ring help

posted 12 years ago in Rings
Post # 17
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2 posts
Wannabee

I would second the poster about pricescope.com it’s a wonderful helpful and super knowledgeable forum. It will help you get the most for your money! Do not go to the mall jewelery stores other than to just try on styles-they will overcharge! Congratulations!

Post # 18
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1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I know my Fiance talked our jeweler down in the price of the diamond. They quoted him something that was really marked up and he said something like, "No, I’m going to pay X for it," and they agreed. It was a smaller local place, as others have suggested. He used BlueNile to figure out what he wanted then shopped around accordingly.

I also thing engagement rings with stones other than diamonds are beautiful. Fiance also insisted he wanted to get me a diamond, but he got me a smaller channel-set band with sapphires as a "promise ring" last year.

Good luck and congrats!! 

Post # 19
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13 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2008

All of the advice you ladies have given is great! I haven’t been on many jewelry sites except Blue Nile, but they have some beautiful diamonds at a great price, and a wealth of information so you can make and diamond-educated decision before you ever step foot in a jewelry store.

And I totally agree about most jewelry retail establishments…the markups are darn near highway robbery!

I’m from northern cali and we have this great place in the city where jewelry is sold at a wholesale price. We still have to get our rings and I’ve been referred there by many a bride!

And I agree that the ring you wear should be the one YOU want, not him. He gets his own ring so he should put all his selection energy in that!  

I still haven’t gotten my e-ring yet because he’s waiting for me to pick out what I want, so I’m gonna go shopping for it in a couple of weeks. This may not be the most romantic way to do it, but I would much rather he spend thousands of his hard earned cash on something I know I’ll love than something he picks without my input.

 

Post # 21
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13 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2008

i can understand that. my fi was like that too. at least you know his heart is in the right place. does he feel weird talking to you about it? if not, i would just remind him that all material stuff in the world doesn’t matter….it’s all about you two. i’m not sure if you had a ring in mind that you wanted, but there’s nothing wrong with getting matching bands for now so he doesn’t feel overwhelmed. it’s always a GREAT excuse to upgrade later!

i don’t know if you’re an ebay fan, but if you find a good reputable seller, you could really maximize your dollar there. plus there’s so much selection you could even ‘window shop!’ i’m a big fan of ebay. they have all kinds of wedding stuff too. i haven’t gotten dress shopping yet, but the one i’ve loved for a long time (from afar) is half price on ebay!

 

Post # 23
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17 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2007 - Astoria World Manor, Queens, New York

i don’t know if this has already been written but you should read miss peony’s post on diamonds, it’s really helpful and can help you get the most out of your money. 🙂 i’d say a very beautiful band would be nice. there are a couple that i looked at randomly online that are super thin (but very elegant) that is a eternity style band (diamonds all around). you could use one as your e-ring and then another one as your wedding band. or like everyone else mentioned, a different stone. sapphires are extremely beautiful and comes in all sorts of colours ranging from pink to darkest blue and are super strong! it would be a great way to add sparkle and be different from the norm. best of luck to you 🙂

Post # 24
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Newbee

i know that lots of people have written about blue nile, but my fi bought my ring there and i love it.  he said that the customer service was amazing – they really helped him a lot, and there is a pretty generous return policy, i believe.  their website is pretty userfriendly.  this might be good for your fi, since they have a LOT of diamonds in their stock, so it might be easier for you to find someting in the appropriate price range.  my fi took a while after buying the ring to propose, and it was too big, and blue nile exchanged it with no problems, and they do rhodium plating for free.  i don’t know if all places do that, but they do.  there was this fantastic article in the nyt recently:  http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/07/business/yourmoney/07nile.html?ei=5070&en=52554f86a0fdb8c2&ex=1189396800&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1189254050-0KaZwGNf3zZHiqAmxX3OgQ

that may be interesting.  if you can’t get to the article, just go to http://www.nytimes.com, and type in "blue nile jewelry" under the "search archive" box and it’s the second hit.  whew, sorry so long! 

Post # 25
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1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

maybe he should just get a sense of the style you like and then go without you? that way, he can be more upfront with the salesperson about his actual budget. there’s a ton of ego wrapped up in this for most men, so if you give him some guidelines (that you know would be within his price range), hopefully he and a salesperson can work together to come up with something beautiful.

Post # 27
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46 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2019

ooo that’s such a cliffhanger!!

good luck, im sure it will be beautiful (he’s got to know what you like by now, it sounds like you guys have really been discussing this!)

can’t wait to see pics!

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