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Engagement ring, need help, am I being completely unrealistic?

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Stepawayfromthesink Sat 02-Nov-13 10:56:05

DP has proposed but left it for both of us to pick a ring (after I dropped LOADS of hints whenever we talked about it that I wanted to choose together grin ). We're not remotely well off and it gives me the willies thinking about carrying £100's let alone £1000's on my hand anyway so we've set a budget of £150, possibly going up to £200 if we have to (not DP being stingy, he wanted at least double that but I wouldn't carry that much money down the street for a day let alone life so am insisting).

But am I completely out of touch with what we can get? I know diamond rings are 'pick a number and add a load of 0's' but convieniently what I really want should be cheap anyway - I really want a 9ct gold (I'd bend anything softer) ring with a decent sized amethyst and possibly a couple of much smaller coloured stones either side. I've found sites online with nice amethyst rings for the budget but not with coloured stones I like set beside. Ideally I'd love to design my own, not necessarily completely bespoke but at least be able to specify what stones I want in what setting. But am I being completely unreasonable with that budget and if not where do I start finding someone to make it? We're in Swansea, so near enough to Birmingham for a day trip to the Jewellery Quarter but would they laugh us out again with our budget? Or anyone know anything nearer or online? Or should I stick to something online ready-made?

piratecat Sun 03-Nov-13 13:53:50

lots of independent jewellers sell second hand rings, i find them so much more interesting, and you can find some beauties.

Also try craft or market hall type fayres, they sometimes have jewellery stalls, with vintage items. Mine was from a market, it's art deco, a style i adore. £100, 18ct platinum with little diamonds, but very pretty and it just spoke to me.

itsnothingoriginal Sun 03-Nov-13 16:29:07

Diana Porter in Bristol has a gorgeous selection with some unusual settings/stones. Not too expensive either. Wish I'd gone there for my rings!

DH actually haggled quite hard for both engagement and wedding rings and got a fair chunk off the price. I recently had to update my wedding ring as I've lost weight and I couldn't get them resized. Ended up with a lovely diamond studded wedding band which I got in the sale at a local jewellers and I just wear that now.

sublimelime Sun 03-Nov-13 16:46:10

Amazon have quite a few Amethyst rings. Here is one with a large central stone and several coloured stones either side:

Viviennemary Sun 03-Nov-13 16:56:02

You could try a local auction house. Even a lot of the smaller ones do online bidding these days. Carole Franks jewellery website has nice secondhand/antique jewellery. Some is very expensive but there are sometimes rings at a very reasonable cost.

trinity0097 Sun 03-Nov-13 17:18:42

I got kind in Argos, still going strong 10 years later, very pleased we didn't waste loads of money on it! Same with the wedding band, that was a plain argos one, both white gold.

herecomesthsun Sun 03-Nov-13 17:46:47

We bought mine from a second hand selection in John Lewis. Still has lots more character than a new and inexpensive one but defo not a fake, etc etc!

TheThinksYouCanThink Sun 03-Nov-13 19:37:35

I got my wedding ring designed in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter, wasn't a huge price tag and got exactly what I wanted! Would definitely recommend going to have a look!

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