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 πŸ˜‚

    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 # 31
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    Sugar bee

    I initially toyed with the idea of something more simple (as the “timeless/classic/goes with everything/you can have fun mixing it up with different bands” arguments all made sense to me), but when i was looking at rings and trying stuff on, solitaires just didn’t make my heart sing.  

    I quickly reverted back to my longtime love of ornate and antique jewelry.  

    Post # 33
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2020

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    @Goirishgrl:  It’s really pretty. A very modern take on the princess cut – I love it!

    Post # 34
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    Bumble bee

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    @emilythoreson97:  The stone looks flawless, same as the day I got it! I never wear jewelry when I clean or sleep so that’s never been an issue for me. I was cleaning it twice a week but I also stopped doing that and I haven’t cleaned it in about a month and you honestly can’t tell. I wash my hands a lot and just leave it in and that seems to clean it just fine! The way I see it, diamonds are literally the HARDEST thing on Earth so of course they aren’t going to be scratched unless it’s by another diamond. Anything over a 7 on the Maid/Matron of Honor scale is perfectly good for daily wear and is Morganite is a 7.5-8 which means it’s still harder than steel! So I felt pretty confident in choosing it! 

    Post # 36
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

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    @emilythoreson97:  I have always loved square stones.  Almost every piece of jewelry I own has a square stone, and I have a real soft spot for the step cuts (I had an emerald cut blue topaz that I adore and want to get the stone reset after damaging the ring a few years ago, and a beautiful deep blue asscher cut sapphire).  I wanted to love an asscher for my diamond, I really did, but when it comes to a diamond it’s all about the sparkle.  I knew for sure I didnt want a round stone and since the princess cut is the closest to the round brilliant in sparkle it was kind of a no brainer for me. 

    I know princess cuts are not super popular right now and always seem to be near the top of the “most disliked shape” polls but I dont care.  I love my ring and it brings me joy every day, and that’s what it’s really all about. 

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    @cc33ammy:  thanks!  I’m bringing the princess back!  πŸ˜‚

    Post # 37
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

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    @longtimemrs:  thanks so much!  I’m definitely going to rectify the “covid nails” situation very soon.  I can’t even deal with my fingers and toes right now!

    Post # 38
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2021 - Australia

    these stories are all so cute!

    I had a whole secret Pinterest board of the kind of thing I wanted. Every single one of them was a peach sapphire, halo design with a plain and quite slender rose gold band. Only the cut was different – I liked interesting cuts, like emerald and asscher, along with rose and hexagonal options!)

    Months before fi and I got engaged (maybe as much as a year before) I showed him the board. I explained why I liked peach over pink, and my reasons for wanting a sapphire rather than other types of stones. 

     

    Shortly afterwards, I went window shopping with my sister and I realised there were some really quite ugly halo designs and almost nowhere had peach sapphires you could look at in-store, they had to be ordered in! I panicked, wondering what I’d do if he bought me some of what we’d seen, since technically they would be exactly what I’d said I wanted. My sister and I were half convinced that I couldn’t possibly be given something I liked, since if I was struggling to find it, surely he would too.

     

    Of course, I didn’t know if he’d already bought something, so I didn’t want to say anything! I do remember us chatting about how hard it must be to pick something after he let it slip he was going custom, and he said not to worry about that since he knew the kind of thing I’d like – and he used some terms to describe me/the ring that made me think he hadn’t bought a halo after all.

    I wondered briefly if he’d bought a 3 stone ring, then forgot all about what type it might be since you can drive yourself crazy speculating when he might not even ask at all!

    Come to the actual proposal, he asked the question (and I’d said yes) before he took the ring out, so all the focus was on my face when I saw it for the first time! I remember being so anxious as he took it out of its little velvet sack, I desperately wanted to like it and didn’t want it to show on my face if I didn’t!

     

    Well, it’s the most beautiful, classic, 3 stone ring – central peach sapphire in the exact shade I wanted, flanked by 2 diamonds, set in rose gold.

    Quite frankly, it’s much more classic and timeless than anything I’d been looking at myself, and when I look at it, I know that he understands who I am – it’s a better reflection of me than what I would have chosen! The only thing I’d change (in a magical world where it would be like that when he gave it to me – I wouldn’t change it now since I’m a sap!) is the thickness of the band – it’s only 2mm but I have small hands and I think a more delicate band would highlight that. I understand why he didn’t – looking at it on his finger, it looks tiny!

    Overall I’m so glad he picked what he did, I love that he heard what I wanted and put his own spin on it – it is a reflection of us both,

    Post # 39
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

    Yes and no. I always knew I required major amounts of bling! Definitely always knew I would get a halo, but thought I would go for a square stone like princess or cushion. DH insisted on a double halo, and we designed the ring together. I ended up going with a round stone in a cushion halo after falling in love with antique cuts. Here’s a pic with my new rose cut band – I bought it for a different finger but like how it looks with my set πŸ˜€

     

    Post # 41
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2021 - Australia

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    @emilythoreson97:  

    of course! I almost forgot!

    Here it is on me..

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    and on him… 

    Post # 42
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    Worker bee

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    @emilythoreson97:  I personally found Moissanite to be plastic looking and lack the depth of a diamond. However, I fully acknowledge that others don’t feel the same way πŸ™‚

    Post # 43
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

    When we were ring searching I wanted a princess cut morganite in rose gold.

    I ended up with a round cut black diamond in white gold. It looked very “Halloween” to me and I am obsessed with Halloween. 

    Post # 44
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    Newbee

    When we contacted our Jeweler I told them I’d like a white gold engagement ring with a 1ct diamond in either radiant or cushion cut. Set on a petite band either solitaire style or with a hidden halo. I then sent them the photo of gold set and said that was what I pictured as my dream set. When we went in to the Jeweler to see diamonds they showed us 7 different cushion cuts and then he said he had a Radiant that was more elongated and wouldn’t be able to be set in the kite setting. When my Fiance and I saw it we both fell in love with it! We loved the cut and facets of the diamond then took it outside to see it in the sun and I knew it was the one! Then we had to pick out a setting, I thought i wanted a Solitaire because I knew I wanted to stack it and just thought a danity Solitaire style would stack best haha, well we picked out the setting and then matched it up with the bands. The 2nd photo is my e-ring and two wedding bands. When we left the Jeweler my sweet Fiance kept asking me if I was certain that I wanted the ring since it was so different from my inspiration picture lol I’m so glad we went in and tried on different ideas. I love my diamond and rings 😍😊

    Post # 45
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    Bumble bee

    At first I wanted a black diamond ring.  I tried on a bunch, but none of them spoke to me.  Then I wanted a blue sapphire ring, but changed my mind after trying on a vintage-inspired chocolate diamond set.  We bought the set, but it still didn’t feel right, so we returned it.  Then we went to an antique jewelry store where my husband found the vintage diamond ring of my dreams.  So quite the journey to my perfect ring!

    Edited to add: OP, I love your set!

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