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Engagement rings - pretty clueless

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Panda368 Mon 13-May-19 19:35:30

So my partner proposed yesterday with a “placeholder” ring as he said he’d rather be sure to get one he’d be sure I’d like and fitted first time. This is fine, the idea of ring buying kind of baffles me though.

I think I’d like an emerald with diamonds either side and have seen a few online but is it potentially better value to have one made to our spec? Budget is up to about £1000. Has anyone had good experiences going down this path?
I went into a jewellers today to find out my finger size and showed the guy briefly a picture of one I liked and he said it was likely to be a really low quality emerald for the price listed £750. Is an emerald + diamond setting a bit too much to ask for under 1k?

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Sexnotgender Mon 13-May-19 19:40:42

Emerald plus diamonds - multiple? That will set you back more than £1k for decent quality.
Mine was £600, HOWEVER I already had the stones, that was just getting them set. I have an emerald cut sapphire and 10 diamonds.

Blueuggboots Mon 13-May-19 19:44:30

Would you consider second hand, perhaps antique or vintage?

Panda368 Mon 13-May-19 19:47:08

Thats lovely!
I was thinking a diamond on each side and central emerald - I don't really know anything about fine jewellery or what things should cost/why some are more expensive I guess we will have to go visit a few jewellers and see what they can do and do some research!
I have no stones (unless my mum goes and gets excited and decides to donate) haha

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Panda368 Mon 13-May-19 19:48:39


happy to consider all options!

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Mintypea5 Mon 13-May-19 19:52:10

What about something like this from Etsy!

Blueuggboots Mon 13-May-19 19:57:28

THIS IS £350 OVER YOUR BUDGET but nice!!

Blueuggboots Mon 13-May-19 19:59:30

You can jog about with the quality of the diamond and the size on this to match your price

Sexnotgender Mon 13-May-19 20:08:13

I have no stones (unless my mum goes and gets excited and decides to donate) haha

Mine were my mumswink she never wore her engagement ring after my dad bought her a beautiful eternity ring and she offered it to me. I got them reset as it wasn’t my style (was very Princess Di).

TheSandgroper Sat 18-May-19 04:47:45

I second the antique ring bit. They come in many shapes and sizes so you can really get a shape that fits your hand.

Pick a jeweler that does antiques (The Lanes in Brighton is famous for it but I have been with friends in Nottingham when they chose theirs). They will have stuff in the window, of course, but I have also asked what did they have out the back and have had a lovely half hour leafing through little packets.

DH came back from the UK (Brighton, as it happens) and bought me a lovely ruby and diamond ring that suits me beautifully. Also, because it is so out of fashion, the price was very affordable to us.

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