Recently gal pals and I helped a guy friend with picking-the-ring process. His GF wanted a Cartier. Being a guy he thought with the same amount of money, he could get a bigger and better rock. In the end, he purchased a Cartier because it was her dream. This makes me wonder then when it's my turn what will I do?
I think every little girl, including yours truly, has a dream of what her wedding and ring will look like in the future. When I was younger, I wanted a Tiffany or Cartier but now I am not so sure because the savvy gal inside me wants to get the best rock for the least amount of money. Of course the idea of a little blue box still appeals to me. BUT, when there is at least 30% to 40% premium because of the little blue box, I am not so sure anymore. While shopping with this guy friend, we saw a Tiffany ring for $90,000 but a similar ring at Blue Nile costs about $53,000. In the end, he got a Cartier for about $29,000 but a similar ring at Blue Nile costs about $21,000. (*I am not endorsing Blue Nile. I am just doing a comparison.) This kind of saving can go a long way toward the wedding or other miscellaneous expenses. Also, I have been to a few auctions to figure unless it is an important piece of diamond by a certain company with historical value, the only thing that really counts is the quality of the rock. That means the 4C's: carats, clarity, cut, and color. For example, a 2 carat Cartier or Tiffany diamond will not receive significantly higher bid comparing to a diamond of similar quality.
Even though I am a practical sort of gal, it does not mean I don't understand the value and meaning of having a dream come true. We can discuss value all day but if a gal's dream is to have a Cartier, Tiffany or Harry Winston then fulfilling that dream is priceless. In the end, it really depends on the couple. There is really not a right or wrong way to pick out a ring as long as it is the perfect ring for the person. For me, I am leaning toward Team Best Rock, what about you?
***I want to clarify I am NOT looking for a ring and there is no engagement. So dear friends, please do NOT Facebook, call or e-mail me to ask me about it. ~Love SG
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