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      12-12-2011 11:21 AM #26
      I feel jewelry should be bought as an investment and a gift. Someday when you're dead and gone, it will become very valuable to members of your family. I love estate jewelry.
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      12-12-2011 04:02 PM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by FlashRedGLS1.8T View Post
      All of this stuff...is the stuff I don't care about. I believe in getting my money's worth, but I usually just giggle at people when they tell me what clarity their ring is.
      Exactly.

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      12-12-2011 04:29 PM #28
      It is only women that care about it after the purchase. I cared when purchasing becuase I needed to know I was comparing apples to apples.

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      12-13-2011 09:32 AM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by Papa Dras View Post
      I cared when purchasing becuase I needed to know I was comparing apples to apples.
      That makes good sense from a value standpoint and knowing the market.

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      12-13-2011 01:47 PM #30
      Diamonds technically have no value. They're just in high demand.
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      12-13-2011 01:49 PM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaC View Post
      Diamonds technically have no value.
      Do you know what market value is? Doesn't sound like it.

      How about replacement value? No?

      Okay...carry on.

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      12-13-2011 04:41 PM #32
      Omg. Did I not just say that?

      Edit: high demand=market value.
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      12-13-2011 11:39 PM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by DUB_MANGv2 View Post
      hell yea i was being sneaky while i was at work texting her that i was in a *debate* with some guys at work, about which ring shapes girls like and when i got home she totally showed me a brochure and was like i like these

      im so full of fkin win

      Good for you bud! Just don't start asking a lot of questions all of a sudden, space it out in a casual way

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      12-14-2011 02:05 PM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaC View Post
      Diamonds technically have no value. They're just in high demand.
      huh?

      Diamonds, while not in short supply, are one of the most useful and used materials in industry. I've got a box of really expensive blades out back (that are chump change in comparison to super-high-grade stuff) to prove it.

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      12-14-2011 02:06 PM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by bluehtchbckdrv1 View Post

      Good for you bud! Just don't start asking a lot of questions all of a sudden, space it out in a casual way
      There isn't a man alive who just "brings up" engagement rings out of the blue. engagement rings to a single guy is like the third rail of the train line, act as if it is ALWAYS very dangerous, and stay away.

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      12-14-2011 05:12 PM #36
      I love taking in the ring every year for the appraisal for insurance and I don't know whether to roll my eyes or laugh at the value they attach. It has gone up $5k in the last 6 years.

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      12-15-2011 08:01 AM #37
      I didn't pay for here engagement or her wedding ring, both belonged to my mother. Here wedding ring belonged to my grandmother, we recently had it appraised and found out it was worth about $8k. I can't imagine what it cost 60 years ago.

      Regardless, we both win. She got her diamonds, I didn't have to pay for them. Some of her friends have more expensive rings, but they all agree that my wife's ring is the most beautiful. The fact that it is a family piece means so much more than something new.

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      12-15-2011 08:32 AM #38
      Quote Originally Posted by patrikman View Post
      I didn't pay for here engagement or her wedding ring, both belonged to my mother. Here wedding ring belonged to my grandmother, we recently had it appraised and found out it was worth about $8k. I can't imagine what it cost 60 years ago.

      Regardless, we both win. She got her diamonds, I didn't have to pay for them. Some of her friends have more expensive rings, but they all agree that my wife's ring is the most beautiful. The fact that it is a family piece means so much more than something new.
      patrikman's opinion is that more than $0 is too much.

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      12-15-2011 03:14 PM #39
      Quote Originally Posted by FlashRedGLS1.8T View Post
      patrikman's opinion is that more than $0 is too much.
      Wrong answer, I just feel some people put too much value on the ring. The ring is what matters, not how much debt is attached to it.

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      12-15-2011 03:32 PM #40
      Quote Originally Posted by patrikman View Post
      The ring is what matters, not how much debt is attached to it.
      x2

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      12-15-2011 07:13 PM #41
      Jesus, just noticed the autocorrect spelling fails in my post.

