Post # 1
Hi Hive. I’m relatively new here, been lurking for a bit and contributing when I can. But now I think I need some help.
The quick and dirty is that my boyfriend and I have been looking at rings. We narrowed it down to 2: one is more expensive than either of us are comfortable spending and the other is on Etsy, but I can’t try it on before buying, it is recycled silver and QZ, and my boyfriend’s response is that he wants me to have “something nice.”
Here’s the real deal. We both like things that are a little different. We do not want to spend a ton and it is not important to have a “traditional” ring or a diamond. One option is to take a teardrop diamond I have from a necklace that I will never wear (from a past relationship, if we are being honest) and put it in a setting. Another option is to try and find something at an antique store or estate sale. But where do I go to find that? I have been all over town (Minneapolis, St. Paul, and surrounding) and checked out all of the engagement and “other” rings at all the usual suspects.
How do I find a unique, vintage-y, non-traditional (not necessarily diamond) engagement ring?
Thanks, Bees. 🙂
Post # 3
I would feel kind of weird about using a gift from a past relationship for an engagement ring. Perhaps you could sell it to get some money to put towards your ring? Fay Cullen has some beautiful vintage and estate rings. There’s a great variety of diamond and gemstone. You could also try eBay, but I would feel less-secure with the quality. If you think you’ll need to see something in person though, I would keep checking at antique stores and estate sales in your area. If you can, make friends with the owners of antique stores and maybe they will be able to call you if something new comes in! Good luck!
Post # 4
The local jeweler where we got my e-ring had tons of diamonds (and other stones) in his safe that he bought privately (aka used). We picked a diamond, ordered a setting from his catalogs, and had him set it. After talking to our jeweler I would only buy a stone in person, although we ordered our bands sight unseen. Search google maps for jewelers. They can help you pick out / design anything you want. Greenlake jewelers in Seattle has tons of cools rings on their website for ideas – I ended up having my band custom designed based on a previous design of theirs.
Post # 5
You can also check this site out – – I have a circa 1920’s Art Deco ring that I had custom made but I always visited the above site for inspiration, lol
Post # 6
I don’t know what your budget it, but have you looked at online jewelers?
My ring was cheap compared to what it would have been at a jewelry store; looking at regular jewelry stores around our city it would have been at least twice as as much as we paid; and that’s not even counting the fact we got a much better diamond AND a platinum setting!
I’d recommend checking out PriceScope forum, there’s a lot of helpful information and people there.
Post # 7
Try pawn shops! And I agree with selling your diamond instead of using it…..bad vibes from an old relationship arent good to have in your engagement ring!
Post # 8
you could look on craigslist locally so u can possibly meet the seller at a local jewelers and have the ring looked at first, maybe see if one is for sale that is certified…again, i would have a local jeweler verify that its the same ring that the certification indicated it is…. because there is a huge market, god forbid, of people who have called off their happy day and looking to sell at a low price and not get jipped by a pawn shop….. just be careful and def see the ring before u buy
Post # 9
Here’s another option: look for a local silversmith. One of my co-workers and his wife had their rings custom made. I don’t know how much his was, but hers was only around $60, and she has an aquamarine instead of a diamond. I didn’t cost a lot, but she got exactly what she wanted.
Post # 10
Thank you all for the great advice. And you’re right about the diamond I already have. As I think about it, it’s past time to sell all that old jewelry… I am a little wary of ordering online, as I have a habit of loving something I see online and then hating it on my short, stubby little fingers! 🙂
@jackie-o: Thanks for the link. There are some fun items on there.
@rachelss and abbyful: Great ideas – I just need to find a jeweler/silversmith…
@teamajax13: Thank you for the Craigslist reminder. I’ll check that out.