Post # 1
This is a spinoff from the thread where bees stated whether they gave their SO a minimum carat size that they wanted for their engagement ring.
I’m not particularly familiar with carat sizes, but I told my FH that I don’t want him to spend any more than $1000 on the ring, as we also have other important financial obligations as a couple.
I’m just curious as to whether anyone else gave their partner a maximum price that they were comfortable with spending on an engagement ring?
Post # 3
I didnt give a minimum price but he did ask what carat size wanted and I told him at least one carat. I didnt even think to give him a maximum size or price. His money, his choice (in my opinion). We did go pick out the ring together though.
Post # 4
@gelaine22: “We did go pick out the ring together though.”
That’s nice, I like it when couples do that.
Post # 5
Still a few years before we will get engaged, so I can’t say what our financial situation will be. If it is what I anticipate, I wouldn’t want him spending more than 2500 or 3k. But most likely it would be lower – my ideal ring right now is about 1800.
Post # 6
Hahaha we didn’t really get that far. It was less of I didn’t WANT to spend that much and more of I knew we couldn’t/it would be demanding to ask for. That said, I don’t like anything bigger than about 1.5 carats on me, no matter what type of stone.
Post # 7
@JulietFoxtrot: I told him I didn’t want him to spend more than 2k because he is still in school and has student loans and I don’t like big diamonds anyways!
Post # 8
as we looked at rings, my opinion on what I liked and wanted kept changing. I didn’t set a minimum or maximum. I wanted FI to use what he learned about what I liked and use his best judgement to pick out the ring that best fit our tastes and his budget.
Post # 9
My ring was a surprise and the diamond was inherited by my FI from his mother so it cost less than its worth. But it’s a valuable ring and if anything happened to it, I wouldn’t feel comfortable spending that much money to replace it. I’d either get a smaller or lower spec diamond or I would get a gemstone or simulant. As much as I love my ring, I’d feel better about putting that money towards our future.
Post # 10
I voted <$100 because we were struggling students. We’re still not in the greatest place, but a bit better. I chose to get a nice anniversary band rather than a larger e-ring, as I prefer the aesthetic of bands anyway 🙂
Post # 11
- Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016
I didn’t want him spending more than $2000, because we were both students. Now that he’s done school and has a full-time job, I still wouldn’t want him spending more than that. I’d rather put money towards other things. I was able to get my dream ring for $1500 because we went with Moissanite (:
Post # 12
As I said in my the “smaller than” post… IF we were getting an ERing with a Feature Diamond (wasn’t my first choice) then I thought a 1/2 Carat was just fine.
Mr TTR wanted me to have something bigger… closer to a Carat
We agreed on a 3/4 Carat.
My concern for a MAXIMUM was mostly about size / comfort / practicality … I just didn’t see myself with much beyond a 1/2 Carat to be truthful.
As for expense…
We went shopping together… and I certainly had a ball-park number in mind (lol, what I fondly have called “more than a Refrigerator” cost)
Which when it came to Diamond ERings… isn’t a crazy amount by any means.
In the process of looking tho, it became apparent that there were some very expensive options out there… and I told Mr TTR I wasn’t comfortable with an amount that was what I’d consider BIG MONEY (5 digits).
Fortunately, in the end we both were quite comfy with the amount spent, and the size & style of ring we got…
And we still had money left over to buy our Kitchen Appliances.
Post # 13
I put any price was fine, because I barely thought about the budget, I knew he had set one that he felt was reasonable and saved up accordingly, and my dream setting fit well within it. And it turned out that it allowed enough for a nice diamond center stone too, I didn’t really do any research on diamond prices, but he did.
We would have a problem if I felt like he spent an irresponsible amount on it, or it was so flashy it made me feel self conscious, but other than that I don’t really care.
Post # 14
I didnt specify a max budget, but I completely trust that he would not spend more than we could afford.
Post # 15
@JulietFoxtrot: I wish he was good enough to have surprised me! He was so nervous though. LOL
Post # 16
We looked at rings together and set a budget of $5000. He ended up designing a ring himself based on what he knew I liked and spent slightly more than our budget, which is fine with me!