UK Bees/Non US bees – Wedding ring style?

posted 1 year ago in Rings
  • poll: What type of ring seems more popular in your non-US cirlce? AND/OR which type do you have?
    Plain metal band : (42 votes)
    65 %
    Channel set diamond band : (9 votes)
    14 %
    Pave/claw set diamond band : (13 votes)
    20 %
    Other - please elaborate! : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 31
    Member
    1302 posts
    Bumble bee

    MsBeer :  

    I’ve just put down a deposit on a 0.74ct rose gold solitaire and I know exactly what you mean. I had in my head before I first went ring shopping that anything under a carat would be tiny, because the standard size on this forum is ridiculously large. I was in for a shock when I saw how much 1ct+ rings actually cost here! Ha ha

    It’s hard not to get caught up in all the size and spec obsession on here, but it’s definitely not reflective of my reality. I don’t think other than carat and shape anyone I know has any ideas of the specs of their diamond, it’s certainly not anything I’ve ever heard anyone discuss or ask about. 

    Post # 32
    Hostess
    8395 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: Dorset, UK

    ariesscientist :  I kind of remember my specs, only because we went for colour I which you would think from this place it would be super yellow and not very nice, but mine looks bright white. It looks so white even when the sky is grey. We got to cpmpare diamonds side by side and half the time couldn’t tell the difference so just went with the cheapest option. Actually, I lie, I think mine is a 0.7 because side by side with a 0.8 there wasn’t much of a leap and it wasn’t worth an extra £500!

    Post # 33
    Member
    1302 posts
    Bumble bee

    MsBeer :  

    Well mine’s not even GIA rated (shocking I know) almost a taboo on here, it is rated by another lab and when I compared it with the GIA diamonds they had it looked much better. I think specs only matter to a certain degree, what matters most is how the diamond looks and performs in real life.  I’ve seen some high spec colourless GIA stones that looked rubbish. This site definitely can mess with your head! 

     

    Post # 34
    Hostess
    8395 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: Dorset, UK

    ariesscientist :  I think each to their own and it is important to remember that you are the one wearing it and if you love it then that is all that matters. How exciting!

    Post # 35
    Member
    26 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: December 2018 - Bellagio, Las Vegas

    UK here- I’m not sure what I will go for yet. 
    My e-ring is antique edwardian flower halo, my first wedding ring was a plain band but I think I’ll either go for a custom made curved band (with milgrain and diamonds half way round), or I will have to wear my e-ring on my right hand. I might go with diamond and sapphire set wr in that case. My ER fits close to my finger so no room for a band to go beneath the stone, it would have to curve around it. 

    Post # 36
    Member
    632 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    Sweden/Poland/(mostly) Germany here.

    So in my circle people just start getting married (mid 30’s). Engagement rings used to be very uncommon in Germany. Now it’s getting Americanized. But the stones are mostly under 0.5 carats (the biggest I have seen in my friend group (all well established people with Master Degrees and good jobs, 3rd biggest city in Germany) was something a little under 0.5 ct. wedding bands are mostly plain bands – sometimes with accent diamonds – worn on the right hand. One time on a German wedding blog I read that the bands have to be more expensive than the Ering because it’s only to be worn until the wedding. And that’s what I see most often. Just one ring on the right hand.

    Granted rings and diamonds are incredibly expensive!! Just as an example: we have plain bands and ordered them through James Allen during a sale an paid about 500$. The exact same rings in Germany were about 1500€!!!! How is that even possible??? 

    Larger (1 ct and above) are hard to find to begin with, come often without certificates and are so overpriced that I am lacking words to describe it. 

    Same thing in Poland as far as I know when it comes to bands and Erings. 

    Sweden is getting more and more Americanized as well. It used to be a plain engagement ring and another plain band for the wedding. 

    I am engaged to an American and I got an American sized solitaire. And I will go for a shared prong eternity band. (I will have a plain band as well, as I am Jewish and it’s tradition to get married with a plain band -> We will have two ring ceremonies). I don’t think there was even something like ring envy when I got engaged… seeing a bigger stone is so unusual that my friends where more surprised than anything else. I assume that most people on the street just assume that it’s some kind of cheap cz ring… 😂 

    Post # 37
    Member
    1330 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2016 - Painswick Church and the Falcon Hotel

     Most people I know have a plain band and I’m from England. However I have a pave band too which I also wear with my set. 

    Post # 38
    Member
    6210 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    msbtobe :  Not a single one of my friends has anything OTHER than a prong set or pave diamond wedding band. I think maybe it’s because everyone got married in the same 5-7 year period when those were super stylish? Anyway,  mine is plain. But that’s because I am obsessive about keeping it clean and couldn’t handle more maintenance haha. 

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