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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. Rockwell

    Rockwell Well-Known Member

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    I paid 6k for a 1.something carat diamond in a platinum ring. Personally, I think diamonds are overrated but I still bought it because she liked it. My wedding band is tungsten (great on the pocket book) while her's is a platinum ring with small diamonds going all the way around it (2.2k). She doesn't wear them that often anymore, mostly when we go out and stuff. But what they say is true, women love their diamonds. Last year she bought a Philip stein watch with diamonds all around the bezel and that hurt the pocket book at 3.5k. But, she is happy, as am I.
     
  2. redcorvette

    redcorvette New Member

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    I paid a little over $3000. Don't remember exactly. But I got a great ring, platinum knife edge solitaire with a 0.7 cara VS1 clarity princess cut diamond. I saved good money because I bought online at James Allen. You end up paying a lot more for the same ring if you buy at a store. Online stores don't have overhead so the customer saved. I know a bit about jewelry cause I used to work in jewelry.

    The price of diamonds is going up too. I would have spent more, but my wife isn't into big diamonds and didn't want something heavy. I agree with imploy said about american women being materialistic and wearing 6 ct rings.
     
  3. Kid Nickels

    Kid Nickels Senior member

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    materialistic or not I think the number of women walking around with 6 carat rocks is quite small.
     
  4. impolyt_one

    impolyt_one Senior member

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    if she got hair like that on her fingers, what does she look like down there? :foo:

    And mordecai, engagements aren't the kind of time you pick 'unique' rings - get her something simple classic and then get the quirky rings later as gifts. As long as they're not diamonds they're much cheaper anyway and just 'cocktail rings'
     
  5. Bhowie

    Bhowie Senior member

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    She had on a leather skirt and had a lot of hair on her arms. I like that a lot. That means a big bush. I like a big bush.
     
  6. mordecai

    mordecai Senior member

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    What the hell could be more simple than a single diamond snugly set into an unpolished hammered gold band?
     
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  7. Kajak

    Kajak Senior member

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    One that doesn't look like a spermatozoon?
     
  8. mordecai

    mordecai Senior member

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    I may go with an oval, round, or marquise shape. probably wont end up doing pear.
     
  9. Kid Nickels

    Kid Nickels Senior member

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    good idea... :fonz:
     
  10. Kajak

    Kajak Senior member

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    In that case the ring would look good and unique - The pear just :uhoh:
     
  11. MisterKarenina

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    Well you are correct. It's not like you have other diamonds side by side to compare color. So I guess the near colorless range is good (D-E-F). But most importantly excellent cut and symmetry probably exceeds color and clarity in importance. I would sacrifice on color and clarity to get better cut and symmetry. After all you want the light to shine through correctly. Now if the ring is a three stone then you want to carefully match each diamond so one doesn't look terrible next to the others.
     
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  12. MisterKarenina

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    I got a DeBeers classic solitaire, princess cut, F-VS1, excellent symmetry, in platinum, 0.73ct for $2,000.00 complete with certificate. It was a steal! Some guy wanted to propose to his girlfriend. She took a look at the ring and said she wanted a round diamond ring and it was too small. I met the guy on my way in to the jeweler's and bam just like that, brand spanking new ring. It's even my fiancee's ring size! It was less shady since my jeweler inspected it and knows the guy personally (I trust my small town jeweler). Even he told me it was a great deal and to buy it rather than custom order one from him. That being said, my jeweler Mark in Princeton, NJ Leon-Meyers does excellent wax cast custom jewelry at amazing prices. He just finished a buddy's 3 stone engagement ring with a total of 1.2 ct of F VS1 (all 3 stones GIA certified) for 6.5k in cash.
     
  13. MisterKarenina

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    Thank you, Buyer In Kind of a raging ego trip and for letting us all know. In this case I think the engagement ring was more for you than your wifey. You're not helping :D
     
  14. deepitm

    deepitm Senior member

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    I did a lot of shopping around. I cannot handle the idea of overpaying for things. I guess it makes sense since I make a living out of buying things I deem to cheap and selling things I think are dear.

    After doing all my research, I was prepared to spend ~$15k and had located the ring my wife liked most and decided to buy it from Tiffany & Co. I went in there and thought I could get a ring that was listed at $17k for $15k. Turns out they don't negotiate. (Winston and Graff do, FYI). Then I looked on eBay to see what kind of discounts there were to be had on rings from failed engagements / marriages. There was value there, but I the market was too transparent and people seemed to be overpaying considering things were used. I needed to find something that was less well advertised. So I started doing Craigslist searches via an aggregator. I found the exact ring style and size I was looking for but better quality. It was in LA from a divorcee and listed for $11k plus the matching band for $1k (the matching band was ~$2.5k at Tiffany). I had some Jetblue points and flew to LA, met her at Tiffany in Beverly Hills where they determined it was legit. I bought the ring and the band for $10k in total.

    So what I got was Tiffany & Co., 1.17 ct, round cut, E, VS, GIA cert, Tiffany papers, with accompanying diamonds flanking the center stone in a channel-set band, plus matching wedding band w/ channel set diamonds. Quality pieces.

    http://www.tiffany.com/Engagement/i...0016&selectedSku=23464489#f+1/1001/0/0/0/1001

    I was 23 at the time (2007), so I was tighter with $ than I am now, but I would still do the same. I don't think I got a screaming deal, I just felt satisfied that I paid less than others (if I had went to Tiffany & Co., I would have paid $18k for this ring as it was better than the one I was looking at for $17k, and would've paid $2.5k for the band, and then 10.25% Chicago sales tax at the time = $22.6k). So I avoided spending an additional 12k (which I wouldn't have done anyway, but still).
     
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  15. anakin

    anakin Well-Known Member

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    Jokes on her, I won't be snared into the marriage trap.
     
  16. Fraiche

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    So what's a good place to re-sell them?
     
  17. Joffrey

    Joffrey Senior member

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    Woah you spent $10k on a ring at 23?
     
  18. edmorel

    edmorel Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Ballers gonna ball, you wouldn't understand.
     
  19. Kid Nickels

    Kid Nickels Senior member

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    Yeah... but no offense, 50% of that was for the word "Tiffany". For that money you could have gotten something larger and/or much more unique. Ask Stitchy.
     
  20. Ace_Face

    Ace_Face Senior member

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    ^^^^

    +1. My wife picked out what she wanted from Tiffany's on Michigan Ave. I went down to Jewelers Row on Wabash and had a guy down there make it for half the price. 1 carat, platinum band. I think I paid around $4,500.
     

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