Post # 1
SO sat me down tonight and told me a budget and to send him rings I like. He knows I don’t want him to spend much on a ring.. so need some help!
I LOVE the look of white gold, but am allergic to nickel.. so it has to be platinum or yellow/white gold. Basially with the budget he gave me, I need to decide between tiny diamond and platinum, or decent size diamond (.60-.75ish) and gold. I dunno what to do! I love the look of rose gold but worry it will look aged… and yellow gold (to me) is a little dated but is pretty classic…
This is a big step… once he has a ring, he’s the type that will propose right away. And once he starts looking he will buy quickly!
Post # 2
I have heard before that platinum is really overkill for most people’s lifestyles. Unless you work in a lab or somewhere that could be destructive to gold, it’s not entirely necessary. I personally like 14k gold for this reason, since it isn’t as soft as 18k. But this is just my thoughts 🙂 Show us some pictures if you find things online! This is very exciting
Post # 3
Dreaming42: some jewelers actually don’t alloy their white gold with nickel, so you should inquire about that. White gold is significantly cheaper than platinum, so that could help with your budget 🙂
Post # 4
So I compiled a list (with pictures) of the style of rings I like. I told him I really like white gold (if he can find somewhere without nickel) and platinum/ palladium, but am open to whatever metal he chooses for me. He knows me and I know whatever he picks me I will love. I would be happy for him to pick the ring completely on his own, but I know that could be very overwhelming for him!
The list I came up with has 9 styles- does that seems like too many? Basically I’ve got the following:
-solitaire with diamond band (just a few accents, I think I use my hands too much for a delicate pave!)
– solitaire with hand engraved band
– solitaire with vintage band (I included pics of marquise shaped detailing and one with bezel set diamonds and milgrain)
-halo with plain band
-a couple bands unique to specific website (a couple Brilliant Earth and one Blue Nile
I haven’t given him my list so I can narrow I down. He plans on going to a jewelry nearby rather than ordering online, but I love some of those unique bands so much I thought I’d include them!
Post # 5
Dreaming42: Would you consider a Moissanite? They are beautiful and less expensive.
Post # 6
I am also allergic to nickel, but I got palladium instead of platinum. It only costs a little more than white gold, but it looks just like platinum! You can see my ring in my avatar photo.
My ring is from Moissaniteco, but plenty of other jewelers work in palladium– just not the big mall chains.
Post # 7
Yes I would absolutely consider moissanite. 🙂 Im not sure how willing he is
Post # 8
Dreaming42: In the long run, I strongly recommend platinum because it is less maintenence compared to white gold. White gold overtime will lose it’s whiteness, so you will have to send it off to get rhodium plated again every 6 months to a year depends on how rough you are with your hands. Also, overtime white gold loses metal & you may need to retip prongs in the future, where platinum doesn’t. Try shopping online for rings. It’s easier to send him links of rings you like & the diamond you want that will fit in his budget. It will be much cheaper. You will save a lot compare to buying from brick & mortar stores. That is what my fiance & I did. I went on James Allen website & looked at rings & diamonds that I would like within his budget, then made a wish list & emailed it to him. He contacted them & they pretty much helped him the rest of the way on helping him create the perfect ring for me. They are an amazing company & I really recommend them. Whatever problems you will have, they will try their best to help you. There are also sites like Blue Nile, but we went with James Allen because they have videos of the actual diamond so you could see the diamond up close & personal.