How do you buy an engagement ring?

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How do you buy an engagement ring?

Post by FlyPenFly » Sat Apr 09, 2016 3:25 pm

Looks like that time has come... :hanged: :hanged: :hanged:

What's a good place to shop for one for the best deal possible?

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Post by r.palace » Sat Apr 09, 2016 3:38 pm

Got engaged in February.

Don't go to a chain jewelry store. Overpriced and the quality isn't up to par with the pricing.

I went to a diamond wholesaler and bought a diamond. Then I went to a shop that does castings. Picked a setting cast and chose the metal and karat.

After that was done, the casting shop sent the setting to the diamond wholesaler and they set the stones.

It's not off the shelf and you save on inflated store pricing.

Win/win
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Post by CesarG » Sat Apr 09, 2016 3:40 pm

Congrats, man.

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How do you buy an engagement ring?

Post by Seppia » Sat Apr 09, 2016 3:43 pm

I asked my family for a ring with history.
My mom gave me a ring that used to be her grandma's
I had it cleaned and fitted for my then fiancée.
If you have this opportunity , I think it's better than just buying something new, as there is a sense of "I'm giving up something that's from my family", so it has a sentimental value as well.
I'm Italian though, so habits might be different.

What mr. Palace did is awesome as well, because she gets something unique.

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Post by kfalk » Sat Apr 09, 2016 3:45 pm

Congratulations!

I'm of no help - my wife worked at Jarrods when we got engaged and she already had one picked out.
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Post by andrema » Sat Apr 09, 2016 3:48 pm

I went to a local shop and had a custom setting made


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Post by mattcantwin » Sat Apr 09, 2016 3:51 pm

Congratulations! :cheers:



Sorry I can't help, too long ago to remember.
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Post by 1954Selmer » Sat Apr 09, 2016 3:55 pm

A big congratulations on the engagement! Love is in the air.
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Post by Terpits » Sat Apr 09, 2016 4:02 pm

Who's the lucky guy??
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Post by Selym » Sat Apr 09, 2016 4:02 pm

Congratulations!

My wife and I had our jeweler friend make our rings. He brought stones from the diamond district for us to look at. Once the stone was picked, my wife designed the ring and he made it.

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Post by CGSshorty » Sat Apr 09, 2016 4:07 pm

Buy the stone first. Look at a lot of them. You'll know the one when you see it. It helps to have an idea of the cut she likes when you start looking.
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Post by andrema » Sat Apr 09, 2016 4:19 pm

CGSshorty wrote:Buy the stone first. Look at a lot of them. You'll know the one when you see it. It helps to have an idea of the cut she likes when you start looking.
yep, know the cut!


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Post by SuperLeo » Sat Apr 09, 2016 4:42 pm

My girlfriend wants a vintage ring. They're not cheap and finding the one she wants is a pain. She has taken me to vintage jewelry shows and whatnot and they're a bore.
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Post by YOHOHO » Sat Apr 09, 2016 4:44 pm

Congrats! If you are looking for detailed info, check out www.pricescope.com. forum full of crazy stone people. Lots of good info...and many threads discussing choosing engagement rings/stones.

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Post by BBK357 » Sat Apr 09, 2016 5:05 pm

Terpits wrote:Who's the lucky guy??
He identifies as a she now, get it right
DEATH FROM ABOVE
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Post by r.palace » Sat Apr 09, 2016 5:10 pm

BBK357 wrote:
Terpits wrote:Who's the lucky guy??
He identifies as a she now, get it right
She is a hero; an inspiration to all.
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Post by Danny_T » Sat Apr 09, 2016 5:12 pm

Best way to buy??

Run the other way LOL!
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Post by ikkoku » Sat Apr 09, 2016 5:34 pm

you're in the city...

find someone who knows someone in the diamond district. save a bundle for guaranteed quality

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Post by foodle » Sat Apr 09, 2016 5:56 pm

r.palace wrote: Don't go to a chain jewelry store. Overpriced and the quality isn't up to par with the pricing.

I went to a diamond wholesaler and bought a diamond.
Truth. Chain jewelry stores (even the fancy ones) are a huge rip off. You can get a much better stone for the same money at a wholesaler.

I was lucky to have a very savvy friend who got engaged a year before me do all the leg work. So I just had to go to the same shop (and salesperson) he used. She was the top salesperson at the shop because she had a huge customer base of old Chinese ladies in the Bay Area. :thumbsup:

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Post by mikeylacroix » Sat Apr 09, 2016 7:13 pm

Whatever u do..make damn sure she likes the cut/setting...

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Post by Henryj » Sat Apr 09, 2016 7:17 pm

All good advice, especially the part about avoiding chain stores. They'll want to sell you what's in the case, where an independent will work with you. The easy answer on "How to Buy"? Scrape up the highest limit card you can find, pat her on the head, and practice saying "Yes, Dear" a lot. Buying an engagement ring is one of those things that has a mystical, almost supernatural meaning for women, but typically mystifies most men. No hunter bagging a world record animal can hold a candle to a woman showing off a new engagement ring to her single friends.
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Re: How do you buy an engagement ring?

Post by FlyPenFly » Sat Apr 09, 2016 7:21 pm

Thanks guys, sounds like the way to go is to first get a diamond then get it set on a white gold or platinum band.

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Post by CGSshorty » Sat Apr 09, 2016 7:23 pm

FlyPenFly wrote:Thanks guys, sounds like the way to go is to first get a diamond then get it set on a white gold or platinum band.
Platinum. Always platinum.
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Post by blkgsl » Sat Apr 09, 2016 7:42 pm

FlyPenFly wrote:Thanks guys, sounds like the way to go is to first get a diamond then get it set on a white gold or platinum band.
Always get platinum.

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Post by blkgsl » Sat Apr 09, 2016 7:43 pm

CGSshorty wrote:
FlyPenFly wrote:Thanks guys, sounds like the way to go is to first get a diamond then get it set on a white gold or platinum band.
Platinum. Always platinum.
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