Post # 76
- Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek
DH spent $1,200 on my set, and I spent $125 on my spacer band. My stones are moissanite (for a number of reasons, I didn’t want diamonds, but I prefer the look of a white stone over a colored one). My center stone is a 6.5mm/1 ct equivalent Forever Brilliant. All rings are palladium (similar to platinum).
Post # 77
My husband spent just under $5,000. It’s a 1 carat cushion diamond in a halo but I’m on the hunt for a new ring since my thin band completely bent out of shape.
Post # 78
Oooh definitely post pictures when you get it! I can’t wait to see what it looks like with the double halo!
Post # 79
future husband paid for my beautiful ring himself. It is a 1 Ct. center oval 1.2 total Ct. weight in a 14 K white gold band and although I don’t know the exact cost I was told it was between 5k and 6k and that he got a fabulous deal on it.
Post # 80
$16k, 1.54ct solitaire in custom 18k wg setting. It was over what he had been planning to spend (and way over what I had in mind!)
Post # 81
Here is mine- my husband paid for it. I shopped meticulously online for quality and size at the best price. I found the diamond online at Wonder jewelers and it is a GIA certified, G color, triple excellent cut 1.2 ct rb. It was around $7200 after tax, which for what it is, was a great price. I can also upgrade it later and trade it back in for the same value paid with that jeweler at any time. My setting was from James Allen and he got it on sale (during their valentines sale) for around $670. My wedding band I bought myself and it was $180 on sale from Blue Nile. I would have ideally wanted a 1.5 ct but we decided quality was more important and for it to be GIA certified was a big deal. It was appraised for my insurance at $12,500. I love it and I am grateful daily for it and the man who bought it for me!
Post # 82
I actually was not going to answer this post – just because I don’t usually talk about what I paid for something unless I am sharing a great deal. My Fiance is the one who persuaded me to answer because we believe our experience can help others.
We first looked on line and the rings I thought I loved – I did NOT when we went shopping in person and I tried them on. We stayed with high end stores because we wanted to see settings with larger stones. Trust me – settings are made for specific size stones and if you try to go too large or too small, it distorts the whole look.
Now I am going to tell you what we found at the store: I feel in love with a ring designed by Michael. It’s center stone was a bit larger than 2ct and the side stones were roughly 1/3 ct each. It was set in white gold and the price for the engagement ring ALONE was upwards of $45,000.00
Fiance wanted to get me a larger center stone than that, but I truly loved the design so we revisited the high end store and started asking questions about what their in store jeweler could and could not do, hinting that we had our own diamonds. We actually had not purchased them, but by then Fiance was ih hot pursuit..LOL By The Way – it took him 3 months of educating himself and waiting until he found the exact stones he wanted – ending up buying them from Blue Nile.
Diamonds: He purchased a center stone 3.02ct, perfect symmetry, ideal cut, SI1, I color with a medium blue florescence. 4 addition diamonds were purchased for the e-ring and 5 more for the wedding ring. All of these stones matched perfectly and were a bit higher in grade for color but you cannot see any difference. Each one of these stones is .40 in size.
With the diamonds in hand, we went back to the jeweler and had my ring custom made in platinum as it is stronger than white gold and I work with horses an rarely take my ring off. With everything – cost of diamonds, cost of the platinum setting and this is for BOTH the e-ring and the wedding band (not in the pic as our wedding is in April) was about $31,000.00.
That is a LOT of money and I would have been happier with a smaller ring but as I stated in a different post, when I gaze down at my ring, it is not the cost that I reflect on, it is the extreme passion he has for me and the time and effort he put into creating it. We are an older couple and are debt free.
Post # 84
DH paid $5,500 for a brilliant hearts and arrows cut diamond VVs1, K colored, 1 carat set in 14K gold band that has some pave diamonds in it. We got an amazing deal, it’s appraised at about $7,500.
Post # 85
Older couple here as well. To be young is wonderful, but I’m really digging the no-debt thing these days. Thank God my Fiance and I are on the same page about finances, etc.
Post # 86
I so agree with you about no debt. That was a pre-engagment conversation to which I was not willing to budge on. It makes it easier to ride out the hard times. Easier to buy a nice ring because the house is out of the way and it would be quite the miracle if any babies came along…LOL
Post # 87
Just like ecampbell
I did not want a diamond.
We looked at colored stones but the ones I liked were too soft for daily wear. So moissanite seemed like a great option. My fiance was not on board, he is traditional (unlike me) and wanted to go the diamond route. However, he is in law enforcement and wears a bullet proof vest every day, so once I found out that silicon carbide (aka moissanite) is used in the making of bullet proof vests, this convinced me that moissanite was the gemstone to have!
So here it is, mine is a 2 carat equivalent NEO moissanite with tapered baguettes, set in white gold. We paid $1600 for it.
Post # 88
We had a $12k budget and my ring was $11,990 and is on a Platinum band. I helped pick it out and he made the final decision. I couldn’t be any happier with it! We feel we maximized our budget and got a good deal compared to everything on the market with similar specs. It is excellent cut, polish, and symmetry, 1.75 ct, VVS2, I color (cant event tell) and has a strong fluorescence which I never notice. We budgeted about $3k for the wedding band. His ring, will be his grandfathers old wedding band, resized and polished.
Post # 89
Thanks! I feel really lucky 🙂
Post # 90
so glad you shared your story! My Fiance and I also do not believe in going into debt for an e ring so we did pay cash for the e ring and are still debt free. We are, however, a young couple (he’s 29, I’m 25). We did plan finances for the future though. I went to look for the best stones with the specs I wanted and the biggest bang for our buck and I think I got a very good deal. Our budget was on the higher end and we just bought the e ring so far, no wedding band yet.