(Closed) Buying Engagement Online?

posted 3 years ago in Engagement
Post # 2
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Sugar bee

mine is a sapphire in a diamond halo set in platinum from Brilliant Earth. it was just under $5kIMG_8272

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Ruby Princess

What is your budget? Have you considered moissanite? Other gems? pre-owned vintage?

I have a 2.5 ct emerald cut moissanite from moissaniteco.com. It’s my dream ring!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Apologies if this pic is super teensy. Mine’s a Victorian sapphire and diamond navette, set in 18k yellow gold. We found it in a shop on Ruby Lane (which is like Etsy kind of, but all antiques) called Hoard Jewelry, and we paid about $3,300. 

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Post # 6
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Busy bee

Koala Bear:  Hi! My fiancee bought my ring online–from Joseph Schubach. He did lots of research beforehand and read a lot of reviews. They custom-designed it in moissanite & diamonds. I would recommend them 100%! I don’t know the exact cost, but based on comparable rings on their website, I think it was between $1-$1.5k

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Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Yep, my fiance bought my ring online — from Etsy seller Rare Earth. She has a lot of different engagement ring options: diamond, moissanite, sapphires, and other gemstones. My ring, below, was about $1400.

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Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

Koala Bear:  We bought my 1.5 carat E/VVS2 pear diamond online at Enchanted Diamonds. I’d been hoping to buy from James Allen as they had some settings I liked and their setting prices were reasonable, but well-cut pears are tough to find so when I found one online at ED I bought it. It’s gorgeous. I think we paid $9,020 for it, but it might have been $9,200 (I tend to mix up numbers). We had it set by a local independent jeweler as I wasn’t crazy about ED’s expensive options for settings. I highly recommend buying your diamond online, and if you can get it set by the folks you buy it from that is pretty convenient. Both James Allen and Blue Nile (who I don’t recommend for fancy cuts as they don’t have pictures/videos) have a very large selection of high quality settings. ED had a very small selection of settings that were such high quality I didn’t want to pay for them, ha ha. But yeah — go online. 

Here’s my ring:

 

ilovesophia:  That is a beautiful sapphire! 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

There are all kinds of lab made gem stones out there (not just moissanite) that are beautiful and budget friendly. I suggest looking at a few of those. Chatham is one site to check out. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Ruby Princess

Koala Bear:  Thanks! 5k is a very generous budget. I’m sure you will find something incredible!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

My fiancé ordered my ring from moissaniteco.com. 
He said the whole process was super easy and pain-free. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Have you thought about going custom? The right jeweler can source your stone and create your setting in a $5k budget for sure. When you shop online, you don’t have to just buy off the shelf. I would advise contacting some of the designers you like (or go on pricescope they have an entire list of recommended vendors who can create something from pictures of what you like), telling them what your budget is, and then seeing what they can do for you. Custom isn’t for everyone but it’s one way to get a Lauren B look on a budget you’re comfortable with.

Good luck!

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