Post # 1
I have been lurking these boards for a while, but this is my first time posting. My long-term boyfriend of more than 7 years is finally talking engagement! In the past, he’s hinted that it will happen before the end of this year, but I brushed it off not wanting to get my hopes up. But yesterday out of nowhere he gave me a budget and told me to pick out my dream ring within that price range and send him the link! Obviously I was beyond excited! Some people might think this takes away some of the romance, but I actually love the fact that he wants to get me something he knows I’ll love. He knows me well and understands that I can be very particular about these things.
His budget is $2k. I know it doesn’t sound like a lot, but we are both recent college grads and I am going to be pursuing medical school starting this fall. This means that for a while, we will be depending solely on his salary. I don’t want him putting us in more debt than necessary just for one piece of jewelry. Yes, my engagement ring is very important to me, but I would rather spend the money on a house. I’ve decided to go for a moissanite ring because I can get something beautiful and big (my style), without breaking the bank. Also I think moissanite rings are gorgeous! He said that we can “upgrade” my ring to a diamond later when we’re making more money, but I may not even want to!
Anyway, the reason for this post, is that I’ve been agonizing about which ring I want (first world problems, I know). Of course like most other women in lo-term relationships, OI have been eyeing certain rings for quite a while. I know I definitely want an oval solitaire in yellow gold, but that’s about it. There are so many other factors to take into consideration. Like whether I want a halo or not, whether I want a pave band or plain, whether I want a crushed ice look or brilliant. I’m very overwhelmed and everything online looks so gorgeous. Bees, please look at these rings and help me choose! The three rings posted below are the main styles that I’m really stuck between (please bear in mind, whichever ring I get will be in YELLOW gold):
Post # 2
Oh my goodness! I love your second option! So stunning!!
Post # 3
I like the third one best, but with the prongs of the second. A narrower band keeps the focus on the center stone and makes it appear larger. IMO it’s also easier to find a coordinating wedding band.
Post # 6
Love the second ring the best, they are all stunnig!
Post # 7
I like number 1 best but with a plain band. I generally think it’s too much with diamonds on the band. Make sure you can fit a wedding band with your setting otherwise there will be quite a big gap with your oval stone ☺️. Love that you want a yellow gold ring!
Post # 8
Thanks for your responses bees! The photo angle of the first ring (with halo) doesn’t look as appealing as I envision it. Let me include another photo:
I think the halo is stunning, but I also love the solitaire look. However, when I first saw the second ring, I had a visceral reaction to it in a different way than the others. I thought it was the most gorgeous thing I’d ever seen! According to the poll, it seems like most people agree with. But when I started doing more research, I started loving the other styles as well.
Post # 9
If these are the three you like and you cannot decide, have your BF decide – that way you know you are getting a ring you love but there will still be some surprise.
Post # 10
I thought about that too. I love the second ring, but what would my wedding band look like? The third would definitely make it easier to coordinate, but I still think I love the look of the second ring slightly more, at least as a stand alone. Ugh this is so hard!
Post # 11
That’s actually a really great idea
Post # 12
I’m in the same boat as you are right now! I absolutely love ovals; I think they’re beautiful and timeless. But halo or solitaire? It’s a tough decision! I couldn’t choose on my own, so I sent him a picture of the two and told him that I loved them both, and now the rest is up to him! He may end up with one of those exact ones, something similar, or something a little different. But I figure that gives him enough of a head start to feel comfortable.
Post # 13
Have you ever tried on a ring with stones along the shank like that? I thought I wanted that, but when I tried them on, they were super itchy! Otherwise, one thing I’d say is that, as a future MD, you probably don’t have to worry about durability of your ring, since my guess is that you’ll never wear it to work since that’s not hygenic! 🙂
Post # 14
I like the halo the best but I would want more prongs than just four
Post # 15
Great idea! I’ll probably do the same thing, though I think I’ve decided to go without the halo. Congrats on your impending engagement 🙂