- 1 week ago
I’m really hoping I don’t get too much hate for this. I know talks about ring preferences can be a hot topic.
I recently (accidentally) found out that my SO is looking at rings. I’m over the moon that he’s even thinking about it. In the meantime, my best friend is constantly hounding me about my ring preferences, pretending that its just girl talk, so I’m 99% sure he’s contracted her as a covert agent. I know he wants to surprise me so I don’t even want to let on that I know he’s looking at this point. I let my friend have access to my Pinterest board and have answered many of her not-so-subtle questions (although she means well). Anyways, my best friend has made some comments that the diamonds on the rings I have pinned are too big and unaffordable. Sure enough, I looked, and they are all probably 1.5C-2C diamonds. Oops, lol.
Based on the email I accidentally saw (but couldn’t tear my eyes from haha SO EXCITED), my partner’s budget is $3000. The rings I pinned would run up probably $8k. Ha ha ha so no… those aren’t happening.
So, I re-evaluated and started playing around with ring styles online. I would love to be able to “feed” my best friend info on cheaper but similar ring styles that I would be okay with.
My ideal ring is 1 round center stone, and a thin white gold band with little stones down the side. I really don’t like when much else is going on, including halos, thicker bands, three stones etc.
I tried to play around with ring styles online, but even using lab created diamonds (my preference) and going down to a .99C stone, the ring would still be over budget (although not by much). Smaller stones than that make the band look too chunky for my own personal preference.
I know it sounds snotty, but I really don’t want Moissanite or other alternatives I’ve seen. I’d be okay with doing no ring at all if the only ones I like are unaffordable (or even plan to get one oneday when our budget is bigger), but my SO is old fashioned and would certainly be hurt if I even suggested this. So, I feel stuck.
Does anyone have any suggestions? I’m even trying to research prong styles that make stones look bigger than they really are, or other styling “tricks”, etc.
Any info is appreciated. I would hate for him to spend $3000.00 on something I don’t like, especially if it’s something I will be wearing every single day. But I just haven’t been able to get within the budget with a ring I would like.