Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by merkur, Nov 26, 2011.
he is looking to be talked out of proposing!!! duh!!
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.
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
Damn! I knew I got a good deal, but..... just damn. Got .61 carats, VG quality, for my $1,900.
I'm saving up for a €1.900 motorcycle.
You will need to hook a brother up if/when that time comes up...lol.
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?
Sometimes I even disappoint myself. Good night.
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
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.
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.
i studied rocks for awhile and then found out mine doesnt even want a diamond ring...
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.
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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