselves are pretty inexpensive and shipping is pretty cheap too.  Probably worth a look, at least 🙂

    Post # 8
    2738 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I chose sapphires because they are a very hard and durable stone. I like the idea of getting engaged with a placeholder ring until you have funds to buy something else. And then it becomes a sentimental ring for your right hand 🙂

    Post # 9
    2044 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I voted sapphire, because they’re my personal favorite gemstone.  They’re beautiful, come in all different colors, are durable and lab created ones are very inexpensive!  I have a white sapphire ring that could pass for an engagement ring and it gets compliments all the time!  I also have a bunch of blue sapphire rings that I love to wear when the mood strikes…so clearly I’m partial to them LOL.  

    If you’re looking for something that you can keep forever and wear on your right hand, I would suggest looking for a ring set in gold vs silver.  Silver is a great metal for a budget, but it can bend easily and tarnish.  I found this one on Amazon that looks like a ring I chose way back when DH1 and I were looking at engagement rings (though this is a fraction of the cost)!

    Here’s a link:

    Post # 10
    2237 posts
    Buzzing bee
    Post # 11
    5392 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @Alohomora93:  Fellow UK bee here 🙂

    I’d suggest looking at the high-street jewellers, like H Samuel and F Hinds, as sometimes they have some nice pieces, and you can usually grab a bargain in the sale.

    Amazon is also worth a look; they have a big selection.

    I also like Gems TV/Gemporia; they have a great selection of rings at fab prices; I bought a London Blue topaz ring in sterling silver for £30 from there and it’s really nice; lovely quality and nice and ‘solid’, so I’d def check them out.

    As far as metal goes, as a poster said above silver can be less hard-wearing; however, as a place-holder I would think it would be fine. I have lots of silver pieces and they’ve held up fine; just don’t get anything too thin/flimsy.

    Wth regards to stone, honestly I’d just go with whatever you like best; I wouldn’t like to vote without knowing your tastes. My personal choices would be either a blue stone, such as topaz or sapphire, or else amethyst; but, that’s me 🙂

    Post # 12
    5392 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2014

    PS just had a look on Gemporia for you; don’t know what your style/taste is, but they have loads under £100, in 9ct white or yellow gold; some of the designs are really nice.

    Zircon is another stone you might consider; it is not cubic zirconia, it’s a natural white/clear stone, and very affordable; they have an oval 3-stone zircon ring in 9ct white gold for £88.

    Post # 13
    3222 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    TSAVORITE! Do it!!!

    Post # 14
    164 posts
    Blushing bee

    Pale gemstones with a watery colour are very nice. Aquamarine or green amethyst could be a good choice if you do not want a lot of strong colour.

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