i have a feeling that i cant quite explain right now, like something hasnt quite sunk in just yet. i have been dating my girlfriend for 5 years (as of last week actually).
let me backtrack a minute. two years ago i put $5500 into the bank as a CD, then used it as collateral to get a smaller loan to buy my motorcycle. I knew if i bought the bike flat out id never start saving my money. with the loan/CD thing, i paid a small monthly fee, and in the end id still have my $5500. Anyway, at that time my girlfriend was talking about how "we were ready"- well, no we weren't. I do not like to rush into things, especially big decisions. I also knew that at that time I didn't have near enough to put a ring I would be happy with on her finger, regardless if she would have been (that may sound backward, I know). I just wanted to do it right. Anyway- at the time I told her that when that loan was paid off, the $5500 would go towards her ring.
Last week I collected the CD, paid the balance on the loan, pulled some other funds, and put $5000 in my savings for the ring.
Today my beloved motorcycle rolled loudly down the street under the ass of its new owner, add another $5000 in the bank. (side note- it was time to sell it, I had more important things to do, and it's just one more thing I can control in this world- with no motorcycle, I at least know I won't die in a motorcycle crash.)
So tonight we are at the mall buying jeans, that was my only intention.
We were passing by a jewelry store that I know to be quite good, so I asked her if she wanted to go in to look. Mind you- we had looked on bluenile.com recently, so it was really meant to be a casual, let's check their prices vs. those we've seen on bluenile. Of course, there is a setting that she loves. Platinum, little diamonds all around it, etc. It's beautiful. And of course, economy being what it is, it was on a ridiculous sale. More importantly, she LOVED it. I knew that after seeing that ring, the one she thought she loved on bluenile wasn't going to cut it. (nothing against bluenile- great site, more on that in a bit).
So as I sweep her away out of that store, planning already to come back later, I can see that she is torn up, because she knows the ring won't last. She wasn't acting like a brat, in fact she was even doing a pretty good job of masking the feeling that she just left her dream ring, for a dream price, that more than likely wouldn't be there much longer.
Fast forward, I went back and bought it. The only problem was that I then needed a 1.5 carrat round cut diamond to go in it! My budget was for the 1.15 carrat that I thought was her dream ring on bluenile!!
The prices they were giving me for the diamonds in the store that I bought the setting in were ridiculous. Horribly overpriced, and the quality was not even very good. For those that know the lingo- I was shown several 1.5 carrat diamonds that were G color, but at most VS1 clarity. I explained to the lady that I would be much more interested in I color, with VVS1+ clarity. One even had a nice little black "feather" sitting right in the middle, clearly visible without a loop!- and the price on that was $9000+! She showed me one that wasn't much better with "regular" price of $21,000 that was on sale for $11k something. Needless to say, after the first couple, I knew where I was buying the diamond.
Enter bluenile.com- 1.50carrat, I- color, VVS1, ideal cut, etc- $9151. I am happy with this. It will be at my door on Thursday.
I knew I wanted at least 1 carrat, but I had thought if it went over, it would only be slightly. I am 24 years old, to me, a 1.5carrat (+the diamonds on the setting itself) is a big ring- and it is a pretty nice diamond. I wouldn't have been able to pull this off without bluenile.com, I highly recommend it.
Anyway, this isn't a bluenile advertisement, just expressing everything running through my mind right now.
I am planning on proposing on Christmas, although I have to talk to some girl-friends of mine, I don't know if that is tacky or not.
I can take a pic of the setting if anyone is interested to see it, but know that at this point the CZ is in it until the real one arrives and gets set.