Everyone knows that engagement rings can be absolutely extortionately priced and for some, the price doesn't mean anything compared to wanting to spend their life with their partner. I wanted to spend a modest amount on a ring and would have accepted a ring pop if that's what Scott used. So I'm going to share with you two places to look at rings if you are unsure of a style, don't want to break the bank, or are looking for an affordable 'dupe' to wear while on vacation.
If you read my first wedding post, I mentioned that when deciding on a ring style, I started off very certain, and then changed my mind (slightly). Unfortunately, the world was shut down and I was going cross-eyed looking at listings online. I am a very visual person and just wanted to see what they looked like on me. This seemed impossible initially as I didn't want to start spending hundreds and hundreds on a ring I may not even like or be able to return!
It started last December (2020) when I stumbled upon the website Modern Gents Trading Co. I was pondering affordable ring ideas for Scott actually, since he doesn't currently wear any jewellery, I wanted to figure out his ring size and test out designs. But I quickly discovered it had super affordable rings in so many styles for both men and women.
I was unsure what my ring size would be so as I perused the site, I thought I would choose a wedding band style ring to help me figure it out and if I got the size wrong, it would surely fit on another finger! So I jumped in and ordered The Zoey which is a jeweled chevron style as I was looking originally to accent a pear shaped diamond. The day it was meant to arrive, as I drove home from work, I joked to myself how it would be cute if Scott would place it on my finger in a pretend engagement question and then shook my head and said don't be silly. When I mentioned it, as expected, he shook his head at me, told me I was silly AND THEN TOOK MY HAND AND DID IT. I cried. I am not embarrassed to say that either ahaha. So I began wearing that, no one really took much notice and those that did were told, no, we weren't actually engaged yet. I wore that ring pretty faithfully until I got my real ring!
After I had decided that perhaps I didn't want a pear halo, I began looking at pear solitaires. There were a few more rings to look at online, but still slim pickings. So I headed back to Modern Gents to take another look at what they were offering. They did have a pear halo in a set (The Bliss) but the size comparison to a real diamond was a bit overkill for my taste so I began looking at The Daisy.
The Daisy ring is a pear solitaire with a plain band and a cathedral-style setting. I had never considered a plain band for engagement rings or wedding bands, but I thought it would be nice to try. I was not really interested in a cathedral setting as I wanted a more low profile, but I was limited with choice so I gave it a whirl. I was worried as I'm always using my hands while teaching and didn't want to smack my ring against things daily.
At the same time I was looking at The Daisy, I decided that I should also see what a plain wedding band would look like. This would give me a complete look of a plain set and also allow for me to mix and match plain and jeweled bands. I ordered The Paige as the same time and together they arrived nicely in a two ring box. One thing I didn't really notice online when I picked up The Paige is that it could be described as more of a knife edge style, which was new to me.
Another nice thing about Modern Gents is that you can purchase one of five premade wedding sets and also see different combinations of rings when looking on their site. They also now offer rings in 3 metal colours, so if you wanted to pick up some rings for stacking, they have so many to offer! I am considering purchasing some myself as I can attest to their quality. They have a guarantee that your finger won't turn green and the ring won't tarnish and in almost a year I have had neither of these happen with my first ring or the subsequent ones.
Now one style of ring that they didn't offer was a solitaire pear with a jeweled band, so I had to go searching. My search lead to Etsy which doesn't always mean it will be an affordable option. So I dug around and found the perfect ring and the shop was out of New Jersey compared to many overseas shops. Well...this shop shipped from overseas and my ring spent a few extra days in the UK on its way over to me, but was still pretty quick turnaround. So I now had 4 rings to mix and match with. I would wear the different combinations while at home, so as to not cause any mass panic LOL and I began to consider mixing a jeweled engagement band with a plain wedding band. This was something I never liked the look of before, but it was growing on me.
The shop NaturesCraftStudio had this ring, which ticked all of the boxes and was under $100. Looking back at my order, I paid just under $80 for this ring. Now that I've moved away from the pear shape ring, and of course have my stunning engagement ring, I still have a fashionable ring to wear!
Below are the pairings of each of these rings, full glitz, fully plain and the two combinations! Let me know in the comments if you are #teammatch or #teammix and throw your answer into the quick survey question! I'm still currently working on the design of my wedding band but I'm pretty sure I'm going to be going for full glitz or a half/half with the point of the chevron being glitzy with a plain band.
In the end I would 100% recommend Modern Gents Trading Co for rings, even if just for fashion use. They always have great sales going on (don't think I've ever seen a ring for full price!) so I think I may pick up a ring for Scott during the Cyber sales (which have already begun)! So don't sleep on it and go get some rings!