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    • tru
    • By tru 21st Sep 04, 8:19 PM
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    tru
    • #2
    • 21st Sep 04, 8:19 PM
    Re: Engagement Ring
    • #2
    • 21st Sep 04, 8:19 PM
    I read somewhere that you should spend a months wages Dunno if that's gross or net pay lol ;D

    Hubby looked at expensive ones for me but the only one I liked was about £20, that was 15 years ago though ;D
  • 16011996
    • #3
    • 21st Sep 04, 9:00 PM
    Re: Engagement Ring
    • #3
    • 21st Sep 04, 9:00 PM
    spend what you can afford. no pooint getting into debt before you start. (oh and my brother says keep the reciept, i apologise for him!! don't normally let him sit in)
  • Jay-Jay
    • #4
    • 21st Sep 04, 11:30 PM
    Re: Engagement Ring
    • #4
    • 21st Sep 04, 11:30 PM
    Being the lucky recipient of an engagement ring only a few weeks ago I can safely say 'spend all your savings!!!! ;D'

    No really, do you know what kind of ring she wants? ???Solitaire, cluster, diamond or other stone? If it's a classic solitaire then do you know what style your good lady likes? You pay more for a square diamond or other fancy shape, than you would a 'round' one.

    Also my theory is, think what you will spend on your wedding, that's just one day. Now imagine that your future wife will be looking at the ring on her finger for the rest of her life. I know what I'd rather spend the most on ;D!

    My advice would be to try and find out what she would like, then look 'everywhere' for the nicest one that you can comfortably afford.

    keep us updated though... we like a good wedding on here don't we ladies? (and gents) :-*


  • plumpmouse
    • #5
    • 21st Sep 04, 11:47 PM
    Re: Engagement Ring
    • #5
    • 21st Sep 04, 11:47 PM
    Have to agree with whats been said.

    Spend what you can afford. I love my engagement ring. It is quite unusual and has an amethyst as my hubby knows how much I love them. I love the fact that he picked it for me and it was a complete suprise.

    Think it probably cost about £100 ish 3 years ago.

    Good luck
  • sally_pearson
    • #6
    • 22nd Sep 04, 1:44 AM
    Re: Engagement Ring
    • #6
    • 22nd Sep 04, 1:44 AM
    Definately check what type she likes. My hubby to be was looking to buy me a diamond solitaire ring then I saw a pink sapphire ring that I thought suited me more. He bought a similar one in an ebay shop for £60 and I can honestly say it is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.
    Good Luck!
  • Woby_Tide
    • #7
    • 22nd Sep 04, 1:08 PM
    Re: Engagement Ring
    • #7
    • 22nd Sep 04, 1:08 PM
    Take her to Argos and rip out the expensive pages ....

    on a different tact, it may be worth sounding out a jeweller to make the ring. We got my wifes ring made to order(she had ideas what she liked and saw some in shops that she liked but weren't exactly what she'd wanted) we took some drawings in and they made it as she wanted for more or less same price as the shop did, they also then made the wedding ring to match the shape perfectly so they sat right on her finger and did my wedding ring at same time. *lovingly strokes stored up brownie points*

    it just adds that little extra that you know yours is 'one' of a kind and not the same as anyone elses really
  • 16011996
    • #8
    • 22nd Sep 04, 1:10 PM
    Re: Engagement Ring
    • #8
    • 22nd Sep 04, 1:10 PM
    Take her to Argos and rip out the expensive pages
    lol.

    my engagement ring was from a car boot, and cost £15, but i still love it to bits.
  • Lucie
    • #9
    • 22nd Sep 04, 1:41 PM
    Re: Engagement Ring
    • #9
    • 22nd Sep 04, 1:41 PM
    my engagement ring was from a car boot, and cost £15, but i still love it to bits.
    precisely.
    The cost is not really important.

