(Closed) Size 4.5 ring on a budget! PICTURES PLEASE

posted 9 years ago in Rings
Post # 17
1836 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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@reedch:  Thanks!  I actually have no idea.

Post # 18
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

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@reedch: That’s not a weird question at all! Not one person has ever asked if it was a diamond or not, but we’re pretty well off, so it’s believable I guess. We could have afforded a diamond this size if we had really wanted, but we prefered to put the money in to our mortgage instead, and I still got the ring of my dreams! 🙂 

Lots of Bees have moissanite rings (just do a search, you’ll find a TON of posts about it), and many bees are open about the fact they have moissanite, others tend to just let people assume it’s a diamond. I’m on the latter end of the scale. 

Post # 21
395 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Just wanted to chime in with another vote for moissanite! I originally wanted lab created diamonds, but they were above our price range (and also too small). Since finding out about moissanite I am a total convert, I never want to own diamonds because I think the moissanite is so much better lol. This video was helpful for me when I first started researching: http://vimeo.com/24371182

It might be just what you need. (:

Post # 22
3060 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I, too, recommend Moissanite! Mine is from Moissaniteco and I love it. It’s 1.25 carat and was under $800!

Post # 25
2999 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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@reedch:  Gotcha! That was the first one I found that I loved so I posted it, but you should do some searching on Etsy – they have some gorgeous rings and a lot of the jewelers on there work with moissanite too, if you decide to go that route!

Post # 26
705 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013


Here is my 1.8 ct unenhanced moissanite.  My ring size is 5.5.  We were in a similar situation–I did not want to spend over $2500 on a ring and there was no way we could afford a decent diamond that we both liked that was also an ethical purchase.

 So I came on here and discovered moissanite and I am in love.  My ring was a bit under $2500–the stone was something like $575 and the setting was designed and custom made for us by a local jeweler.  He doesn’t carry moissanite but was happy to order it for us.  People call it a diamond all the time and I am quick to correct them most of the time (after a while it gets tiresome) because I am super proud of our choice.  Since it’s lab created–no ecosystems were destroyed by mining and I never have to look at my hand and wonder if a little kid got his hand cut off to bring me this diamond.  The diamond industry is full of terrible.  So we get all of those benefits and at a decent cost!  Super win!

I’d recommend getting an idea of what you want and checking out a locally owned jeweler in your area.  Avoid the big chains, they are rip offs.  Tell them what you want, how much you can pay and see what they can do for you.  Alternatively, browse around on moissaniteco.com and see if any sets there appeal to you and are available in your price range.

Post # 27
76 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2012


Sorry so big I wear a 4.5 but i was swelling in this picture (darn cokes) both my rings together cost 1200 i think. the solitare i looked at a 1/2 carat and and 1/3 the 1/2 had a black speck in it and it bothered me so i opted for this 1/3 (its a big 1/3 though) I like it, not to bulky but catches the light and sparkles Laughing

Post # 28
3967 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

If you want finger coverage, definitely look at moissy’s! They have some beautiful settings.

Post # 30
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Worker bee

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have a look on ebay, lots of really great rings for sale at half the retail at least, mega bargains to be had, some people get too hung up over ‘estate’ or ‘second hand’.





Post # 31
1369 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My ring size is either a 3.75 or 4.25, I can’t remember. I have a .91 ct – DH got it for around 2200, not including GIA cert. We originally purchased a smaller certified stone, but the stone did not match the certification. I didn’t realize until after the period to return the ring, so the manager let me choose one of the loose stones they had on site – it happened to be a larger carat.

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