Dear 100 Hour Board,
Would any of you lovely writers like to share a picture or two of your engagement/wedding ring (or rings)? (Or your spouse/fiance/fiancee's ring?) I would love to see photos from men and women. I'm in the market and I'm just trying to get an idea of what's out there.
And more than that I'm interested in hearing about the process you went through shopping and deciding what you like and then choosing, would any of you be willing to share?
Don't worry I won't steal your ideas, I'm just interested since I've been looking around, and I would love to see what ya'll picked. Any details about your stone and band would be appreciated as well.
My ring came from Sierra West. Q and I went there to check out what they had, and an employee helped us go through everything to figure out exactly what I wanted. I had a vague idea of what I liked, just from paying attention to other people's rings, but I didn't know much beyond the fact that I wanted diamonds and white gold, and I didn't want a single stone that stuck up dramatically from the rest of the ring (because that seems very impractical and likely to catch on everything). I told that to the sales associate at Sierra West, and he spent probably about an hour letting me try on various different rings. The more rings I looked at, the more I narrowed down my idea of what I wanted, and once the sales associate knew what sort of ring I was looking for he was able to start making suggestions for me. That was helpful, because it meant I didn't have to look at every single ring in the store to find my favorites. I decided on my top three choices, and then told Q that the final decision among those three was up to him. He got the sales associate's information to contact him later about pricing and the final decision, and we left. We probably could have looked at other ring stores, but it didn't seem worth the hassle. I could have found rings I loved anywhere. I found several that I thought were absolutely gorgeous at Sierra West, so going somewhere else to look for more seemed like it would just make me more indecisive, rather than actually helping me find "the one."
Q eventually ended up choosing this ring, and I'm so happy he did, because it was secretly my favorite of all the ones we looked at. Unfortunately my phone has poor picture quality, so you can't see how truly gorgeous it is, but I guess we'll just have to deal with that.
One of my favorite parts about this ring is how beautiful it is even from the side. All the stones are raised, but because it's a natural progression it's not in the obnoxious, catch-on-everything way. Underneath them there's a latticework of incredibly delicate strands of metal, and it's really pretty.
My ring is white gold, diamond, and moissanite. Moissanite is a diamond replacement, but unlike cubic zirconium it's classified as a real gemstone. It ranks second only to diamonds for hardness, registering as a 9.25 (diamonds are a 10), and has more brilliance and fire than diamonds do, making it much sparklier. It's also cheaper than diamond, so it's a win-win! The center stone of my ring is moissanite, while all the tiny halo stones and the two teardrop shaped stones on either side are diamonds. The band is very thin, which makes it beautiful and delicate, but also probably less durable. The thinner band also means that it has a looser fit on my finger, and I had to size down half a size to account for that.
There are three main stones on my ring: the center one, and the two smaller ones on either side. Each of those three has a halo, which makes them look bigger without actually being bigger. That worked out great for us, because the smaller the stone the less expensive it is.
The main factors for us in choosing a ring were looks and price, and I think mine definitely delivered on both of those fronts. Again, it's probably not the most super durable, because of the delicate band and also the way the gems are set, but as long as I take care of it it should be fine.
I haven't started seriously looking for a ring for my fiance yet, so sorry I can't be of more help to you on that front.
Best of luck in your ring-shopping endeavors! It can be a little overwhelming, but it's also a ton of fun, so take the time to enjoy the moment.
We went to Sierra West for our rings. We got them there because we got a great deal, they looked pretty, and they had great customer service there to help us find a ring that fit our styles.
A picture of my ring can be found in Board Question #80863. We looked at all the ring places in University Mall, and then we went to Custom Ring Design on 9th for my actual ring. We based it off the design of a ring we liked at the mall, and we were able to find a picture on the manufacturer's website to help give the ring design guys an idea of what we wanted.