Wednesday, June 3, 2009

i like my diamonds small and sparkly

Have I told you about our ring shopping adventures? Oh man, I'll have to save that for another day - good times good times! One thing I learned is that ring shopping is way more expensive in person than online. Have you found that to be the case? I can find exactly what I picture in my head in 5 seconds flat using Google, but when I go to these fine jewelry show rooms, the selection just isn't there and the prices are insane.

We have been on the lookout for eternity bands (remember this?). BUT I'm fairly specific. I know that my chubby lil fingers will probably continue to expand and deflate throughout my adult female life (hello possible future pregnancies and such). Therefore, I want an eternity band that goes almost all the way around, save a few millimeters for wiggle room if my ring needs to be resized. They are hard to find though! Many we saw in the stores either had diamonds that went all the way around and left no room for resizing, while the others had diamonds that only went partially around so if the ring moved, even a little bit from one side ot the other, the diamonds would be all off center. That would drive me bonkers. We looked high and low for one that had diamonds 3/4 of the way around. The couple that we did find were over 3 grand (ummm...nice price, right? Barf.) However, online, I found quite a few stunning lil sparklers at Abazias that have what we were looking for (and the price is definitely right.)

I love the idea of an eternity band. With the little sparkle around the finger, it's unassuming and looks smart and chic.


  1. It's insane how much inflation there is between online and store-front! J bought mine online, and it appraised for 4 times the amount!! We were able to get the band custom-made from the same vendor at a fraction of the cost, too.

  2. Oh gosh. I have been looking all over the internet and think the prices are expensive, now I'm terrified to go into a store! Honestly I am beginning to think that I will either forgo a diamond engagement-type ring altogether and just get a wedding band or get a gemstone that will be cheaper. I'm sorry, I don't care if I will wear it for life- I can't see spending what they're asking for.

  3. Oh and thanks for turning me onto that site, I LOVE some of their bands. I have really small fingers and some of the wedding rings I LOVE. Also, thanks for the compliment about my picture. I have to admit I was still nervous about posting it! =]

  4. Have you looked at Brilliant Earth's designs? I seem to remember one with tiny diamonds and sapphires most of the way around. It was the ring I loved most there -- officially a wedding band, so I ended up with a more traditional (eg., center stone) engagement ring. I can't wait to wear that wedding band!
    (And Brilliant Earth's metals are all recycled!)

  5. yes yes, I agree with you 100%. We are kindred spirits! Did you ever read Anne of GG btw?

    My engagement ring is a band.
    Have you looked at antique stores? That is where we found this one. The rings in antique stores have really unique quality settings and are generally cheape. Mine is platinum and was made in the 1920's. I love to imagine who had this ring before me and the love it represented way back when.

  6. may i just say that I'm loving these past few posts! keep it up!

  7. ring shopping? exciting! pray do tell more! and i have to say that i've never actually seen the perfect ring for me, online or in store. i guess i'm a freak of nature.

  8. just make sure that the site you buy from has lots of good feedback. My best friends husband bought her engagement ring online and when they took it to be appraised they found out the diamond was cracked and the only thing holding it together was the setting which was tenuous at best!

  9. You must be my lost twin. I only want an eternity band. No engagement ring at all.

    This is the ring I want -

    Of course, it just went up a couple hundred.

    As for an eternity band that doesn't quite go all the way around, I saw some at

    They are not listed under wedding or eternity bands though. But they have had some with about a half inch space where there are no stones.

  10. Oh, and just read a previous post where someone told you an eternity ring can't be an engagement ring.

    Engagement rings, especially diamond ones did not become standard until De Beers started providing them in movies in the 1930's to create the desire in the public. Yeah, they manipulated us.

    And there are still countries in Europe where the couple wears their wedding band on one hand when they are engaged, then switches to the other hand when they are married. So.



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