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How much did you pay for your wife's/fiancee's engagement ring?

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by merkur, Nov 26, 2011.

  1. whiteslashasian

    whiteslashasian Well-Known Member

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    You will need to hook a brother up if/when that time comes up...lol.
     
  2. otc

    otc Well-Known Member

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    If only I had stuck with the jewelry thing....

    We had jewelry classes in high school and I took a full 2 years of it (and the last year was all project driven independent study)...I was reasonably good at it and even if I had just stuck with it in passing I would probably be able to make a pretty sweet engagement ring by now (unless she was into really ornate stuff covered in tiny engravings or other stuff that never matched my own interests so I never learned to do it). Might end up contracting out some final finishing/setting of the stones depending on the design but it would sure save some money :)

    Obviously a lot of money goes into the stone but on rings like these, the actual raw materials for the setting are only a fraction of the total price so all the labor markup over the raw metal can be replaced with your own blood sweat and tears... Plus, what's more awesome than giving your girlfriend a beautiful engagement ring that you forged yourself from raw metal?
     
  3. CDFS

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    Sometimes I even disappoint myself. Good night.
     
  4. dirk diggler

    dirk diggler Well-Known Member

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    I paid approx. $10,000 and went wholesale. Got a 2.00 center stone (VS quality), E color, from a diamond broker in LA (no tax) with another .75 in side stones. It was my second marriage so I had to go better. ... still together 9 yrs later
     
  5. Gibonius

    Gibonius Well-Known Member

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    A 0.5 carat stone doesn't cost anywhere close to 5k unless you're a terrible shopper or want to go to one of the big name boutique jewelers. Sounds like you got a decent deal but I don't know what the other dude is talking about.
     
  6. Mbogo

    Mbogo Well-Known Member

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    Didn't buy an engagement ring. Bought a plain gold wedding band at JC Penney for $130 a week before we eloped. Bought a nice diamond anniversary band at 10 years. No regrets from either of us. Well, me at least.

    Non-functional jewelry seems like kind of ostentatious and a waste of money to both of us. Although sometimes I wish my wife put on a little girl-bling. But she's from practical peasant stock.

    David
     
  7. Rambo

    Rambo Well-Known Member

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    lol
     
  8. indesertum

    indesertum Well-Known Member

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    i studied rocks for awhile and then found out mine doesnt even want a diamond ring...
     
  9. dwcopple

    dwcopple Well-Known Member

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    First engagement (I broke it off, thank God!) I paid $7000 (stupid) for 2.11 ct princess cut H color SI1 clarity. My wife now wears a custom made antique design ring 1ct. side stones with (no joke) a 1.5ct oval high grade CZ in the center. The jeweler recommended it and said many women do it. We paid $1800 for this one. She loves it, strangers LOVE it, and no one, even mall jewelers, know the difference. Maybe a diamond will come later, but it is not an issue at this point.
     
  10. dwcopple

    dwcopple Well-Known Member

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    Oh BTW, I was only able to sell that first ring for $3500 cash to a guy who drove to MI from Ohio to get it. He paid $50 to have it appraised at a local dealer. The center stone was valued at over $6000 retail and the ring was appraised at $11,700 replacement value. He got a fuckin' steal.
     
  11. mordecai

    mordecai Well-Known Member

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    I'm planning one that looks like this.

    [​IMG]

    Currently setting some money aside for stone.
     
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  12. gort

    gort Well-Known Member

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    Oh come on, OP. You can't edit your post like that. :fu:
     
  13. ineffable

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    Any info on the specific broker you used or how to get in touch with a broker? Going to LA in a couple of months, might want to look at some diamonds.

    TIA.
     
  14. whiteslashasian

    whiteslashasian Well-Known Member

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    We should expect nothing less from our merkur.
     
  15. blackstone

    blackstone Well-Known Member

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    i paid $5k and got it valued the same day at $7.5k.
    couldnt afford more at the time as i was earning $30k working in mexico
     
  16. impolyt_one

    impolyt_one Well-Known Member

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    That's still quite a lot, you should be proud of it as a purchase.
     
  17. jawboneofa

    jawboneofa Well-Known Member

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    I went to the aunt of a good friend of mine in LA's diamond district. Got a quality (great color, couple small inclusions) .91 carat solitaire stone in white gold for $1650. My fiancee wanted something simple, would have been pissed if I had spent more than 2 grand, and loves it.
     
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    I picked up the wifey's ring last year from Harry Winston (1.25ct, VS1, F, in plat). They were asking mid 20s for it but I got them to discount it a bit.

    I went a bit nuts on pricescope doing my research on stones for about a half a year and no surprise, HW carried one of the best quality stones I could find.
     
  19. Dempsy444

    Dempsy444 Well-Known Member

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    I spent a lot for her diamond but I absolutely got the most for my money. I was careful to research the market and ensure that I got the most diamond for the money. After going to a lot of the normal retail stores - Tiffany's, De Beers, leading local jewelry stores, as well as the San Francisco Diamond center and even Blue-nile online, I settled on a well respected wholesaler in the nob hill district of San Francisco. People I know who don't need to worry about money use him. I found that he was able to get me a diamond at about 60% of the price of retail. If I had bought my ring at Tiffany it would have easily been double the price and maybe more. In the end, I was able to get a GIA certified and inscribed princess cut diamond with the following specs: 2.2 Carat, F grade color, VS2 grade clarity, and with table size and depth in almost perfect balance, enabling maximized sparkle (this is an important detail to look for in a diamond, as it increases its presence, enabling even a smaller diamond to look bigger.)

    My advice to anyone looking for an engagement ring is, don't be lazy and just go into a store and drop the money because you can get a lot more for your budget if you are judicious and thoughtful about it. Start early, do your homework, take your time, and don't make impulse decisions. Also, use blue-nile to bargain your price down. They make a great iPhone app that can save you thousands when bargaining.
     
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  20. blackstone

    blackstone Well-Known Member

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    Tiffany's is a complete rip off. if i had bought one there with the same clarity, colour and carat i would have paid $25k not $5k.

    in the end my fiancee was happy with the size of the diamond than she would have been with the Tiffany's name.
     

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