Story time! Did you end up with a ring the opposite of what you thought?

posted 1 year ago in Rings
  • poll: Did you end up with the exact ring you imagined?

    I knew 100% what I wanted!

    I had it picked out online before I even saw it... and was wrong 😂

    I changed my plans slightly

    I went a COMPLETELY different way!

    Spouse picked it and it was exactly what I wanted!

    Spouse picked it and it was not true love at first sight...

  • Post # 2
    565 posts
    Busy bee

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    @emilythoreson97:  Your ring is beautiful! 

    I always wanted a solitaire and that’s what I got, it’s a Tiffany style plain solitaire. I had never given rings much thought or browsed different styles and now I kind of wish I did, I wouldn’t mind having something a bit more intricate, something similar to yours or even a hidden halo. But, I still love my ring. Maybe one day I will reset the diamond, for now I’ve just been wearing different bands to spice it up.

    Post # 4
    990 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2020

    I sent my husband a picture of a ring that I actually saw on these boards! Then I did a little digging and found the company and a few variations of the style I liked. He bought me one of those variations and I still love it! 🙂 Though I admit, these days I am obsessed with oval-shaped stones so maybe I’ll have to treat myself to a RHR down the road…haha.


    Post # 5
    513 posts
    Busy bee

    It’s so weird to write this when he hasn’t proposed yet but since we have the ring in the house I feel I can talk about it!

    i went into the ring search wanting rose gold, aquamarine or light blue sapphire, and a diamond halo.  We looked at rings by LaMore Designs and Heidi Gibson and had it narrowed it down. I always knew I wanted a gemstone and he loved rose gold because I had a phone case that color when we began dating so he said that seemed very me.

    then after having the idea picked out I was scrolling on Pinterest and a vintage platinum and diamond ring popped up.  I clicked on it and ended up at this little vintage store, and began communicating with the owner immediately.  After a lot of talking and extra pictures as well as a solid return policy, my boyfriend began making payments.  It needs to be sized slightly but that’s how we ended up with a ring completely opposite.  When we saw it, we just knew that was it.  I sneak away to look at it from time to time (when jewelers open up here I imagine we will get it sized then, but honestly we are just accepting that it may be awhile), and it takes my breath away every damn time.

    Post # 8
    1655 posts
    Bumble bee

    I always thought I’d have a small solitaire on a plain band, but when we looked at new rings, even a tiny one was beyond our budget.  Then my fiance found a pre loved one in our budget that had a larger central stone and lots of little ones set into the band.  I never thought I’d go for one that had a decorated band as I’ve always preferred very simple things, but when he showed me the picture, I loved it and now I can’t imagine wearing anything else.

    Post # 9
    6709 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

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    @emilythoreson97:  My jaw dropped when I saw that baby! Damn girl THAT is a ring! It is beautiful!!

    i was married before, wanted a solitaire, got overruled (red flag lol), got divorced, got engaged again years later, and actually had this ring made after having been married for 5 years! Even though it’s simple it has some nice touches. It’s so perfect for me. Cushions do face up small tho. This is a 1.5 and it appears like more of a 1 ct!

    Post # 11
    6811 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

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    @emilythoreson97:  Wow! That is really lovely! And it looks amazing on you. The story behind it is super sweet, too. It’s a combination of you and you sweetheart, which is quite romantic.

    I have two LONG stories. (Yikes!)

    Story 1: My engagement ring was not what I expected … and I have to admit it was not love at first sight. I wanted a heart shaped stone set in a simple white gold solitaire. Don’t ask me why, because I am definitely not someone who does “simple” with regard to jewelry now (in my “old age” — ha, ha!).

    In the end, my husband (then fiance) wanted a round stone because he felt it would be less likely to break. And he decided he wanted a setting with side stones because he thought solitaires were “too plain”. We got engaged in the early 1990s, when yellow gold was everywhere and white gold not to be seen. So, pretty much, my engagement ring was nothing that I had dreamed of or expected.

    This is my engagement ring: 5-stone setting with around a half carat (I think it’s .53?) center stone and rounds and baguettes on either side. This is showing with my actual wedding band, which my husband picked out as a stand-alone band. It didn’t occur to him that women usually wore their engagement rings and bands together, and we didn’t want to spend on the matching band for my ring because we were footing the bill for our wedding on our own. I wore the band alone, but it’s easier to show them together in a picture.

    Over the years, my engagement ring really grew on me. I have come to love it. I’ve been married for a while (22 years this October!), and I still wear it from time to time. For our 18th anniversary, I gave it a little “face lift”. I had wanted to change out the baguettes for a long time, and I finally switched them for blue sapphires. I love it even more now!

    Story 2: My second story is with the anniversary ring for our 16th anniversary. We originally went to our local (at the time) jeweler to get a diamond and sapphire band for our anniversary. When we initally went to talk about the band, I saw the setting for my anniversary ring in the case, and I could not take my eyes off of it. I was basically lovestruck at first sight. I had never seen anything so beautiful and sparkly.

    The jeweler was sourcing sapphires for our band, and this required several visits to the store. Each time, I had to find “my” setting in the case so that I could stare at it. And the jeweler was always kind enough to take it out of the case so I could admire it.

    Finally, after the third or fourth visit, my husband told our jeweler, “Let’s not worry about the sapphire band any more. I think we have something new in mind.” And so … she officially became mine! I still adore her and feel like I’ve never seen anything quite so sparkly.

    Post # 13
    6709 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

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    @emilythoreson97:  Thank you so much ❤️

    And your ring is totally glam! Like old school Hollywood – or Paris like your partner said!!

    Post # 14
    483 posts
    Helper bee

    Your ring is gorgeous!!

    I always wanted a classic tiffany solitaire. Then I wanted the same solitaire but with a pavé band. Then I decided I wanted an oval diamond instead of a round. Then finally I switched from white to rose gold. Can you tell I’m a libra? Haha

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