Guy Shopping for Engagement Ring

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

To stay in your budget I would look at moissanite!  

Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I would recommend visiting a well-rated local (non-chain) jewelry store and seeing what they have to offer. It would at least help to see rings in person to know if you could see your Fiance liking it or not. Personally, I think you cannot go wrong with a diamond. You could get something really nice for under $2000. Local stores don’t mark up their products like a chain store, at least this has been my experience. They showed us so many choices of stones, whereas at a chain-store they showed us one much smaller stone as the only option for our budget.

Edit: You also might have more luck finding something round at a good price. And round cut is very brilliant compared to other cuts, and it is classic. You might want to feel out from her or through friends which cuts she is open to.

My husband and I are also very simple people and I love my round cut diamond. I believe he paid $2000 more or less for the ring… and I think it’s the perfect size diamond.

Which brings me to another point– could you go look at rings together? My husband and I did but then he made the final selection and he proposed much sooner than I expected so I was still surprised.

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would consider moissanite!  I’ve never had an issue with stains.  Also, if you’re looking for an amazing jeweler who will work with your budget, I would check out Joseph Schubach Jewelers. Seriously they are the best!

Post # 19
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I personally would go for a diamond just because it doesn’t seem like she has specified anything so it’s a gamble to spend a lot of money on ring if she did not say she wants a moissy or a sapphire. My ring personally doesn’t come from here, but I’ve looked at James Allen several times and they have gorgeous setting for cheaper than I’ve seen in most places and you get a 360 degree view of the diamonds. Emerald cuts are beautiful and they are actually one of the cheapest cuts to get. So I think you could get a gorgeous ring from them in your budget. 

Post # 20
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Karl Fleming :  I like the setting you designed but based on what you’ve said, it’s probably way too high. 

I have a blue sapphire so I’m biased towards them, but have you asked her if she wants a coloured gemstone? Its one thing to like sapphires and the colour blue and teal, and quite another to want it as your engagement ring. I would make sure about that vs a white stone because coloured engagement rings are not for everyone. 

ETA: my husband got me a sapphire because I specifically told him that’s what I wanted. It would have been a huge risk on his part if I hadn’t. 

Post # 21
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Helper bee

Ooooorrr if you’re REALLY torn, you could always propose with a ring pop and then suggest you go pick out/design a ring together! I love ring pops! 🙂

Post # 22
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Worker bee

Check out RosadosBox on etsy theses are well under budget and will last a lifetime 🙂

I second the other bees that recommend moissinite, and if you really want a diamond brilliance.com has the best prices and range hands down.  I’d go lower on color maybe even to an M, VS2, just don’t sacrafice cut quality for anything.

 

 

 

 

Post # 23
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Helper bee

Emerald with two side baguettes.. swoooonnnnnn 

simple yet different. 

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Karl Fleming :  If she doesn’t like high, I would consider doing a bezel setting, especially if she works with her hands a lot.

 

Post # 25
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

If she likes blue you might consider something like a London blue topaz – it’s a beautiful colour- here’s an example… https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/123328709/370ct-emerald-cut-london-blue-topaz

the sapphire in the photo above is beautiful! It’s everything you said she likes – simplicity, blue stone, gorgeous setting … I think it’s beautiful  

if you get a sapphire you shouldn’t worry about the hardness of it. It’s a 9 on the MOHs hardness scale  yes, that a factor of 10 less than a diamond, but it’s still a very tough rock. Even an emerald at 8 shouldn’t be a problem  I’m very rough on my hands, and have a morganite ring (8 hardness) that has never been scratched or chipped  

 

 

Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

As she is an art teacher, I’d be wary about getting her a moissanite or (especially) a gemstone because of all the stuff she works with- its just not that practical. Also, as someone else noted, there is a huge difference between liking a color and wanting it for your engagement ring. Deep blue is my favorite color and I love it (and looooove sapphires), but I would never want it for my engagement ring. I’d go with a James Allen emerald cut diamond in a simple setting. You really can’t go wrong with that. Before you go with a colored stone, you need to very clearly/bluntly ask her if that’s something she would want and phrase it so she can give an honest answer (like “would you rather have a clear diamond/moissy/etc or would you be ok with a gemstone? What is your preference when it comes to stone types?”). Good luck!!!

 

Edit: One more thing! I have an emerald cut ring and I think that what makes them so beautiful is the way the light hits them inside and creates a hall of mirrors effect. You completely lose that with a colored stone- I bought my sister an emerald cut sapphire ring for her 21st bday and although it was beautiful, it didn’t capture the essence or have unique look of an emerald cut diamond/moissy. 

Post # 27
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Buzzing bee
Post # 28
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Helper bee

I don’t have much to contribute on the ring front ( I love everyone’s ideas!!) But as a girl coming from a family of art teachers, I’d stick with a bezel set diamond from a practicality standpoint. 

Also, your girlfriend is very lucky to have a guy who’s obviously so concerned with getting her something she’ll love! Happy for both of you! 😁

Post # 29
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Helper bee

I’m going to chime in again: I looove my bezel. I didn’t mention it before because I feel like it’s a very specific style that people either love or hate. Mine was also from a practicality standpoint, and it also sits really low on my finger. 

Post # 30
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - River Museum & Aquarium

Karl Fleming :  Have you considered a bezel set ring? They are more secure settings, and are usually lower set. Also, if you think she’d like a colored stone, London blue topaz is a beautiful, rich blue-green color. 

https://www.moissaniteco.com/emerald-cut-moissanite-bezel-engagement-ring-p-19239.html

 

Wouldn’t recommend sterling silver as it is not as durable as white gold, but could see if they would make it white gold: 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/125604394/london-blue-topaz-ring-december?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=emerald%20cut%20london%20blue%20topaz%20ring&ref=sr_gallery_12

 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/287745427/sterling-silver-bezel-set-ringeast?ga_search_query=london+blue&ref=shop_items_search_3

 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/498225845/london-blue-topaz-engagement-ring-14k?ref=shop_home_active_7

 

 

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