(Closed) I am new and I need advice! Ring shopping!?

posted 8 years ago in Waiting
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m pretty sure Carrie’s 5 carat plus ring was more than 150K =].

A good quality one carat diamond will run you between 3500 and 5000-ish. 4500 and up for ‘fancy’ cuts like marquise, cushion, or radiant. A 2 carat will be more than double that cost for the most part.

If you go real big and don’t have the budget, you may end up with a diamond that lacks luster, isn’t very white, or just doesn’t sparkle as well as a well-cut diamond.

If your SO is on a budget, there are options like mosisanite, asha, etc. Or you could get a 1 carat and put a halo of small diamonds around it. Or you could stick with a smaller solitaire and go with a larger setting.

Do you have any idea what his budget is? He’ll have a firmer grasp once he goes shopping, but shop around. There is a significant mark up on diamonds and every place is differnet price-wise.

For us, we just decided to get engaged during his R&R. He proposed with a solitaire and we went shopping for a setting and I picked out the one I wanted.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

Welcome to the hive Artichoke! Boyfriend and I are kind of in the same boat right now…. We are just starting to go ring shopping. He too thought it would ruin the surprise, but I am a very picky person so I told him that even if he lets me pick out a ring I have NO idea what he’s thinking of doing for the proposal…. and come on, that’s the really exciting part anyways right? 😉

I think as far as price is concerned your best bet is to shop around a bit. I too didn’t know how much diamonds cost because I had never looked before!! I also thought I wanted a certain size stone in my head until we went shopping and I realized that what I wanted would look ridiculous on my tiny fingers!

Boyfriend and I are still shopping, so no proposal yet, but I **think** he’s planning for an April or May proposal. Good luck to you and keep us updated on your ring shopping!!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I gotta tell you that rings get expensive fast!  Just like wedding planning.  Depending on the size, cut, and clarity of the ring, they can start at any price!  My ring is almost 2 carats total weight.  It has a 1.25 princess cut center diamond and diamonds in the band.  It is a great clarity and cut because that was important to us.  It wasn’t $150,000 (which is nuts!  What if you lose it?!)  but it was a little on the expensive side..which to me $10,000 is expensive!

This process is different for everyone!  You just have to do whats best for your situation!

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

For about 10K i think you can definitely get somewhere around a 1 carat or 1.25 carat round plus the setting. A halo setting will likely run around $1,000.

There is such a wide range on things to ‘compromise’ that will allow for price adjustmenets. Maybe you’re ok with an H or G colored stone, in which case you can get a larger one than if you got an E colored stone, which will inevitably cost like double for the same price. If you want yellow gold, the whiteness of your stone can be compromised a little bit, too!

Guys aren’t as excited about ring shopping b/c of the price tag I think, LOL!!!! It’s soooo much money (more than a car for some!) that I know i’d be gulping if i were on the giving end, not the receiving!

And, don’t put too much stock in the “magic” of the moment. It’s magical whatever way it happens

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Definitely try on lots of different sizes. MOST people go with a smaller, sparklier diamond versus a larger one if the quality compromise is too big. A larger, less perfect diamond can often just not look like a good diamond and while it may be big, it may just lack the pow you want it to have. You could also go with a large white sapphire, too! My mom has a big white sapphire pendant and it is super pretty. In fact, I went to a jeweler before i got married and she said it is super common to get sapphires set in halo settnigs because then you can’t realy tell if it’s a sapphire or diamond and you get “the look” without the bucks necessarily.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

We are spending a lot of time shopping. My SO is the type to heavily research ANYTHING he purchases and he really wants to make sure we’re getting the best bang for his buck… We are not big spenders so for us, this is a huge purchase. We are shopping around at multiple stores comparing prices. We spent over an hour at the last place we went to! But this could be specific to us because we are both cautious spenders and I’m very picky. 🙂

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I looked online and showed him pics of rings I liked.  I didn’t go to the jewelers with him.  He said later that he was SO NERVOUS that I wasn’t going to like the ring he chose.  But you are going to love it b/c he chose it just for you. 

Like pp said, I’d rather have a higher quality diamond than a larger one.  I also wanted platinum b/c I didn’t want to get my ring dipped b/c I’m lazy. 

I would also have liked aquamarine, white sapphire, a pale topaz, or another light stone. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I helped my fiance pick out the setting and ultimately let him choose which one, and then he picked out the center stone.  That is what costs the most on an engagement ring so let him pick out which is best….we went with a round center, you get more bang for your buck that way.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2010

If the size is important to you and you like the look, you may want to consider estate rings from the 1920s.  They tend to be large and very visually interesting.  For example, for within your budget, my engagement ring is 2.9 carat total weight with an over 2 carat center stone.  And the platinum setting is exquisite

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