(Closed) engagement ring ideas

posted 5 years ago in Rings
  • poll: should we spend much on an engagement ring?
    yes : (15 votes)
    56 %
    no : (12 votes)
    44 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

     @purplering:  Have you guys researched diamonds (or whatever stone you are planning on choosing) at all? If not you might want to start there. Do you have any ideas of style? There are so many: halo, solitaire, three stones, round cut, princess cut. If not they will have tons for you to look at! I always knew I wanted a three stone ring but I tried on other styles just to be sure.

     

     Also, price range should certainly be something you talk about before you go. There is no good number for everyone. Choose a number after a discussion about what you can afford.

     

     And I never turn down a chance to post my ring!

     

     

    Post # 4
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    2759 posts
    Sugar bee

    I know people who spent $20 on their e-ring and I know people who spent upwards of $60,000 – it really all depends on you as a couple, your finances, and what kind of ring you want.

    I’d suggest doing some research before you go shopping. Decide if you want a diamond or another type of gemstone would do. Would you be okay with lab-created stones? They can often be a LOT cheaper than a mined stone. Also think about the kind of setting you’d want and what type of metal – that plays a big part in cost as well.

    Do some surfing around jewelry sites (Blue Nile and moissaniteco.com have extensive collections) to get an idea of what your diamond cut and setting preferences might lie. And then go shopping together – I’d suggest ballparking a budget BEFORE you go shopping so you can give the salespeople better guidance on what to show you.

    Have some fun looking around, try on rings of all shapes and sizes, and then you can maybe make a list and narrow it down to a few you really like and either pick it out together OR let him choose from the shortlist.

    Good luck 🙂

    Post # 6
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    307 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    It truly depends what you can afford. The old 3 month salary rule doesn’t really apply any more IMO, as usually that would buy a ring you couldn’t wear anywhere for fear of losing it! (also that much money is better spent on living life/house deposits!).

    It also depends on where you live. As a guide i wanted a practical ring so I could wear it to work, and went for a trilogy palladium band with less than 1/2 a carat of diamonds. I just worked it out and we spent 3% of his salary on my ring (wow that seems really low! But we did get a great deal online)

    Post # 7
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    7206 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @purplering:  Are you willing to look into moissy stones? There are a ton of bees with those and they are gorgeous as well. I think you can find a nice ring under $1900 if you shop around.

     

    ETA: do you have a picture of the ring you find? Perhaps bees have seen something similar but less expensive.

    Post # 9
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    2759 posts
    Sugar bee

    @purplering:  Oh, don’t feel weird! Lots of couples go ring shopping together prior to engagement 🙂

    It can still totally be a surprise even though you shop together – even if you know exactly what the ring will look like, he can make the proposal itself a sweet surprise. Just make sure he knows that you would like a formal proposal! Some guys are clueless about that stuff and need it spelled out for them haha.

    You might want to look into Moissanite or lab-created sapphires, if cost is an issue. Both are generally less expensive than diamond and you can get a larger stone without spending as much as you would on a diamond. Diamonds are, unfortunately, overpriced.

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    If you want to be surprised by your ring, just tell your bf what you just told us. That you want a white gold or platinum ring with 1 diamond and let him do the rest.

    As for how much you should spend. Like PPs said that really depends on your finances and your bf’s finances. As my dad always says “never buy something you don’t have money to pay for right this second”

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 1997

    @purplering:  I agree with you, you’ll be wearing the rings long after the wedding “party” is just a memory.  Although expensive, diamonds are valuable, beautiful, billions of years old, each one is special and one of a kind! They are unique and from the earth! Yes its good to be pragmatic but it’s also ok to splurge on something nice for such an important event as a marriage. Smile

    Here’s a ring I found, don’t know if they ship to the Phillipeans.

    http://www.bluenile.com/build-your-own-diamond-ring?action=add&forceStep=STYLE_STEP&pid=LD02323524

    Blue Nile has some great prices and they have a good reputation.  The above link is a 1/3 carat decent quality round brilliant diamond ring in a simple Platinum Tiffanyesque setting for US $1300.  White gold would be less.  Given what you’ve said about your fiance’s taste, you may want to choose several rings and then let him make the final decision.

    Good luck and hope you get a fabulous ring. Post a picture after you choose!

    Post # 15
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    210 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I think that is such a personal question. First, for one person say $1,000 might be low while another will consider it high. I think it depends on the couple as they will be the ones who will be wearing them daily. For me and my fiance, we both agree on not making a big deal on the wedding. Me more than him and since it’s usually the bride that wants a big big wedding, he just wants a reception for his family. So because of that, I have told him before we were even engaged that a wedding is 1 day while our rings are ones we will wear forever. That to me, is the most important part of it. My ering is custom made and we are still deciding on our wedding rings. I have decided on mine, white sapphires in eternity chanel setting, platinum metal. For my fiance it’s the same setting and metal, it’s just blue sapphires and black onyx. He added the black onyx I think to “man it up”.

    Post # 16
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    2050 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I’d spend whatever he is financially comfortable with. 🙂  Good luck on your hunt!

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