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Engagement rings (merged)

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by exhawg, Oct 29, 2004.

  1. gregorylee

    gregorylee I'd rather be napping!!

    The domer speaks the truth. If she is a physical woman (read athletic/tomboyish) get one that is set low into the ring, we have to have the prongs on my wife's ring fixed or redone a couple of times a year because of the wear on them, even things as simple as reaching into the pocket of her jeans wears on them.
  2. NJ-Buckeye

    NJ-Buckeye They Hate Us cuz They Ain't Us.. Banners are good Staff Member

    don't buy the ring... buy two tickets to Vegas and have a ball... experiences should go a lot further than a token ring... if this is the real deal...
  3. The KSB

    The KSB 4-4-11/11-5-11

    Congrats Hawg, good luck on finding a good woman. I may be in the minority here but marriage is the best decision I ever made. JMHO about weddings, engagements, etc.... Do it as cheap as possible. I bought my wife a $700 antique ring (which turned out to be a good deal cause when we had it appraised the setting turned out to be platinum $$$$), got married at a Niagra Falls wedding chapel during one of the worst blizzards I can remember (sure fire tactic to keep people away from your reception), our honeymoon consisted of heading across the border to Canada so that I could smuggle some high grade cuban cigars back to Y-town (don't tell my wife, she thinks we were over there to get the best view of the falls, but hell those cigars paid for everthing $$$$$). I know people will tell how special a wedding should be "special" (read expensive) :sick1: . But you know what's more special than all of that, money in the bank.
  4. If indeed she is the right lady KSB is right! You cant buy love and you cant put a price on a great women..

    My wife is sure as heck worth more than $999 to me!
  5. DiHard

    DiHard Guest

    nd...i thought the going price for her was 75 an hour???

    wait..shit...i wasnt supposed to say that.......
  6. DaBuckMD

    DaBuckMD Rookie

    I'd go with 6 prongs versus 4.....If one prong breaks on a 4, then say bye to the diamond.
  7. Deety

    Deety Senior

    Ain't no such thing as a diamond promise ring...
    <img src="" alt="Ain't no such thing as a diamond promise ring" width="85%" height="85%" />​
  8. NJ-Buckeye

    NJ-Buckeye They Hate Us cuz They Ain't Us.. Banners are good Staff Member

    and just for what it's worth... # of prongs might be significant... but nothing more significant than never taking your eye off a valuable ring when you bring it to a jeweler for cleaning... that's where diamonds become zirconium... when it leaves your sight
  9. Deety

    Deety Senior

    On a more serious note, I worked at couple of jewelry stores to get through college. They should be able to take at least 30% off diamonds and 10% off anything already on sale. Talk to the store manager. The stuff people bought with an employee discount was about 20-30% of the listed price, so they have plenty of leeway.
  10. NJ-Buckeye

    NJ-Buckeye They Hate Us cuz They Ain't Us.. Banners are good Staff Member

    Deety.. what's your advice about prevention of diamonds swapped during cleanings or repairs? I know of three cases... virtually unprovable... except the reality of appraisal documents years before... and years after...
  11. Deety

    Deety Senior

    Repairs in high-traffic stores aren't a big problem. The jewelers get plenty of business without taking that sort of risk. A lot of stores have repairs on-site behind glass windows, though, so you could go to one of those if you're nervous.

    Cleaning a ring shouldn't take more than a minute. If it takes longer, ask to see it diamond-tested afterward. The cheap jars of cleaning fluid you can use at home work just as well.

    Now metal watch bands... those things get cruddier than you'd ever believe, so that could take a while. Blech! :tic:

    One final note of advice: Never, EVER sell engagement rings on the day your ex-sweetie gets married, even if it does prove you're tough. :dead:
  12. Dihard- Lol!!
  13. exhawg

    exhawg Mirror Guy Staff Member

    So it ended up being a win win situation for me. I didn’t buy the ring, but my girlfriend was happy that I gave it some serious thought. The quality of the diamond that she was looking at was piss poor. The best out the door they could give me after haggling down to 900 was 1084 (ring+insurance+tax). I was actually planning on not buying unless they got me out the door around 900. I’d like to thank everyone for your advice. It’s impossible to become knowledgeable about something like diamonds in one day, but I feel with your help I was able to make an educated decision. Back to paint chips for me. Hmm maybe if I get my girlfriend into paint chips she’ll accept that twist tie ring I made her.
  14. BuckeyeInTheBoro

    BuckeyeInTheBoro This space left intentionally blank

    Well done! Way to sift through the crap in this thread and still make an intelligent decision.
  15. DiHard

    DiHard Guest

    tell your lady this story....

    armand hammer proposed to his future wife with a piece of wire wrapped in tin-foil....obviously after he made his billions his wife was able to buy any jewelery she wanted....

    after her death, her children found in a lock box in her bedroom...the wire ring with a wedding photo of the two underneath it....she kept that ring for something like 60 years where it would always be near her.....

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