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  1. kevindd992002

    Buying an engagement ring noob

    Please read the whole thread for you to see that I have a ring already and I'm not looking for one anymore.
  2. kevindd992002

    Simple proposal in a restaurant

    That's also one option I was thinking about. In the restaurant I called, there is a private dining room that we can be at though I still kind of feel doing it at the end of the meal. I want the place to be memorable but not too romantic that it could give away what I'm about to do at the end. She knows that I'm not a romantic person so she will easily detect that something is up if she sees something unusual about the place
  3. kevindd992002

    Buying an engagement ring noob

    I already have the ring! Shipping went smooth through the freight forwarder. The ring looks gorgeous. I will post pics soon. For the meantime, can you guys help me out with any proposal ideas here?
  4. kevindd992002

    Simple proposal in a restaurant

    I already have the ring and my plan is to propose this month but I still don't have a concrete idea of how to do it. I'm thinking of a simple proposal. After dinner in a semi high-class restaurant, I'm thinking of maybe being led by a waiter outside or to a special room where desert is waiting there and then that is also where I will pop the question. Exactly the same idea in this thread: I don't want anything super fancy. It would be just the two of us and I want it intimate and private. My ears are open to any alternatives. Can you please help? Thanks.
  5. kevindd992002

    Buying an engagement ring noob

    Got it. They told me that they engrave on the side anyway making room for resizing but it does look like engraving will just add to my list of unknowns and would make my life harder in the long run.
  6. kevindd992002

    Buying an engagement ring noob

    Ok, then I'll just accept the CAD drawing as it is As for the engraving, can it be easily erased in a Platinum ring if we passed it down to the next generation or if we sell it? BGD told me that the laser engraving is not deep and can be easily erased but I'm not sure if they use a special tool or what. I'm thinking of going without the engraving and if she really wants to engrave it that'll probably come after I propose to her and after we make sure that the size is correct. Would that make more sense?
  7. kevindd992002

    Buying an engagement ring noob

    I decided to go with the Tapered Cathedral Solitaire since two weeks ago when we were discussing this. I know have the CAD drawings from BGD and I'm not sure if it matters but I'll still show them to you in case you have comments before I approve the design and proceed with the casting process. Note from BGD: The CAD appears heavier than the finished setting as we allow for a 15% overage of material for the casting process. This excess is shaved down after the setting has been cast. It looks great to me but as you know I have an untrained eye, so to speak Also, is text engraving on the ring recommended? What are its pro and cons? I'm thinking the the first letter of the my name and my partner's is as simple as it gets. Any suggested fonts if I go through with it?
  8. kevindd992002

    Buying an engagement ring noob

    I'm leaning towards the second one myself. I'm sure she'll like whichever Solitaire setting I pick but I don't want her feeling uncomfortable, of course. It does look like 0.90mm is thin but it's only at the very top where the band meets the diamond stone. Most of the band is still wide. Which "top 2" thickness are you referring to here? Good point on thicker shank overwhelming the stone this size. I do want to go with a 6 prong though so the tapered cathedral is perfect. Are knife edge bands generally not for all and are known to provide discomfort to some wearers?
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    Buying an engagement ring noob

    I've narrowed my choices down to these (listed from least to most expensive): https://www.briangavindiamonds.com/tapered-classic-style-half-round-5540 $1250 - very plain and simple, my least favorite - top width is 1.85mm https://www.briangavindiamonds.com/engagement-rings/brain-gavin-signature/Tapered-Cathedral-Solitaire $1400 - nice design - top width is only 0.90mm, not sure if that's too slim or OK? - BGD tells me that I shouldn't worry about the height of the stone because they set it to mid-height. Hopefully, no problems with the stone snagging clothes easily https://www.briangavindiamonds.com/crown-solitaire-7437 $1450 - I like the knife edge design but I'm reading that it could be uncomfortable for some especially those that are not used to wearing rings? - top width is 2.60mm, not sure if that's too thick already or still OK for a girl? https://www.briangavindiamonds.com/freya-5985 $1700 - I like the 2 triangular gaps on this cathedral but not too much to justify the price difference - top width is 2.50mm, so same concern if too thick or OK?
  10. kevindd992002

