(Closed) Ughhh Rings are so pricey!!! Considering costume instead

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Post # 31
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Bumble bee

 

sunflowers121:  Sadly not yet, I should have her in the next two-three weeks. They’re making the setting for me. Will post when I have her. I bought from Amora Gem.com, it’s the Europe version to ge the Amora gem but still sells to the US and doesn’t add taxes and such for you guys.

 

AwkwardCoconut:  Hey, no I mean the Amora Gem Ultra. I bought my 1.53ct Amora Gem Ultra, G colour, VS1 Clarity from Amora-Gem.com, they are a official seller and based in Europe and supplies it to Europe as well as the US. I tried them after BTD didn’t have much to look at and refused to sell to my country, plus most they’re stock seems to be D colours which mega boosts up the price. They do sell to the US too by the way and without any extras in tax and such I believe. 

I bought my Amora gem alone for $880, much cheaper than BTD at the moment. What really saves you on price is things like the colour, the prices between a D to a G is massive. As well as clarity, considering all of them are eye clean I just didn’t see the point in spending vasts more on higher clarity when you can’t even see the difference. All together my ring costs about £1100 (approx $1600) but that included the Amora gem, my setting to be custom made with CAD’s and import and sales taxes and 22% VAT fees, so even if you take off the horrible UK’s 22% VAT tax that would drop the price by over $300. I felt it was a good deal, particularly when the diamond version would have cost here at least £10,000. They are also so far been lovely to deal with and very helpful. At the moment they are a bit low in stock because of Christmas but hopefully in a few weeks have replenished.

Post # 32
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Bumble bee

bluehope:  I’ve been looking for one in the color range F-G. It doesn’t seem like there are a lot out there. BTD has all Ds and I think that may be too white. 

I haven’t heard of that website before so thank you!! I can’t wait to see your ring. 

Post # 33
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Bee Keeper

There are many ways to shave some $ off the budget if you had to.

1. go moissanite classic [their coloring is just as good as the forever brilliants]

2. repurpose old gold jewelry so you cut down on the cost for the mount [this would mean you’d have to take it to a local jeweler to melt down and reset.

3. look at the sale section of all the major mossy websites, moco, moissanite.com etc.. there are always sales to be had

4. if you absolutely need to go on the cheap then I highly recommend you purchasing a second hand ring [for the center stone] and having your jeweler mount it in a silver ring, then have the ring dipped in whatever gold tone you wish, yellow, rose or white.

I know exactly how you feel.  The prices are outrageous when it comes to engagement rings or wedding sets.  But you get what you pay for-the only thing I would advise against [unless you want to keep changing your set] is using a cz.  They’re soft, and cannot take day to day wear without becoming dull or scratched.

Post # 34
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

herrera2016:  I’m lucky becsuse I will get my mom’s diamond from her ring when the time comes. I can’t believe the price of rings today, especially at mall stores like Kay, Zales, etc. Their quality is not that great but they still charge and arm and a leg. Definitely look into what PPs are saying, Moissy, Amora, etc. It will be a better investment than costume jewelry, and you may find one ring that you love!

Post # 36
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Bumble bee

AwkwardCoconut:  Aww thank you, I’m really excited about getting and seeing it. 

I would definitely keep an eye on theyre website. They had loads in that colour range a couple months ago but sadly Christmas has wiped them out, hopefully will have more in in a bit! Maybe email them, Michal, and he could give you an idea when they’ll get more in. You will get a lot better of a deal and more chance of getting a particular one off there, but that’s just my thoughts.

Post # 37
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Miami

herrera2016:  I felt the same way. And it took me a while to convince my fiance that I really didn’t need a big flashy ring. But I’m so glad he came around and didn’t over-spend on something just to “keep up” wit  everyone else.

Few options…

Moissanite! Looks like diamonds, very high quality, fraction of the price. My mother has a moissanite solitaire that she bought to replace an heirloom diamond she sold decades ago when she needed the money for it. Hers is beautiful/

Non-diamond. Personally I’m a huge fan of morganite set in rose gold. I had actually asked my fiance for something like this: https://www.etsy.com/listing/153238054/morganite-engagement-ring-rose-gold

Smaller diamond. This is the route my fiance went. He said he wanted to get some something that still looked like an engagement ring. It’s just a more modest size, but it’s sooo pretty. Photos don’t do it justice, but trust me when I say it sparkles like crazy. and I like that it doesn’t look like anyone else’s ring that I know. I’m not sure what he paid for it but I know it was reasonable. I’m sure less than $1,000.

Here’s a photo of it next to my (soon to be) wedding band:

Last piece of advice, shop around at some local independant jewlery stores. For my band, the big chains like Zales were asking for almost twice as much for a very similar band. They have national marketing champaigns to pay for that drives their prices higher. Not saying anything wrong with shopping at them (we got his ring at Kay actually b/c they had the style he wanted) but for the most part I’ve seen better prices at the smaller shops.

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