(Closed) Sticker Shock for Engagement Rings

posted 3 years ago in Rings
  • poll: How much did your engagement ring cost?

    Under $1k

    $1k-$2500

    $2500-$5k

    $5k-$10k

    Over $10k

  • Post # 2
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: City, State

    Hell to the nah nah would I pay $5k – $9k on a ring. There are loads and loads of lovey rings for under $2k.

    Post # 3
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    Worker bee

    Read up on some of the boards for different ways people find rings.  usualy girls get better prices from buying off the internet.  Malls are always going to be the most expensive way to go.

    Post # 4
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2018

    Diamonds are expensive, we can thank De Beers for that. That’s why in recent years diamond alternatives have become so popular, so if you’re not completely opposed to that then it could be something to look into.

    Supposedly there are better deals online but that would still concern me. We’ve had a lot of good luck with smaller, family owned jewelry stores in terms of service, quality and pricing. Custom is also a good option because you can really build what you want within your budget.

    Post # 5
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    The hubs bought my setting from a local jewelry store. He bought the rock off of ebay from an estate sale and had it reset. All together the ring cost him $2700. We had it appriased for $5,000. The center diamond is 1.12 ct with .3 cts in the halo.

    There are ways to save. You just have to really work at it.

     

    Post # 6
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2015

    There are rings on here from a few hundred to 40k. Its what you guys are comfortable with and he can afford. Its a once in a lifetime purchase for many, that you wear every day, that becomes an heirloom… so people spend more than they would on a normal gift. 5-9k is 1) a huge window! lol but 2) both ends are totally reasonable if it makes sense with his salary and net worth.

    9k could be a very nice quality 1 carat solitaire in a simple setting, or a more modest sized/quality stone in a REALLY glitzy setting. 5k could be a designer setting with a big moissainite, or a modest diamond or moissainte in a halo. Or you could get double the bang for the buck buying 2nd hand/vintage. Lots of routes to go!

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise

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    alwaysserenity :  It depends a lot what’s important to you. Rings are made from just about everything you can imagine these days; ceramic, titanium, animal horn, and metorite.

    First thing I’d suggest is deciding on a material. Platinum and Palladium are going to be the most costly, where rose/yellow/white gold are considerably less. If you aren’t interested in something traditional, titanium/cobalt rings are becoming much more common; though those aren’t a good fit if you do a lot of hard physical activity where you might injure your hand. They’re super tough and can actually break fingers if the impact is hard enough.

    Once you have a metal selected, then you have to think about gemstones. Traditionally, jewelers recommend either diamonds or sapphires as the hardest, but moissanite falls slightly above sapphires on the hardness scale and has a higher refractive index (fire) than diamonds. The margin on diamonds and sapphires is MUCH greater, so most jewelers will point you in that direction and try to claim moissanite and other gems are unsuitable for everyday wear. Again, depending on the kind of impacts you are likely to encounter, you might be ok with a softer stone.

    Once you’ve settled on those items, you can start looking around with a greater sense of direction. As most people have said, online outlets often have better prices. I’d feel fine buying my setting that way, but if you do decide to go with a diamond, I’d strongly recommend inspecting any stone in person to be sure you are getting what you think you’re getting.

    We spent about $800 on my setting about around $1100 on my stone. Setting will cost another $250 or so. I don’t feel like I compromised in the least. You can absolutely get a beautiful ring for well under $5k-$9k range, you just have to be clear about what you want and do lots of research.

    🙂

    Post # 9
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    Do a lot of research. Visit many brick and mortar stores and try things on look at prices. I didnt know about other stones until after we got married and started looking for band i found the bee. Wooww so many options. 

    Get what you want 🙂 

    Post # 10
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    Bee Keeper

    You also have the option to purchase the stone seperately, and have a local jeweler create the mount.  If it’s nothing too intricate it shouldn’t come anywhere near the top end of your budget.

    Post # 11
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2018

    My fiancé paid a boat load of money for a high-quality metal and diamond and ethical certifications from a designer.  My ring is “modest” compared against what he could of bought (probably a diamond a full half size larger) if he dropped the same coin on less of this extra stuff.  All of this was important to me, but if it’s not to you, it’s a lot more affordable than you think!

    Check out Costco to start. 

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    Check out Blue Nile. My husband still spent much more than I would have ever expected, but you get A LOT for your money. 

    Post # 13
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2015

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    alwaysserenity :  well it sounds like you know some particulars already! And marquise is a very affordable diamond shape compared to others. I would just start looking for inspiration pictures of what you want, then let him take it from there 🙂

    You could put an excellent quality 1.2 marquise in this setting for your budget https://www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/solitaire/14k-rose-gold-rope-solitaire-engagement-ring-item-52714

    Post # 15
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2015

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    alwaysserenity :  I would take #2 off the list because those side diamonds will scratch the hell outta any wedding band. I looove #3, so elegant.

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