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  • beanie
    engagement rings
    My husband and I went to Antwerp to buy my engagement ring as they are at least 50% chaper than this country and lots more choice being the daimond capital of the world...or so they say. We did lots of research before eventually purchasing the ring..Being a travel agent, i do travel extensively and we discovered Antwerp was the cheapest. we bought from a place called diamondland(go to you can choose your own stone and your own mount and watch it being made into the finished product in their own workshops. The service we received was excellent too. I think you can also view prices of individual stones online too. I bought a 2 carat diamond/vs01/e colour - i've recently had it valued and it's worth 4 times what we paid for it - so a good investment!! good luck and conratulations by the way!!
  • ITContractor
    Why not... Fly to Dubai
    If you fly to Dubai you will pay 1/3 of the retail price over here - and you can quite happily haggle with the vendor.

    We got a 6/10th Carat Diamond, VS1 Clarity and G in colour.

    I.e. a big rock while is very very nice.

    Check out:

    You can also make dubai a bit of a holiday, you can go from the beach to skiing on snow) within an hour... Madness!
  • tamtam10000
    Beautiful Bargain rings!
    Hi there,

    I got married in May this year, and we bought my engagement ring from a small designer in Glasgow ( and our wedding rings from a great company called RingMaker ( but the site seems to be down at present). RingMaker have a shop in London in York Square off the Kings Road (as well as shops in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Leeds).

    We were on a VERY tight budget for both items but ended up with something totally unique (which was what I wanted - I wasn't desperate for a certain number of carats). My rings interlock (unbelievable when it's 2 different designers) and look amazing. We spent just 300 in total.

    We went for silver (which everybody assumes is white gold), and the stone is my engagement ring is a CZ. I had previously assumed that a CZ would look tacky, but we both loved my ring when we saw it and didn't know it wasn't a diamond until we saw the price!

    Both the jewellers we used will make items to order, and I am particularly impressed with the attitude of the staff at RingMaker who don't make you feel silly because you're on a budget and can't do enough to help. I have bought from them 3 seperate times now.

    RingMaker have a whole range of unusual stuff, some of which is 'stock items' so they can make up a design in the metal of your choice. If they don't have what you want, they can make it and their designers give you all the options. We weren't pressured into having something more expensive than we wanted, and they managed to work to our tight deadline too.

    So, I'm happy with my silver, because the design is unique and I'm not terrified of losing it because of the cost. We may get the CZ replaced with a diamond in a few years, but it's not a priority.
    • donnalou
    • By donnalou 20th Sep 05, 8:00 PM
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    Second hand rings are no cheaper
    Buying a second hand diamond ring would not be any cheaper. you are paying for the price of the diamond, and most diamonds are in fact secondhand. Also bare in mind that every ring you find in Goldsmiths, Beverbrooks, Fraser Hart etc as at least 200% mark up. You are probably best going to a smaller local Jewellers and trying to get the best deal.

    Also if you get a ring made to order it still has to be sized!The Jeweller doesn't keep shanks in stock in every size, Its just inpractical. Even if you give the Jeweller the design the chances are it would be a handmade head with a cast shank. Most claw set rings can be sized up or down about 6 sizes no problem. Its just when they are loop set or rub-over set that it creats a problem. I hope this helps
    Last edited by donnalou; 20-09-2005 at 8:08 PM.
  • Silent_Bob
    If you can't get to Antwerp or anywhere else abroad a trip to the Jewellry Quarter in Birmingham might be in order. Lots and lots of shops and you can haggle a fair bit too or get something unique made up.
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  • m00
    Can I ask who best to use to value an engagement ring, I had mine made abroad and it is indeed considerably cheaper than if it were to be bought in the UK. However for insurance purposes who would be best to value it? Also approximately how much would this cost?

    I would recommend buying abroad if possible and definitely steer clear of the high street chains.
    • JanCee
    • By JanCee 23rd Sep 05, 8:47 AM
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    Try a local independant jeweller for valuations. This is the quote I got recently from one;

    0 - 1000 39
    1001-1500 48
    1501-2000 57
    2001-2500 69
    2501-3000 82
    3001-4000 97
    4001-5000 110
    5001-7000 138
    7001-9000 167
    9001-10000 180
    Last edited by JanCee; 23-09-2005 at 8:50 AM.
  • Cariad
    Have you tried Gems T.V which is on the Sky Channels and internet.

    I have bought quite a few rings from them and have been very pleased with their quality and service.

