Post # 1
Sorry for the long post, I don’t have anyone else to talk about this with :P.
When we were first looking at engagement rings, I found this board and pricescope. I fell prey to the “finger coverage” and “ring shrinkage” posts that I saw and believed I needed a 2-3 carat stone with a halo. I thought I wanted a brand name engagement ring like Tiffany or Cartier. I constantly looked at rings (both irl and online) and took way took many pictures of my rings.
Now, 6 years later, I feel like 1.25ct is my absolute limit for how many carats I feel comfortable wearing (much to my husbands dismay…he has always thought bigger is better). I’ve learned that name brand=/=better, and that I prefer less bling and finger coverage. I rarely even wear my own rings and almost never take pictures of them.
However, I noticed that I have never wanted a marquise or heart shaped stone and have never wanted a Tacori setting. Some things seem to stay the same.
I thought it’d be interesting seeing if anyone else has gone through drastic changes in what they wanted, and what has stayed the same.
Post # 2
I can say that besides maybe favoring certain shapes of stones, my general taste in jewelry has remained very similar.
I love solitaires, I do not like pave/halos/lots of bling. I love very classic looks and clean lines. I don’t like twist or curved bands.
And i have never been into name brand rings. The prices are extra inflated for no real reason other than the name brand. I love going to my jeweler and creating a piece that I love and is unique to me.
Post # 3
My first marriage I had a yellow gld channel set and a wide yellow gold band.
I don’t wear a lot of yellow gold nowadays. I choose more timeless and simple jewelry than when I was younger.
I also wear far less daily jewelry now, and it’s more understated.
Post # 4
It’s not so really your tastes that have changed, it’s your attitude. The opinions expressed by others don’t have as much weight as they once did. As you mature you find that the opinions of others defy gravity, they’re so weightless. You learn to trust your own judgement.
Post # 5
When I was younger, I like white metals better than I do now. I adore yellow gold (I like rose gold too), so I think my younger self was being influenced by peer pressure/what was trendy. Yellow gold just makes my heart sing.
my younger self preferred cleaner, more minimalistic styles in jewelry. My middle aged self is all about the elaborate victorian and georgian era jewelry. I also find I like bigger stones as I get older – I suspect it may have something to do with my eyes ageing and needing help to admire the faceting.
Post # 6
I agree, I used to think a tiffany setting was IT for me. I also wanted a white gold setting. Now I don’t care about brand at all and want yellow gold. However, I also have never been a fan of really blingy rings and the overal style of ring I want hasn’t changed.
Post # 7
I don’t think my overall taste has changed. I still like minimalist designs, solitaires, clean lines. I have never liked halos or complicated blingy settings. The one thing that has changed is my willingness to mix metals. Still not a fan of two colours on the same piece (other than prongs), but I like the idea of some silver coloured jewellery and some yellow gold at the same time without having to be all one or the other.
Post # 8
I think my tastes have stayed pretty much the same other than stone shape preference. I used to want a round diamond and had a whole pinterest board of huge gigantic 3ct round diamonds. It was my dream ring! Now I’m more drawn to the clean lines of rectangular shapes like emeralds and radiants. And not that I would turn down a 3ct ring, but I’m very happy with my ring even though it’s on the smaller side in my circle of friends.
Post # 9
- Wedding: February 2019 - City, State
I used to absolutely refuse to wear yellow gold of any kind because I didn’t like how it looked on me. All of my jewelry was silver toned; but, when I started looking at rings, I found the white gold and platinum looked too modern to me. I insisted on yellow gold, and now I wear almost exclusively gold tones to match my ring, because I don’t like mixing metals.
Post # 10
- Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY
My ring preferences have stayed the same. I still don’t like halos on me and I love elongated shapes, but I also have long fingers. My e-ring is a marquise diamond, but my second favorite shapes are oval and pear. I guess you either love them or hate them. My set is white gold but I don’t plan on ever getting my rings re-dipped. I wear both yellow and white gold, but not so much rose gold. I do mix metals now, although very subtly, where before I used to be very matchy. And I think overall my stlye has moved from flashy, bold and trendy pieces to more understated, classic pieces for every day wear.
Post # 11
I got married with an heirloom ring that I still love and hold dear to my heart but my sig other wanted me to pick something out that represented me… not an already choosen ring…
I thought that diamonds and moissys could only be used for wedding rings, so I had countless moissys that I always returned because it just didn’t feel like me, I have always preferred darker stones over lighter stones but I was conflicted until I started doing research.. I had always loved a sapphire and was also fond of black diamonds, so I tried a black sapphire it was too opaque, and never found a black diamond that I felt was me… it took a looooooong time to get settled on my midnight blue sapphire!!!
same thing happened with my wedding dress, thought I wanted one thing and ended up with something different!
If I have learned one thing it’s go for what you love!!! Any ring can be an engagement ring!
Post # 12
I always thought I’d pick a blue or green stone rather than a diamond. When it came down to picking a ring, I decided to get something that would match all colours 😉
When I was younger I almost always wore silver jewellery and was completely unwilling to mix different metals. I always thought I’d have a white gold wedding ring like my mum but when my husband and I chose an engagement ring, I just liked the yellow gold better and we also decided on yellow gold wedding rings. I don’t currently wear my e-ring because my fingers got too fat but I wear a silver claddagh ring on my left middle finger and my wedding ring on my right hand (that’s how you do it in Germany), so i’m ok with mixing metals now.
Post # 13
There’s nothing like pricescope to reset your expectations. Lol. So much eye candy! I love my wedding set but some of the rings people have on there are drool-worthy.
My taste is the same but I’m more mindful of my purchases. I only buy jewelry I love but will spend more than I used to on a piece. I’ll only make a big purchase on something I’ll wear daily, too.
Post # 14
Changed might be the wrong word, but I’ve definitely gotten more selective and if it isn’t comfortable I DON’T BUY IT. Which is proving challenging in this day and age of Etsy and online jewellery…
Post # 15
- Wedding: February 2005 - Shreveport, LA
Absolutely, I got married with a yellow gold marquis set, upgraded to a white gold pave..kinda blingy set…. and now just love a rose gold solitaire. For everyday jewelry I used to wear it all, necklace, bracelets, watch, rings, earrings, and anything else I could fit on my body and the bigger the stones the better! Now I like smaller daintier jewelry and only wear stud diamonds and my wedding set daily.
As far as name brands I’m not really sure how I feel about that now but it did used to be a big deal. I had to have my wedding set from a local jeweler that was well known because that’s where everyone I knew was getting theirs and it was a big deal lol. Now I don’t really care as long as it’s a good quality piece.
What an interesting thread and I love reading everyone’s responses!