(Closed) Guy looking to buy an engagement ring needs help and advice

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 61
55 posts
Worker bee

I would play around on Gemvara if you haven’t already! Everything is totally customizable and you can definitely get something beautiful within your budget. They also have the option to split the payments up over 3 months without any interest. They now offer Forever One moissanite if you want something that has a similar look and durability as diamond without the price tag. 🙂

Post # 62
2756 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

craigh :  I am in Canada also, and I am not at all a fan of Peoples or Michael Hill. Low quality, poor customer service and they charge way too much for what you get. A lab pink sapphire in a thin, low quality white gold setting isn’t worth half as much as they are selling it for.

Surely Fed Ex or UPS would be efficiant?

Gemvera is a great suggestion, they also offer engraving so you could personalize it that way too. Plus, their gems are much nicer than the ones sold at mall stores. 

Post # 63
500 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

craigh :  My ring is from Paris Jewellers (we are also in Canada). My husband didn’t ask me anything about rings before he proposed, but knew I would want something simple and non flashy. I believe mine was $1200 originally but on sale for $1000 and is 0.2ct. My ring is not available anymore, but this is the closest one specs wise I found:

White Gold Diamond Canadian Glacier Ice Engagement Ring

Our dollar is so much lower than in the states, so a lot of the suggestions you are getting will be out of budget for you! 

I work in the bush, have dogs, hike, bike, camp, and the works and it has held up incredibly well. I’m more than happy with it!

This is my ring, keep in mind I have mind I have large hands (my ring size is 8.25) I added a plain white gold 3mm wedding band when we got married in October. 



Post # 64
1606 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Or what about Craigslist? (A local Craigslist board). There are a lot of rings for sale there and since diamonds have a poor resale value, many of those rings would be within your budget. If you go this route, make sure they either have the GIA (or similar) report that states the specs or at the very least get it appraised by a jeweller you trust. 

Post # 65
3163 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

craigh :  I don’t think you offended anyone.  The issue is you originally told us your budget was $1000- $1200 Ca. Later it became evident that you were trying to find something for less than HALF of that.  We probably could have been more helpful if you had represented your budget more accurately. Also don’t discount that your easy going fiance despite living “remotely” without pinterest/Facebook, may still appreciate quality. Consider buying a preowned sparkly small diamond ring.  Even for your budget,  there are deals to be had in the preowned diamond market. 

Post # 66
415 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

craigh :  There are a bunch of jewelers in Ottawa! A quick search got me a large list. This is an enagement ring, meant for life, don’t settle for a crappy store just because it’s what is common. Buying online is SO WORTH the hassle, trust me! Don’t settle! Even if your budget was $200 I still wouldn’t go to those stores. You do have more options. Use them!

I’m sorry people were rude. I hope I’m not! I just think you should get the most bang for your buck. The extra effort to drive a few hours to a REAL jewelry store that can have something so much better or go online is worth it! Who cares if your friend circle has never done it. An engagement ring is the one thing you shouldn’t settle for! 🙂

Post # 67
394 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2018 - Emerald at Queensridge

 Moiiiiissanite. She will love it. 🙂 I have a one carat colorless hearts & arrows moissanite in white gold (round solitaire) from moissaniteco.com and it was in the $800 to $900 range. Sorry I’m unsure of the exact price. It’s durable and it’s gorgeous. You will not regret moissanite!

Post # 68
187 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I really would counsel you to avoid a pink stone unless she has specifically mentioned it or really loves pink, like, a LOT.

Here are some options I found at your site:

This one is within your price range and nice without being overstated:


Here’s one with yellow gold (some like, some aren’t fans these days)


And the last one is $60 over your budget…don’t know if that’s a problem or not, but it’s similar to the previous example but with a little more TCW and it’s white gold instead. Personally I also think the milgrain on this one adds a lot.



Post # 69
587 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

This seems like an odd thread. You are asking for suggestions, saying she doesn’t care, but then when you get suggestions you have excuses about why those are not good. Has to be from certain stores, not online, has to be half the budget you said, etc. Can’t ask a friend, can’t ask a family member, you live in the woods or whatever. I find it hard to imagine that she doesn’t have ANY preferences, because it sounds like she’s hinting at a diamond.

Please do not get a pink ring. That is VERY specific. You’ve already gotten the best advice we can give. 

Post # 70
2569 posts
Sugar bee

craigh :  I would steer clear of 10k gold. Go for 14kt in the very least. The quality is much nicer. Also Peoples is the same company as Jareds in the states (owned by Sterling). They offer very low quality I1, I2, I3 diamonds in their settings, so be careful. You want it to sparkle! I am going to go against the pack and say the pink sapphire wouldn’t be a bad choice for me (I happen to love pink), but I would want it in a thicker, high quality 14kt or 18kt gold setting with some nice diamond melee. I would highly consider going outside of your comfort zone for this and ordering something online, so you don’t end up with a generic ring.

Good luck!

Post # 71
862 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

polishprincess :  all of those are on the US site only and in USD. keep in kind that $1200 USD is over $1600CAD, so none of those work.. he probably should’ve made that very clear in his first post.

anyhow, i think we should all give up. he isn’t really asking for help. so i don’t get what the point of this thread is at all. 

Post # 73
433 posts
Helper bee

craigh :  so does that mean you are going to go with the pink ring?  Or look at some other options we have suggested?

Post # 74
586 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Please post pics of whatever you choose!!

Post # 75
680 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

craigh :  I get that you don’t really want to wait for shipping, but even if you go into a store you’ll have to wait for them to size the ring or order her size. That takes 2-3 weeks. Just a thought. They really only sell size 7s in the store, unless that’s what size she is.

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