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Old 15th Apr 2004, 15:59
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Talking Best engagement ring and way to ask?

Well - where does a young blade obtain an excellent engagement ring and who knows of a winkingly good way of going about asking for its wearing?

Cheers (purely hypothethical of course),

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Old 15th Apr 2004, 16:12
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If you want something absolutely unique, these folks are the ones to talk to. As for how to ask the possible-bride, I don't have the imagination...or so Mrs. Topp tells me.
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Old 15th Apr 2004, 16:16
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A classic, simple diamond solitaire shouldn't go amiss - expect to pay a month's salary.

or how about asking first and then choose together? Or you try a subtle approach to find out if she prefers say, sapphires (pale or dark), rubies etc. NB emeralds should be square cut and opals are considered unlucky. You could also get something that is her favourite colour.

Hope it goes well WWW - oops sorry it was a hypothetical question.


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Old 15th Apr 2004, 16:30
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If it flies, floats or fncks ..... rent it ..... it's cheaper in the long run.

Good luck tho' - hope you have a pre-nuptual sorted!
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Old 15th Apr 2004, 16:38
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Unless you are absolutely certain the lady in question likes a particular type of ring I wouldn't buy one without her being present.
Hopefully this item of jewellery will be worn by her for life and it may seem a little unromantic but I do think she should have a major say in the choice of it.
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Old 15th Apr 2004, 16:42
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Theoretically she doesn't go for jewelery at all and is a country girl with a frugal temperament... massive diamonds wouldn't really work.

V simple would be the motto of the day. Plus - how does one find out about ring sizes when the person in question doesn't currently wear one at all? Piece of string in the dead of night?!?

One likes to plan ahead is all,

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Old 15th Apr 2004, 16:47
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I bought my wife a 9.99 ring from Argos for the "popping of the question" (just in case). Being welsh we decided to go to a company called Clogau that are based in north Wales to have a custom ring built from 18ct Welsh rose gold with a single 3/4ct DeBeers diamond. The diamond is held in place by kind of twist and the rose gold really sets it off and its unique. I dont know if Clogau still make custom orders as their mine has been closed for a number of years so their stock of Welsh gold is slowly dissapearing. Anyhow at the time the ring cost me 1200ish.

And I asked the question after Wales beat England 32-31 at Wembly in 1999. Proberbly the beer talking at the time but I've no regrets.

Good Luck
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Old 15th Apr 2004, 16:53
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A number of my friends have the Welsh Gold for their wedding rings, have to say as a Welsh Lady I would want the same as well.
Regarding ring sizes , unless she has a ring she wears on the same finger on the other hand there is no easy way.

WWW ask her first at a setting you know will be perfect for the two of you, be it on a lovely walk or over a romantic meal. Stop worrying about the ring, they are beautiful but they are not what is important when you ask someone to marry you.
Tell her what is in your heart and let the ring come along at a later date.
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Old 15th Apr 2004, 17:31
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WWW, I say again, check the above link. Very unique, not at all ostentatious, and will NOT cost an arm and a leg.
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Old 15th Apr 2004, 18:22
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I'd definitely say choose it together otherwise what should be an amazingly special moment could be soured.

My other half is very anti-jewellery and so she wanted a simple band with a tiny inset diamond. When we were in Switzerland we saw a ring that was beautifully simple exactly like she wanted. when we got back to England we found it was nigh on impossible to obtain. I, nearly giving up hope stuck up in the Scottish Lowlands on holiday, nicked someone's laptop and quickly google searched for the manufacturers. Very happy to see that the UK importer was based in Edinburgh! Drove to get it and popped the question a few days later.

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Old 15th Apr 2004, 18:42
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I would suggest commissioning a pair of matching silver or platinum engagment rings & then do the same for the wedding bands - nothing flash or fussy - just a pair of plain, substantial sterling silver rings.

I've a couple of friends who just did it and should I ever trek that particular path, I will follow suit. I think they paid 7-800 for each ring, but they were designed by a proper silversmith to their specifications & turned out truly beautiful.

As regards popping the question, I would just pop one of those big feckin rings into a sock, swing it round your head & knock the bejesus out of her with it - then drag her back to the cave by the hair - a traditional technique with a modern twist, if you will
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Old 15th Apr 2004, 20:04
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Price guide rule of thumb for buying (if you are serious) is two month's salary.

Go to a reputable small-town jeweller, forget the chain shops and Hatton Garden sharks.

Dawson's of Stamford is worth a visit. They're nice people and they will measure the size of your wallet perfectly at a glance.

Solitaires are a bit naff these days, so I'm told. Go for a modest cluster setting.

Sobering thought: It takes about seven years for the value of a decent piece of jewellery to match it's buying price. The ladies don't care if it's for life, which, of course, it should be.

Good luck!
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Old 15th Apr 2004, 21:59
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Hmmm, interesting.

Keep 'em coming.


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Old 15th Apr 2004, 22:13
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If you are really serious about this then go to the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham.

You will get better cheaper.
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Old 16th Apr 2004, 07:34
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Choose one with her - she is going to wear it every day from then on after all!
It's worth the two months salary as well......

Hope she doesn't have it stolen from a hotel room with the eternity ring like Mrs DM did.

We went to a small well established jewelers in Glasgow.

16 years on I have identified the ring style with them and am aiming to get a replacement made up.....

As to where.....I proposed on a balcony looking at the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

(OK so it was where we were living at the time )

But try and make it somewhere that's special for both of you...like a place you regularly go for a walk.....
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Old 16th Apr 2004, 07:51
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So long as you are not stupid (i.e. the 9.99 ring being THE ring!) there is no need for this "months/two months" salary rubbish. I certainly couldn't afford it anyway, plus if she's places such importance on the cost rather than the meaning, you need to ask yourself some serious questions. Spend that and she'll be expecting the 20,000 wedding to go with it. (When will people understand that the "average" cost of a wedding is the world's most meaningless statistic!)

Spend what you can afford, not what you'll be paying off for years.

Sounds like some like Brum's Jewellery Quarter would be a good option for a wide range of options/costs.

The important bit is the how and where you ask. That's what'll be remembered most!
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Old 16th Apr 2004, 07:53
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Is the Jewellery Quarter in Brum really any good? I am off to Amsterdam in a few months and was thinking that might be a good place to buy diamond rings but Brum would be easier... Never been there.


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Old 16th Apr 2004, 08:09
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I found that it was good to have the lady present to choose.

However to make it more than a Saturday trip to the shops I tied in the proposal with a trip away.

Went to Florence, proposed next to the Duomo and then we spent some happy hours on the Ponte Vecchio choosing a ring. There are many jewellers shops there, some make the rings themselves, others just sell.

As to price I quite agree with what some previous posters, if it is just measured by the cost and size of the ring then questions need to be asked.
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Old 16th Apr 2004, 08:25
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I bought a $5 silver ring in a market to do the question-popping with... it didn't fit! The better-half wears it round her neck on a chain...

The sparkler was then bought in the Brighton Lanes... never mind how much it costs (within reason!)... just get whatever you both like, I reckon.

Oh - and make no mistake... the ring is very special to the recipient... make a big fuss about it!

Good luck!
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Old 16th Apr 2004, 08:42
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It doesn't always end up as romantic as you think.
We were in Paris. My wife to be said she had fallen in love with a ring in the shop window. I said that if their till was stupid enough to authorise my credit card she could have it.
Somewhat to my surprise, it did.
That was 7 years ago. Now children, mortgage, family car....
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