Sticker Shock for Engagement Rings

posted 2 years ago in Rings
  • poll: How much did your engagement ring cost?
    Under $1k : (41 votes)
    15 %
    $1k-$2500 : (63 votes)
    23 %
    $2500-$5k : (49 votes)
    18 %
    $5k-$10k : (56 votes)
    20 %
    Over $10k : (65 votes)
    24 %
  • Post # 16
    1353 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek

    I’m not sure if you’ve considered alternatives to diamonds or if you’re interested in them. Many bees, including myself, have moissanite rings. I love my ring, and the best part is the price tag. For a similar ring with diamonds, it would cost about $15k, but mine was $800 ($1200 for the set).

    Post # 18
    2546 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    alwaysserenity :  We looked long & hard for something I wanted & couldn’t find it in our price range so Darling Husband started looking at Pawn Shops & voila- found the perfect emerald cut ring there for a great price. We did have to then pay to have it cleaned up, we got all the prongs re-set to make sure it was secure, & replated it (white gold). Not everyone is ok with this option (bad juju or whatever) but I love a good deal and would not have been too excited had I found out he had paid full retail price for my ring. 

    Post # 19
    1422 posts
    Bumble bee

    Mine was 550 but I have silver as the metal and I went with gemstones that are less expensive (also less hard, so I might have to replace the center eventually, though it’s holding up well so far)

    Post # 20
    12 posts
    • Wedding: September 2018

    I got a popular tacori semimount off ebay for $500, BRAND NEW! Even came with the certificate. It’s not for everyone, but I have always been a bargain shopper and didn’t mind buying that way. Not sure if Tacori will know or not since I was able to register the authenticity card. If they don’t want to work on it, I still have a trusted, reputable local jeweler. Now we can put more oney toward a center stone. There are ways to get something awesome for so muc cheaper!

    Post # 21
    446 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2019

    I did an ass ton of research to keep my ring under $1,000 (it came to $987, so just baaaaarely squeaked in there, haha). It’s definitely doable to stay in budget if you really look at all your options! I ended up going the online route and we got so much more for our money online than what we would have gotten at a brick and mortar store in our area. 

    Edited to say that I just saw you’re considering James Allen, which is where we got my ring! Wait for a sale on the settings! We got it while they were having 25% off and it really helped. That third solitaire twisted shank ring you linked to is GORGEOUS and was one of my top contenders while I was looking. It would look stunning with a marquise.

    Post # 22
    9604 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2016

    I’ve always wanted a sapphire engagement ring which helped a bit with the cost as the price of diamonds is way over inflated. The total cost of my ring was right around $2K which was more than I thought he would spend but still very much within our budget.

    Engagement ring prices can certainly get crazy quickly but there are beautiful rings in every budget.

    Post # 23
    5894 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    When I saw how much rings cost I was like…umm, NOPE!  That’s when I started reseraching and found moissy.  Am super happy I did, I would not have felt good about spending thousands of dollarseven thought it was within our means.

    I have a ring that’s gorgeous and that I love, but that I also don’t stress over potential loss or theft.  Best of both worlds!  

    Post # 24
    972 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2018 - Tizer Gardens/Carroll College

    I mean, Brilliant earth has a ring on sale right now for $125kish so… $9k isn’t bad. I have no idea how much mine cost, I just know how much the one I based it off cost, which was around $1500 for the mount in white gold.

    Rose gold will not cost you as much as other golds, and a marquis diamond is not in fashion right now, so will be more reasonably priced.

    Post # 25
    788 posts
    Busy bee

    This is one of the reasons I chose moissanite. To get a ring I’d be happy with, it would cost $8,000+ if it was diamond. Instead, it was closer to $1000 & I couldn’t be happier with it. For us, spending that kind of money just didn’t make sense when I’d had moissanite jewelry before & knew I’d be just as happy with it. Easy choice. 

    Post # 26
    305 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2018

    Heres mine. A simple solitaire. It cost under 1K only bc the stone was my grandmother’s so clearly we already had it. My fiancé went to the diamond district in NY to have the setting made. This is 2.25 carats. 

    Post # 27
    990 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2008

    This is mine and it is by the designer A.Jaffe . It is a elongated cushion brilliant with chunky halo 1.70 Ct size 5.25 finger … It is ridiculous expensive but in my case it is was a upgrade for our 10 yr anniversary so my husband turned in my other set to upset the cost . Sticker shock is normal I think especially when you don’t know the in and out of the whole diamond process thank you freaking DeBeers . Also it has to do with taste and if you are going custom ,pre made , designer , fancy stone , I could go on .. but hopefully you’ll find something you love in the budget you are comfortable with ! Good luck 👍🍀 

    Post # 28
    402 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    It’s also not a bad idea to check out smaller brick and mortar stores in your area. I found one in my area that is cheaper even than the ones I’ve been finding online 

    Post # 29
    609 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

    alwaysserenity :  I think #2 is gorgeous, and I think the diamonds are high enough that scratching shouldn’t be a problem.

    As far as budget, the only thing that matters is that you and your SO are happy with your ring and comfortable with the cost.  Enjoy the hunt!

    Post # 30
    2465 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2017 - Courthouse

    If you are comfortable, I would agree with PP who suggested buying second hand. Etsy has a ton of vintage rings and you’d be surprised how many antique jewelry stores are around you when you look. I am very very cheap and I didn’t want my Fiance to pay an arm and a leg for my ring, so I sent him links to about 10 different rings I liked from Etsy. I think only 2 or 3 of them were used. I wanted a gemstone ring (don’t like diamonds or agree with them) and buying second hand is good for the environment! Honestly, if we got my ring made my a jewelry store it would probably be AT LEAST $4k and we paid $650! It is vintage from the 80s. 

    I know not everyone has vintage taste, but it’s very possible you would make a ring cheaper by finding a used stone and resetting it exactly the way you like. Keep us updated on what you’re looking at! Marquis rings are so gorgeous smile

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