Post # 1
So the other day, out of the blue, my boyfriend sighed and said “I don’t know how I’m gonna afford your engagement ring…” And I pretty much looked at him completely shocked. We’ve talked about marriage and kids but I had no idea he had an engagement on his mind. He looked at me and had a kind of “I can’t believe I said that out loud” look on his face. We’ve been together for a little over 2 years now, mind you we’ve been living together after having dated for only 3 months.
I talked to a friend of mine who is getting married October 5, 2011 and she was boasting about her e-ring. She has a 0.70 ct Round Halo with a size 4 ring finger and told me that I should somehow get my boyfriend to get me a 1.50 ct Round Halo so that it looks like a 2.00 ct. She got it from her friend who is a jeweller in Indonesia and she’s pretty much convinced me to get my e-ring from him. She got her ring for under $5000. I’m a sucker for surprises.. So I really don’t want to be a part of my e-ring purchasing process.. but my bf doesn’t know this girl!!
So while you’re all so kindly posting pictures of your e-rings, how should I suggest what e-ring I want and where to get a huge bang for his buck? which of course in turn gets me a bigger diamond
I love this man, and cannot wait to be engaged (don’t know when that’s happening) and of course cannot wait to be married and start our lives!!
Post # 3
I don’t really have much advice on how to bring it up… Fiance and I had a pretty open conversation about rings and what I wanted/didn’t want. I basically chose the rough setting and he chose the shape and size of the center stone. At this point, it already isn’t a surprise! You just need to weigh the value of a total surprise against getting what you want. I decided that since I would wear the ring forever, it was worth forgoing a bit of the total surprise.
And, I’m not gonna lie, I would be hesitate about spending $5k on something from a guy in Indonosia that I had never met. I tend to be more trusting of local jewellers or even reputable online retailers, where you have the option to return after having the ring appraised.
I have a round halo setting and my ruby center stone is the equivalent size of about 1 ct. I wear a size 5.25.
Post # 4
I don’t have that style ring so I can’t post on that. However, I did tons of research on diamonds to help Fiance (men are so clueless) and I know round stones are quite expensive, since the way they are cut adds sparkle thats obviously highly desired. My ring came from NYC diamond district since I wanted here in philly was just more than Fiance wanted to spend. I don’t know where your located nor your man’s budget but the jeweler my ring came from sells very well cut and gia graded round 1.5 stones for 4-5k, the setting is an additional cost.
Maybe you should go “window shopping”?
Post # 5
I agree with pp about being a little hesitant. You’ve never met the guy, so definitely do some background checking.
Mine is a 1.25 carat center stone (I wear a size 5.25 ring) – but it’s a “hearts on fire”, which is definitely not cost effective. For some reason, my Fiance fell in love with it when he looked at it under a microscope. People always think it’s way bigger than it is. I love it!
Good luck and congrats!!
Post # 6
I don’t know your BF’s financial situation but no wonder he is worried how he is ever going to afford your Ering. Thats a lot of money for some people!
Maybe go for something smaller with the idea that you guys will upgrade down the road.
I would def take the pressure of him!
And as for the Indonesia guy? Unless he is local and you can go to see the merchandise, please don’t do it!!
Post # 8
wow sorry those are huge!!! tried to show you a few of my ring… last one is with my band… my center stone is 1.53, TCW 2.2, and i wear a size 4.5!
Post # 9
Buying diamonds online significantly decreases their price. Diamonds are pretty standard – and most online places have amazing return policies.
Also, have you considered moissanite? You can get a huge rock that LOOKS like diamond, but won’t cost a lot. it’s beautiful. Try http://www.moissaniteco.com
Some of the best diamonds online sites are http://www.bluenile.com http://www.adiamor.com (i got my e-ring from adiamor) and a cheaper online place where they have more I1 stones is http://www.pompeii3.com (i am getting my wedding eternity ring on here).
Buying an engagement ring CAN be a lot of money. Moissanite, and buying online, can significantly decrease the price.
Post # 11
This is the worst quality photo ever. I’m sorry! I hope it helps anyway. It’s a 1.5 carat center on a size 7 finger.
Post # 13
@SarahSmilesDec28: Your ring is beautiful!! The ruby is a such a unique touch!! Where did you and your Fiance go to shop? Anything will be helpful! Thank you for your reply!
Post # 14
@morkiemama: Thanks so much for the reply! Your ring does look huge! Did he pick it out for you?
Post # 15
@doxie: Thank you for your pictures! The bigger the picture the better, I can get a better look at your ring. and may I say WOW I LOVEEE YOUR RING!! Pretty much what I’m looking for! If you don’t mind me asking, where is your ring from and if you know the cost, how much? Or where you got your wedding band?
Post # 16
@jacinda10: Thanks so much for all the information and posting websites!! I will definitely check out all of ’em! thanks again for the huge tip!