- 5 years ago
This is my first post – please be kind!
My boyfriend and I have recently begun to talk about getting engaged in the next few months. I’m in the UK where it’s not as common to have very large rings but, not only that, I don’t want to spend too much money on a ring! I don’t own any rings so have only measured my finger with a plastic ring sizer. I’m approximately a 5¼. I have the hands of a little girl; they are short, a little chubby-looking and the smallest out of anyone I know!
In high street shops, a 1/3 carat 6 claw diamond solitaire in platinum retails at about £2,000 ($3072) and a 0.4 ct at £2499 ($3766) with no mention of any of the 4 Cs, certification, etc. Needless to say, we’ve decided to look online and are pretty set on ordering from Blue Nile’s UK web site!
I’d like a simple six prong Tiffany solitaire style ring. As I don’t wear any rings at the moment, I think this would be ideal for me. My boyfriend prefers the look of platinum and I’m not keen on white gold due to the replating issues. However, the platinum settings are a lot more expensive than the white/yellow gold ones so, to stay within our budget, I’m looking at diamonds in the 0.33-0.4 ct range.
I’ve been using the Holloway Cut Adviser on Pricescope to check that the diamonds are well cut and I’ve found two I like… so I was just wondering whether you would go for an ideal-cut, D-colour, SI1-clarity, round 0.35 carat diamond or an ideal-cut, I-colour, SI-clarity, round, 0.41 carat diamond. Both are within our budget (the D is about £50 or $76 cheaper). The I has medium blue fluoro so, according to Blue Nile, this and the platinum setting should mask any slight tint.
We’re going to pick together when the time is right (my boyfriend wants to formally propose first with a cheap replica – awwww!) but I’ve got more time (and – dare I say – inclination!) to look into this so would love your opinions. Is there much difference in size between 0.35 ct and 0.41 ct? I can’t imagine it’d make much of an impact! I want something small and discrete but still sparkly and eye-catching – do you think this size would fit the bill for me?
Also, just wanted to say thanks!!! for posting all the gorgeous photos of your rings – it’s been lovely and really helpful to get an idea of the sizes and styles!
I’d love if any other UK bees could post photos and details of their rings. I’d be interested in hearing where you got them from too! We’ve considered going to Hatton Garden or the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham but, for what we want, I think we’re just as well ordering online. We’re not looking at spending mega bucks – max. is around £1,000/$1500.