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      12-15-2011 08:12 PM #42
      Quote Originally Posted by patrikman View Post
      Wrong answer, I just feel some people put too much value on the ring. The ring is what matters, not how much debt is attached to it.
      I think a lot of people agree, but the fact is that sometimes to get the ring that matters, money has to be spent. You are lucky that you were able to have a nice ring and not pay anything. Most people aren't in that situation. Remember that someone paid a pretty penny for that ring at some point- it just wasn't you.

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      12-19-2011 02:07 PM #43
      My wife's mom passed away about 2 years before we got engaged. We used one of her rings. The sentimental value is priceless (my wife wore it when her mom was in the hospital with cancer, and she told her she wanted me to use it as an engagement ring if she passed), but the appraised value is probably more like $15k. If I had been doing the buying, I'd probably have spent about 1/10 of that. That 3 months salary crap is just marketing BS from the diamond industry. If you make $100k a year, you shouldn't be spending $25k on a ring ---- that's close to have of your take home pay!

      We spent about $2000+ on each of our wedding bands. Hers is 11 diamonds set in platinum, and mine is just a big platinum ring. We spent that much because we needed a band for her that would complement her existing ring and we figured it was only fair to spend the same for me Again, if we needed something to go with a significantly smaller ring, we probably would have spent a lot less.

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      12-19-2011 03:32 PM #44
      My wife thinks there's some crazy rule about the wedding ring being 3 months of my salary.
      As highschool sweethearts, I gave her a 500 dollar promise ring 10 years ago, a new ring when we were engaged 5 years ago, and another ring on the wedding day. She didn't get to see it until the ring-bearer brought it to her. For 15,000 dollars, she'd better like the damn thing. It took me 3 hours to pick out. 3 hours!

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      12-19-2011 05:44 PM #45
      Quote Originally Posted by Hurt View Post
      My wife thinks there's some crazy rule about the wedding ring being 3 months of my salary.
      As highschool sweethearts, I gave her a 500 dollar promise ring 10 years ago, a new ring when we were engaged 5 years ago, and another ring on the wedding day. She didn't get to see it until the ring-bearer brought it to her. For 15,000 dollars, she'd better like the damn thing. It took me 3 hours to pick out. 3 hours!
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      12-21-2011 05:06 PM #46
      This thread reminds me I have the coolest wife in the world. Got her engagement ring for $250 on Etsy, she loved it so much we had the same lady do a wedding band for her in the same finish.

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      12-22-2011 09:34 AM #47
      Quote Originally Posted by .devinc. View Post
      This thread reminds me I have the coolest wife in the world. Got her engagement ring for $250 on Etsy, she loved it so much we had the same lady do a wedding band for her in the same finish.
      That's pretty cool.

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      12-22-2011 10:08 AM #48
      I'm a lucky dude....

    24. 12-23-2011 09:36 AM #49
      Quote Originally Posted by patrikman View Post
      I didn't pay for here engagement or her wedding ring, both belonged to my mother. Here wedding ring belonged to my grandmother, we recently had it appraised and found out it was worth about $8k. I can't imagine what it cost 60 years ago.

      Regardless, we both win. She got her diamonds, I didn't have to pay for them. Some of her friends have more expensive rings, but they all agree that my wife's ring is the most beautiful. The fact that it is a family piece means so much more than something new.
      How do most people feel about that?

      My mom has offered a stone that has been in the family for a little bit should I ever find a lucky lady. It's still a long way off but I don't want to have to pay big bucks for a ring should the time come.

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      12-23-2011 10:21 AM #50
      Quote Originally Posted by joness0154 View Post
      How do most people feel about that?

      My mom has offered a stone that has been in the family for a little bit should I ever find a lucky lady. It's still a long way off but I don't want to have to pay big bucks for a ring should the time come.
      That's what I did (see post above). I have several friends who did the same. Kills two birds with one stone too --- what's the point of having family diamonds sitting in a safe deposit box instead of actually getting worn by someone?

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