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12.14.07

There's a lot going on here since my great aunt is moving to be closer to our house, and there are a lot of moving issues and what not. But I'm home after spending the day at a mall with Dave - a mall that we don't go to often but has a lot of wonderful (designer, mostly) stores.

We bought his mother some gifts at Anthropologie - a pair of jeans and a cookbook. He bought boxers at Banana Republic cause he had store credit. I went to Juicy and wanted to buy that charm bracelet OHSOBAD but it's gold plate. I don't know how I feel about spending a lot of money on gold plate. Hmph.

We then we to Tiffany. There was a ring he wanted (I wish I knew this since I just bought him something else there - which is just as cool, but still...) and then I tried on engagement rings. My favorite was a round cut with square bevel diamonds around the band. Oh - did I mention it cost $63,000?? I mean - I'm all for nice jewelry, and we both have good jobs and what not but wow. That's a lot. The stone wasn't that large. I then tried on the 'bargain' 1.13 solitaire ring for $19,000. As much as I love Tiffany and would have loved to have a Tiffany engagement ring - just to have one - $63,000 is a bit steep. That's a 10% down payment on a $630,000 house. I'm going with the house!! haha

So yeh. Dave and I have obviously talked about getting married and all that jazz, and it was good to look at styles (I want it plain, actually) and honestly - 1.13 carats is more than enough stone for me. I don't know what happens in other parts of the country, but I'm in an area that is like, "I want a small ring - ya know, 2 carats...2.5...." lol (Spoken by one of the girls in my sorority) I just thought that there would be something magical and gorgeous about a Tiffany ring. But not really. The band was ridged too, and that I thought was ugly.

I rather have a much less expensive setting - plain-ish. And then over 1 carat, but under 2. I think that's doable. And reasonable. Unless I find that that is still ridiculous. But until it's an issue, who cares. $63,000 is just high.

However, while we were out, I bought myself a shirt from Anthropologie that was on sale for 50% off - wow! It's smocked, and I LOVE smocked clothing. I think that is because my mother made me a lot of smocked dresses as a baby. I'm also getting another smocked shirt from Anthropologie from my parents for Christmas, haha. I love them!

I bought a bunch of Yankee holiday 2007 votive candles the other day while out shopping with Alyson - sparkling cinnamon, sparkling pumpkin spice, balsam and cedar, christmas wreath, home for the holidays, etc. I'm burning the pumpkin one now -it may actually be a fall candle rather than the holiday collection, but whatever. It still smells spicy and good.

I'm going to go do more design work. It's keeping me busy, and very happy!!

Comments

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mandibaby
Dec. 14th, 2007 09:17 pm (UTC)
Wow... $63,000!? I can't imagine spending that on a ring. I'd be afraid to wear it... I'd keep it locked up somewhere!

Tacori makes some *beautiful* engagement rings. They're my favorite. But they were definitely too pricey for Nick and I too. I'm still happy with what we picked though. :)
starlit12
Dec. 15th, 2007 05:12 am (UTC)
Wow -thanks for bringing that site to my attention! Some of them were a bit too frou-frou for my tastes, but some were absolutely gorgeous! My sister has one with 8 prongs, with diamonds around the main stone, set up with antique-looking thingers like the Tacori ones and aquamarines (they're both born in March) and it's very much like a lot of the Tacori ones.

I'm pretty sure I have some time - there's no rush for this, but it's still interesting to start looking.

Ok - since I'm bored I found an image of Alyson's ring and an image I found that I thought was cute while searching for the ring image of the two of us:





It shows what her ring is like - not set up high, diamonds around the main stone and antique-inspired. She designed it herself.

mollybelle
Dec. 15th, 2007 08:12 pm (UTC)
I liked the Tacori rings and looked at them, too (especially the asscher cut - drool). Also RichardLandi.com (where I was really inspired), elijewels.com, and the styles at faycullen.com.

Remember, he can always buy a diamond separate (he can check bluenile.com for prices on different specs) and have a setting made. Happy ring shopping!
(Anonymous)
Dec. 16th, 2007 07:30 am (UTC)
Idetrorce
very interesting, but I don't agree with you
Idetrorce
speakingsoul
Dec. 16th, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC)
I have a Tiffany ring and I love it. It's only a half carat, but that's plenty for me. I've got tiny, tiny hands, my ring is sized at 3.75. I used to think I wanted a whole carat, but I guess I didn't realize how big it would be. But I love it, it's a classic princess cut solitaire in a plain platinum band. The band is really smooth. People have told me it's the most sparkly ring they have ever seen. I have a certificate for the diamond and it's apparently really good. I really feel like the craftsmanship is good and it will last my whole life.

here's mine
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starlit12
Dec. 17th, 2007 01:25 am (UTC)
Ooooooh that's gorgeous!!!
spracker
Jan. 8th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)
Pretty ring!! I have small hands too. My ring finger is a size 3.5. Maybe it is asking for a bit much but I would LOVE a Tiffany engagement ring as well! I just love them. I love their jewlery. I have a few things my boyfriend has given me from their Elsa Peretti line that I wear daily. (The "open heart" styled pieces). I agree, I feel like their jewlery is very well made, and many of the sytles are so classic.

A gal can dream right :)
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