Engagement Rings (merged)
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How much should I be spending on an engagement ring, I have no idea how much rings cost normally so it's difficult to compare. Obviously I know what type I'm looking for but with these types of purchases (ie for the woman) I find it's important to get the cost/quality ratio correct!
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Hubby looked at expensive ones for me but the only one I liked was about £20, that was 15 years ago though ;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) :-*
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.
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
my engagement ring was from a car boot, and cost £15, but i still love it to bits.
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.
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)