(Closed) ring help

posted 11 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Newbee

Consider looking at bands, plain or eternity (with little diamonds all around).  I think they are so simple and pretty, and if you can find one that is antique, even better!   Solitaire’s are expensive, and everyone else has one – take this as an oppurtunity to be unique!  And if you want to add a solitaire later when you are out of school (maybe a 5th anniversary?), then you can add one and wear the band alongside it. 

Post # 4
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15 posts
Newbee

Also – just to get an idea of what you can afford if you do venture into the chain stores, go to http://www.bluenile.com and it will give you an idea of rings you can risk trying on.  :o)  By The Way bluenile has great prices and I have heard alot of people praise them.  Chain stores have a big mark up so just keep that in mind.

Post # 5
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337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Would you consider a stone other than a diamond in your engagement ring?  It would be really unique and could possibly save a bundle of cash.

Post # 6
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20 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2007

I’m with smartl on this one.  I have an emerald and I LOVE it.  One of my girlfriends just got a sapphire and it’s gorgeous.  Have an open mind about your ring and you might be suprised at what you find.  Also, would you consider a diamond alternative like moissanite?

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2018 - Still Looking!

I’m not an expert on this one, as I left all the details to Mr. Tulip!  But my impression is that mall stores are about the worst possible places to buy a diamond — they’ll overcharge you for low quality. 

For a budget diamond, you actually do better at places like Costco and Wal-Mart.  And definitely the Internet (Blue Nile, Bidz.com), though there’s the downside that you can’t see it in person.

Overall, your best bet is either to go with a different kind of stone, as some others have suggested, or go with a vintage ring (which I love because it has added history behind it).  Either one is so much more unique than a plain old solitaire!  And, if you find you have your heart set on a big diamond ring, there’s always that option for a future anniversary, and you can wear your first ring alongside or on your right hand.  Or you can get a cubic zirconia ring for now and replace it with a diamond later, and no one even has to know!! 

Post # 9
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38 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2007 - Wynbrick Center - a historic mansion in my hometown.

What Tulip said!  Mall stores offer low prices, but with low quality and a high markup to match.  You guys can do much better by going into a midrange local jeweler and telling them honestly how much you can spend.   They can work with you to help you get the most bang for your buck, and at the end you’ll have an actual jeweler you can go back to in the future, rather than just a chain sotre! 🙂

 Love the idea of using a non-diamond stone, too.  Settings for gemstones and diamonds can be very similar, and I love the idea of getting a ring with, say, a sapphire or ruby (they’re good strong stones!  Not too delicate) now and then in a few years you can switch it out for a diamond.

 Have you and your Dear Fiance talked about moissanite?  That might be another route to consider 🙂

 I’d love to hear what you guys decide on!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

What is it with boys who insist on buying a ring that *they* love when it’s not what you want?  YOU are the one that has to wear the ring for the rest of your life, not him – if you want an alternate stone, what’s the problem?  I would suggest voicing your opinion more strongly if you feel strongly about it.  Besides, no matter where you go, you are only going to get a very very tiny diamond for $500.

(Sorry, sensitive subject for me.  My fiance apparently bought me the ring "that he had always envisioned for his future wife since he was a kid."  I guess he thought that was romantic, but it made me angry because he didn’t even for one second consider what *I* might like to wear forever, but what he always liked since before he met me.)

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2007 - An historic estate

go to the store to try things on, as what you like from pictures and what you like on your finger differs a lot, surprisingly.  almost everything i liked in photos looked pretty bad on my man hands. 😉

then go online and look for something similar as you’ll get a lot better quality for much less cost.  if you have a diamond or jewelry district in your area, go there for the best deals (but educate yourself, first, as they can be very shady).  also try consignment stores, antique stores, etc.

pricescope.com has an overwhelming amount of info, but it was invaluable to us when we were shopping.

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2007

Lime, I was going to suggest the exact same thing: try on tons of styles (for metal alone you have white gold vs. yellow gold vs. platinum vs. palladium vs. rhodium plated white gold), solitaires, stones with sidestones, colored gemstones as the center stone, etc.

 

Joyful2, http://www.Pricescope.com is amazing for its wealth of research as well as a community of like-minded ppl with tons of applicable advice. Please, please, please take some time (hours!) to cruise that website.

 

Post # 16
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Blushing bee

You may want to check out Kohl’s or some department stores, if you’re not too picky about the stones.  Kohl’s also sells Moissanite.  It is where I got my engagement ring, though my Fiance also gave me his grandmother’s.

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