Young Engaged Bee's? Show me those e-rings!

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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1383 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I am 23, and Fiance and I are grad students, have student debt and no income to speak of. We picked my ring from a store that sells vintage jewelry on Etsy. It is 10K yellow gold and 0.25 diamonds tcw. It cost $80, maybe $100 total even with counting shipping and sizing, and we consider that an expensive purchase.

I honestly can never understand myself how so many supposedly poor students can afford the rings they do! We definitely work hard, and it kinds of rubs me the wrong way that you seem to imply that simply working hard is enough to give you tons of disposable income. I’m sorry if I’m reading into it too much, I don’t think you meant it that way, but I just wanted to point out the assumption.

 

Post # 4
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295 posts
Helper bee

I’m 19 and this is going to be my wedding set. 1ct total weight. Eventually we may upgrade to a higher quality center stone or a new set all together but that’s a long way down the road. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I’m 21, my Fiance is 22, and we are both senior undergrads. (Though he will have one more year, and then grad school.)

ETA: I guess I should include specs. White gold Scott Kay setting with ‘surprise’ diamonds, .51 ct, F, VS princess center. Wedding band isn’t pictured but it’s another .5 ct.

My e-ring was about $3k- Fiance saved for three years while going to school to make sure he could pay cash for it and still be comfortable afterwards.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We got engaged right before out last semester of our undergrads. Fortunately we had very little debt (<6k) and small but steady incomes from our student jobs (and savings from working during the summer). We picked out a 6mm moissanite in 14k white gold for about $435 and paid for it in cash.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Oops: I don’t think I’ll ever upgrade, I’m way too attached. I think I’d feel like my ring thought I didn’t love her anymore. I have attachment issues…. 😉

Post # 9
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1152 posts
Bumble bee

We are both college students. He worked so hard all summer to be able to make my beautiful ring!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

@MrsSnowMountain:  I know a lot of my college-age friends go into a great deal of debt to get a big heavy diamond. To each their own but that is not worth it to me!

Post # 11
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1383 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

kay_thunderbird Oh, I know you weren’t trying to be offensive! Sorry, that may have sounded too harsh the way I put it. I did misunderstand, I thought you were exclusively talking about young brides.

I’m just always wary because of the younger engaged girls I’ve encountered in RL with big, expensive rings – they tend to be really smug, like with the attitude “Well my Fiance worked HARD and SAVED because that’s how much I mean to him! If your Fiance worked as hard, you’d have a nice ring too!” Ughhhhh. You know what I mean? Does anyone else ever encounter that?

gangqinjia Oh noooo :/ That’s too bad that people feel like they have to do that.

Lovely rings all! Can we see yours OP?

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Here’s mine! It was my mom’s ring!

ETA: We’re both college students.

Post # 15
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593 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

A little about us.. My Fiance and I are both 23 (he now works full time as teacher and I am a graduate student with no income). He purchased my ring when we were seniors in undergrad and proposed in September (right after we graduated in May). He paid 2,200 for my engagement ring but honestly, the only reason he could afford it (neither of us worked during undergrad) was a combination of saving money from working one summer, his parents contributed $500 (they have done this to each of there childrens e-rings) and he put the rest (about 1,000 on a zales credit card). Now we are not credit card people but it worked out because he paid it off fast with no-interest and we got a discount on the wedding bands we purchased a few weeks ago for being card holders.

 

14K White Gold, Center Stone is .66 CT and side stones add up to almost .5 CT. 

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