(Closed) Reaction…. Ouch

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

I don’t blame him to sticker shock. Now that he knows, he can budget wisely. Being an adult can be expensive — but it doesn’t have to be, if you’re interested in alternatives (moissanite, cz, other gems). Make sure you talk about expectations for the wedding itself, too, if you’re having one… that will likely be WAY more than $100 🙂

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Well, really you can get an engagement ring at any budget. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018 - Omaha, NE

Frankly, I was shocked when I found out how expensive they were. I alwas knew they were vaguely “expensive” but I never knew a 1 ct diamond costs around $3000! I quickly figured out there was just no way I could expect someone to spend 3-5k on me. I fell in love with moissanite and shopped and shopped with a $1500 max limit for a ring. The ring I ended up falling in love with is around $1300. If you’re open to moissanite, I’d have your BF look at rings from moissaniteco or moissanite.com! You can get a really nice solitaire for less than $500!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Definitely look into moissanite. It is a beautiful, durable stone that is a fraction the cost of a diamond.  It won’t be $100, especially in a quality setting, but it can be under $500 for sure.  You can get a ring for $100 but it will not be made of quality materials and will not last long.  It’s a better investment to put the money into a good quality ring than keep buying cheap rings every few years.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

My husband was shocked too, but then he thought a luxury honeymoon would only be £300 each.

He basically still thinks it’s 1985.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

You can certainly buy an engagement ring for $100. Did you tell him they start at $1000? Is this what you are expecting? You both might want to have a convo about budget.

Post # 9
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Helper bee

i’m lol’ing so hard at this thread!  OP i hope your rings ends up costing more than the gun 🙂  

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

my engagement ring was only $140, it platnum with a large sapphire solitaire (the tradition engagement stone, diamonds are a recent ‘trend’) nowhere near $1000… if your smart and dont fall into industry ‘traps’ or buy into ad campaigns then they aren’t expensive at all they’re just rings

 

same way everythings price shoots up with that magic word ‘wedding’

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper

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bnm97:  My custom gemstone ring was under 1000 – a lot of it depends on size of stone, metal, etc.  You can definitely look around for your options if you’re willing to compromise.  He’ll get over the sticker shock eventually.  And definitely comparing it to a gun if that’s something he’s used to purchasing will be helpful – the workmanship is there – my guy would totally have gone for an engagement gun 

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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bnm97:  This reminds me of people who think they should be able to host a sit down dinner for 150 people at a hotel for $1000.

Your BF needs a reality check.  Certainly you can buy a ring at any budget and you could always get engaged without a ring, but if he’s planning to go the tranditional route he should start learning the prices.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

Can I be honest? Why would you buy at Walmart? Budgets tight and all which is normal but why not choose from places that specializes in jewelry? Like pawnshops are good places, discount sales at mall stores can have great finds! 

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