(Closed) Ring Worries from a Soon-to-be-Engaged student

posted 10 years ago in Rings
Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I agree you can definitely get a great diamond on that budget, if that’s the route you decide to go.  I don’t know how much more expensive Canadian diamonds are vs. the rest of what’s on the market, but it couldn’t be that much dramatically more. 

My e-ring was about 2k, it’s a 0.64 ct ideal cut diamond in a white gold solitaire setting (tiffany style).  Not exactly a big ol’ rock by most people’s standards, but I like it ๐Ÿ™‚ [attachment=909902,112743]

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I actually wanted a brilliant earth sapphire, and not a diamond (not exactly cost effective, but oh-so-gorgeous) but my guy refused. Who new he was so traditional? Anyway, thats not the point.  The point is colored rings are gorgeous if you are willing to buck the weight of out-dated traditions. Also, you can get a colored ring now, and then, when you and your man can afford it, upgrade to a diamond and move your e-ring to the right hand. That way you don’t break the banks AND get 2 rings… not half bad ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

So your total budget is 2-3k? The setting itself is $1850, so if you go with a diamond, you’re probably looking at upwards of 3. My advice to you (since it sounds like you would really like a diamond) is to buy online. You will save TONS over the markups on brick-and-mortar stores. Check out pricescope.com for some reputable vendors, but I will do a little digging for you here too. ๐Ÿ™‚ (I’m going to assume you are looking for a round brilliant)

How small are you willing to go? For a diamond budget of about $1200 (3k minus the $1850 setting), you unfortunately aren’t going to find much bigger than about .6ct, unless you are willing to sacrifice cut (which I would NOT recommend you do, esp for a smaller stone).

This is a beatiful stone just shy of half a carat that I would reccomend. It’s only $600.

If you want something with a more vintage feel to it to match the look of the setting, I would consider this one. It’s the biggest I could find with our budget, at .68ct. I know it’s got some inclusions, but you can see for yourself in the magnification shots what you’re dealing with. Those little specs you probably won’t even see will save you $! The pics don’t do these justice, I would look for GOG’s videos of their August Vintage styles. They are GORGE!!

It’s best to stay in the “ideal” cut range for smaller stones, since it will make them appear larger, but, if color is important to you, I would check out this one. It’s an F, which is in the “colorless” category, and a GIA “excellent” cut. Keep in mind though, cut wil not only make a rock look bigger, it will also hide color and eye-visible inclusions.

Vicarious diamond shopping is fun… tehee ๐Ÿ˜‰

Oh one more thing, I would suggest doing some research on PS about the ethical mining issue, which I think you were concerned about. There is a lot of misinformation out there. Many, many experts in the business are on PS and will tell you from an insider’s perspective that you don’t need to worry about those issues with most reputable US dealers. You pay a big premium for the “Conflict-free” label from companies like BE.

 

Post # 20
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

you can go budget friendly with a gem, and then perhaps upgrade when the time is more appropriate

 

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I second Veganglam’s post on Moissanite. Moissanite is a 9.25 on the Mohs scale, so it is practically indestructible! I loooooove my Moissanite ring.  There are tons of gorgeous settings on Moissaniteco.com and they’re super affordable. My 1 carat solitaire with channeled stones on the prongs was only 800 dollars. You can get a 2 carat rock for $1300.

It’s not a diamond substitute or a cz; it’s a beautiful, clear stone that has 2 times the fire of a diamond.  Many people mistake my ring for a diamond; it has the traditional look of a diamond without the price, and it’s ethical because it’s created in a lab.

Here’s a few pics- one of a halo setting and one of my ring.

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Post # 22
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’d buy the setting you love now, and have it set with a CZ in the size you want. In 5 years, have it replaced with a diamond. That is what my ex and I considered doing, because I wanted a 2.5-3 ct emerald cut, which was way out of our price range.

Post # 23
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Lab grown stones are the same as stones made from the earth- only better.  The chemistry is the same, but they are made more “perfect” with less imperfections.  You can always get a lab grown stone and then at your 10 year aniversary get whatever you want.  Just a thought!

Post # 24
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Have you considered a colored diamond? 

 

Post # 25
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I have a colored-“treated”-blue diamond and they are cheaper than their white counterparts. Blue is my “thing” though and I would never tire however champagne diamonds are even cheaper in some cases and I don’t think would clash with anything. You can probably get a one carat-it will take some searching to find one of quality in a color you like-for the price of a half carat white diamond. Best bet is just Google natural fancy brown diamonds.

Post # 26
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Have you thought about just skipping the engagement ring altogether?  Somehow, the diamond companies have gotten us thinking that you can’t be engaged without a ring.  However, men don’t need rings to “prove” they are engaged, and neither do women, really.  You can skip the engagement ring, and if money is tight, get a plain gold band when you get married.  Then, if you really want a diamond (as opposed to thinking you have to have one to be engaged), you can have it as an anniversary present or just buy one for yourself.

Post # 27
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I now how ya feel! Fi and I got my ring black friday for 70% off. It wasnt exactly what I wanted, but I liked it and thought I would get over it. Months later the jeweler messed up the setting super bad, I’m talking morphed the metal and everything, to the point that every time I looked at my ring I wanted to cry. The best I could do was return it for a store credit, so that’s what we did. We had the money to put toward the new ring, something that I knew I would love. In the end I got the ring I’d always dreamed of, and fi re-proposed since I messed up his original proposal :p

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I would suggest that you get a setting that you really love. My engagement ring was not expensive as we were students too and I just couldn’t come to terms with going into debt to have a ring on my finger. We got a beautiful ring that I love (and get lots of compliments on) for less than $500. It is a diamond ring, but the diamonds are small. Meanwhile it has over 20 diamonds set in it. If you go with lots of smaller diamonds it’s cheaper than one big one but you still get the sparkle! My ring looks like the one below but has smaller diamonds. I love the antique style setting (although it’s proved to be a pain because I have to get wedders made to fit it!). So if you could find a setting you love you might be able to have your diamonds after all.

 

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Post # 30
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

You’re very welcome! ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait to see what you end up with!!

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