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    • Cotta
    • By Cotta 15th Feb 19, 8:37 AM
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    Engagement Ring Recommendation
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    • 15th Feb 19, 8:37 AM
    Engagement Ring Recommendation 15th Feb 19 at 8:37 AM
    Hi All,

    I recently proposed to my partner and she is currently looking for an engagement ring. I don't have an insurmountable budget for this but I also don't want her to be disappointed. Where is a good place to look for engagement rings and can I get something good for around £1k or is this too low?

    Thanks in advance.
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    • xpc
    • By xpc 15th Feb 19, 10:08 AM
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    • 15th Feb 19, 10:08 AM
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    I would recommend going to any local independent jewellers if possible. That was what I did and got a lot more for my money than I would have from the high street. Do your research on the company though and see if you can find any reviews.

    There are also some online sellers that could be good value - though I'd be a bit more cautious and would do more research.
    Last edited by xpc; 15-02-2019 at 10:10 AM. Reason: Added bit about online sellers
    • Devonbiker
    • By Devonbiker 15th Feb 19, 1:55 PM
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    • 15th Feb 19, 1:55 PM
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    • 15th Feb 19, 1:55 PM
    I've been looking at wedding rings direct for my wedding rings but they also offer engagement rings too.
    Think they offer a try before you buy service as well
    • p00hsticks
    • By p00hsticks 15th Feb 19, 5:58 PM
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    • 15th Feb 19, 5:58 PM
    You don't say where in the country you are, but Birmingham jewellery quarter is frequently recommended.

    Second hand rings are often good value, but I can understand why some people want brand new.

    Personally I wouldn't want something I'm gong to wear all the time to be too valuable as I'd be fearful of losing / damaging it, so I think £1k is plenty
    Last edited by p00hsticks; 15-02-2019 at 6:01 PM.
    • Elise1912
    • By Elise1912 16th Feb 19, 12:05 PM
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    • 16th Feb 19, 12:05 PM
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    • 16th Feb 19, 12:05 PM
    I think £1,000 is plenty. I would suggest Birmingham Jewellery Quarter. Specifically Marlows I can personally recommend having got our wedding rings, engagement ring and later on an eternity ring from there. There are other places in the JQ that have larger diamonds for the same price but its all about the 3Cs! colour, clarity and carat!
    • Cotta
    • By Cotta 16th Feb 19, 1:10 PM
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    • 16th Feb 19, 1:10 PM
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    • 16th Feb 19, 1:10 PM
    You don't say where in the country you are, but Birmingham jewellery quarter is frequently recommended.

    Second hand rings are often good value, but I can understand why some people want brand new.

    Personally I wouldn't want something I'm gong to wear all the time to be too valuable as I'd be fearful of losing / damaging it, so I think £1k is plenty
    Originally posted by p00hsticks
    I'm from Northern Ireland.
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 19th Feb 19, 7:10 AM
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    • 19th Feb 19, 7:10 AM
    Is there a manufacturing jeweller in your area?

    You may find it cheaper to have the ring specially made once your fiance knows what style/stone she wants.

    If not, avoid the high street chains and check out local independent jewellers.
    Personally, I wouldn't turn my nose up at a 2nd hand ring if it was exactly what I wanted.

    If she decides on a diamond, familiarise yourself with the 4 'C's.
    If you want to do more reading or actual stone comparisons, take a look at www.comparethediamond.com
    This was previously diamondgeezer.com.
    I saw the guy on Dragonís Den many years ago.

    To be clear, I'm not recommending this place, I've never bought from them.
    Their 'know your diamonds' information is clear and their stone comparison tool is pretty good.

    Elise1912 missed out 'cut' which can mean 2 different things.
    • lizzy1984
    • By lizzy1984 17th Mar 19, 10:32 AM
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    • 17th Mar 19, 10:32 AM
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    • 17th Mar 19, 10:32 AM
    Trying antique shops may get you good value for money and also something a bit different.
    • Poppycat68
    • By Poppycat68 2nd Apr 19, 2:25 PM
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    • 2nd Apr 19, 2:25 PM
    My ring cost around that price and was from vashi - which I think provide good value for the money.
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