(Closed) What should I do??

posted 7 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Does size (diamond size) matter to you?
    Yes, bigger the better! : (10 votes)
    28 %
    Kind of, nothing huge but something moderate. : (9 votes)
    25 %
    As long as it was in budget, the size doesn't matter. : (7 votes)
    19 %
    No, size doesn't matter to me. : (10 votes)
    28 %
  • Post # 3
    1177 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    You could get a ring from a store with an upgrade policy.. for instance, I know at Shane Co. you can upgrade whenever. Most places require the upgrade to be double the cost of the original, but there it doesn’t matter. It can be $1 more and you can trade it in. Soo if his budget is 3k, you could get something for that, then when you both save the 1k more to get the ring you LOVE you could upgrade.

    It depends on how you feel about upgrades though! 


    ETA: http://www.jared.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product1%7C10451%7C10001%7C-1%7C150870400%7C19061%7C19061.20804.20832

    Post # 4
    4887 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I think you should keep shopping for sure.  You shouldn’t have trouble finding what you’re looking for for that budget.  Good luck!

    Post # 5
    2759 posts
    Sugar bee

    Keep shopping around and I’m sure you’ll find something that works for you πŸ™‚ I voted that it doesn’t matter, but that’s also in part because I don’t have a diamond at all (pearl). But if you have something in mind, don’t go for something else just to have one because you’ll regret it.

    Post # 6
    996 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    Keep looking. Try a wholesaler. And if you have no luck I say pitch in and either do the upgrading idea above, or just purchase the ring you want. You are going to wear it  forever so you should love it.

    Where are you located? I noticed you spelled colour the way I do so I am assuming you are Canadian πŸ™‚ DH bought my ring at a great wholesaler here in Ontario.

    Post # 8
    2907 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    check out blue nile.com and get it set by a jeweler


    mine is in your budget, and .78, so i know it’s possible


    also– try antique shops. you can find it! keep looking. πŸ™‚

    Post # 9
    1126 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I’d shop around (not in malls).  My ring was about $2000 (I think), and it’s 0.7 carats with a half-pave band, and it’s gorgeous.  So I think what you want is doable, as long as you step outside mainstream places, that will allow you to tweak things and bargain.  Also, some of the 4Cs seem like a bigger deal in theory than in person (for instance my diamond has a small inclusion that’s completely not noticeable, and I’m not sure what the color is but I know not super colorless (based on the cost), however it looks perfectly white to me.  Also look at white gold instead of platinum, etc.

    Post # 10
    206 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    @Kirsten4: I’m from BC and my Fiance got my ring from Spence Diamonds and they have a great upgrade policy.  Plus they will work within your budget.  I think their upgrade policy is that it has to be 50% more expensive than the original diamond.  We’re going to get mine upgraded one day because he knew that I wanted a bigger diamond. You should be able to find what you want there!!

    On a side note, I thought that the service at Spence was great πŸ™‚

    Post # 11
    483 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    How about private sale?   

    We got our diamond that way (3/4 carat) then the rest of the ring can be sold to a jeweller and you can buy your own setting if it’s not your style.  

    My fiance paid about 900 for my paved setting, then we got the diamond (came in a soliataire and matching wedding band) for almost 3 k.  I want to keep the wedding band but I could sell the solitaire to get back some money or keep it. 

    It really was worth it going that route, or try the united states for diamonds, they’re much less there.  If you plan an over the boarder trip scout around for something. 

    We went to Spence too, but it was pricey, try some chinese jewellers (sometimes they give you discounts, or no tax) my paved band was from Pacific Mall in Ontario.  

    Post # 12
    10714 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I got my ring for $3000 and it’s a 1 carat solitaire. I took a hit on the clarity but you can bearly see the imperfections. Just keep looking =) I got mine from Gordons Jewelers at our local mall.. they seem to have MUCH better prices than everywhere else we looked, plus the people were nicer and the diamonds had more sparkle… good luck!

    Post # 13
    26 posts
    • Wedding: December 2011

    @Kirsten4: if you use an online vendor, you could probably get an ideal cut, I/J, VS/SI diamond of that size set in 18ct white gold for around $2,500. Since you’re going with round brilliant, the colour usually isn’t very apparent (any higher than an I and you won’t be able to tell the difference very much at all… like if you placed an H beside an F, it’s hard to differentiate which is which unless you look at it bottom up or from the side). Also for a diamond of that size, you won’t be able to inclusions very clearly (round brilliant is really good for that) so likely anything higher than VS/SI you won’t be able to appreciate.

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