Post # 1
So R and I went ring shopping about 3 months ago and we both fell in love (him more than me even) with a Tacori ring that was a little out of our price range, but he was pretty set on it. Last night we went shopping again to give ourselves a few more options and we both basically came to the conclusion that nothing compares to our original choice (Tacori).
R is going to Iraq for his second deployment in December and we wanted to be engaged before he leaves, but he says he can’t afford the Tacori before then. I wish there was just some way we could afford it so that way we can be engaged before he leaves, because when he has mind set to something there is no changing it. So now my worry is that even though I would be happy with a different ring, he will wait to propose until he gets home so that way he can get the Tacori ring. I guess I am just venting, but I was hoping to be engaged before he leaves so I can keep myself occupied with wedding planning while he is gone.
Post # 3
Tacori’s are stunning, but how about this:
The ring I got looks A LOT like a tacori, and people ask me all the time if it IS a Tacori.
Is there any way you can have a jeweler design something similar? That could really cut down on a cost. I’m not sure if any big cities near you have a jewelry district – we got my ring from the LA jewelry district and got an amazing price.
On an emotional note, I feel you! Maybe he’ll surprise you before he goes :o)
Post # 4
I bet if you told some of these bees which tacori ring it is, they could find one pretty close to it that isn’t tacori..
Or you can wait for the ring and start planning if you feel comfortable enough to plan without a ring.
Maybe even have him get just the band you want to go with it for now and give you the band? Then you can get the other ring when he gets back.. just an idea..
Post # 5
There’s also no rule that you need the ring to be engaged. Go ahead and be officially engaged and let him come up with some wonderful, sweet way of surprising you with the ring later!
(Though I am also a huge advocate of finding something similar for cheaper…so if you can manage that, yay! but if he’s still stuck on that specific ring…there’s no reason to still have to wait to be engaged.)
Post # 6
I feel your angst, futureb. I am also a die-hard Tacori fan. love. their. rings. So I’m left waiting til the bf has enough money saved for the Tacori setting AND a diamond. Luckily, we got a really good deal on the setting. REALLY good.
Anyways, I think you both need to decide what’s most important to you. Most jewelers will recreate/design any ring you want. My parents have a jeweler friend, and when I told him I want my Tacori, he went on about how he could make something just as nice for a fraction of the price. Regardless, we still chose the Tacori. You and your bf should take a picture of the Tacori ring you fell in love with to another jeweler and say, “This is what we want….can you do this?” Get a price quote, and decide what works for YOU.
Post # 7
Have you tried overstock.com? They sell tacori rings as well, just some discontinued ones I believe. They come with CZ in the middle prongs, but if you wanted to change it when he got back to make it more affordable, wouldn’t that be a great alternative?
Good luck girl!
Post # 8
I also think that you could find a jeweler to make you a ring that looks similar to the Tacori ring that you really want. Most people won’t be able to tell the difference. However, if you really, really want the real thing, then there is nothing wrong with waiting a bit but still be engaged without a ring. Otherwise, you could try to find an inexpensive “filler” ring and use that for a while until you can get the real deal.
Post # 9
Here is a picture of the ring….
Post # 10
My suggestion is to go to a private jeweler. You most likely will get better quality diamonds at a much better price. You can have it designed to look like that.
Post # 11
Thanks for the advice! R and I have a big decision to make. We are going to talk about it tonight when he gets home. I just hope it works out…I really hope that I will have a wedding to plan while he is gone!
Post # 12
Sunnygal is absolutely right. This would be the best bet.
Post # 13
Gorgeous ring!! And I ditto the pp!!!How did your discussion go?!
Post # 14
While I’m a Tacori girl and I’m partial to their rings, I realized after that I paid more for the name than anything else. If I could have personally gone back, I would have located a jeweler who could just custom make the ring I wanted so it would have the Tacori look without the Tacori price. I would have done it to save on the money or even to put the extra money into a larger center stone. I hope you end up getting your way and getting your ring before he leaves in September!
Post # 15
My e-ring is a Tacori but I will tell that my FI proposed w/ a loose diamond (from Costco – which is worth more then he pd). Then we both went together & choose the perfect Tacori setting. Just a thought it is cheaper then getting the whole thing from Tacori. Hope that helps!!
Post # 16
I would wait for the Tacori. With a custom piece wouldnt you have to pay for it regardless of how it turns out? Granted the setting you want is a little less intricate as their other pieces so I’m sure it could be done. Maybe I’m just super picky because if it turned out anything less than perfect it would bother me forever.