    They miss out the middleman and sell direct from the factory so the costs are considerably cheaper.
    • mrsdee
    • By mrsdee 3rd Oct 05, 3:49 PM
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    Bernstone's Hatton Garden
    they are great in that shop. I got my engagement ring there and got around 25% off. Then I went back and got our wedding rings there - again got a load off. They remember you and are a great bunch of people. They also arranged for our rings to be engraved on the inside with eachother's names and wedding date - free. They will also have your ring cleaned for you once a year so it looks good as new - again, free. Highly recommend them. I think list price for my engagement ring was something like 4200 and I got it for 3000 or so... Always have in mind a sum that you are happy to spend. With the economy as it is, there's a slump in jewelry sales so most shops are just delighted to get you in the shop and are happy to negotiate. congratulations!
  • sweetjamster
    Thanks for everyone's tips... Will let you know how it goes... (!!)
  • Rajeev

    My Mrs. sells diamond jewellery on eBay and has now setup an online shop as well. Here are some tips from her :-
    * Make sure you check the colour and clarity of the diamonds, the price of diamond doubles for each change in clarity i.e. from SI* to VS*.
    * The colour have similar effect on the value of the diamond.
    * Also the size of diamond affect the price for the same carat weight e.g 3 x 1/3CT will be a lot cheaper than single 1CT.
    * Look out for traders/ebay seller trying to overstate the clarity/colour
    * There are a lot of Mossianate stones around (which test as diamonds on most diamond testers), so be careful !!!
    * Also some of the stones are clarity enhanced, whereas the others are just trated with clemicals, try looking into the stones using a 10x Jewellers Loupe

    Hope this helps . . .btw her web site is !
  • RachelD
    Some shops do 'pre-owned' or antique jewellery which can be unusual and a lot cheaper than new.

    I've heard Birmingham has a good jewellery quarter with good prices. but I've not been there myself.

    A friend had been left some family rings she thought were old fashioned and never wore. When she got engaged she took them to a jeweller who used the stones in a more modern setting of her choice. The resulting ring was beautiful and her fiance only had to pay a fraction of the cost of anew one.
    if i had known then what i know now
    • 1purplefairy
    • By 1purplefairy 13th Oct 05, 10:57 PM
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    Agree with one of the above posts: should spend at least 5 X worth your monthly salary!! (this is coming from a woman now tho, so take with a pinch of salt!)
    But then again, its not the price that matters, and personally I would like to choose exactly what i want, especially if its gonna be quite a bit of money spent on it!
  • Gingham Ribbon
    Agree with one of the above posts: should spend at least 5 X worth your monthly salary!!
    by 1purplefairy

    Good grief! That's considerably more than we spent on our wedding!

    My husband proposed with a plastic cracker ring and produced my wedding ring at the same time, saying he didn't want an engagement, he wanted a marriage. I still think it was one of the most romantic things we've ever done. (There have been lots more since then.)

    I think engagement rings are lovely, and I don't mean to sound negative, but 5 months' salary is an awful lot of money that can be put to very good use in the marriage. I would be terrified to have that much money on my finger incase I lost it.

    I do think that you need to know very clearly what she likes before choosing it yourself though. I would probably have chosen it myself if I'd wanted one. And I'd have probably wanted to pay around half his gross monthly salary for it. (I did see some I liked at that price but decided the money would be better spent elsewhere and I felt I wouldn't feel like I missed out by not having one but I appreciate that it's a choice most women would not share.)

    Good luck!
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  • randy
    Firstly, the rule about how much to spend on an engagement ring was a marketing ploy thought up for De Beers!

    memark has given some excellent advice re considering the 4 C's, too.

    We skipped the engagement ring part when we got married as we couldn't afford it then but for our 5th anniversary, I got the ring I really wanted.

    I did loads of research online and eventually bought from America with the help of, a diamond forum. In the end we paid 1500 for a GIA certified emerald cut centre stone and baguette side stones, totalling a carat (G, VVS2) and set in platinum. It was valued at just under 4,500. Nice saving huh?
  • meglan
    late engagement ring
    Morning everyone.

    I saw a post a few days ago for engagement rings and i was hoping someone could help me.
    Iv been married for a year, but we never bought an engagement ring because of cash flow problems.

    my OH and i would like to get one now, but i dont want to buy an expensive ring! i dont really even mind not having one - we love each other with or without one! but we going to meet family in december who will ask to see "the ring" etc.... i would like to buy one second hand because then its cheaper and we're saving to buy a home next year, but not sure where to look on the web - have checked out e bay though.

    anyone got any ideas??????????
  • randy
    There are a few jewellers in London who do pre-owned jewellery.

    Did a google search anf came up with this for example.

    I know there is one in Wimbledon and also one on South Molton street.

    Lots of luck!
    • rammy007
    • By rammy007 18th Oct 05, 11:27 AM
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    i have just had a new engagement ring and we had it made,my brother bought me a pink sapphire when he was in thailand and my hubbie had it made into an engagement ring its lovely
  • black-saturn
    I'm getting engaged in 3 days time!!! My ring came from Argos and it was 100. Dont know how cheap you want to go but there are some fairly cheap ones on ebay.
  • starlite
    Antique markets or shops are oh got me a beautiful one..I'm sure it can't have been expensive as we are on a very tight budget...
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