(Closed) UK girls- im being nosy…

posted 10 years ago in Rings
Post # 30
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Mrs.SleepyKitty: Ooh fab! Have you any ideas on venues yet? We’re getting married at Fingask in April. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m a total control freak. I set a strict timetable for the proposal (it had to be before New Year 2011, so I expected a midnight proposal on Hogmanay) and gave him the ring. I think he was pretty glad not to have to pick it, given how much of a jewellery obsessive I am. 

Post # 31
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@SpecialSundae: Aw, that’ll be gorgeous for a venue. To be honest, I’m treating my SO like a startled deer right now, taking it slooooowly. So I haven’t let myself get in planning mode.

I love that you had a timetable! That’s my kind of organised.

My SO said the only thing stopping him was a ring and finances, which irked me as we had the amount to pay for the ring I wanted 6x over in savings. So we had a talk, I paid for half, and it came out of our current accounts so no excuses! And now the waiting game begins…

Post # 32
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Ontario, Canada

Dear all as promised here are some pics of mine as requested. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Post # 33
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Mine is a 0.20 carat platinum and diamond solitaire in an 8 prong setting. Weirdly, where I live it is a normal size. I see rings that are quite a bit smaller and larger rings. I think the average here is 0.05 – 0.50 though I do know one girl with a 1 ct. Strange how it’s different in dfferent cities. All your rings are lovely, yay for UK bees! X

Post # 34
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Were much the same in Australia. Most rings that are a carat arent one stone.

 

Mine is just under one. 0.65 in the center and the rest in 6 square diamonds 3 on each side, and I would feel weird with anything more! this was too much as it was originally!

Post # 35
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Wow – MrsGo that is a stunner!

I loved the idea of an antique ring but was put off by people being a bit shifty about whether it was ethical (which was important to me). But I think that was more the places I looked in rather than the norm.

I have a 1ct ring, seems normal for edinburgh but I’d agree with what other people above say. We know people with smaller rings who own a house and have a children and choosen to spend thier pennies on them (quite rightly). I also know people with bigger rings who had a short honeymoon (we had 6 months). Its up to the individuil how to spend thier money whats right for one person is not always the same.

 

Also rings in the US are cheaper, I know people who went over there to buy theirs to get  a few extra ct for their £. Weddings in general are cheaper but salaries are lower so it all balances out.

Post # 36
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Ontario, Canada

@kittybee:

We actually looked when we where in North America as we thought we might be able to get a better deal there but in the end my fiencee ended up buying mine here in London. We weren’t planning on going so big but when we found it we both knew it was the right ring.  We also are planning a small simple intimate wedding in Canada though (which is what we want, my OH is from there) so we spent a bit more on the ring and less on the wedding. Like you said it’s an individual choice.

If I may say I think your ring is absolutely stunning though! Definately the route I would have gone it we had not stumbled upon my antique one.

Post # 37
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@kittybee: As an Edinburgh girl, I’m surprised that you say that 1ct is the norm in Edinburgh. Other than on the “Edinburgh ladies” of a certain age, the vast majority of rings I see are under 0.5ct. The only other exception being the large proportion of shoppers that I see up and down Multrees Walk wearing CZ rings on their left ring finger (which I’d never noticed until a recent Christmas event where I saw five in as many minutes, and yes I can tell the difference at a glance for high street CZ vs diamond).

You may imply that the fact that I don’t see many larger diamonds could be seen as a reflection on the classes in which I mix, but I can assure you that I’m closer to the world of Alexander McCall Smith than that of Irvine Welsh.

I’m curious as to what ethical objections there were to antique rings? I’m a bit of an antique jewel junkie. Joseph Bonnar and Goodwins are two of the finest antique jewellers in the city and both of them have shops that make me feel like a child in a sweetie shop. I’ve also started attending Bonham’s auction previews with a view to increasing my collection after the wedding next year.

Post # 39
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Worker bee

@SpecialSundae:

I love your ring so much, are they baguettes at the sides? I don’t think I have ever seen a round with baguettes so unique! ๐Ÿ™‚ 

I’m a UK bee also posted mine sooooooo many times! I am not sure what my ring is now, I originally thought it was a .70 centre with two .30 sides and two .20 smaller sides. 

Fiance  most recently told me about 1.5ct in total and the centre is just under a carat. Perhaps I will stumble upon the insurance somewhere one day? 

My three colleges at work all have under half a carat and my sister in law to be had just under a carat until she inherited a 1.6 and had it reset in her engagement ring and I am going to be honest here ITS MASSIVE and I constantly drool! 

Post # 40
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

 

My engagement ring is 0.33 carats, but to me it looks quite big and it’s the perfect size. My wedding ring is 0.15 carats, so in total it is just under half a carat on my finger, but I am dropping hints already for a nice eternity ring that would go nicely with my 2 other beauties ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 41
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Ontario, Canada

@amybee444: That is gorgeous! Absolutely love it!

Post # 42
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Worker bee

@MrsGo:

 

Getting the same sort of drooling sensation about now! Your ring is beautiful, you would definitely catch me staring (in the most flattering way as possible) 

Post # 43
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Worker bee

@MetalLaLa:

Wow I love it (Ok I know I seem to like everyones) but the set really goes well, I love the metal around the diamonds so classy and modern ๐Ÿ™‚ Doesn’t look like a .3 at all! 

Post # 44
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Mine is a 1 ct round brilliant. it is big for UK, by US standards. in fact i get asked all the time…’is it real or is it CZ?’, because not many people believe it COULD be a real diamond because its that big. yet when i come on here, my 1 ct seems middle of the road, some smaller, but a lot of you have rings with much bigger stones. I dont think 1 ct is huge, its perfect for me, but in monetary terms,i think my family and friends dont really believe we could afford a real diamond. (they have no idea of the fantastic deal we got).

I might just as well have had a CZ, because thats what people believe i have got anyway! i love CZs though, my dummy E ring is CZ, and is identicle to my E ring.(its a brighter stone than my diamond too!)

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