(Closed) Ideas for an admittedly incredibly specific puzzle engagement ring? (Long Post)

posted 4 years ago in United Kingdom
Post # 2
877 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - A Beautiful converted Barn


Its a very pretty ring. 

i would google jewellery makers near you and take that picture to them. get them to quote what they could make it for. we had someone custom make our wedding bands for us (based on rings from Beaverbrooks) and saved arouns 2/3 of the retail price.

£900 is alot of money but not really in Engagement Ring terms!! just remember that you are going to wear this ring a heck of alot – would you be happy settling for a cheaper version of this ring?

i your Boyfriend or Best Friend is happy to spend the money on it – let him.




Post # 3
496 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

hairwire:  Hi and welcome to the Bee!

I’m a UK Bee too, and I just got engaged this Saturday!

We went to the Birmingham Jewellery Quarters – I don’t know if that’s near to you, but it is well worth the trip.

You are find jewellers there who will do bespoke, hand made jewellery for a fraction of the high street costs. My ring was probably £500+ cheaper than getting an equivalent (lower grade stone) ring on the High Street.

However, buying from America would have also worked out cheaper than High Street for us. Although you pay import taxes, which is the same as VAT (20%), it still comes cheaper.

If you have a set amount you’re comfortable with, communicate that with your SO. I had a figure in mind, but my Fiance had nearly 30% more than that. It was his choice and his budget to set, I would have been happy with a ring from Argos lol! Maybe you could rationalise the cost of that ring, by saying you wouldn’t have a wedding band?

It’s beautiful btw! I love the weaving bands.

Post # 5
496 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

hairwire:  My boyfriend was adamant about going to the Quarter. He wasn’t happy with going on just the specs on a website, he wanted to see everything in person.

As for the waiting! ARGH. You just kinda have to put it out of your mind (Lol like it’s that easy!), and concentrate on other things. It sounds like your business is an exciting thing to keep you busy, keep working really hard on that and you’ll be showing us the pictures in no time!

Good luck with your wait 🙂

Post # 6
6341 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

hairwire:  Are you near Hatton Garden or the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter? If so, I would suggest contacting a few jewellers there with as much info as possible: lots of pictures, width of the band/s, size of the centre stone, type of metal, etc (this info might be in the ad for the ring, or you might be able to message the seller to get it). However, I’m not convinced you will get it much cheaper due to the style and the workmanship; I don’t know how easy those rings are to make. But, definitely contact people and ask, as otherwise you won’t know. 

Good luck, and keep us posted! 

Post # 7
539 posts
Busy bee

This is an absolutely stunning ring. Would you be willing to share a link/designer? If you find something similar, can you share that, too?

And as for your question about bf spending too much money on a ring– what if you both split the cost between the two of you, so  £450 each. Seems to me that (1) if you really want this ring and (2) you want bf to spend less than £500, then splitting the cost would cover both of those issues.  🙂

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