- kc nurse
- 8 years ago
- Wedding: May 2011
So, recently my boyfriend and myself have been discussing engagement ring ideas. He has great taste, but we definitely differ on this. First off, he thinks that when it comes to e-rings, the bigger the better. I am not of this mindset. I’m more of a practical gal. My requirements were simple:
1) Not a plain old solitaire. Don’t get me wrong…I think they’re pretty, they’re just not so much my style.
2)I want to be able to wear it to work. That means that it can’t be sharp enough to pierce gloves or set so high that I will catch it on something (or someone).
3)Platinum band. This thing has to hold up. No soft, pretty gold for me.
4)Reasonably priced. Now I’m not saying cheap, just reasonable. I completely recognize that platinum is expensive no matter what.
With these things in mind-we started our search:
Ring number one: The Brilliant Earth Cushion Cut
Now-I love this ring for two reasons: #1-it is made of recycled metals, and #2-the diamond is 100% conflict free. However, it sets up too high for me to be able to wear it all the time, and my boyfriend says “it looks like a grandma ring”. Boys.
So-we found ring #2:
Image by: Zales.com
Our good friends got their wedding and e-rings from Zales, and have always had wonderful service there. We have one close to our home, so we decided to check it out. I liked it because it is definitely NOT your stereotypical solitaire and it is very low set =work friendly. The boy didn’t like it (it was here that I discovered he doesn’t like the halo style AT ALL) because it was only 1.25 carat total weight. The other downfall is that it doesn’t come with a platinum option, so I would have to return to the store to have it re-dipped about once a year with as much wear as I would have.
So-We went home and continued our research. It was long, tedious, and almost frustrating. Then my brilliant boyfriend brought up Shane Co. Now, I’ll be honest, I do not like the radio commercials for Shane Co, and we don’t have one close by, so I hadn’t really considered it. I should have. Feast your eyes upon this beauty:
Image by Shaneco.com.
Isn’t she pretty?!?. Oh how I love her. She met all of my requirements. She’s platinum, not your every day solitaire, and the side stones meet up at the top of the center stone, making it non-dangerous. Plus, it doesn’t have that halo my man dislikes so much. While it is the most expensive of the rings shown here-it also has a wedding band as well as the largest stone.
Sigh-I think my search is finally over. 😀