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    jbutleruk
    Engagement ring - getting the most for your money.
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    • 21st May 14, 8:53 AM
    Engagement ring - getting the most for your money. 21st May 14 at 8:53 AM
    Hello all.

    So after living with my girlfriend for just a month we found out we're expecting.

    That in mind I'm looking to propose to my girlfriend of two years.

    I've saved up around £2k and I'm looking to get a nice ring for her.

    Ideally I want a platinum ring (they stay brighter for longer than white gold) then a nice diamond in it.

    Given the variables in the diamond, cut, quality, carat and colour. I want to make sure I get the most for my money.

    I went to a local jewelers where they hand make jewelry, I'm thinking I will get more for my money than a big corporate shop.

    I just wondered if anyone had any advice.
    Last edited by jbutleruk; 21-05-2014 at 8:54 AM. Reason: Typo
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    • 74jax
    • By 74jax 1st Nov 14, 8:31 AM
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    74jax
    I have quite an expensive engagement ring. We got it from Samara James, you can design your own or pick the clarity of diamond, cut, etc and then choose a band you like.

    We ended up designing my wedding and eternity ring on there too as we couldn't find anywhere to beat the price.

    Congratulations and don't let people say you should spend less, or save the money for anything else . If you have the money, then do your research and you'll end up with an amazing purchase.
    Forty and fabulous, well that's what my cards say....
    • 74jax
    • By 74jax 1st Nov 14, 8:38 AM
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    74jax
    If it were me, I would want my fiance to spend about two hundred on the ring and keep the other £1800 in the bank. If we were expecting a baby, I would consider it incredibly frivolous to spend £2,000 on an engagement ring. You can get a perfectly nice and decent quality ring for a couple of hundred pounds.

    And you will need a LOT of money when baby comes along. Probably before too! So saving most of that two grand and spending just a couple of hundred on the ring seems to make more sense IMO.

    I know it may not be what you asked (or wanted to hear,) but this is a moneysaving page, and this is a moneysaving site.

    There are numerous independent jewellers where you could get a nice, decent, unique ring for several hundred.
    Originally posted by jaylee3
    You are correct in this being a money saving site, yet he has said he has 2k for a ring. He wants the best value for 2k. If you want to spend more on something you still want a good deal, to not be taken for a ride.

    You say your reply may not be what he wanted to hear, which is true, because you didn't answer the question. If it's a post that you can't comment on for whatever reason, surely you just read it and move on.

    I do genuinely understand you've said it's an mse site, but you imply you can only use this site if you want to spend as little as possible. Not everyone is in that position but still wants the wonderful advice from here and not to waste the money they do have to spend .
    Forty and fabulous, well that's what my cards say....
    • Kaye1
    • By Kaye1 12th Feb 15, 8:51 PM
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    Kaye1
    Try the local auction house. I have seen some stunning antique rings going for half what they would be in a swanky jewellers.
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 19th Feb 15, 6:35 AM
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    VfM4meplse
    jaylee3 is right, but left out the part about engagement rings being a scam, a sham, an incredible feat of advertising and marketing that dupes untold millions into wastefully parting with untold billions every year.
    Originally posted by PenguinJim
    Couldn't agree more - enjoy!
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

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    • CharlieRabbit01
    • By CharlieRabbit01 19th Feb 15, 9:31 AM
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    My OH proposed 3 weeks ago with a beautiful platinum and diamond ring as he knew that is what I would like, he bought it from www.diamondsfactory.co.uk you can choose the ring style, then the metal then the diamonds and it shows you with each change how much it is costing you, I would say don't go for their lowest quality diamond as they are not very good and most places don't even sell that kind of clarity as you can see the flaws with the naked eye.

    It's also worth getting them to have the ring valued independently too, my ring is worth twice as much as he paid for it.

    My ring was too big and they are completely re-making it free of charge, they have offered us a fantastic service.
    • jeymate
    • By jeymate 16th Oct 16, 11:43 PM
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    jeymate
    Congratulations. By now you both must be proud parents and already found your perfect engagement and wedding rings. I have found mine online after a long search. I seemed to be cheaper than on the high street at the same quality.
    • AndrewWatson
    • By AndrewWatson 17th Oct 16, 10:47 AM
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    Well, I would suggest you to compare the price of the diamonds before purchasing any diamond jewellery item. It will help you to make a wise decision. There are some websites available on the web which allows you to compare diamond price's as per it's color, clarity, carat , shape etc.

    You can check the website " Diamond Hedge " and compare the prices easily and then make the decision.
    • anotheruser
    • By anotheruser 24th Oct 16, 8:05 AM
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    What a bump!

    Never really understand this - especially as the reply doesn't really hold any new information.

    I bought palladium as it was cheaper. The jeweller said it's not as expensive as it's less known than platinum at the moment. But I didn't care what the ring was made from; I went for the look rather than the potential value.
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