Did your mind change when you went ring shopping?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Did you change your mind on your dream ring between viewing rings online and visiting a jeweler?

    My taste or opinion changed drastically

    My taste or opinion changed a little

    My dream ring is still the same

    I didn't go shopping in-person

  • Post # 31
    765 posts
    Busy bee

    I was dead set on a solitaire in rose gold. I hated all of the halos I saw online. When we started looking in stores, my husband wasn’t a fan of solitaires and rose gold didn’t look that great on my hand. He found a white gold halo and I was in love the moment I tried it on. 

    Post # 32
    1411 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: USA

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    ispeakingifs :  I originally wanted an oval solitaire on a petite band with a beaded design. I tried some on in person and they were pretty… but I then saw this designer ring out shopping with my boyfriend (now fiance) that totally changed my mind. It was a princess cut diamond in a twisted tension setting, with some channel-set side stones. It was very unique and modern, but definitely not something I would have chosen had I not tried it on in person. This was the ring that my fiance ended up proposing with and I am in love with it!! 


    Post # 33
    115 posts
    Blushing bee

    Before starting ring shopping I knew exactly what I wanted. My dream ring was a white gold solitaire with halo and a yellow center stone (cushion or emerald cut). I didn’t care if it was yellow diamond yellow sapphire or citrine. I knew I wanted color and thought colorless stones with white gold was to plain or boring for me even though it’s by far the most popular choice, at least in my area  I also thought 3 stone rings were to outdated. That was the popular setting when I was in late elementary and early middle school.

     Then I saw rose gold jewelry for the first time and did a complete 180 in the metal I wanted. Then I ended up going with the normal round brilliant cut diamonds I swore I’d never get because I just love how the sparkle and pop against a rose gold setting. I also chose a 3 stone ring with 2 bands intricately twisted on band. I found out when shopping that that looked best on my large fingers (size 10) and my hand pretty much miniaturized solitaires and thin single bands.

    It also has a double halo which I know a lot of bees think double halos arr over kill, gaudy, tacky, etc but on my hand and finger size it gives perfect coverage while not looking much bigger than a solitaire on a avaerage sized hand.

    Post # 34
    42 posts

    I started out wanted a large radiant cut moissatine with pave band and white gold… Now im going with an elongated oval solitair in yellow gold. Your taste can definitely change a lot after you try some things on. 

    Post # 35
    123 posts
    Blushing bee

    My fiance completely surprised me with the proposal and the ring and we never went ring shopping together.

    He gifted me a solitaire diamond set in a modest cathedral setting attached to a plain gold band which would’ve been one of my top two choices however. The other choice being a solitaire with a pave band.

    I really love what he chose though because since it is so simple I don’t see myself ever growing out of the style and it goes with everything whether I am in casual or dressy clothes. Funny how he knew my style better than me 🙂

    Post # 36
    80 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 2019 - Baton Rouge, LA

    I knew I wanted an emerald set in rose gold, but I was torn between a cushion or an oval.  I wasn’t a huge fan of pavé or halos.  Then we found ‘the ring’, and it was a pear cut emerald in a rose gold halo with a half pavé band. It’s perfect.

    Post # 38
    36 posts
    • Wedding: December 2018

    Yes, my preferences changed quite a bit! I echo what the bees have been saying about trying on different styles. Something to add – my preferences have changed since getting (and wearing) my ring too! I have a 1 carat emerald cut on a thin band (1.8mm to 2mm). After a couple of months wearing it, I felt the band was too think and I wanted something more substantial, so I picked out a thickish wedding band (3mm pave). I also wish I had gone bigger with my stone. However! I won’t be replacing my engagement ring for sentimental reasons. I still love it so much and clean it every other day. To satisfy my longing for a bigger ring – I’m shopping for a right hand ring :p I guess what I’m trying to say is, chances are you’ll still love your ring because it’s your ring even though your idea of ‘the ideal ring’ could change …

    Post # 39
    3985 posts
    Honey bee

    I started and ended with a solitaire, which isn’t surprising as I don’t really like lots of bling.  However, the shape of the stone and width of the band changed.

    Originally, I was thinking I’d just get another round, but since I had that in my first marriage, I changed my mind and thought it’d want an oval with a thin band (so I could stack lots of bands) and possibly rose gold.  Then I changed my mind and fell in love with Cushion Cuts and found the perfect stone.  I ended up with a slightly elongated Cushion Cut stone on a 3mm white gold cathedral setting with surprise rubies.  


    Post # 40
    8 posts

    Trying on rings helped me decide what size and shape I wanted. I was debating between round vs cushion cut and found that I preferred cushion on my finger rather than rounds. I also thought I wanted a small dainty stone but realized I preferred more finger coverage. This made shopping online much easier as I could apply filters for what I wanted.

    Post # 41
    119 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    So glad we went ring shopping together ! If he went off my Pinterest board I would have so much regret. I wanted either complex designs, Halo, or emerald shape.

    After trying all of those on I couldn’t stand them! I went with a round stone, channel, cathedral. NEVER did I dream this world be what I loved.

    Plain wedding band and a rose gold twist that he got me for my birthday ❤

    Post # 42
    2989 posts
    Sugar bee

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    ispeakingifs :  I highly recommend shopping and trying on in person. I thought I wanted an emerald or aquamarine that was either a cushion or emerald cut. I ended up getting an oval shaped sapphire. I liked sapphires but I didn’t really want one as my engagement ring until I tried on a blue sapphire twice and both times it felt “right”. I’m so glad I tried them on! 

    Post # 43
    408 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2020 - Windermere, Cumbria

    Oh yes, so much! I wanted a ruby or an emerald (not a big diamond fan) but ended up with an aquamarine with a white sapphire band – I love it! 🙂 

    Post # 44
    300 posts
    Helper bee

    I was dead set on a princess cut diamond with a cushion shaped double halo in white gold for YEARS!!! Tried them on in stores and looked online and I knew it was what I wanted until engagement ring shopping got real last Octoberish… I changed my mind to an oval in a halo in white gold then an oval solitaire in rose gold… tried on ovals in person and finally decided on a round solitaire with a rose gold pave band 🙂 super different from my initial years of ring browsing ! 🙂 

    Post # 45
    12 posts
    • Wedding: November 2020

    I am so happy I actually went and looked in person!! I really liked round settings online and then when we went out I realized those round settings looked terrible on me.. I ended up loving soomething on me that was completely different from what I liked online

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