Looking for engagement rings part 2: more advice needed!

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Hi all some of you may remember you giving me some advice a while back about some engagement rings I was looking at in Hatton Garden in London.

Its time for me to chose now, but I am no closer to feeling confident about my choice. The problem is most of the shops basically have the same settings, just varying quality of diamond and price. I have two options that I like really:

1: A three stone, white gold or platinum ring with a larger centre stone and two smaller side stones, round brilliant cut. The best I have seen is platinum three stone, total weight 0.6ct, VS1 F-G colour, not certified as its at the bottom end of the scale in price, for £1150. I do like this ring and the girlfriend has hinted she likes the design, but are these figures value-ish for money? The store is called Madison Diamond and Wedding Ring Specialist if anyone has heard of them.

2: She really likes this other ring we saw on the highstreet, which really isn't an engagement ring but has a more fashiony design:



So the shop I went to originally can make this design with larger, better diamonds but I have two reservations. Firstly they are more pricey. £1200 gets me 0.5ct, SI1 (or VS2 possibly), H in colour. Secondly I am not sure if the mounting will give the ring the best light to sparkle. Thoughts? I'm sure I could haggle to get the price down or the diamond up.
 

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It's value for money if she likes it. If she sees a £200 ring that she likes, then thats value for money too. The most important thing is she likes it, not how much it cost. Make sure she likes it.

Did I get my point across? :p
 
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Seconded. Just let her choose one and she'll be happy with it :) Obviously you have to think about money to a certain extent, but dont be too worried about whether you could get a bit more diamond for your cash in another shop - its the specific ring that matters.
 
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mrdbristol said:
Does it matter about how much you spend ?

Not in itself, but thats no reason to get ripped off. Its a lot of money and I understand his point of view - if you can get the same ring for half the cost somewhere else then why pay more? Its not like you'll tell the lady how much you spent anytime soon.
 
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calnen said:
Not in itself, but thats no reason to get ripped off. Its a lot of money and I understand his point of view - if you can get the same ring for half the cost somewhere else then why pay more? Its not like you'll tell the lady how much you spent anytime soon.

Point taken. OP is asking for a price comparison thats fair enough and i would do the same.

My apologies. :)
 
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Thanks for the replies guys. Believe me if I could find the perfect ring for 100 quid I would get it! A grandish is around my confortable limit but the reason I keep asking here is that I don't want to get ripped off. Like with my PCs I spend ages shopping around, asking for advice to make sure I get the best deal rather than just pop into the purple shirt shop, I'd rather make sure I get a reasonablish deal and not get totally ripped off, though I know unless I was a diamond merchant I am going to get a little ripped off!

To make matters worse she hinted at completely different styles of ring today, so now I think the only solution is to buy every combination of design and hope she likes one!
 
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Personally I wouldnt spend thousands on an egagement ring. I do not see the point in expensive engagement rings unless you are buying one to keep as an heirloom or something like that.
I could afford to go all out and get an expensive ring but I cant justify it...something that will be worn for a limited amount of time and also who is going to possibly tell the difference from a half decent looking ring that doesnt cost a fortune to something that costs a few thousand and looks quite similar?

We all have our own tastes though. For me its understated but elegant. Perhaps brushed platinum with a small diamond inlay...not sure really but I wouldnt get something that has a huge rock in the middle :)

Best part though is surprising your loved one and not taking them round the shops to choose one! Dear oh dear i dont get that at all.

Anyway, when I was in a jewlers a couple of years back with the GF she was trying on some rings. Looking for just a normal day to day ring nothing special...and she asked me to hold her existing one while she tried on others. She never saw this but when she wasnt looking I found a ring measuring device on the counter and popped her ring on it ;) Now Ive known her long enough to know her style..and I also know the correct ringsize. Its just a matter of choosing the correct moment now :)
 
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Brain said:
Best part though is surprising your loved one and not taking them round the shops to choose one! Dear oh dear i dont get that at all.

LOL she's not choosing with me, its just we always have to stop in the jewelry store window when we are out shopping as with all the bright lights the damn things glint all the way across the shopping centre!
 
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