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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. poorsod

    poorsod Senior member

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    I was speaking with a girl from Belgium and she said that diamond engagement rings are uncommon on the continent. She mentioned a story of how one of her classmates studied also in the US and bought a diamond engagement ring with the proposal and thought that custom quite odd.
     
  2. svelten

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    $7.5k. Gonna be a relatively small and inexpensive wedding to balance it out. Thought paying a bit more for a material item that would be worn for a lifetime supersedes the ridiculous expenditures some people put into a single day.
     
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  3. Joffrey

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    Certainly one reason to hitch a non-American outside America. But we aren't the only country with "odd" wedding rituals.
     
  4. deejaysoy

    deejaysoy Senior member

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    7k blue nike and shipped to Portland, OR. No tax.
     
  5. ImTheGroom

    ImTheGroom Senior member

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    Just under $1000 for a custom designed ring, using all recycled gold, and mostly recycled diamonds (7 very small ones). Had to buy one small diamond, and a large, oval sapphire for the centre stone. Lucky for me, my wife preferred a blue sapphire.
     
  6. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Just as with clothing, "custom" can mean a lot of different things when it comes to jewelry. $1,000 is very low, even if just counting the gold or platinum for the setting and the labor to craft it.
     
  7. Lord-Barrington

    Lord-Barrington Senior member

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    About $5.5K -- Loose diamond bought from wholesaler and then a simple setting.

    The wedding itself was relatively inexpensive and like Svelten, I am happy I put more of the ring because I get to see it every day and so does she.

    Quick advice:

    1) Go through a reputable wholesaler (Blue Nile, Brian Gavin, etc.)
    2) Find a diamond within your budget that is as big as you can afford without sacrificing cut.
    3) Go on Pricescope and let their regular posters tell if you if your pick is good or not. Those guys are to diamonds what Styleforum is to menswear.
     
  8. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Pricescope is a good place to learn about the stone, but I would keep in mind that not all settings are equal. Whether simple or more complex, there are is a wide range of workmanship available. Personally, I think it's silly to spend thousands of dollars on a diamond, only to then cram it into a ready-made or made-to-order setting that the jeweler calls "custom" on the mere basis of having moved the prongs to and fro.
     
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  9. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    They like fun socks and hill billy clothing?
     
  10. Lord-Barrington

    Lord-Barrington Senior member

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    Uhh... I was referring more to the level of interest displayed by members. Pricescope has, just like Styleforum, its fair share of fans of the gaudy and trendy.
     
  11. ImTheGroom

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    Custom, in this case, meaning the jewelry equivalent of full bespoke. I knew she would want a Victorian design, and there was really only one way t get one. And yes, it's very low; I was quite lucky to have fund this jeweler; the matching band, shaped to wrap around the ring's setting, was about $250 for design and labour.
     
  12. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    What do you mean the band was "wrapped around the ring's setting?" Are you saying the seat/prongs for the diamond were pre-made?

    The equivalent of full-bespoke in jewelry would mean all parts of the ring are handwrought (bent and soldered into shape from gold or platinum wire) or made from a custom, one-off mould. No part should be pre-made. It is particularly important that pave settings are handwrought, as each individual pave stone is different in size and cannot be fitted into standardized spaces without leaving gaps.
     
  13. ImTheGroom

    ImTheGroom Senior member

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    Both were made from custom molds, carved by hand from wax. All of the settings are bezels. The general shape of the engagement ring setting is oval, so the band was made to curve around t perfectly. Her bnad is on top, her e-ring in the middle, and my band on the bottom - which was also hand machined to my specs, by a different goldsmith; there's a detail at the edge but you can't really see it.
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  14. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    Have this man make it:

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  15. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I actually went to Taffin in NYC to discuss my wife's engagement ring years ago. Minus the stone, it would have been about $10k.

    The problem with a place like Taffin or JAR or Verdura is that they are really about haute design. An engagement ring, which tends to center on a single large center stone, doesn't really need that kind of innovation. There are only so many ways to hold up a diamond. It comes down to craftsmanship more than design.
     
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    Like anything, the pricing there, I am sure, includes name recognition, and location, if it's in a high end retail area. As with clothing, you can (and it would seem you did) find equal, or higher, quality for less, by looking around and doing your, seemingly extensive, research.

    I just reread my old post and realized where it was confusing. The wedding band had to be shaped around the e-ring setting is because I, quite foolishly, forgot to get the wedding band mould made up at the same time as the engagement ring. I didn't have to buy any gold for her ring; all recycled from heirloom, or no longer worn, pieces from my grandmother, mom, and sister. I also think being in a suburb of Vancouver, rather than in NYC, affected the price.
     
  17. Powertrip

    Powertrip Well-Known Member

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    I'll be subbed to this thread for the good advice. Thanks, gentlemen.
     
  18. SkinnyGoomba

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    That's the easy assumption, which is true for brands living on yesterday's success. Many of them are not charging the huge premiums assumed if you are comparing apples to apples. Most people just arrive at that conclusion because they are comparing a top grade stone and hand wrought platinum setting to their local jeweler's 'version' which eliminates many of the details which make the first one more expensive.
     
  19. texas_jack

    texas_jack Senior member

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    Just got engaged. Here is the ring.
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  20. indesertum

    indesertum Senior member

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    Congrats brah!
     
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