Post # 16
Barely any. Fiance picked out the ring. I didn’t feel the need to have a certain ring, and I never had a “dream ring” that a lot of other bees mention. I told him to surprise me, and he did.
He did a great job too.
Post # 17
I mostly looked at photos online of local jewelers and on pinterest. I didn’t want a diamond and was more concerned with the setting and style of the ring. I still don’t know anything about diamonds or very much about gems in general.. I learned I should steer clear of morganite because I’m clumsy and would bang it up, and a couple of things like what ‘bezel’ means, but that’s about it.
After visiting birks, which i hated, and then three local, less traditional jewelers I found one I loved! I originally wanted a lightly coloured stone, but fell in love with a vintage style white saphire.
Post # 18
I found Pricescope back when my ex and I were vaguely discussing a possible future engagement because I’m a research nut. Back then, I found the vintage cuts and have never looked back. Since then, I’ve read countless threads regarding: the 4 C’s, diamond vendors, custom ring designers, pave options, melee options, even diamond alternatives.
By the time I met SO, I had a pretty good idea in my head of what I wanted, so we didn’t need to do any research once ring talk started.
We paid a premium going with a branded stone, but with that premium we get really good buy-back and trade-in policies.
My main priority was cut/symmetry/polish. We got ideal in those categories and went lower in color and clarity. Vintage-cut stones can carry more color, and I’m not a stickler for clarity.
Post # 19
No research, my Fiance picked it out and surprised me with it 🙂 It is perfect!
Post # 20
Too much, haha. Our schedules didn’t allow us to look in person for a long time, and I didn’t want to order online without trying something on, so I had months to research things online. I’m glad we waited, though. Within minutes of trying on actual rings I realized that what I’d liked online does not flatter me in person, and fell in love with something completely different. I always knew I wanted moissanite, but I still learned a lot about the 4Cs, because everything is referenced to that system and it’s good knowledge to have for any gemstone, really.
Post # 21
No research. My husband bought my ring on his own a week after I moved to his town. No regrets. 🙂
Post # 22
I didn’t really do any substantial research, my then fiance did I suppose 🙂 I only told him that I liked pear shape and halo. I have no idea how much the ring was but he chose colour and cut, and compromised on clarity and carat as in it is 0.7 center stone and eye clean, but E colour and excellent cut.
Post # 23
A lot. I started my own research 3 months before the official engagement (to our families when we announced that we’re getting married, we’re already engaged regardless if there is a ring or not). I researched daily for a month on where to get the best padparadscha sapphire. Then when I sent my research to him, he tsk tsk me for thinking of a coloured stone which I wouldn’t wear if it clashes with my outfit.😂
So the second round of research began after that. We bounced back ideas almost daily for another month to look for alternative stones, narrowed it down to three options of diamonds, white sapphires, and moissanites, he did more research (on his own this time), then ultimately chose moissanite.
Post # 24
We didn’t do much research at all. I knew that my FH had a limited budget at the time, and I knew that I didn’t want a traditional ring, so we looked for lab created non-diamonds. I picked 4 rings that I liked, and sent them to my FH to let him pick. I ended up with a lab created emerald solitaire in a white gold band from Kohl’s. It’s different and beautiful, and couldn’t be happier.