(Closed) From or visit Europe? Ering concern.

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Sanibel13I’m in Munich. DACH= Germany, Austria and Switzerland πŸ™‚

Post # 18
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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@Future_Mrs_Dr_I:  

No one is gonna care if your stone is teeny tiny or a chrystal chandelier (except they want to mug you πŸ˜‰ )

I live in Austria and have lived in Germany, too. I have seen big rings on people, and not so big ones. It’s really up to you, nothing’s taboo, I wouldn’t take it off if I were you..

I don’t know anyone who got married and didn’t have an ering (maybe that’s an age issue, I don’t know), and I can’t remember people staring at mine on the streets, so go ahead and show off yours! πŸ˜‰

Post # 19
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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@Hausfrau:  Munich is not so far from Zürich.. In January or February I`ll be in Munich for dress alternations with my best friend. Maybe we can go for a caffee..?

Post # 20
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Newbee

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@Tibbs:  Surprised 3ct is like the size of my kidney!! what she doing on the tube?

Post # 21
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Buzzing bee

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@Future_Mrs_Dr_I:  I live in Germany half of the year. SO is German. You mention that you’ll be in a military base. I would strongly recommend that you get what you want. Chances are, a few years down the road, you’ll be living in another country or even in the states. Get something you love. 

Post # 22
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@Future_Mrs_Dr_I:  Hi, I’m from England, and to be honest I have seen all sorts. I must admit most of my engaged or married friends have around .5ct stones, mine is 1ct and I know one other friend who has a 1.5ct emerald cut ering. I have had a lot of people say to me ‘wow now that’s a rock!’ or ‘that’s huge!’ but for me it’s just perfect – I think get what YOU want not what you think the country your moving to wants πŸ™‚ x

 

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I’m from the UK and anything more than 1ct is seen as big, but it’s certainly not ‘taboo’. 

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

UK bee. Most of the e-rings i have seen are all under 1ct but definately not taboo. 

Post # 25
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

It depends whereabouts in the UK you are. In London, I have seen rings of all shapes and sizes. I don’t think big rings are taboo exactly, but you’ll need to be aware that diamonds are more expensive in the UK than they are in the US and be tactful about it. 

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

@Future_Mrs_Dr_I:  UK bee here. I agree with PPs, most engagement rings here tend to be between 0.3-1ct, with 1ct being quite rare. I have a 0.75 stone and it’s the largest one in my office. Anything bigger than 1.5ct would probably be stared at, and 2ct would be assumed CZ πŸ™‚

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Future_Mrs_Dr_I:  Here in italy people generally don’t get engagement rings so they will usually wear a plain band or an eternity band. The thing is if you have a slightly flashier ring people will generally assume it’s CZ. But I must say i try not to wear flashy jewelry here for safety reasons.

In the UK (where I grew up) rings are generally about a .50 and in very simple settings. You generally concentrate a lot on quality as opposed to carat weight. But bigger rings are not unheard of so you should be fine. 

 

Post # 28
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We honeymooned in Europe and the only place I saw women with big flashy diamonds was in Monaco.  Other than the Fairmont there, we stayed in 80-120 Euro B&B’s and motels and sight-saw on our own, so we were mingling with the common folk.  I left my solitaire at home and was glad I did. 

Post # 29
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

I’m living in Prague and it just occured to me that I don’t see those big chunky e-rings that I’ve been seeing on this forum. I am not much of a ring-spotter, but there are lots of heirloom/vintage rings rather than the obviously really new, modern rings. 

But I doubt anyone would judge.

Post # 30
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Blushing bee

@Future_Mrs_Dr_I:  they’re not big on larger diamonds -> true, but there are diamonds. I’ve noticed that the lesser quality diamonds (VS2 and under) are more popular in the US as they are in Europe.

Women in West European countries (Italy, France, Germany, Netherlands) do not often wear/get engagement rings. Lately, proposing with a ring has become more popular but the ring is still very small (.20 and under but high quality) compared to the rings in the US.

It is not uncommon to have a plain gold band that doubles as e-ring and wedding band. Both partners wear one and as far I’ve seen them they are always matching bands.

 

Don’t worry about wearing a “big rock” in Europe: European women aren’t very “ring obsessed” and will probably thing it is a CZ because they mighy know the prices of the rings here and you do not see big stones at a regular shop.

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