Post # 1
Hi weddingbees, I’m finally engaged!
[But we’re still in university].
Okay, so basically me and my OH wants to buy a ‘cheap’ placeholder ring until we have the proper time and funds to buy a diamond ring after we finish uni, which should be this summer 🙂
Does anyone have a good shop for this? Preferably selling rings under £100 or $200 and can ship to the UK or somewhere in London?
I’m not really that keen on a cubic zirconia, a coloured stone or an inexpensive moissanite that wouldn’t fall to pieces if bashed about is nice 🙂
Please enter your suggestions!
Thank you beforehand for everyone who gives us advice 🙂
Post # 3
@Alohomora93: Uh….if you don’t want CZ, Moissy, or colored gemstones…you want a diamond for a couple hundred bucks? That is tough. You could try perusing the selection at pawn shops—your money will go further there. Or, you could select a simple metal band (gold, platinum) and wear that and then get married with an “engagement” ring…
I recently had a good experience buying wedding bands from Gemvara, but I am not sure if they ship over seas or if it would be worth paying the duties if they do….
ETA: ok, you added a poll with gemstones so I am reeally confused about what you actually want. If you’re interested in gemstone costume jewelry, you could check out Ross Simons. They do ship internationally and have a wide selection of gemstone and sterling silver or gold plated stuff and frequent sales. The quality varies from piece to piece (I have a great pair of earrings, an ok (pretty put not perfectly made) ring, and a crap bracelet from them).
Post # 4
I personally love this one: http://www.amazon.com/Sterling-Silver-London-Topaz-Diamond-Accent/dp/B005F7RPEM/ref=sr_1_6?s=jewelry&ie=UTF8&qid=1388853190&sr=1-6
I was on amazon for wayyy too long last night, and there are a ton of aquamarine and sapphire and blue topaz rings if you like that color!
Post # 5
Wow, these replies are fast! Thanks!
‘I’m not really that keen on a cubic zirconia, a coloured stone or an inexpensive moissanite that wouldn’t fall to pieces if bashed about is nice :)’
You’d think that I’m able to express myself properly after so many years of education…
What I meant was, I’m not keen on CZ
a coloured stone or an inexpensive moissanite that wouldn’t fall to pieces if bashed about is what I would like.
and juliana192, that ring is LOVELY, I’ll think about it 🙂
Post # 6
I vote for a blue/pink sapphire. They look beautiful, will last forever, and you can get a large stone for pretty cheap.
Maybe something like this?
ETA: Lab created emerald cost a touch more than sapphire/ruby since it’s a more difficult process. Mossanite can also be very pricy.
Post # 7
I know you said you weren’t keen on CZ, but Berricle has some pretty colored CZ rings. The rings themselves are pretty inexpensive and shipping is pretty cheap too. Probably worth a look, at least 🙂
Post # 8
I chose sapphires because they are a very hard and durable stone. I like the idea of getting engaged with a placeholder ring until you have funds to buy something else. And then it becomes a sentimental ring for your right hand 🙂
Post # 9
I voted sapphire, because they’re my personal favorite gemstone. They’re beautiful, come in all different colors, are durable and lab created ones are very inexpensive! I have a white sapphire ring that could pass for an engagement ring and it gets compliments all the time! I also have a bunch of blue sapphire rings that I love to wear when the mood strikes…so clearly I’m partial to them LOL.
If you’re looking for something that you can keep forever and wear on your right hand, I would suggest looking for a ring set in gold vs silver. Silver is a great metal for a budget, but it can bend easily and tarnish. I found this one on Amazon that looks like a ring I chose way back when Darling Husband1 and I were looking at engagement rings (though this is a fraction of the cost)!
Here’s a link:
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Post # 11
@Alohomora93: Fellow UK bee here 🙂
I’d suggest looking at the high-street jewellers, like H Samuel and F Hinds, as sometimes they have some nice pieces, and you can usually grab a bargain in the sale.
Amazon is also worth a look; they have a big selection.
I also like Gems TV/Gemporia; they have a great selection of rings at fab prices; I bought a London Blue topaz ring in sterling silver for £30 from there and it’s really nice; lovely quality and nice and ‘solid’, so I’d def check them out.
As far as metal goes, as a poster said above silver can be less hard-wearing; however, as a place-holder I would think it would be fine. I have lots of silver pieces and they’ve held up fine; just don’t get anything too thin/flimsy.
Wth regards to stone, honestly I’d just go with whatever you like best; I wouldn’t like to vote without knowing your tastes. My personal choices would be either a blue stone, such as topaz or sapphire, or else amethyst; but, that’s me 🙂
Post # 12
PS just had a look on Gemporia for you; don’t know what your style/taste is, but they have loads under £100, in 9ct white or yellow gold; some of the designs are really nice.
Zircon is another stone you might consider; it is not cubic zirconia, it’s a natural white/clear stone, and very affordable; they have an oval 3-stone zircon ring in 9ct white gold for £88.
Post # 14
Pale gemstones with a watery colour are very nice. Aquamarine or green amethyst could be a good choice if you do not want a lot of strong colour.
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