Post # 16
I agree with everyone saying Etsy! I did a quick search to look some up real quick, and these are some rings that I found that fit some of the categories you want– antique looking, salt and pepper ring, sparkle, some not in your face sizes. The first ring with the alexandrite seems to be a good size stone…not too big or small, and you can swap the stone to a salt and pepper diamond or moissanite! (Seller’s FAQ and item description says so! They also make the $600 salt and pepper diamond ring). I would be a bit skeptical about shops with low sales/low review numbers because it could be hit or miss. However, some shops with a lot of sales may also be sketchy (avoid tigergemstones!!) I feel that as long as you read extensively through reviews and pictures, ask the seller for pictures and videos, I think you should be fine making a big purchase through Etsy. Most rings on there definitely fit your budget. Sure, you miss out on trying the ring on and seeing it in person, but it is much affordable than going to a store and you are helping a small business out! Also, alot of Etsy shops do custom rings or personalizations at low prices or for free, and have a return window in case you aren’t happy. So, if you like a ring from an etsy shop that you may be skeptical about, you can show another more reputable etsy shop and they may be able to recreate it.
Post # 17
and here is my ring from etsy! It is a bit in your face, but definitely sparkles. It was under $900 and is about a 3 carat moissanite set in 14k gold. We were skeptical too, but I am so happy we took the risk and went with the shop we chose. It was a very quick process from purchase, to the making of the ring, and shipping/delivery (3 days)
Post # 18
I have a roughly half carat lab diamond in the “Nadia” setting from Brilliant Earth. It’s super sparkly- as other bees have said they’re exactly the same as mined. The center stone was around $300 and the whole ring was $1500. The setting was expenive compared to the stone, but I loved the vintagey feel. You could get a cheaper setting though. I’d check out Brilliant Earth for sure. They have lovely settings and budget-friendly lab diamonds.
Post # 19
You could also check out Gemvara
There’s a lot of fun options and they’re so easy to customize. They might be a little pricey for the material used, but there are options in the <500 range if that’s what you’re interested in and you can be very creative with stone color and type as well as metal.
I got my engagement ring from there and I’m so happy with it
Post # 20
I love JTV! I thought I must be the only Bee on here that did since I never hear anything about it! I have had some really cool pieces as well and have only had positive experiences.
Post # 21
- Wedding: February 2005 - Shreveport, LA
I know I never hear anyone talk about it either and think maybe it’s just me! It’s good to know I’m not the only one lol! I have several of their diamond and moissanite rings and I just got a lab diamond wedding band, you can’t beat the prices in gold!
Post # 22
I think it’s generally safe to order off of Etsy if the shop has a lot of reviews and sales. However, I wouldn’t order from Etsy until Covid has past. I know a lot of customers have orders in limbo right now and some of these small business owners might not make it through. At least touch base with the seller first and make sure they’re still fulfilling orders and look for reviews on recent experiences. I also recommend using PayPal to pay because they are pretty buyer-friendly in disputes, while I’ve heard Etsy is more seller friendly.
Post # 23
IF you can convince him to go salt and pepper, you can totally afford something under $800. Check out this designed on Etsy. I just ordered a .91ct hexagon to be set in rose gold with claw prongs for under $600 from her. She’s still up and coming, so her prices are lower than Alexis Russell and Point No Point. There are lots of salt and pepper diamonds that aren’t as speckled as others. You can also check out her Instagram for videos and pics of specific diamonds or any of her in stock rings.
ETA she also has tons of gemstones in stock too 🙂
Post # 24
Try Ivy and Rose, they have many beautiful and inexpensive engagement rings. Sort by price.
Post # 25
- Wedding: June 2019 - City, State
My 7.5mm cushion Moissanite in platinum was $600. It’s my dream ring!
MoissaniteCo has a lot of vintage style rings. I love looking through their website, and their Instagram account is updated with many posts a day.
Post # 26
I designed my ring with a vintage design in mind, it was $900 but would have been cheaper if we had it made overseas, but I wanted to support a local business
In my opinion coloured gems have a vintage look, but if colorless sparkle is more your thing I agree that moissanite in a vintage inspired setting might be good.
Here are some etsy rings that might give you some ideas, all in your mentioned budget (all moissanite)
And here is my ring for a bit of coloured gem representation
Happy ring hunting!
Post # 27
beautiful ring!!! Who was the seller?
Post # 28
I forgot to mention, Doveggs is a very reasonably priced moissanite manufacturer… they have some rings available on Amazon and have a store online based out of Seattle WA
on their site you can customize most of the rings as well by choosing the size of stone you want and what carat of gold!
hope this helps!
Post # 29
Not sure why the pic from their online store didn’t post but here it is ….
theynhave life time warranties and send certifications with their rings!
move owned a few in the last and I know there are a couple bees who have rings from there currently!
Post # 30
thank you!! It was LoveRingsDesign 🙂