We went and looked together so he would have an idea of what I liked. I picked out like 3 that I liked, but one was my favorite. He bought it on his own, unknown to me and I didn't know for sure which one. No budget really. I don't wish he'd spent more, I just wish what he spent could've gotten 2 carats lol. I think he spent just under 10k.
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My whole set was $1899, but he got it on sale for $1500 including the warranties for both bands. I would've killed him if he spent anything over $2000. I adore my rings and never want to upgrade, but I would like an anniversary band someday! For me personally, it's stupid to spend so much money on my rings.
We picked out ring together. I didn't want a diamond so we had a sapphire and a ruby picked. He purchased the sapphire and diamond ring. I have no idea what it cost and I don't want to know. I love my engagement ring and that is all that matters to me.
Sharing the cost is a bit TMI for me, but he spent more than I was expecting. If I'm even right. He's hinted a few times but never flat out told me because honestly it doesn't matter how much the ring was. We did not set a budget, everything about our engagement was a total surprise.
My stone is from a family ring (possibly my great-grandmother's), so he only spent around $1K for the setting (which I picked out) and labor to set the diamond. But it was appraised at around $5K. Photo is of the e-ring and band (which I just picked up) together.
We shopped together. We didn't have a budget, but he had previously balked at a price that I had cited online. We found the perfect ring, and the jeweler brought in some diamonds from his dealer for us to choose from. I was ready to throw in the towel when i found out how much the price was going to be, since it was 6 times the number FH has balked at. But he really wanted to buy it, so he did. I love it. It cost him 10% of his annual salary. I'm not saying how much that is, though. ;-)
On one hand, I want to say that we shouldn't have spent so much, but on the other, we both adore the ring and we had both JUST started new jobs that brought our joint income up by a little more than 50% and wanted to celebrate a little.
PSA: Even if you don't want to know what your ring costs, get it appraised & insured please.
Dunno the retail, insurance values it at about two and a half months of FH's wages. Technically it was free for FH (mum gave it to him, it was gonna be left for me in her will anyway and she knew I loved it/am horribly picky) Thankful it worked out that way since A- it's stunning/I adore it and B- I'm a sappy sod who likes the fact it sort of represents FH being part of the family.
(crappy picture - was trying to show the different colours under light to one of the WP
White gold, 3+ karats (can't remember exactly) of tanzanite, a smidge over a half karat of diamonds down either side.)