Ball + Chain, engagement rings and you
August 28, 2009 11:45 AM Subscribe
Engagement ring woes... to diamond or not to diamond? Any alternatives?
posted by anonymous to Shopping (86 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
I have been with my girlfriend for a while, and I think its time we get married. I know she wants to get married and am not worried about her saying no or any of that... no the problem is the engagement ring. She has said in the past that she thinks diamonds are fairly stupid from a financial / blood diamond aspect. That said I do think that she wants something special to show off, and I am worried about the "oh, so he couldnt afford a diamond for you" crowd. Her parents and grandparents are fairly traditional and I think they wouldnt approve if I broke too much from the norm. Not that there is anything wrong with that...
I looked into non-blood / debeers diamonds but they are still super pricey, and I have no desire to go the "fake" route.
I have looked at a few jewelers and could afford a nice ring, however it would be most of my savings... I think that she would more appreciate a nice long vacation in europe or something over a diamond ring for the same money... but again, I think she needs some kind of symbol to show our engagement.
I have been looking at estate jewelery @ www.topazery.com, I like the older style stuff. Any other advice the metacrowd has?