Ring shopping timeline

posted 2 years ago in Engagement
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2020

Exciting! We went to a shop together in March, and then decided to do a custom design instead through an online jeweler. I think the final ring arrived in May (prob took ~2 months to complete, maybe less). He proposed in August.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

Custom ring took us about 6 weeks from start to finish. 3 of those weeks were trying to find the right stone

Post # 5
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Blushing bee

I thought the ring buying process would take months! It certainly could if you are picky. I suggest taking some time to get familiar with the four* Cs and get a good diamond education, then browse prices on bluenile or pricescope to get an idea of what you can get with your budget. Do that before you even shop in person! In my case, I browsed online for a while and I went to two stores with my boyfriend in July. I want a solitaire setting, which doesn’t take long to finish. My boyfriend purchased the ring this week and I assume he will be proposing on our vacation (some time in the next couple of weeks). The whole process from shopping to purchasing didn’t take more than a month. edit: to clarify, the jeweler set the stone in a solitaire setting that his shop makes and the setting process took him just a few days. His shop is next to where boyfriend works so no need to wait for delivery time.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

How exciting! I just started the ring shopping process, too. So I’m sort of in your boat, but no idea what my boyfriend’s timeline is. I can tell you about my friend though. She has been to a few jewelry stores with and without her boyfriend to try on styles she liked. One day they stopped in at a store they hadn’t been to and that jeweler had a round diamond for a really good price in their budget so the boyfriend purchased it then and there. It took 3 weeks for them to get the ring set and now she’s just waiting on a proposal.

Post # 8
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Busy bee

I actually would start now. Really it shouldn’t take 6 months, but you might as well start looking and getting an idea of what you want. If you decide to go custom, it will take a bit longer, or if you spend time searching out a specific stone. You’d hate to end up in a position where it’s down to the wire for the ring to come in time for what your boyfriend wants to do. 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee

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volleygal551 : There wasn’t a separate price for the setting/labor. He just gave us the price of the diamond and the price of the setting, and that was our total. I think that is the case for online jewelery stores, too! Good luck!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2019

We started shopping last August and he proposed in late January, though I think he had the ring for about a month before he popped the question. It was a custom setting. 

We were pretty picky (looked a lot of oval stones before we found one we loved, and I also changed my mind a few times on the setting). I think it would have been a much faster process if not for those things 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2019

 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2020

 It took me over 3 months to find a ring design I like, then on top of that, it’s going to take a few extra weeks for the ring to be produced since we are customizing.

I’d start now, start browsing on your own so you don’t wear him out.

I haven’t worn rings since junior high, I will occassionally wear a necklace (the long stringy kind with some loops in it, not even “costume” jewelry. I never thought I’d turn into Ringzilla. Bf didn’t help make things so any faster by throwing in all his ideas.

I learned that ring photos are super misleading. And the fantasy ring you envisioned wearing Before Fiance may be completely different from the one you end up getting as a couple.

One of the things that complicated our ring search was a jeweler showed us what a ring would look like with a peekaboo ruby. After seeing that, we both decided we HAD to have the peekaboo but not all rings accommodate such a setting. 

Have fun, take your time, don’t feel weird about browsing on your own, do your research, and use an independent jeweler.

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