Engagement Ring and Band Selection Question?

by Wes
(Dublin, Ireland)

Great website!! Looking to pop the question in about 6 weeks and would be interested in a females opinion. Don't want to ask girlfriends as really want it to be a surprise.

Seriously considering purchasing with Blue Nile as seems good value for money. My budget stretches to €3K Euro (approx $4.5K USD). Having done the retail shop, it seems my budget will get me a .55 - .6 carat, platinum ring. Ideally, I'd like to get a stone slightly bigger, maybe .7 carat.

Anyway, struggling a bit with the band. Do I go simple and 2mm? The tapered cathedral look which is a bit thicker and elavated? Or, the little diamonds on the band? Obviously, price vary and may reduce the size of the stone so would be interested to hear your opinion.

Little bit of info. My partner has quite small hands and wears some silver jewellery (claddagh ring). Don't think she'd go for anything too different so been looking at round diamonds with platinum band. Platinum seems to be recommended if can afford it?

Look forward to hearing your opinion or proposal idea.



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Feb 14, 2009
Ring Selection
by: Anonymous

Hi Wes,
Congratulations on getting ready to pop the question.....how exciting :) Here's what I might consider if I were you. If you shop at Blue NIle, you can get a white-gold ring with channel-set or pave-set diamonds (small diamonds inserted into the band) between $550-$800. This would leave you about $3,000-$3,5000 for the stone.....allowing you to get a stone that is larger...as large as a carat even. White gold has the same appearance to the naked eye as platinum.....the one disadvantage of white-gold is that every few years it needs to be re-plated to maintain its luster (which is an inexpensive process that can be done at the local jewelry shop). If you feel as though you must go with platinum, than I'd go for the simplest band, so that you could spend more on the actual carat size of the stone.....i think this is what draws the eye most when looking at a ring. Most girls who I've talked with like a stone to be close to a carat, if possible. Don't worry about her fingers being too small to carry it off....the stone size won't overwhelm her finger.

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