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Old 12-11-08, 02:56 PM
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Wedding rings

For you folks that have ever had the occasion to purchase/wear wedding rings. What are they like?
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Wife's is white gold with 1/2 carat princess cut diamonds, mine is white gold plain band 4.5mm with ridged edges.
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plain band for me. Wife's engagement ring had three stones, so her wedding band bends to go around the stones on the engagement ring.
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Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
plain band for me. Wife's engagement ring had three stones, so her wedding band bends to go around the stones on the engagement ring.
Same exact config here.
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gold band with rope borders for me. Simple gold band for her and a diamond engagement ring, single diamond in a simple mount.
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we both have plain platinum bands. engagement ring was white gold with her birth stones for her and a silver claddagh for me. I actually wear my claddagh now because the band is too loose and I don't wanna lose it.
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Her's is an emerald cut diamond with some rectangle ones on the side set in platinum. My wife went from being the most practical person I know to a mad women when I let her pick out her own engagement ring. Mine is a titanium band. That's right titanium, it makes me faster.
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Mine is a carved band with diamond chips

Her original was a sapphire on a simple setting, we have since put a stone her mother gave her many years ago into a nice setting, and she wears the sapphire on another finger.
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The wife wears a celtic knot patterned band I gave her.
I dont have one. I think rings are very uncomfortable.
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How much are you supposed to outlay for a wedding ring? I've heard people say that its expected to spend 2x your gross annual earnings for a ring as the rule of thumb. I have zero clue on this one at all.
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Originally Posted by mlts22 View Post
How much are you supposed to outlay for a wedding ring? I've heard people say that its expected to spend 2x your gross annual earnings for a ring as the rule of thumb. I have zero clue on this one at all.
I don't know the answer to this but I will say, do not let you're soon to be pick out there own ring. Budgets go out the window.
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Plain white gold band for Mr. East Hill. My engagement ring is a 1/2 carat heart cut diamond solitare set on a band of white gold, and wedding ring is a matching (smaller) band of Mr. East Hill's band.

Mr. East Hill has asked me over the years if I would like a larger diamond, and I always tell him that the 1/2 carat is perfect.

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Originally Posted by mlts22 View Post
How much are you supposed to outlay for a wedding ring? I've heard people say that its expected to spend 2x your gross annual earnings for a ring as the rule of thumb. I have zero clue on this one at all.
I think the rule of thumb was 2 month's salary.
2x annual earnings is ludicrous.

It's still something kept in circulation by the jewelry business.

Bottom line is do what you can reasonably afford.
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We had ours custom made by a local artist. Mine is a simple band, hammered white gold, Heathers is also hammered white gold, with three garnets set into the ring.

I would never spend 2x annual earnings on rings! We spent ~$1500 for the rings, and another $10k for the wedding, dress and suit. Twice our budget, but worth every cent.
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Originally Posted by trsidn View Post
I think the rule of thumb was 2 month's salary.
2x annual earnings is ludicrous.

It's still something kept in circulation by the jewelry business.

Bottom line is do what you can reasonably afford.
2X Mr. East Hill's monthly salary would be around $10000. That goes a long way in paying down a mortgage. I went for that option.

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Originally Posted by mlts22 View Post
How much are you supposed to outlay for a wedding ring? I've heard people say that its expected to spend 2x your gross annual earnings for a ring as the rule of thumb. I have zero clue on this one at all.
The number you must never forget: 10x

That is the markup multiple that the jewelry retailer charges
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I saw an interesting article about the new trend in wedding rings for men: tungsten carbide. It is a super-hard sintered metallic ceramic that is impervious to just about anything short of a nuclear blast. The downside is that it cannot be sized, so buying the right size the first time is important.
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2X$30 rings from eBay.
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Originally Posted by Hobartlemagne View Post
The number you must never forget: 10x

That is the markup multiple that the jewelry retailer charges
I looked into valuing diamonds once, holy crap! Most diamonds you could only sell for ~5% of what you paid. The ones that you could actually sell to a 3rd party for what you paid for it are either so tiny or so valuable that they just stay in vaults as investments. Although I don't know if they appreciate.

Anyway we have similar plain gold bands, mine is a little wider than hers. She has an engagement ring too w/ a single diamond.
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We have plain white gold bands. But neither of us wear them. Neither my wife nor I wear jewelry.
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Originally Posted by mlts22 View Post
How much are you supposed to outlay for a wedding ring? I've heard people say that its expected to spend 2x your gross annual earnings for a ring as the rule of thumb. I have zero clue on this one at all.
will you marry me?
I have heard 2-3x a month's salary.

Considering that relative to what I make, 2x would be appropriate, 3x would be much more than I need. I told the ex" that really pushed for getting engaged I would accept nothing less than a 12k ring... because I knew he couldn't come up with it.

That all said, I think its a beautiful thing to buy something with the symbolism of a wedding ring from the heart, not the pocket book.

My dad never wore a wedding ring. (He had one, though) He wasn't a ring guy, and when my parents got married he worked servicing computers (that you had to go inside) and you couldn't wear metal... for risk of electric shock.
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Originally Posted by lauren View Post
Good news is that Tungsten (or Ti) is so much cheaper than platinum that even if you have to buy a couple sizes over the years you still come out ahead.

The two month's salary is crap. Do what makes you both happy. I'd suggest watching blood diamond first, might save you a lot of money. If the boyfriend and I get married, he'd not get a ring and I'd get a $30 or so Ti one. Maybe a more expensive one later if I find wearing a ring tolerable. Even if I don't like 'em, figure having one is a good idea to wear in hopes of keeping annoying guys away.
I have a big fat fakie (ok, so its believable, but still) I wear to the bars on occasion.
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she'll get whatever she wants. I refuse to wear rings, so i will instead have tattoo work done in place of actual ring.
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Originally Posted by lauren View Post
fake wedding band, or a CZ faux engagement ring? I've thought about buying a band for that purpose, but don't want to encourage the boyfriend with his "we should get married" stuff.
faux engagement ring- not even a CZ, just a cheapie from claire's (under $10). when it started to look like junk I tossed it.

Haven't worn one of those in awhile, though. I just got meaner with annoying guys, instead.
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My wife and I have matching Titanium wedding bands. We bought mine prior to the wedding, and hers about 3 years after. She actually has 2 wedding rings. The first ring is her engagement ring. It's a sapphire set in white gold with diamond pave. Getting a wedding band to match it would have been very pricey, so we skipped it. Later, when she was converting to Catholic and we were to be convalidated, we got her the Ti band. She wears whichever one she feels like wearing at the time, but never both at the same time.



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Good news is that Tungsten (or Ti) is so much cheaper than platinum that even if you have to buy a couple sizes over the years you still come out ahead.
Tungsten is W, not Ti.
Titanium is Ti.
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