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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!!


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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. :)
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.

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!
Dec. 16th, 2007 07:30 am (UTC)
very interesting, but I don't agree with you
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
Dec. 17th, 2007 01:25 am (UTC)
Ooooooh that's gorgeous!!!
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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