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Old 11-11-09, 03:27 PM
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Originally Posted by DrPete View Post
Until you break your hand in a crash and the ER/trauma center can't cut it off...
My ring comes off, I don't have big fat sausage fingers... and besides, losing a ring finger that I don't even shift with? No biggie, just have to adjust typing the 2s, @s, Ws, Ss and Xs.
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Old 11-11-09, 03:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Tsuru View Post
My ring comes off, I don't have big fat sausage fingers... and besides, losing a ring finger that I don't even shift with? No biggie, just have to adjust typing the 2s, @s, Ws, Ss and Xs.
Hint--fingers swell when fractured.
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Old 11-11-09, 03:30 PM
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Originally Posted by DrPete View Post
Hint--fingers swell when fractured.
Hint -- I'm wearing my ring, fear of losing a finger or not.
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Old 11-11-09, 03:31 PM
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An important part of my marriage is that we put each other first some of the time. You might try that.
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Old 11-11-09, 03:33 PM
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Read this:

http://www.edwardjayepstein.com/diamond/prologue.htm

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Old 11-11-09, 03:35 PM
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Look to her sisters/friends for guidance
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Old 11-11-09, 03:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Tsuru View Post
Hint -- I'm wearing my ring, fear of losing a finger or not.
Hey, if we're going to talk about rings in a cycling forum, it's a factor.
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Old 11-11-09, 03:38 PM
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Don't think of it being a choice between $$ on an engagement ring and your cycling kit.

Instead, put the money you save on the ring to something that you both benefit from (like a down payment on a house).
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Old 11-11-09, 03:40 PM
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Since you live in jersey, go to the diamond district in NYC (6th Ave and 48th or thereabouts if memory serves). Go in shop after shop and negotiate. You will get much better quality and better pricing than jewelry store. After several stores and many different stones, you will actually be able to recognize the differences in the quality of the stones (clarity, color, etc.) and not just take the word of some joker in a mall. I did that 20 some odd years ago when I lived there. You will not regret it.
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Old 11-11-09, 03:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Slee_Stack View Post
Eek. The diamond engagement ring marketing 'tradition' is among my top peeves.

How can we kill this ridiculous 'tradition' once and for all??

Evil, evil scummy diamond marketers!!!
As long as the worlds diamonds are controlled by a cartel (De Beers), prices will remain artificially high. If that cartel could be broken, they would sell for the useless piece of carbon they are.

I don't mind the tradition. It will be the cheapest part of getting married. Yes, I have 26 years of experience.
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Old 11-11-09, 03:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Tsuru View Post
I was a hot mess...
My wife graduated from one of the top design schools in the world, and I have absolutely no fashion or design sense at all. I was a wreck until she saw it and said it was beautiful.
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Old 11-11-09, 03:43 PM
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you rather buy a new bike than a present to someone you supposedly cherish? dam.. wtf lol
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Old 11-11-09, 03:44 PM
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what I could afford at the time. .75 carat, nice cut, color, clarity, all that jazz. She still loves it.
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Old 11-11-09, 03:45 PM
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what did you get your woman?
What selling a near mint 1976 550whp 400s.b. 4spd Stingray could get me. My only regret is not realizing she wanted and always will want more and now we're on the edge of divorce. ...again.
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Old 11-11-09, 03:45 PM
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Originally Posted by DrPete View Post
Until you break your hand in a crash and the ER/trauma center can't cut it off...
yeah, that would suck. I don't wear it playing hockey for that fear, but for some reason wear it on the bike....
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Old 11-11-09, 03:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Kurogashi View Post
you rather buy a new bike than a useless and overpriced but pretty present to someone you supposedly cherish? dam.. wtf lol
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Old 11-11-09, 04:08 PM
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Originally Posted by DrPete View Post
Hey, if we're going to talk about rings in a cycling forum, it's a factor.
yeah, yeah, yeah...
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Old 11-11-09, 04:15 PM
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Fortunately my wife is quite vocal about distaste for blood diamonds, and the fact that we are manipulated into spending far beyond their actual value by DeBeers and the diamond cartel.

So, no diamond for her. Maybe you could sell your sweety on the same idea, and get her something else that's actually wonderful.

We did do wedding rings, and they look like this.

But what can I say about a woman who was thrilled with her anniversary present of these for her commuter bike.
(no, this is not a photo of her)
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Old 11-11-09, 04:19 PM
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I knew basically what she wanted (diamond in a silver band). I went to two jewelry stores and picked one out in about one hour. She loved it.
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Old 11-11-09, 04:23 PM
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Originally Posted by NickDavid View Post
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I hate to spend money on a diamond when it could go toward a beautiful new bike or a set of carbon dubs ...
Tell her that your love for her is eternal and in time (and perhaps w/ enough wattage applied), only the finest "carbon dubs" will transform into the fattest, prettiest diamonds worthy of her hand in marriage.

On another note, I've had 2 "almosts", but zero official engagements. In both cases they both said they'd be happy w/ a fake diamond -- a fat honeymoon was what they really wanted.
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Originally Posted by DrPete View Post
Until you break your hand in a crash and the ER/trauma center can't cut it off...
I shied away from some stuff because of this. Guy on my floor at school had to have a ring cut off his finger - almost lost his finger. Didn't seem serious, just banged his finger on a wall, but then it swelled up like crazy. 911.

I asked my wife for a necklace type thing so I can wear my ring around my neck, not on my finger. If I start choking because of a necklace, I'm in serious trouble.

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Can some explain to this young lad what the point of dropping $5k+ on a ring is?
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Old 11-11-09, 04:40 PM
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Originally Posted by NickDavid View Post
Ok, I'm posting this here because your brains work much better than that of the FOO readers/posters. Mods, I beg you, please don't move this into the sea.

Bottom line is, I'm looking for some info on engagement rings. Yes, I'm sure I'll get the responses of, "Don't do it," and my friends who follow my posts will give me crap later. I know there's tons of info on the web, but what better way to do research than by getting opinions and advice from fellow cyclists.

I hate to spend money on a diamond when it could go toward a beautiful new bike or a set of carbon dubs (yes, I just called them dubs) for my future TT rig. And I get infuriated at the thought of buying such a worthless piece of crap that sits on someones hand. Unfortunately, I must take this plunge because no other woman will put up with my **** or infatuation with cycling. In fact, she often purchases me gear and supports my racing/training habit and those women are hard to come by. I've also been pushing the whole, "the man gets an engagement present of equal value from the woman," deal. It's working well

So, I ask you lads; what did you get your woman? If you don't mind sharing the info without fear of ridicule from other members, I would appreciate it greatly. How much did you guys spend. What type of cut did you go with? What setting design did you do? And more importantly, where did you get your deal?

Again, any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
I designed this one and had it made by my jeweler friend for my wife a few years back. It's on my finger here though.
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Old 11-11-09, 04:40 PM
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3months' salary. Tweak as your conscience permits.
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3months' salary. Tweak as your conscience permits.
Seeing as my salary is the lowest it's been in 4 years (w/ no bottom in sight), then now would be the time to buy.
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