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

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  1. ter1413

    ter1413 Senior member

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    he is looking to be talked out of proposing!!! duh!!
     


  2. BrianVarick

    BrianVarick Senior member

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    If you buy from bluenile.com I think your money goes a long way. If my wife didn't have an heirloom diamond she wanted to wear I would have gotten one from there.
     


  3. sinnedk

    sinnedk Senior member

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    hang on man... blunile is close to real prices but dont buy there or online, go to a wholesale jeweler, cash = not tax and can catch a break
     


  4. FLMountainMan

    FLMountainMan White Hispanic

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    Damn! I knew I got a good deal, but..... just damn. Got .61 carats, VG quality, for my $1,900.
     


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    I'm saving up for a €1.900 motorcycle.
     


  6. whiteslashasian

    whiteslashasian Senior member

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


  7. otc

    otc Senior 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?
     


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    Sometimes I even disappoint myself. Good night.
     


  9. dirk diggler

    dirk diggler Senior 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
     


  10. Gibonius

    Gibonius Senior 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.
     


  11. Mbogo

    Mbogo Senior 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
     


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    Rambo Senior member

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    lol
     


  13. indesertum

    indesertum Senior member

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


  14. 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.
     


  15. 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.
     


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