(Closed) Encore brides & prior engagements – how do your rings differ?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
559 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I had a boyfriend propose in high school and give me a sapphire and diamond chip band in yellow gold.  A lot like this one:

I really liked it at the time, though I had no say in it.  It was very understated.  I sold it a few years ago, it was better than keeping it and the old memories around.

My ex gave me an heirloom ring — it was his mother’s, a vintage ring even then, with a decent sized diamond in an art deco kind of setting in platinum.  The diamond had a noticable visible inclusion, but it was really a lovely ring.  It was big for my hand and my taste, and I had no say in it.  No pictures of that one, unfortunately.

My SO and I picked out my ring this time around — a diamond cluster ring in a star shape on a knife platinum band that we got secondhand.  It’s small and elegant, and it suits me immensely.  The quality is excellent, and I can’t wait to wear it.  I don’t have a picture, but it’s similar to this one:

Post # 4
295 posts
Helper bee

I haven’t got an e-ring (yet) but I have one left from an previous engagement: my SO can’t do worse. He asked me what I liked and got me a total different ring. Proposal was lame as well so looking forward to what’s coming:)

Post # 5
738 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My ex got me a three stone ring (purchased with stolen money) that he came in with and threw on the bed, saying ‘here’. Yup, that was my proposal. You can imagine I was in a bad place to have said yes. I ended up pawning it for like 80 bucks or something ridiculous like that just to be rid of it. 


My new ring is  a 1 ct total weight halo (1/2 ct. princess cut center stone). I completely love it. Although the rings are completely different, the men are even more so. I am very blessed to be marrying a kind, honest, amazing man and not a piece of shit drug addict!!

Post # 6
1531 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I got married with a (ribbed) yellow gold band the first time around. I wanted it to be a plain dome yellow gold band but ex insisted – his choice.

This time – and definitely the last and best time around – I got married with a 2mm dome white gold band – I also have an e-ring/anniversary band/and eternity band. Perfect!


Post # 7
2050 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

ex got me a 1.75, D, VVS1, ideal cut from Jared’s in this setting:


Current Fiance got me a 1.70, I color, Vs1, ideal hearts and arrows cut from a local jeweler:

Post # 8
84 posts
Worker bee

I was engaged before (about 5 years ago when I was 23) and now my current SO and I are ring shopping. I DO NOT want a ring like my last one; if anyone were to look at my ring and say “oh… it’s just like the last time you were engaged” I’d just die.

Problem is I still love square solitaries. I’m trying to keep it as different as I can from last time but still get the same general style.

Last ring (not a great picture) just over 1.5ct solitaire princess on a plain band:

This time around; 1.3ct solitaire square radiant on a 2mm band with channel-set princess diamonds (unless I change my mind again before we buy…)

Last time I had no idea about diamond quality etc. This time I’m a lot more educated. I actually didn’t even really like my last ring; I wanted it designed to look like the Tiffany Lucida but feel like it didn’t turn out how I pictured it at all; I hated how thick the band was.

Post # 9
2743 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

I had a 1 carat natural blue green sapphire that was never set. I wanted to put it into an antique style setting. I had a white and rose gold wedding band that had stars in the rose gold inlay. I will give both to my daughter when she gets older.


My current engagement ring is platinum with an untreated 2.36 celestial compass purple color change sapphire. It has about a carat in diamonds in it as well. The wedding band will be segments of the dragonfly bodies with another .8 carats in diamond, and possibly a hidden green and purple diamond inside.

Post # 10
6015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

My ex Fiance gave me this one, it’s a garnet, his birthstone (insert eye roll and coughing here) that looked like this one: I had another Fiance in college, three stone emerald ring with diamonds between the emeralds.  SO Darling Husband proposed with a Diamond lol very different from the other ones.

Post # 11
275 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

My ex got me a .25 princess cut in yellow gold(that he took the money out of OUR savings to buy and then wanted the ring back(he didn’t get it!)


This time around, I don’t want a diamond. My SO is have a ring custom made with a .75 Chrysoberyl that I picked out. I saw a sketch of my ring by accident this weekend. It will be in a halo setting(yay!!)And in white gold as I do not wear yellow gold. 

Post # 12
1069 posts
Bumble bee

First time I got engaged the ring had a princess cut centre stone with four round diamonds on each side and had a pretty thick (white gold) band. Next time I want. Solitaire but I do still love princess cut. 

The proposal that time was pretty much non existent. He was hungover and told me he bought me a present… No proposal, just said that since we bought a house together he figured he had no choice. I didn’t really want to get engaged yet but, same thing, since we bought a house together I figured I couldn’t say no. 

Post # 13
601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

My first engagement I had a square diamond solitare in white gold probably about a 1/4 of a carat. This time around I got a aquamarine soltaire set sideways on a white gold band and my wedding band is a marquise shaped diamond and onyx band which I love and is similar to his band.

Post # 14
9142 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

I have been proposed to three times by three different men.  I have loved all of my rings and after seeing them next to one another, they are all very modest but classicaly styled rings.

#1 – .5 Leo Diamond classic solitaire in a white gold setting (I just wanted a classic ring I could dress up with different bands and wraps; shopped with Boyfriend or Best Friend for this one)

#2 – .5 Ceylon sapphire flanked by two diamonds in a white gold setting (ex husband paid attention when I asked for a sapphire center stone; had no idea ex husband was shopping much less proposing)

#3 – .5 diamond surrounded by a halo antique white gold setting (great grandma’s family heirloom ring)

Post # 15
1572 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I am engaged to my partner. We were engaged a year ago, called off teh wedding, and then ended our relationship a month after…. then we got back together. We are engaged again, but using the same ring (I kept it and had put it away. I honestly hadn’t decided what to do with it!). So, same ring there. I was married once before (so was he). My stone is very similar but the setting is pretty different. My partner and I chose the setting together and I really love it. My setting before was plain and thick. I alos didn’t like my wedding band at all, but had no choice in that matter what so ever. I love my wedding band and am excited to wear it. It’s silly maybe, but I really wanted a wedding band that wasn’t completely plain and mine this time will have chanell set stones. I think it really goes well with my ring. 

Here they are together

Post # 16
5569 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Cyclebride:  Um FWIW, I cannot wait to see this ring when it’s finished!!! 🙂

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