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Buying engagement rings..

Jetpac Avatar
6y, 4m agoPosted 6 years, 4 months ago
What are jewellers to look at and those to avoid?
i'm looking at buying an engagement ring to propose to my other half in Venice (hopefully) in a couple of weeks time.

advice appreciated!
Jetpac Avatar
6y, 4m agoPosted 6 years, 4 months ago
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#1
Where in the country are you?

If your anywhere near Brighton, they the jewellers in the North Lanes.

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#2
Im just outside of Bristol in Weston-super-mare so anything in this area is accessible! :)
#3
Keep the receipt!!!!!!!! (just in case!)
#4
get a fake ring as a symbol for the event then shop together for it in Venice
#5
rchan
Where in the country are you?

If your anywhere near Brighton, they the jewellers in the North Lanes.

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My engagement ring was an antique one from the Lanes in Brighton - its lovely! I like antique ones as they have history, and often you get more for your money - have you thought about looking at an auction? (Proper auction house - not ebay!)
#6
Depends on how particular you are regards getting a good quality stone etc.

The likes of Argos and H Samuel sell low quality stone - best go independent and get a valuation certificate with it.
#7
I bought my soon wife to be an engagement ring from Fraser Hart, it was costly and it took around 2 months to make from scratch.

I'm absolutely more than satisfied with their service as they provide a 10 year diamond warranty with a free service every 6 months.
#8
I went with a recommendation of a local independent jeweler. It was costly but the end product is worth every penny. If your bank balance stretches far enough to get something that is top quality, then you will want to be avoiding the likes of H Samuel like the plague. Go to a jeweler that will sit you down and go through the quality of the stones with you. You will pay more for it, but that's because you're getting a better product.
#9
Im looking at a really simple silver ring with a small diamond in it really classic as she doesn't like overstated or large.

How much did people spend on their respective rings? (i know its not about cost and I know ill know the ring when i see it) im just curious!

I know to avoid Samuel, ive made the mistake of buying a bracelet from there.. bloody awful
#10
As cheap as possible, if she's anything like my wife it'll just end up in the drawer once your married anyway!

Edited By: Goonieman on Jul 26, 2010 12:20: Speeling
#11
£3995 on mine.
#12
dmissy13
get a fake ring as a symbol for the event then shop together for it in Venice


I did this, but exchange Venice for devon
#13
Jetpac
Im looking at a really simple silver ring with a small diamond in it really classic as she doesn't like overstated or large.
What ring size is your girlfriend? My fiancee was exactly the same way with not wanting anything too large or overstated. In the end I went for a 0.4 carat diamond in a platinum ring, and essentially went for the best diamond in terms of cut/colour/clarity that I could buy. It's just the right size in terms of what she wanted and it is absolutely stunning even to the naked eye. PM me if you want to know how much it cost; I have no problem saying, it's just that my fiancee browses HUKD from time to time and I don't want her randomly coming across the figure of how much the ring cost (she says she doesn't want to know).
#14
Hatton gardens in london is where i would suggest.
#15
Congratulations!

Buying second hand means you get a lot more for your money. A lot of auction houses have regular jewellery sales and independent jewellers usually have a second hand section. John Lewis does too!

However you sound like you have something specific in mind, so do you feel brave enough to get something made? You and your wife-to-be could go together and choose the design/stone etc.

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