Post # 1
I went ring shopping today and I thought I had found the perfect ring. Delicate, thin and way under budget, just $899. It was such a steal and I loved it, could wait to tell him because it meant we already had a chunk for the wedding saved since it was so resonable. I decided as I grabbed a quick lunch that I would look another place. I found a gorgeous solitare ring, great stone, nice clean lines but still soft and classic. Its above our budget by $300, it was $4,325 0.75 ct of just pure amazement. I slide it on and it felt like a engagement ring but now I feel gilty that I took that second look. I was just fine with the $900 ring but now I want something more. Im upset that if I wouldve just stopped and got the cheaper ring half of the wedding would already be saved up and I wouldnt have to wait as long to walk down the aisle. What do you ladies think, should I just go with the cheaper ring or should I use the entire budget to get the other ring?
The first ring was similar to this but very thin more like a pave band with a 0.20 ct center stone/0.40 tcw but had a raised basket so it was more engagment than wedding band.
the second ring was this or one very similar to it
Post # 3
I think that if you hadn’t had a second look, you would have gotten the first ring, and been happy, but only until you eventually saw a solitaire that you fell in love with. $300 over budget is not that much, when considered over a lifetime (or even a year), so I think you should to with the ring that spoke to your heart.
Post # 4
darn second looks, I almost got away with a great steal before going with my impulses
Post # 5
I vote for the second, but I’m partial to solitaire’s. Its a stunning ring!
Post # 6
I don’t see why you can’t get both of your desires (a larger solitaire and under budget). If you are willing to look at online places like James Allen, you could probably get a well cut stone of the same size and similar setting for less money than in a brick and mortar store. This kind of thing would be right up the alley with the diamond supersleuths on Pricescope.
Post # 7
I did compare it to james allen and they come in at almost the exact same price but I get a better color and clarity from the store. It had already been discounted down from $5,785. They also give 30% off for your bands if purchased there as well. They have a great reputation and many in my family have used them over the years.
Post # 8
The second one! You’ll be thinking about it, better if it’s glittering up at you while you do. It’s lovely, and not very far out of the budget at all. It’s worth it.
Post # 9
@gsdlover32: Ooo! Get the second one! You might be thinking, Oh well if I hadn’t gone into that second store…but you did! You’ll have to face ring envy forever if you get the first one, too!
Post # 10
No problem, just wanted to make you aware there may be other options for you. You probably ought to double check what lab graded the stone you are interested in. Not all grading labs carry the same reliability in grading so what’s on the paper may or may not be what it really is. Diamonds are tricky business, and in my experience with engagement ring shopping, jewelry stores are there to make money, not give you a “deal”. I’ve never known anyone to buy a car without research and so I never understand why so many people would buy an (expensive) stone/ring without due diligence and rely solely on emotional reaction but that is another story altogether. Good luck!
Post # 11
The second one is gorgeous and $300 over a lifetime is nothing. But both are beautiful, so whichever one you love more.
Post # 12
I would pay more money now for the one you’re really in love with over less money for the one you just like. That second ring is beautiful. I love the double claw prongs.
Post # 13
Love the 2nd one, but I’m bias since its very similiar to mine! Double claw prongs, solitaire with surprise diamonds 🙂
Post # 14
I definitely like the 2nd better…but maybe we can try and have the best of both worlds.
Any of these help??
This site also has some beautiful solitaire settings and you’d be able to get a bigger diamond.
Post # 15
Get the second ring! It is a once in a lifetime investment and you’re worth the classic beauty! The wedding will happen all the same, and once the chaos of planning starts you may be grateful for the extra time to plan that you’ll also need to save $$$.
Post # 16
This might sound crazy…..dont hate me….lol
have you checked ebay?. Not everything on there is used and as long as you triple check the seller you could get a huge steal and get exactly what you want.