(Closed) Was $$$ the biggest factor in choosing your ring?

posted 9 years ago in Rings
Post # 46
518 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Money definitely shaped our choice. The jeweler was really pushing a diamond with fewer flaws than the one we got. It was a VS1 versus the S1 we got and basically just had one inclusion that could have easily been hidden behind a prong because it was on the edge. He kept saying “this one will basically look flawless!” But even under a loop you could barely see a difference between the VS1 and the S1 and since the S1 was $5000 CHEAPER (!!) than the VS1, we went with that one.

Post # 47
602 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Nope Fiance said I could have any ring in the store that I wanted.  So that’s what I did.  With that being said he did his research at the store beforehand to make sure he could afford the ring I wanted.

Post # 48
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My Fiance and I are two young (20 year olds) college students. Money was the biggest deciding factor for us. Thank god I am a simple girl that just wanted either 1 or 3 stones. To be honest when we walked into the store we told them our budget up front ($500 or less) and said not to show us anything more expensive. It worked out great! I fell in love with the idea of a 3 stone 1/4 carat TW ring. We ended up buying the ring off of the Zales website and got an amazing ring for a grand total of $232 crazy I know!!! This means our grand total for our rings was under $500. My Fiance ring was $150 and my wedding ring was only $50. 

Post # 49
826 posts
Busy bee

I fell in love with my great-grandmother’s engagement ring, so my guy never really had to worry about buying a ring.  He paid $125 to get it resized (had to get a fair amount of gold added).  Eventually, we’ll go back and pay to get hand engraving done on the area where the gold was added (the ring has a wheat design that goes all the way around, which was obviously disrupted in the process of resizing).  I’m glad that he didn’t have to worry about saving up thousands.

I suspect that the diamond (old European cut, I’m guessing around 0.5 ct) isn’t of the greatest quality (though I find it sparkles quite nicely and faces up white), but the setting (18kt white gold, filigree, milligrain, hand engraving) is gorgeous. 


Ugh, I’m so in love with it lol.  Just waiting for him to propose and give it back to me!

Post # 50
10713 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

If money wasn’t an issue I’d have the same ring style but a bigger diamond… He was approved for $5000 credit line and I wanted all 3 rings on there so I figured $3000 was the limit… I love my ring but if I could have ANY ring it’d be 2 carats instead of 1 carat =D (he said 20 year anniversary diamond upgrade) tehe

Post # 51
4108 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Money wasn’t so much a factor for us since we had the center stone to begin with. He splurged alittle on the setting when choosing my ring- I think he tried to get me the nicest setting he could within his budget & probably maxed it out 🙂 We never discussed the price, but I did find the receipt, haha!

Post # 52
726 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

nope, we saved for awhile before we went shopping, I mean I guess I knew I wasnt go to pick out a 20,000 ring, but they really wernt my taste anyways. We went to a nice jewlery store I picked my favorite setting (ended up being a bit pricey I think) then he ordered and picked the dimond without me. So I would say for the most part no.

Post # 53
5109 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2011

Cost was a factor for us. We wanted to be smart in the purchasing of the ring. We paid some up front and financed some. She is paid off now yay (happy dance) So we based it on what we could afford monthly. After I picked rings that I loved and then we looked at the prices. So I guess in my initial selections it didnt play a roll. I think that upgrading is a nice idea and all.. But I cant help but feel like I wont just because the new ring wont have the sentimental value mine has.. Maybe my feelings will change later. My Fiance wants to upgrade/trade up for a new one now before the wedding. But Its still not the same one he proposed with.. so ya

Post # 54
204 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We had a budget and looked at rings within that price. I didn’t bother looking at any over budget – no point.

Post # 55
1993 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We didn’t have a “budget” per se on the diamond, but we had agreed on a size – Hubs knew I love the bling and he had a good handle on what I would like.  So we really discussed size, and I had wanted 1.5ct but was afraid to voice that.  So when he suggested that size, I was pretty elated.  We also looked at settings together, again, without really discussing price with each other or with me in front of the jeweler.  I just happened to fall in love, accidentally, with a Tacori setting…I didn’t know at the time that it was more expensive, just knew that I loved it.  But the Tacori I found out later greatly increased the budget.  But we never put a number on it beforehand.  My husband just said that he wanted to get me the ring I was in love with.  But I did feel a little guilty that he spent so much, and I’m not sure if he had planned on it.  We are blessed that he could do so, but I still felt a bit princess-y, although I loved it.  Now with my wedding band, I don’t feel guilty, I look at it as the rings that I fell in love with from the man that I fell in love with, and I NEVER take them off because they mean so very very much to me.  I don’t even wear the band alone.  I wear the whole shebang at all times, I love him and the symbols on my finger that came from him so much!

Post # 56
310 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Money was not a factor. Haha.. Time was!

First choice was discontinued! Second choice would have taken too long to custom. 3rd/4th Choice was the fact that they were in a particular B&M. Size and the 3C’s were of more importance thereafter. We didn’t want to delay the proposal, wedding date and everything down to a ring. It was hard enough to find the setting/diamond in the size I wanted without special ordering it! It was important, but not that important.

My Fi at the time wanted me to pick it out and I wanted him to pick it out . So I chose 2 and he kept second guessing himself and chose the biggest one because it was the biggest one! LOL. I will not be upgrading because it’s what he chose and proposed with. Also, my band fits perfectly with it and it was blessed on our wedding day with a very particular ceremony. (<–It’s not like I can have a do over when I want, unless theres a time machine?)

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