Post # 1
The Boyfriend or Best Friend and I went to look at engagement rings and boy did I surprise myself! All of these rings that I had been looking at online and at the boutique that I was SURE I would love (big rocks, big – beautiful settings) just did not fit the bill when it came for me to try them on.
We sat down with the jeweler/owner of the boutique and I was pulling all these settings and loose stones from their inventory. The owner told me I should pick a simple setting as well just to see – I thought ‘sure, why not? I know I won’t want it anyway but just to make her happy….” I picked a simple 6 prong rose gold solitaire setting with a very thin shank (with cute engraving on it) not thinking I would even get to it.
All the big honker diamonds (2 carats +) and settings did nothing for me. I was shocked, nothing looked right. So I picked up the simple ring with a 0.7 carat diamond in it and fell in love!
Who knew! My boyfriend certainly dodged a bullet. I ended up loving one of the cheapest pieces the jeweler carried.
So I have to ask – any ladies here suprised by what they thought they would want in a ring vs. what they loved once they tried them on?
Post # 3
That’s exactly the size of my ring. After some looking, I figured I would fall between 1/2c and 3/4 c. It really worked for me, personally, because I never wore rings (except for one low profile, non-gemstone one) and getting the solitaire was an adjustment.
Plus, the price tag didn’t provoke more than a minor gape of shock on the part of my Fiance (we went shopping together… it was a new experience for him).
Post # 4
I wasn’t surprised because I knew I wanted something smaller to begin with. I have a simple, 6-prong white gold band with a .8ct round solitaire and I paired it with a 1/2 ct, prong set, half-eternity band. It’s simple, classic, elegant and fits me to a T.
I have never regretted my ring. I’m so sad I can’t wear it at the moment due to chubby, pregnant fingers. I was just thinking today how I can’t wait to wear them again.
Sounds like you’re in love with your ring too. Congrats on finding the perfect one for you!
Post # 5
I was 100% sure I wanted a .75-1.0 carat princess cut, but when I inherited FI’s grandmother’s .67 round diamond in a simple knife edge solitaire setting, I was shocked at how perfect it looked on my hand. I’m a very petite girl with tiny hands and I have tried on some monster rocks before.. and it just looked like I was trying too hard. I love my perfectly pretty, dainty ring! 🙂
Post # 6
That’s what happened to me!
We were set on smaller rings from the beginning, since we lead a very active lifestyle and I never take the rings off… I didn’t want anything that I would worry about all the time, would have felt bad about scratching it if it was very expensive.
But when we went to try on rings, I ended up liking rings that were even smaller than I originally thought! Turns out the bigger ones (even .5 carats) just didn’t look good on my fingers, it didn’t feel like “me”. So we went for a simple criss-cross band for my e-ring with 7 tiny diamonds on it (total .10 carats); and now I wear it on my right hand. I have a small wedding set on my left hand, totals .13 carats. We originally intented on a wedding band alone, but Darling Husband fell in love with the set he bought and I loved it too.
Post # 7
@zippylef: There was a thread recently that talked about these really cute ring holder necklaces! Tiffany’s has a “charm enhancer necklace” that is great for clipping your rings to. My Fiance actually got it for me for my birthday and it works really well! I can very quickly clip my ring to it when I am washing dishes or something, so instead of putting it away basically as soon as I get home, I can now always have my ring with me! There are also cheaper options on Etsy that are also really cute. I just thought I’d suggest it, it might let you keep your rings with you through your pregnancy! 🙂
Post # 9
I thought for sure I was going to want a large diamond as well. But both 1.5 and 2 carats looked too big on my finger (I thought). I ended up with a 1 carat that I absolutely love.
Post # 10
Yup! This happened to me as well.
I thought I wanted a halo ring. I stared at them for hours on the interwebs. I thought that I would want a larger stone (although I wasn’t sure if it would be a diamond) and I hated 3 stone rings.
I tried the above on and really disliked it on my hand. And then I tried on probably 50 rings. After getting really frustrated, my Darling Husband handed me a 3 stone ring and I tried it…liked it, but didn’t love it and our “diamond consultant” said to me “I have the perfect ring”. She showed it to me. I tried it on. I cried like an idiot in the store.
She tried to convince me to get bigger diamonds, but I love my trelis set .3 centre stone with .2 something diamonds on either side and a pave band in platinum. I will never upgrade. Paired with my custom pave wedding band with “point” diamonds, I’m a completely happy girl.
Post # 11
I love the ring clip necklace idea!! And my rock is 1ct, I don’t know if that counts as small, but it’s definitely not large, and I fell in love with it. I didn’t know how happy I would be with the ring until I put it on!
Post # 12
@DeathByDesign: Hey, thanks for posting those up!
Post # 13
@DeathByDesign: Umm…that is a kick ass idea! (says the girl who just last week knocked a diamond out of her wedding ring while in the bathroom).
Post # 14
I went in looking for a diamond size to suit, not swamp my little skinny fingers, turns out I came out with my 0.17ct flawless brilliant cut, I think it looks proportionately big in my hands anyway, haha
Post # 15
@UnionFlare: Same here!!! I tried on two rings the other day. (thin halo and thin shanks) One with a .5 ct diamond in it and one with a 2 ct cz. I asked the guy to quote the setting with a .5 ct because the 2 ct look like a cocktail ring on my hand.
Post # 16
@DeathByDesign: Ah! Thanks for this! I’ve never heard of these before!