Post # 1
After finishing reading a thread about how little is an acceptable amount to spend on an engagement ring I found myself wondering… If there are really that many ladies with “inexpensive” e-rings why does it seem like there are so many 1+ ct rings here on the bee?
I’ve been doing a good amount of diamond research recently and know that a high/mid quality 1ct (Excellent cut, excellent polish, excellent symmetry, color E, VS2, faint to no fluorescence) will cost you way more than the average e-ring cost for 2012 ($5,200) and likely more than the luxury ring average ($8,000). So ladies with big stones what did they cost and what are there specs? (This isn’t a competition to see who’s Fiance spent the most. I’m just in the market for a diamond and curious. After all the more you know the less likely you are to overpay for something.)
I know its about the sentiment and not the money so please don’t yell at me. If you don’t have anything nice to say please just answer the poll and move on.
Post # 3
I went ring shopping alone so I could take my time and I didn’t want my Fiance to feel pressure. I picked two bands and a very modest diamond that I liked ( it was way under 1ct and I was happy with the way it looked loose). I just expected him to go in, pick the band and stick the diamond in there that I picked. I was honestly surprised with what I got. If I remember off the top of my head my center is a E-VS1.
Post # 4
I actually don’t know how much my ring costs and I don’t think I wanna know!
Post # 5
The only reason I know how much it all cost was because seconds after proposing, my fiance whipped out the paperwork to show me all the hard work he had put into finding it, where the sapphire was from, where the diamonds were mined, what the specs where, etc. I don’t think he meant for me to see the price, but he was just too excited.
I really couldn’t care less about the price or specs. I’m just happy to be engaged to an amazing guy!
Post # 6
Because most people have H SI1 or lower … that is way, way cheaper!
And combine this with fluorescence, “Very Good” cut, and/or fancy shape (that’s not actually a flaw, but there’s a discount for a non-round brilliant), and suddenly the same size diamond is a tiny fraction of the original cost!
Because we wanted a “no compromises” diamond, we had to pay a lot for it =/ ….usually on the bee I see rings with significantly larger diamonds still costing significantly less… and this is after serious negotiation on our parts with the jewelers! Our stone is not actually priced badly for what it is. A comparative stone costs significantly more on Blue Nile. But most people on the bee are not buying diamonds of this type!
In America, it tends to be, “Size comes first… and the bigger the better!” We were much more quality-focused, so we were more like people who buy diamonds in Asia and Russia. (Not too surprisingly, my diamond actually travelled to Hong Kong between the time we first saw it and the time another jeweler sourced it for us again but this time offered us a better price for it.)
I think if there was a weddingbee.hk or weddingbee.ru, it would have a lot more people with my kind of stones… and plenty with even better quality!
Anyway, here, I know people often assume my diamond cost much less than it did. I like this understatement effect though. I don’t like to be flashy and wave our “money” about. Its quality is like our happy little secret.
Post # 7
@joya_aspera: what size is your diamond?
Post # 8
@BlondeMissMolly: It’s the only stat I don’t post just because it would identify my price range perfectly and to me was the least relevant “C”… but hopefully it will suffice to say that the typical bee would not find it very large or very small. It is within the typical size range you’d see on the bee (or in my city).
Post # 9
@joya_aspera: ah ok. I’ve never seen you post a picture of your ring or the size so I just wondered what your ring looks like 🙂
Post # 10
I have a ballpark number but not the actual final cost. I have a pretty good idea about the setting since I picked it out and we discussed the discount the other store was giving him on it but I don’t have an exact number for the diamond. My figure is probably within $500 of the total. My diamond definitely isn’t the highest quality and it was purchased with the intention of changing the stone down the line. My setting won’t be able to accomodate changing the stone size so he ended up compromising on the other Cs. I don’t know the exact specs on the stone but I do know he spent many hours looking at each diamond in that price range until he found the best looking one. “Lesser” diamond or not I’m very touched by how much work he put into it to the point where I almost feel bad about wanting to upgrade the stone.
Post # 11
@NoOneYouExpect: I was wondering the same thing when I saw that thread! Good post!
Post # 12
Darling Husband didn’t tell me how much it cost but I have full access to the GIA certificate and James Allen, so I figured it out 🙂 my center stone is a round brilliant is 1ct H VG VVS1. I think he picked out a very nice stone and I think he spent an appropriate amount of money on it.
I would not have been as pleased with anything with less clarity or warmer color and the size and sparkle are perfect; I don’t think he would have picked out anything smaller.
Post # 13
@BlondeMissMolly: Yeah, I don’t post pics because I’m a little neurotic about anonymity (since my Fiance designed the setting it’s as identifying as a photo of my face). So I rattle off the stats that excite me so much instead 🙂 I don’t feel I’m missing much though because cameras don’t do a good job picking up on the detail stuff I like best anyway.
If you want, I can find the pics of the loose diamond my Fiance took before it was set, but he took them at night under a crappy incandescent lamp so…womp womp. It’s just a loose stone sitting there, and in those pics it looks damn yellow too, lol!
My ring overall, l’d say it just looks “a little weird,” the feature stone is normal sized and the design is…well, I don’t think it’s to everyone’s taste. I love it though!
Post # 14
I just received a lovely ring from my fiance. We picked it together and ordered it online. The center stone is 0.84 carats (which looks huge on my little fingers). Its a lab created diamond, so its perfectly colourless and flawless. The center stone is surrounded by a micropave halo and the small stones come out in two triangles before going around the ring. It really looks fabulous and was a great price. The ring was about $850 and looks better that the rings of all my friends, plus I don’t have to worry that it was a conflict diamond.
Post # 15
My center diamond is smaller than a carat, its 0.48 ct. But it is a G, VS1, GIA triple-ex round brilliant with no fluorescence. My Fiance aske me if size or quality was more important and I said quality. We couldn’t afford a carat in the quality I wanted (we are both nurses with student loans and a mortgage). I love my ring and wouldn’t change a THING about it!!!!
Post # 16
My ring stone is 1.25 and yes, I know exactly what Fiance spent. We talked numbers many times because we both wanted to feel comfortable. He was ready to spend much more (insane because he spent a lot!) but I wouldn’t have it. So we picked an amount.