- 6 years ago
So for those of you who have read my other posts, you know that I have fallen in love with a particular style of ring. Something like this, but with a blue sapphire as the center stone:
It’s a gorgeous ring, but costs about 2k with a sapphire. I’ve been looking everywhere, both in person and online, to find an affordable look-alike. My bf and I are both students right now and so money is tight. About 3 weeks ago I saw a ring on eBay that I thought looked very promising. I showed it to my bf and he seemed interested in it, but the auction ended without any bids. He confessed to me recently that he came very close to buying it, I can’t remember why he didn’t. I found a semi-mount on Amazon a few days ago that also looks really good. But it would still cost about $800 to get the setting, a lab-created sapphire, and to have the center stone mounted in the ring. This is within the budget that my bf gave me, but it is at the upper end of it.
On a whim today I happened to check the expired listing of that ring I’d seen on eBay, and discovered that the seller has relisted it! The cost is significantly less than either the original ring or the one on Amazon, the seller has 100% positive feedback, and I am super tempted to show it to my bf. The side diamonds are apparently a bit smaller than the original ring I liked, .15 ctw versus .25, but the center stone is slightly larger, .54 vs .46. The sapphire seems to be a good color, not blue-black like you see a lot of the time, and it apparently is certified, although the seller doesn’t elaborate on that. It has 6 prongs, which works because I recently decided I like it better than the 4 prong setting, and it looks like it has a pretty low profile which is something I was looking for in a ring.
Should I show it to him? I was going to try to sit back and do the whole “let him decide what to do about it” thing, but I don’t think I’m very good at that course of action. I can’t help thinking that I can show this to him and save us so much money. The logical side of myself says that it is silly to pay more for a different ring if they’ll look virtually identical. But then the emotional side of myself kicks in and says that he should spend more than $150 on my ring. It is something I’ll wear for the rest of my life, and he was just talking today about spending $150 on one of his nerdy hobbies. (A hobby I share too, and I’ve spent plenty of money on it in the past but lately I’ve been trying to save money so I haven’t been buying as much of it.) And then of course I feel bad, because I think of the women on here who say they’d marry their man with a rubber band on their finger, and beat myself up for being materialistic. I swear I am the most bipolar ring shopper imaginable! Besides, if it is white gold, with a genuine sapphire and genuine diamonds, $150 seems like a steal! And if they’re not genuine, or if it isn’t quite what we were looking for, at least we wouldn’t be losing a bunch of money. What do you think, fellow bees?
Here’s the ebay listing: http://www.ebay.com/itm/270965805621?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:VRI&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2661