Post # 1
When thinking about what you wanted, where did you find engagement ring ideas? Was it online, magazines, browsing stores?
Me, almost exclusively online — though jewelry store windows do stop me dead in my tracks . And, what I want in ring is EVER changing, which is fine because I need the man first, then the ring! lol
How about you?
Post # 3
I did a lot of looking online at estate jewelry sellers since I knew I wanted a vintage piece. I also went to try on some antique styles at an estate jewelry store so I could get an idea of what looked good on my hand.
Post # 4
I thought I had an idea of what I wanted – but, once I started trying them on, it totally changed. I didn’t end up picking my ring at all (FI got something completely different than what I thought I wanted)… and, guess what?! I love it!
Post # 5
At this point I’ve looked at a lot of stuff online. More practically, I’ve looked at what other ladies wear to see if I like the styles in person or not.
Unfortunately, diamonds don’t “do it” for me, so that makes pretty much everything I look at blah. The lack of color in the e-ring world is depressing. 🙁
Post # 6
@Minutiae Are you open to vintage jewelry? There’s a TON of beautiful rings out there that are vintage that have colored stones. I would try looking for vintage cocktail rings.
For example, look at this ginormous 18 carat amethyst: http://www.langantiques.com/category/30/4/item/30-3-1764/
Post # 7
online is great. I am now trying on a lot of bands though bc something tells me the band is more important and more permanent and that I should “feel” it’s right for me.
Post # 8
@Nexus: Absolutely! The garnet ring I have now is actually an estate piece, and I’ve looked at all the websites with colored gems I can get my hands on, including the vintage ones. What depresses me though is that it’s hard to find great colored gem rings in real life. The majority of jewelry stores advertise based on their diamonds, sell mostly diamonds, and have small, basic collections of colored gem “birthstone jewelry.” And forget about finding someone who has a non-diamond e-ring in real life…sigh.
Anyway, thanks for the link! It makes me gleeful to see an 18 carat rock that only costs 1.5K. 😀
Post # 9
@Minutiae That’s why I love love love estate jewelry, it’s so much more reasonably priced than comparable modern stuff. The diamond in my ring alone would have been twice as much if it were new.
Other good sites to check out are Fay Cullen , Sylvia’s Antiques , and Israel Rose (where my ring was from). But as an FYI, some of the stuff on Fay Cullen is real vintage, and some is reproduction. Read carefully, for example if it says Art Deco “style” then it’s a repro made with a vintage mold.
Post # 10
i worked in a mall for 6 months and there’s only so much you can do on your 15 minute breaks… including stopping by the ‘shiny’ as i so lovingly call it.
one day i saw a ring that i loved, and the sales lady was so nice and understanding (i find that if they know you won’t buy anything, they don’t care).
she pulled it out, told me how much it was (soooo inexpensive compared to what i thought), and wrote down the product number without even having to ask so that i could ‘pass it on just in case’. i did, and my bf loved it, so now i’m just waiting for him to get it.
i did go back however and thank the lady, telling her she deserves a raise 😛
Post # 11
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
I knew I wanted a vintage ring so we just looked at a lot of online vintage sites and estate sales.
Post # 12
- Wedding: August 2009 - Eastside Catholic Chapel and Lake Union Cafe
We saw my ring at an antique store a year before he proposed.
Post # 13
I thought I knew what I wanted but I really didn’t. These days it seems that everyone has the same if not very similar rings. I told FH that I wanted he and I to design a ring together so I received a rose gold shared prong eternity band when he proposed. We call it my “proposal ring” and I also received his great great grandfathers 1916 diamond. With that I got insipired to honor that era and we designed an Art Deco 1920’s ring. Its in the process of being made, the wax molding will be ready on 2/10 and trust me time cannot move any slower, haahaaahaa. Our inspiration rings came from the site Nexus-6 posted above, Lang Antiques Estate Jewelry. I also looked into http://www.kentshire.com and http://www.alexandriarossoff.com. You can see pictures of the rings that inspired my design on this post
Good Luck – and PLS TAKE YOUR TIME, there are so many beautiful rings and settings out there that no one has ever seen!
Post # 14
i’ve always know what i wanted my engagement to look like. I looked online and found a bunch i really loved, but we have a nice jewelry store in whitefish MT that me and my bf went to look at. I ended up falling in love with two different tacori bands, so they had one custome made for us combining both of them together.
Post # 15
I went on the Tiffany’s website and oohed and aahed, and then just passed on the pictures!
Post # 16
I thought going to the actual store was the most important. I didn’t know what would look good on my short fingers until I started trying rings on.. though I did know I wanted a vintage look.