(Closed) Ring regrets or warnings?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 16
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Blushing bee

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redbutterfly:  would you mind sharing a picture of that setting? My prongs are starting to irritate me a little. 

 

Like a PP said, think of what you want your entire set to look like. That way you avoid getting a wonderful ering that just doesn’t look right with the bands you like. For example, I knew I could have the peek-a-boo side diamonds on my ering because the scalloped or infinity band I know I want will still flush.

Make a list of what your priorities are in a ring and what things you don’t care as much about. For example, I wasn’t as picky about my profile view because it will be covered up with the wedding band. I also knew getting the right setting in my budget was my priority, so I got a moissanite center stone to save $$$ and get the finger coverage I wanted. 

Don’t be afraid to design and get your ring custom made. When you are trying rings on in stores, take pictures! That way you can show pics to a jeweler and say, “I want the band on that ring, the side view of this one, and the halo from this one.” Ask for measurements an band width, setting height, and stone sizes so you know what you like number wise! 

Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Figure out if you’re ever going to want to wear a wedding band alone.

Look at different kinds of center stones and different metal colors, and get what makes you happy.

Post # 18
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Blushing bee

I don’t even have mine yet (hopefully very, very soon), but I agree with a PP, go try them on! wirh your SO, if possible. I’m about as “traditional” as they come, but I am SO happy that we did that… I went in, expecting to love one style (solitaires), and left madly in love with cushion halos. it’s really, really important to see it on your hand, because they look MUCH different than online! Also, you dont need to pick it out that day, and your SO can sill pick it out in his own, but I think it’s a good idea for your him to be there, so he can learn about diamonds and settings, but also so that he can see what excites you and really makes you light up… Happy soon to be engagement! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 19
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Worker bee

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auntieannie:  

I went to a local jeweller and said I wanted a setting that behaved like a bezel but didn’t have the heavy look of one. As well as not being catchy I also wanted the girdle protected. My diamond is only a quarter carat so I can’t afford to lose any of it if it gets chipped! sorry the side photo is not very clear  

Post # 20
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Worker bee

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auntieannie:  just managed to get a more in-focus photo 

Post # 21
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Honey bee

 

^ That’s a nice combination of bezel/prong!

Post # 22
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: Crichton Church, Dumfries, Scotland

I’d definitely agree with going to try them on! I had my heart set on princess cut but hated it on my hand, also I personally went for a high prong setting to allow more options when it came to getting my wedding ring. I take it off when doing housework etc but personally have found it fine and hard wearing. Although at first I kept getting it tangled in my long very thick hair! I also once had to take it back to the jewellers for cleaning because a big gob of baby sick got wedged underneath it. That was lovely! Try everything on, learn about the 4Cs and prioritise them (I wanted a better colour and clarity over size) figure out budget before and definitely don’t be afraid to barter – we got £1000 off and 15% off our wedding rings just asking what their best deal would be. Make a day of it and visit a few different places. We spent a year looking into what we were buying and spoke to diamond merchants, dealers, jewellers, friends that had recently done the same etcetc and now I’m absolutely delighted with my ring and wouldn’t ever want to change it. Enjoy it and play around – I’d also suggest trying some wedding rings on alongside, will give you an idea whats comfortable and works with the ering ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

Post # 23
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Helper bee

Good advice from PP…I would add that to not let others dissuade you from the type of ring you end up liking the best. For example, my Fiance and I picked out a beautiful heart-shaped diamond for my ering. We both knew it suited me best, and I love it and can’t wait to wear it! However, I’ve heard heart-shaped diamond rings get a lot of flack online for being childish and overly sentimental…so if you hear that kind of criticism about the ring you love, just try to ignore it and get it anyway if you can. I’ve read posts on here about Bees getting a different ering than they really wanted due to advice/critisicm from those around them, and they usually end up really regretting it ๐Ÿ™  

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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LinzEth:  another vote for trying different styles on! I thought I wanted a round halo but on my hand I prefered a solitaire. 

Post # 25
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Helper bee

I also got a setting that behaves like a bezel but doesn’t look like one! That was after my pave set band started losing little stones, I would go channel set (safest setting) if you want little stones in the shoulders. My wedding band is channel set

Post # 26
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Bumble bee

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justwondering2015:  The only time I take off my ring is if I am making something that involves mixing with my hands (dough, meatballs, etc) or doing heavy duty yard work. Other than that it NEVER comes off. I have had it for 15 years. If it is a quality metal, it should not tarnish. Diamonds are harder than what you think they are. I have a sapphire (just as hard as diamonds) and it still looks good. I also clean it every few months with white vinegar and baking soda – it bubbles and loosens the grime that gets caught. Every 6 months I take it to the jeweler where I got it, to check the prongs and get them to clean it.

Wedding Band Set

Post # 27
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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ali0118:  being a pedant here but sapphire isn’t as hard as diamond; the Maid/Matron of Honor scare of mineral hardness is ordinal and more exponential in nature than linear. Corundum (sapphire et al) is at 9.0 and diamond is at 10.0, this sounds negligible but the nature of the scale means that diamond is actually 4 x as scratch resistant as sapphire. 

– I’m not knocking sapphire, I love it and it is a relatively hard gem stone, just not as hard as diamond. my mother’s and grandmother’s engagement ring was a diamond and sapphire ring which I have worn every day on my right hand for four years. The old cut diamonds are around 100 years old and in amazing condition, the sapphire has been removed and repolishing to minimise scratches at least a couple of times. My mum did used to do the gardening in it without wearing gloves though!

Post # 28
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Bumble bee

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Drizzle:  Thanks. That is a gorgeous color stone. 100 Years! – if rings could talk and tell of the history that they have been through. My mom wears my grandmother’s rings (dad’s mom) and has a pendant from her great grandmother’s wedding that is in the original setting. (She is afraid to wear that one). 

Post # 29
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Consider how your engagement ring will look with a wedding band.

I originally picked a cluster e-ring with diamond shoulders and lots of detail in the setting…really sparkly etc. I absolutely loved it on it’s own, however could not find a band it looked nice with at all. Every band just took away from my engagement ring. Two rings made my e-ring look overly fussy. Now I’m waiting on a new set of rings coming. A round solitaire e-ring with plain gold band and pave diamond wedding band. The e-ring on its on I would never have picked as it’s so simple, but together they are lovely. And you will wear them both together longer than you only wear your engagement ring! Just my personal experience ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 30
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

When you buy, buy what YOU like, not what other people like.

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