    Buying an engagement ring noob

    Yes, the ring will be coming from BGD. I really don't have any choice as this is a stealth operation. Like I mentioned earlier, my best bet is 6.5. And since the ring will be further shipped to the Philippines, I don't have a choice but to have it resized here if I needed to. BGD told me that as long as the jeweler has the skills to do the resizing, then I'd have no problems but I haven't specifically asked about the warranty yet. I'm also trying to convince myself that a solitaire is the better choice since my partner did express just recently that she wants the simplicity of a solitaire but she is also "ok" with the pave. This topic came up when we were discussing the engagement ring of a local celebrity.
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    Buying an engagement ring noob

    I think BGD's statement about resizing 3/4 or less paved shanks covers only their own skilled jewelers, so it's up to me to find a reputable jeweler here that can resize if necessary. I'm still not 100% sure on a paved shank anyway. Don't those melee stones "feel" weird on the neighboring fingers when the ring is worn? As I'm reading about platinum, the more I'm inclined towards it. I know it scratches more easily than white gold but it patinates well and just needs re-polishing to restore the shine. Generally, does the re-polishing interval of platinum tend to be longer than the re-plating of 14K white gold given the same everyday usage rate? I don't want to have to go re-plating white gold every few months.
  12. kevindd992002

    Buying an engagement ring noob

    Ok. I guess a 6.5 is my best bet. She event told me she "might" be a 7 but that's without a good basis as she probably thinks that a 6.5 is too tight, not sure. I can probably even shoot for 7 but something tells me that that is already too big. Pave in the band, so melee stones in the band. BGD just told me that any 3/4 or less Pave can be resized up to one full size up or down, so there's that. There are a ton of elegant solitaire designs in their website so I'm not discounting those. Is the solitaire the simplest style among all styles? What is your reasoning behind choosing a 4 prong design? My only concer with 4 prong is that it tends to make the round stone a bit squarish. The 6 prong makes the contour more round. What are your thoughts on the 14K white gold vs. Platinum question? I initially want 14K white gold but reading up on the benefits of platinum I'm kind of consider going with it.
  13. kevindd992002

    Buying an engagement ring noob

    Ok, so I finally went and bought the 0.903 BGD stone and they're now waiting for me to decide on the setting. Researching about the diamond stone is one task but I'm told that choosing the right setting for your partner is even harder! I know, just recently, she seemed to like a simple ring like a Solitaire compared to super flashy rings like this one (gone viral in our country just recently): https://www.msn.com/en-ph/entertainment/other/photo-of-closer-look-at-jessy-mendiola-s-engagement-ring-goes-viral/ar-BB1bTWlj#image=1 I know I'll go for a 14K white gold and I'm not a 100% sure of the size but she told me that she was a 6.5 although that's a measurement from a ring sizer that she bought. When she went to a jewelry store a few months ago, they told her she was a 6. Mind you, this is a stealth operation so she really doesn't know anything and I can't ask her directly of course. She also doesn't wear rings so she's not a 100% sure with her size too. I seem to like a Pave style engagement ring. If I go with that style and end up needing to have the size modified locally, is that something that can be done easily? I'm reading that it's kinda harder with a Pave style compared to a simple Solitaire style. 4 prongs vs 6 prongs? Thoughts?
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    Buying an engagement ring noob

    After a bit of back and forth, I was able to convince WF to give the 1.058ct stone at $4600! So that's $361 off their list wire price. The difference from the 0.903 BGD is still significant at $1017. For such a small increase in size, logic tells me that the 0.903 is the good buy but my brain keeps pushing to go with my original target of "at least 1 ct" as that's what all girls want. I still have to consider the cost of setting/band so the 0.903 is really what attracts me in terms of price. But then again, we also know that the upgrade policy of WF is better than BGD. Decisions decisions. Do you have any more insights to share to help me come up with a final decision?
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    Buying an engagement ring noob

    For cut proportions though and given the data that is available to us, ho we do both 0.903 BGD and 1.058 WF compare to each other?