How much did you/ your FI spent on your e ring?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 166
117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

There was no budget, but he spent $2,950 for the sapphire and $2,850 for the band, before tax.

Post # 167
553 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

Mine was free and I’ve no idea of specs I’m afraid. It’s an heirloom ring; passed down to me from my departed grandma, but originally belonging to my great great aunt Emma. 

Post # 169
1017 posts
Bumble bee

I chose the ring, and he paid $800 for it.  It was an estate piece.  The sapphire is 0.6ct, and the total diamond weight is 0.16ct.

Post # 170
41 posts
  • Wedding: August 2019

Fiance gave me a cap of 5k, would’ve pushed to 10k if I really found a ring I couldn’t live without for that much. But my e-ring was priced at $3100 and we luckily found it on sale at $1899. My wedding band was priced at $400 and I got it for $300

Post # 172
355 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

edobbs87 :  On the contrary this thread should make you feel great that you didn’t spend crazy money and still have one of the most beautiful rings I’ve ever seen. If I were you I’d never upgrade tbh – your ring is gorgeous. Just save your money to replace the pearl if it ever gets scratched and call it a huge win haha.

Post # 173
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: Waterbury,CT

My e-ring was $699 when I bought it 20 years ago.It’s ahalf carat round brilliant diamond- H color,Vs1 clarity.My wedding band is .25 total wt. of baguette diamonds channel-set in a yellow gold band.It was $250 at the time I bought it not long after the solitaire.I have to have them sized up a little,though-they don’t go on or come off very easily.I’d rather have them fit more comfortably, though, because my fingers swell.

Post # 174
903 posts
Busy bee

I have no idea how much it cost. He picked it out by himself and just surprised me one day. It is a 1.1 carat round brilliant solitaire with .3 carats on the pavé band in 18k white gold. I haven’t seen any of the GIA specs but it looks extremely white and extremely clean to me.  People have commented on how white and clean it looks. So I’m guessing it’s a good quality center stone. My fiancée is kinda clueless about diamonds and he got it from a long time family friend who is in the jewelry business.  The only thing he could remember was that the guy said the cut was “excellent”.  Maybe like $7-8k?  I really don’t know. I will pay for his wedding band!

Post # 175
56 posts
Worker bee

size 5.5/ 5.75 finger* he paid* my fiancé gave me a budget of 30k and i believe everything came up to 31 or something around there 

total ct weight is a little under 6ct

the center stone is KSI1 3.41ct radiant and there are 10 diamonds on the band which are IVS2 each weighing .20ct i also have a hidden halo (not sure what size those are) and the ring is set in 20k white gold 

Post # 176
235 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2020 - Hopetoun House, UK

Fiance spent £25K on the ring, it is a 2.5 carat Round Brilliant diamond, with VS1 clarity and I colour.

Post # 177
234 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I love these kinds of threads!  Everyone’s rings are so beautiful 😍

Mine is 1.51 carats, G color, VS2 clarity, triple excellent cut, GIA certified from James Allen.  It cost about $15,000, and D.H. and I had combined our finances at that point so we technically paid for it together.  I’m a grad student, though, so most of the money came from him 😂


Post # 178
155 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Engagement ring is a 1.2 CT CC moissanite with diamond accents for $700. Wedding band was $250 on sale and is a 1/2 tcw diamond so total $950.

Post # 179
988 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

$14k total for about 2 carats TW. 2 eternity bands, 1 carat diamond with perfect specs and extra sparkly cut (sorry, not a gemstone person, not sure what the official name is) and bands with .5 carats on either side. I would like to redesign it and get a larger center stone someday soon.

Post # 180
49 posts
  • Wedding: July 2018

Currently being made: 2.4 carat round brillant with thin band that has diamonds on all 3 sides. GIA triple excellent perfect symmetry with 0 fluorescence H VVS2. Would cost $28,000 though only cost us $25,000 given no tax.

With that said, to the original poster: Asking the average price or even the average size of the center diamond doesn’t mean much. Prices will vary wildy for the same stone size, even those with the same parameters. For example, for my stone at 2.4 carats with the exact same parameters (excellent cut, clarity, etc) as I have listed, you can still find ones that range from 15,000 to 40,000. No joke, we saw! There’s other issues no one has brought up here that really make the price of the diamond. First, the clarity grade doesn’t fully correlate with eye cleanliness. Just go on James Allen’s website and check out some large loose diamonds yourself. Also, brillance and fire of the diamond does not fully correlate with JUST triple excellent grade by GIA. You really need to compare your diamond to the actual ideal geometric percentage ranges (excellent cut does not mean your diamond’s angles all fall within this ideal range. mine is graded excellent or ideal cut by GIA but not all of its angles have been optimized for brillance or fire) and even with that, you still need to view your diamond with an ideal scope to get the actual brillance (my diamond has a not so subtle area where light is not going through it well). So basically, the answer that would ultimately help you is very complicated. For me, we decided our center diamond size and lower end tolerance of quality and went from there because we could afford the larger size and I want my ring to become a family heirloom (I want my future ladies to love it…or at least love the larger size of it) so those were our priorities. It really depends on your own priorities and where you’re willing to compromise (geometry, etc quality of diamond, size, price).  My guess is that for most people, it’s some interplay between all 3. It’s just that one dominates over the others. Also, the above statements are for round cuts only. All other shapes do not have standard ideal ranges that are widely accepted. This is why your GIA report is much less detailed versus that of a round brillant. 

And to saying you got a “great deal” or you “bargained and got a great deal”…no. We’re all on this diamond ride artificially greated by the diamond industry. Also, you don’t truly know as I doubt any of us really understand diamond pricing or have looked at the ideal scope, etc.  I remember hearing a girl next to me at the diamond store saying this will be a great investment. No. Look up articles online about the true value of diamonds if there’s any confusion. This is all just for sentimental value. If you don’t believe me, try selling your diamond. 

Hope that helps!



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