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9y, 2m agoPosted 9 years, 2 months ago
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9y, 2m agoPosted 9 years, 2 months ago
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#1
Go for the best you can afford, she'll be wearing it forever. Lots of people get engaged at Christmas and again at Valentine's Day, I'd be surprised if there was a big sale after Christmas, as I don't think jewellers have sales at the same time as other shops.

The ring you've picked is gorgeous :D I didn't want platinum or a solitaire, has she dropped hints about what sort of ring she'd like? I know I did lol
#2
TBH, IMO, it's very nice, but the ring seems rather expensive for 0.3carat.

Are you anywhere near an outlet shopping place? Perhaps worth a visit - eg our local one (Cheshire Oaks) has an outlet 'goldsmiths' - you can get great bargains there.
#3
melissab
TBH, IMO, it's very nice, but the ring seems rather expensive for 0.3carat.


I agree completely. I am 26 and this exactly the type of setting I would choose but the diamond looks slightly too small - making it look out of proportion with the band. If you look around you could probably get a 1/2 or 3/4 carat for not much more money.
#4
I think the perfect ring is the Tiffany Setting engagement ring pictured on the Tiffany & Co website.... I even set it as my background a while back as a hint to the boyf!!!!!!!!!!
#5
The diamond solitaire you are looking at on Amazon is NOT expensive. The reason it is more expensive than similar rings you would see in the multiples (Samuels, Ernest Jones etc.) is that the diamond is certificated, and it's a good quality.

My advice would be to spend as much as you can afford, this purchase is for life. If you want a white rather than yellow metal go for platinum, not white gold. Platinum is a purer, harder, more prestgious metal, and won't discolour like white gold will. As far as diamond quality goes, go for a certificated stone, minimum H colour, VS clarity, good/very good cut.

My advice would be not to buy off the internet, you are spending alot of money, go and see whats on offer and make comparisons. Regarding your idea of going to New York to make your purchase, it's not a bad idea. Diamonds are generally cheaper there, and the exchange rate helps, and it could be quite a romantic surprise.

Most importantly, make it a special purchase, in nice surroundings, and don't make it too much about the money, or getting a bargain, it's about much more than that. Good luck to you.
#6
If you're anywhere near the Midlands you want to get yourself down to the jewellery quarter in Birmingham. Prices there are low and you can get stuff made to order if you don't see anything you like "off the shelf".
#7
I agree with evil_monkey, get yourself to the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham. You certainly get more for your money as that is where I get all my Jewellery from, I never buy from the high street shops.
#8
The jewellery quarter is okay, in the sense that there is alot of choice, and therefore a bit of price competition. In general though, the quality is not always good, and in all honesty they are catering for people who "think" they are always getting a bargain, and often aren't! Just my opinion.
#9
I'm a jewellery expert, as I sell diamond jewellery as well (yes, I deal with a lot of products :p), checkout this thread for some advice I left there:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=81515&highlight=diamond+ring

I actually sold an identical ring earlier in the year for a very small fraction of that price but it was 18K white gold rather than Platinum, it's amazing how these channels will bump up the price.

I would personally recommend buying the ring abroad, as not only will you be able to take advantage of the strong GBP but you can propose to her in style with the money you're saving, as it's not just about the ring, it's about the whole wow factor experience. :thumbsup:

I'd also recommend checking some highstreet stores, despite the pictures magnification, you'll be surprised how small .30ct can be, I would personally recommend anything from 1/2ct for engagement rings but it does depend on your budget as well.

PM me for free advice or respond on here and I'll keep checking it out for you and if necessary, I can give you the measurements of the diamonds size, so you understand the difference in size but I would recommend checking it out in a store before you decide on anything. :)
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#11
BTW, some of the 'high street usuals' do have certificated diamonds - even argos do ! So it's possible to stick to a budget and still get a decent quality (and certificated!) ring, too.

So for £1k, you can pick up a 3/4 carat, certified diamond ....

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/2040257/Trail/C%24cip%3D1500006712.Jewellery%2Band%2Bwatches%3EC%24cip%3D1500006753.Rings%3EC%24cip%3D1500006757.Diamond%2Brings.htm#producttabs

I know that highstreet jewellery gets knocked by a lot of people, but ... does she need to know where it came from, if she's likely to be bothered by it? Just shove it in the bottom of a champagne glass, no tell-tale box to worry about :-)

PS I've had my white gold ring now for 5 years, with no sign of discolouration.
#12
You guys seem to know what your talking about, so can yo ucast your eyes over this http://www.geraldonline.com/product/product_details.html?id=622 and let me have your thoughts. I am thinking of buying it for my wife, but would like an opinion on its price and quality. I know ZERO about rings, let alone diamond rings.

Any good?
Good price?
Cheaper anywhere else?
Anyoen got a discount code for this website?

cheers
#13
Personally I would go to NYC - get to Tiffanys & let her have a look there - v romantic & the staff fall over themselves to help you - they can even get a ring resized in under a day if you need them to. All their diamonds are certificated, all their engagement rings are platinum & with the exchange rate as it is at the moment you will be getting a fab ring for a lot less than you would pay in the uk - i.e. you will be able to get a $2500 ring for £1300ish that would be £2500 in this country (iyswim!)
Oh & they even have a couple of little rooms off the engagement ring floor that they take you to & give you champagne to celebrate :)
#14
GO TO NYC !!!

We went in January this year via a cheap flight deal. Not many people want to go to New York when it's freezing cold, but a romantic walk around Central Park soon warms you up !!

Excellent choice of rings at unbelievable prices. Go to the Jewellery District and avoid the pushy "come in and look - no obligation" guys. Find a proper shop rather than the markets with loads of smaller stalls in one building. I can recommend a place if you need some pointers. You can get stuff made up within a day or so (e.g. We found the setting she wanted but didn't like the band, so they changed it for us overnight.)

I spent about £1300 and got the ring valued in the UK at nearer £2500.

Also, we bought the wedding rings at the same time and made similar savings to the engagement ring.

Hope that helps - Good luck !!

PS - regarding quality - We found that not all UK diamonds are certified (it's like an optional extra at extra cost !!) in NYC all the diamonds were certified.
#15
Hi,

I proposed last year and used a company called 77 diamonds. They are a diamond broker so you can either just buy the diamond from them or can buy it set in a ring. They dont have shops, just an office in london bridge but they were brilliant. I spent hours looking round hatton garden and found this company cheaper and less "salesman like". I heard about them in the times newspaper.

You can go to see them, and they will sit with you and you use a magnifying glass to check all the diamonds, feel like a real pro...

anyway, i felt they offerred a really good service and would say they are worth a visit. all their diamonds have certificates and are laser engraved for security..

I actually got a slightly smaller size and they resized it for free etc...

Not sure about using links to outside companies, but here is a link to their website.

[url]www.77diamonds.com[/url]
#16
bailey87
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Oh dear Bailey ... changed your mind?
#17
Oooh! How exciting! My fiancee bought me a ring from Hatton Gardens a couple of months back. The name was Hirsch and with a bit of battering got it down from £4000 to £2500. Don;t sacrifice on the quality. Platinum ring - has to be.

HOWEVER, a friend of mine reckons that Birmingham is the place to go - there's a renowned Jewellery market there which offers great quality at mark down prices. Worth researching that.

Good Luck
#18
I reckon you should take her on a surprise trip to NYC then propose somewhere like the empire state building, statue of liberty or even a helicopter ride over the city and then take her to good old Tiffanys on 5th Ave and let her pick the one she likes!

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