Post # 1
My fiance and I just purchased our two wedding bands. We were really excited and told my mother about it who was shocked at how much we spent. His cost $1500 and mine cost $2100. His is a Scott Kay palladium with a few small diamonds, and mine is a Coast platinum band with small diamonds going halfway around. I thought this was reasonable amount, until my mom was shocked and now has me second guessing our purchase
What are you other brides doing?
Post # 3
well, platinum and diamonds always add in the cost. my fiance’s ring will probably cost around $400 (but he’s getting a black tungsten ring). and i’m still figuring out what i want…but i’m guessing it’ll be around $1200-1500 b/c i want some bling 🙂
Post # 4
I think its all a matter of personal preference as well as what you can afford. We could hardly afford my engagement ring so we made a huge effort to spend less on the bands and b/c I was already nervous about having an expensive engagement ring I wanted a wedding band that was less expensive so I wouldn’t have to worry about that one too. My husbands band was free (a special the jewelry store was running when we got the setting for my engagement stone) and it was titanium. My ring is channel set diamonds in white gold and it was about $250.
Post # 5
I’m not as familiar with palladium, but your platinum and diamond band sounds about right in terms of cost. My Darling Husband has a platinum knife-edged ring and I have 2 platinum and diamond eternity bands which matched my e-ring.
As pp mentioned, the cost depends largely on the materials and sometimes also the brand (i.e. Tiffany, Cartier, etc.). You will find brides with more expensive and less expensive rings, but that was their choice. Ultimately, its your personal choice because its the band you love and are wearing for the rest of your life.
Post # 6
My fiance actually inherited my wedding band, it was his Grandma’s and is 70 years old! It’s a platinum and diamond eternity band and we had it appraised at $2,000. So we only paid $40 to have it resized and cleaned. My fiance is very particular and didn’t want to have to ‘upgrade’ later and because he had spent so much on my engagement ring I wanted him to have something really nice. So we went to Tiffany’s and got him the five row band in platinum. At the time it cost me just over $1,200 but I noticed that it’s now $1,375. My mom also was a little shocked at how much we spent but we knew we could afford it and are happy with what we have. So I think that if you can afford it and like your purchases you shouldn’t second guess it!
Post # 7
totally personal preference. my ring was about 8k, and so i only wanted a simple band. my wedding band ended up being under 200. my fiance’s was under 200 as well. but go with what you love and can afford.
Post # 8
related question: if I’ve got a platinum engagement ring, is it important to get a matching platinum band so the metals match? or would white gold look ok?
Post # 9
Fiance’s band was about $100 (from Rob and Leighanne’s etsy shop). If mine is going to match my engagement ring, we’re looking at over a grand. I might do something completely different and wear my e-ring on my right hand to save cash.
We do have a gift certificate from a jeweler, so that may defray some of the cost of the matching ring. (and reminds us all that when we’re unahappy with a service that it pays to complain!)
Post # 10
I’m not familar with pladium either. I’m not getting a band, I love my e-ring the way it is. I budgeted about $500 for his ring. The ones he likes are around 300-400 but its just a solid yellow gold band.
Post # 11
Amy- have you tried on white gold with pladium? If you don’t notice a difference, no one else will. Plus you may end up wearing only one ring at a time and it won’t matter.
Post # 12
we have plain, comfort fit 14k white gold bands, 4mm and 6mm. I forget exactly what they cost, but it was probably about between $500 and $600 for the two. we did a make your own ring workshop, but when I was checking out the cost, it was comparable to department store off the shelf prices.
Post # 13
I went with a Benchmark 2mm 18 carat white gold milgrain ring while he has an Artcarved Cortini 6mm palladium sandblasted channel milgrain ring. We paid around $550 for both.
Post # 14
Just wanted to answer amysues question about mixing metals. I was told by a jeweler that it was important to match metals when wearing two rings next to each other as they will be different levels of hardness and as they will be rubbing the harder one will wear the other one down… not sure if I explained this correctly but it’s worth investigating further before making an expensive purchase.
Post # 15
Thanks hanmay (and Tallbride, too!). i expected I’d have to match them, but I’m a little distressed by how much a platinum, custom-made band (to match my e-ring’s unusual shape) will cost. Alas!
Post # 16
WOW-you ladies have some bling! Our bands weren’t too costly. Mine is a plain 2mm white gold- it was $76 from eweddingrings.com and his was from an ebay buyer for $37. We looked high and low for his to have a smooth edge to match my band and celtic engraving in the middle.