We're on an super-tight budget here and a band with stones isn't going to be doable. Going to a three stone ring adds $100 and keeps us at just the red line, but if we instead do an additional stone band or replace the matching band with a curved stone band, then we push substantially over the red line.
I keep catching myself thinking in terms of "It's only an extra $300." But then I remember that they have three teenagers with pesky needs like shoes and groceries.
sparkle621 -- yep, I've been sending him links and pointing out specifics along the way. We started with about nine options and he chose the plain one from that pool. The reason I'm iffy about it is because his reasoning was "I like how plain it is," instead of "SHE will like how plain it is."
It's nice to hear that so many of you like the plain one. It calms my nerves a bit to think that maybe she won't be as underwhelmed by it as I fear.
I'll keep everyone posted when the boy makes a decision. We only have 2-3 weeks before an ordering deadline. I think I'm going to place the order and have it shipped to my house so that he won't get caught, and if I'm the one to open the box and make sure everything is ok, I'll snap some photos to share here.
If anyone has any new ideas from here, hit me up. Thanks, everyone!