Post # 1
Okay! I need somebody to talk some sense into me when it comes to my wedding band. I reaalllly *want* a nice diamond band like the ones from Blue Nile ($550.) I tried going to Sams/Zales/Kays and the diamonds really don’t match since I have a colorless center stone so that’s not an option. I considered a moissanite band, but at $325 for their cheapest, FH would rather wait for the Blue Nile.
So, right now I really just need to suck it up and get a plain gold band. I really reaaalllly don’t want a plain band (especially since my friend has a nice 2 carat wedding set)…. *insert 2yr old temper tantrum* But with $550 I can do so many other things like–
- A really nice photo album from our photographer which I’m in love with
- An engagement session PLUS many many prints
- Training gear for my half marathon
- New clothes since I lost a lot of weight
- Put it towards our honeymoon
- A kitchenaid AND some wine glasses
This is stupid. Why I am I being so materialistic and jealous. My engagement ring is only .7 carats total and I sometimes wish it was bigger until I remember that FH spent a crap ton an getting me phenomenal diamonds and that’s the reason I cant buy something from Zales… because they look bad next to eachother. Cant believe I just said I wished it was bigger….ugh, who am I?!
I went to the Tiffany page while referencing another post and saw a picture of a plan wedding band (bottom of post) which inspired me even though our rings are nothing alike. I also included photos of my ring with the gold band and two others I liked, sorry for crappy photos.
Somebody set me straight PLEASE!
(It doesnt really have the gap between the rings)
And here is my current inspiration
Post # 3
Why does the band have to be from one of those chain jewelers?
I have a colorless stone in my e-ring, and went with a channel-set diamond band. The jeweler we purchased the ring from provided us a band with colorless stones to match the one in my e-ring.
Post # 4
@rachelmichelle: I went to two independent (non chain) jewelers which is where I took the photos with the wedding bands. They wanted to charge $1400 for the normal diamond band! We got my center stone from Blue Nile so I really trust them and I’m just really not sure where I can find something like the one I want somewhere else for less than $550. I’ve been checking ebay for Blue Nile bands too…
Post # 5
I think I’m missing something. Those bands look great- esp the second!
Post # 6
What’s the problem with waiting for the blue Nile band? I can’t imagine it taking that long to get and your wedding is in May…
Am I missing something ?
Post # 7
My advice is get something you love. This is a ring you will be wearing forever you really should love it.
Post # 8
just get the band you want. if you found it for $550, that’s pretty good. a good plain gold band will cost you at least $200 so the difference is not that much really.
Post # 9
I would either get the band you want, don’t get a band, or get a super cheap CZ online and upgrade in a year. I would not spend hundreds of dollars on a band you don’t want. I was thinking about the same thing and my FI said just to get the band I want, it’s a difference of a few hundred dollars (ok, like $500) but in the long run it’s not that big of a deal and I should get what I want.
Post # 10
You don’t want advice from me. My wedding band was 2k and the plain band was only a couple hundred. I’m still not sure which I prefer. I’m hoping when its in my size I will know.
Post # 11
I think $550 is a pretty good deal for a diamond band. I say do it!!! It’s something you’ll have to wear every day for the rest of your life.
Post # 12
My FI spent $625 on my band. Yes it was much more expensive than we ever thought it would be, but it’s the band that goes with my ring. I’m going to wear this ring for the rest of my life so to me it’s well worth it!
Post # 13
I’d say go with the Blue Nile one you love. You won’t be happy with a plain band, an it doesn’t make sense to spend money for something you don’t like now only to spend more later.
FWIW, though, I have a Blue Nile e-ring and a Zales band (which just ended up being the one I liked the most). Compared to my bright E center stone, most small pave stones will look a bit darker, but it is not a jarring (or even noticeable) difference. This pic was in bright daylight, where the color difference is the most discernable, and I can barely see it:
Post # 14
Well….you said you “really really” don’t want a plain gold band, so if you truly feel that way and can’t/don’t want to change your mind, then I suggest just getting the diamond band from Blue Nile that you truly want. The difference from the $550 for the diamond band to the $200 for a plain band is not that big of a deal in the scheme of life.
Having said that, I ADORE your ring with the plain band in the first picture. I am normally a fan of diamond bands, but honestly I think that the plain band enhances your e-ring and the diamond bands detract from it. That’s just my opinion, what do I know 😉 You have to do whats in your heart…..but not because of a friend’s bigger set because life is long and the Joneses will always be around, KWIM?
Post # 15
Get what you love.
I purchased two bands (and returned them) before I found “the one”. The first was a beautiful gold band with floral engraving and even though it was pretty it just didn’t do it for me. The second band was a plain band with milgrain, which I have always loved the look of but didn’t like it on me.
My wedding band is a band from Moissaniteco that I have always admired on their website, but could not find any rings like it at jewelry stores or even real-life photos online! After returning the first two bands I finally just went for it. It was a risky buy since I wasn’t able to see what it looked like in person (only stock photos, which don’t do it justice!) and also knowing I couldn’t return it since it was a custom size. Luckily when I opened the little navy box my heart sung! I am absolutely crazy about my beautiful wedding band and you should be crazy about yours too! IMO. 🙂
Post # 16
I really like the last one i posted and its $700+ …I guess I just realllly want it, but realllly dont want to pay for it, ya know? I just see so many other useful ways we can spend the money instead of on one ring.