(Closed) Family ring as engagement ring

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
1886 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Gorse Hill, Surrey, UK

could you re-use the diamond in a new setting? best of both worlds then 🙂

Post # 3
301 posts
Helper bee

You can use your family ring ad and engagement ring and have him buy you a right hand ring or vise versa

Post # 4
39 posts

I have a ring that has been passed down my family , its beautiful and I love it and I’ve always known it’s what I wanted as my engagement ring. my boyfriend is planning to propose sometime next year , and he is okay with using it instead of buying a new one. I’d rather put the money towards the wedding or something than spending £1000’s on a new ring when I love my family one. 

Post # 5
2076 posts
Buzzing bee

If you love the family ring and wish to use it as your e-ring that is your choice and screw what others say.  I think it is silly to say that he has to buy you one.  What about all the Fiance out there who used family heirlooms or hand me down rings?  Do those rings not count?  See how silly that is?

And anyway, you will both be in the market for wedding bands eventually so there is his opportunity to buy you a ring.

Post # 7
324 posts
Helper bee

My engagement ring is a family heirloom from my husband’s grandmother. I love it! I don’t see why he should have to buy a new ring if you already have one that you love. If you and he are happy with the ring, that’s all that matters. Plus, you could use the money that would’ve been spent on a ring and put it towards the wedding or honeymoon. 

Post # 8
4233 posts
Honey bee

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I have heirloom jewelry. I have jewelry my sweetheart has gifted me. I love all the pieces.

But there is something a bit more sentimental and (dare I say?) territorial about wearing my hubs’ rings on my wedding finger. You’ve heard the phrase, “it’s not personal, it’s business”? Well, imo, the marital bling is very personal.

Just my $0.02. 



Post # 9
9527 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Who cares what other people think? Do what you want to do.

We were planning on using my mom’s diamond for a long time, but when it came down to actually looking at rings, Fiance said he really wanted to buy me one all on his own. It meant alot to him. But that doesn’t mean it means alot to Tom, Dick, or Harry. Just do what makes sense for you and your SO, whatever that may be.

Post # 10
55 posts
Worker bee

I think that other people’s thoughts on the matter are inconsequential. If you want to wear the family ring, then wear it. It saves money for the wedding and it’s what you want (which is more important than people’s opinions). You’ve heard the saying opinions are like a-holes, right?

Family tradition on my husband’s side is that every girl wears my mother in law’s first wedding ring for the first year of marriage. Call her crazy, but she says that something in that ring will make your marriage last 50 years just like hers. I’m not her biological daughter (she has 3), but she gave it to me to wear anyway because I married her son. I wore it proudly even though it didn’t even match my set (hers was yellow gold, my rings are platinum). The ring is sentimental to you. Wear it. Tell everyone else to keep their mouths shut.

Post # 11
10 posts

My wedding band was my grandmother’s and I can’t imagine another ring feeling more special to me. I don’t think you would ever regret using your great grandmother’s engagement ring, especially since you like the style and would basically be looking for a duplicate.  It’s silly to think there are “rules” about this type of thing, but then I’m in the minority and don’t believe a husband-to-be has to spend a possibly uncomfortable amount of money to “prove” how he feels about his future wife…

(And by the way, no one has ever said anything negative about my heirloom ring, quite the opposite!)   

Post # 12
1688 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Use the ring you already have if you love it so much! People will think what they want, but likely they’ll promptly forget anyway. 

Post # 13
102 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Post a picture I would love to see the ring I Love vintage rings 😍

Post # 14
3302 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

What does your SO think of this? His opinion and your own are the only ones that matter. 

Post # 15
1258 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I say if you love it and your SO is ok with using it as engagement ring. ..why not?  Try not to let others influence what you want. ..my take on that is you may regret not using it down the road. Yes..pictures please! !

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