    I sold my engagement ring last year (pause for gasps of horror). I was getting nasty excema (?sp) on my ring finger whenever I wore it, so I "part exchanged" it for another one. Hubby didn't mind - on the theory that I never wore the other one anyway.
  • 16011996
    Re: Engagement Ring
    no, so long as she likes it, thats all that counts.
    • DarkHorse
    • By DarkHorse 22nd Sep 04, 3:48 PM
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    DarkHorse
    Re: Engagement Ring
    When I got married, I got my wife's engagement ring, and both our wedding rings from Slovakia (my wife is Slovak).

    I always thought that UK jewellers overpriced their products, so we got a brochure from a posh UK jewellers, my wife picked the rings she wanted, and we then took the brochure to Slovakia, and had the rings made for us.

    The price in UK jewellers would have been about £2000.00, but we had them made in Slovakia for £150.00 (all hallmarked ect)
    • macchicken
    • By macchicken 22nd Sep 04, 9:28 PM
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    macchicken
    Re: Engagement Ring
    The rule of thumb is two months salary.
    Some might think this is a bit much but if youre planning on doing this one once then its worth the investment! But make sure you get value for money!

    Go to your local goldsmith (fine them in yellow pages) he can make something unique exactly how u want it.He will be able to advise you on stones and styles, dont be afraid to ask questions, thats wot hes there for.

    Remember this is something she'll have been dreaming about her engagement ring forever so get it just right, it will be worth it!!
    Good luck!!!! ;D ;D
  • Woby_Tide
    Re: Engagement Ring
    The rule of thumb is two months salary. !
    macchicken is bbhcmikes' partner and I claim my £10 prize

    you had me fooled for a minute
    • Spendless
    • By Spendless 22nd Sep 04, 11:22 PM
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    Spendless
    Re: Engagement Ring
    It did have me fooled :-[
  • 16011996
    Re: Engagement Ring
    what, lost me altogether.
    • Spendless
    • By Spendless 23rd Sep 04, 11:01 AM
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    Spendless
    Re: Engagement Ring
    160 - look at who starts thread & replies compared to what macchicken says.
  • 16011996
    Re: Engagement Ring
    got it. sorry bit slow this morning.
  • bbhcmike
    Re: Engagement Ring
    I can confirm there is no link between macchicken and myself!

    However, I do find women are more inclined to say you should lose your life savings on a rock, although justifying it by saying they've dreamt of it all their lives doesn't really cut it. I've had plenty of dreams!....

    Many people have suggested customising rings which I'm interested in, although would like to do it without her knowing really. That's half the fun isn't it, proposing with the actual ring there??

    Am looking to buy in the next month so will come back and keep you all posted.
    • Spendless
    • By Spendless 23rd Sep 04, 1:03 PM
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    Spendless
    Re: Engagement Ring
    I can confirm there is no link between macchicken and myself!



    .
    Ooops
    :-[
    Still what is your gf attitude to amount spent -if she's looking at 1x salary for examp and discovers you've spent £15 -is she likely to be impressed ??? or will she be thrilled whatever she receives ???

    I am just about to get new engagement ring. When we got engaged I had just lost our 1st baby,only 1 of us working and 2 mortgages. We bought what we could afford and agreed one day I'dhave more expensive one.
    Earlier this year we sold my house at a profit (after 7 years in neg equity) and decided to use some of money on new ring.

    Still money saving cos agreed to have it as a birthday present & yesterday got 0% barclaycard thru so can keep money in bank earning interest and buy ring on cc.
  • Woby_Tide
    Re: Engagement Ring
    hehehe I made up the bit about them being partners , it just looked like a perfect setup by a prospective fiance getting that little bit extra spent on her

    sorry spendless


    as for proposing with the ring, I agree on one hand but then on the other hand theres proposing without a ring then they can choose the ring themselevs and get exactly what they always dreamt off. Works both ways, sure they are thrilled whatever happens

    (you could always time it so that your fiance has just told her parents that you're unlikely to propose anytime soon so they start spending what they'd saved for her wedding on that years holiday!) :
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