Post # 1
I am a Waiting Bee, and today the bf started talking about money…which led to talking about jewelry. And ended with him wanting to go look at rings!
I knew nothing would actually be bought for a little while (it was more for him to get an idea of how much to save), but I was still pretty excited.
Until I actually got to the stores and started looking around.
It might have to do with living in a more conservative part of the country, but most ALL of the rings looked THE SAME! There were hundreds of rings that were only very slightly different. I didn’t really like any of them–they all looked like ones my coworkers have, or my family members have.
At this point I’m not sure what to do. We’re most definitely on a budget, so we can’t afford a couple of the designers I’ve scoped out online as having more interesting rings (Simon G, for example), and I’m pretty sure I want a moissanite center stone, so working with a local jeweler to get a custom ring might also be out of the question. I don’t think I would feel comfortable with a non-diamond center stone (that whole conservative part of the country thing; I’d never hear the end of it from my mother), though it would be fine to have colored accent stones. Or colored gold?
Anyone have any ideas of good sources for truly unique/odd/original e-rings? Or at least a place where I can get a really high quality, really colorless loose moissanite?
Post # 3
Maybe look into estate rings?
Post # 4
Have you looked at Moissanite Co.? They have some pretty unique engagement rings, although not knowing your style I’m not sure if they are unique enough.
Post # 5
Can you find some pictures to post on here to show us what style you are going for? We might can be more help that way! 🙂
Post # 6
i second the antique/estate ring idea. i’ve got one and it is definitely unique and was under $2000. you could also maybe look into antique settings (even with other stones) and then replace it with your moissanite stone?
Post # 7
Wait so, you want moissanite or you don’t? You said you did, then you said you couldn’t go non-diamond? But you also made a great point that bringing a moissanite to a jeweler might not be an option. Many jewelers tend to avoid simulants (or what they perceive to be sims) like the plague.
Are antique rings your style? If not, I think your idea of adding colored accent/side stones is good, or using colored gold. My ring will be rose gold, which I love.
My advice is to go check out pricescope, you will find plenty of inspiration there!
Post # 8
Wait, isn’t a moissanite non-diamond too? Or are you planning on telling everyone that it is a diamond? Sorry, I’m not very familiar with moissanite.
Post # 9
I second Pricescope! When we first started looking at rings, we went to a lot of chain shops. I found some things I liked but didn’t love because I had a more antique/vintage style in mind. Finally I found my dream setting at a smaller family run jewelery store, so keep looking!
Post # 10
Another vote here for looking at Pricescope.
Here’s a thread full of engagement ring photos, there are some really unique ones: http://www.pricescope.com/forum/show-me-the-ring/the-forum-engagement-ring-folder-eye-candy-t5429.html
Post # 11
If you want a unique ring unlike those everyone else in your part of the country has, wouldn’t a colored stone be more unique and better than passing off a moissanite as a diamond, simply in an effort to live up to social expectations?
Post # 12
I would definitely pick out the diamond in person, but you wouldn’t have to have it set by the jeweler you buy it from. Our jeweler just ordered the right size setting based on measurements and set the diamond. So, s/he can tell you the measurements, you can have a setting made, and have the diamond set locally. I bought FI’s wedding ring from QuiltedPony on etsy (he does a neat e-ring), and mine from GreenLake Jewelers (in Seattle). The latter is on the expensive size but does amazing custom work and they have great website for custom orders including a lot of photos of their previous work.
Post # 13
If you find a designer you like, most of them will have a section on their website that will list the locations closest to you that carry them. If you call the jeweler they can try to get the ring(s) you like in their store for you to see in person (if it isn’t there already!)
I am in the process of doing this now…the one designer I am interested in is only carried ONE place near me and its 45 minutes away! I am going to call today and hopefully make the trip out soon!
Post # 14
http://www.jamesallen.com and http://www.bluenile.com are two good places to search online for rings — they have a good variety, and the prices are much better than what you see in stores (and better quality stones).
My ring is from James Allen.
Post # 15
i would like to third (or fourth or whatever) antique rings. there are some seriously unique antiques out there. and reasonably priced too.
Post # 16
I second moissaniteco.com! They have really unique rings and you can work with them and even order colored moissanite! And the prices are amazing.