Okay. This is a really pathetic and stupid time to bring up a point of happiness in my life, especially given how God-awful sad I’m feeling right now.
P-Day (i.e., the day I propose to my girlfriend) is coming up in a few weeks. This weekend, I’m planning to go out and buy the ring.
And I have no clue what to look for.
Help! I need to figure out what kind of ring to look for, so I don’t get fleeced by the International Diamond Cartel.
A few stipluations:
- I don’t think having “a diamond” is that important; in fact, a nice colorful stone may be more appreciated.
- I’m not exactly flush with cash. I’d like to try and keep this down to under $400, if possible. People who state that I don’t really love my girlfriend unless I can blow a couple thou on a ring are politely requested to fuck themselves.
- Even if she does accept, we won’t be getting married for another two to three years, at least (or, at least, won’t be having the ‘big ceremony’ wedding for such; we may get a quickie small wedding if health insurance benefits are necessary); so this is really more of an ‘engagement’ ring than a ‘wedding’ ring. In fact, I may well get a different ring for her as the wedding ring simply because I’d feel kind of foolish putting a ring on her that she’s been wearing for three years.
- Should I get an engagement ring for myself? It’s great symbolism- I mean, I’m as much engaged to her as she is to me- but it also means spreading $400 to cover two rings.
I hope to buy the ring this weekend (while my girlfriend is away); so any advice I can get before then is greatly appreciated.