Post # 1
I have read article after article about how horrible and misleading the obsession and propaganda pushing behind the diamond industry in the US is. Other than Diamonds being a 10 on the hardness scale, I literally cannot think of another reason why they are worth the prices charged. The entire industry has marketed them to us as something we NEED to have in order for our significant other to show they love us. Diamond prices are inflated by 100-200% of their actual value by retailers, and if you try to sell that thing in the future? Good luck even getting it’s wholesale price. Diamond mining is a horrible practice as we all know, and Diamonds created in labs have been said to be flooding the market with cheap stones that cost the same as natural diamonds. The money spent on these pricey baubles can go toward much more important things in your life. Lastly, I hear so many women who complain because their engagement ring was not “big enough” and they will have to either add onto it in the future or get a replacement. Nice sentiment, someone tells you they want to spend the rest of their life with you, and you say, “I need a bigger sparkle on my finger in order to believe you.” Barf.
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2013 - Dalhousie Castle
Agree 100%. I specifically requested a non-diamond engagement ring for all the reasons you list above.
Post # 5
Oh, you sweet summer child…
Post # 6
@cls9q: LOL, I’ll join you!
Post # 7
@Minae: do you feel the same about other items with inflated prices?
Post # 8
Same thread, different day. Who cares, honestly?
Post # 9
I think the industry is shady, the stones themselves are too popular and overpriced, and prefer colored stones outside of the spectrum of diamonds.
The worst part of the popularity of diamonds is that people judge others for not liking them and put pressure on SOs to buy diamonds because it’s “traditional”- which it’s not, or because we’re supposed to be worth a diamond. Wtf? I’ve told my SO that if he ever buys me a diamond (because even the Kimberly process is hard to verify), I’ll either return it or sell it and send the money to a charity trying to solve the wealth gaps in diamond producing nations. The only diamond I would accept would be an heirloom that had been in the family for generations. I plan on getting a stone from a region with less corruption, and am currently looking at mines in Australia.
Post # 10
I just hate how society’s made it to where women ONLY want a diamond. Why cant we proudly wear a gemstone or moissy Why does it have to be a diamond or your broke? I hate that! Then women expect a 10k + 1.5 ct + diamond like it shouldn’t even matter it’s a ring!!
Post # 11
- Wedding: November 2016 - Highfield House, Stanley, Tasmania
They aren’t even that traditional. Until the 1930s, all sorts of gemstones were used, in fact the most common stones were coloured ones.
Post # 12
@Minae: Ah…yet another “diamond industry is so ________ (fill in the blank)” post. Honestly, I see it as no different than a variety of things in life. Are they “over priced” compared to other items? Maybe…but honestly, prices are set at what people are willing to pay for them. So it really is relative.
The exact same can be said about Coach, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Louboutin and every other luxury (i.e., non-essential item) that charge a very high price for the item. Are they nice and high quality? Sure. But do you know the mark up on fashion accessories, clothing and make up? It’s in the range from 100-700%! That’s more than the diamond mark up you are stating. Also, a lot of luxury items are created in third world countries under sweat shop conditions with unfair wages and poorly regulated condtions.
Heck, do you know what the mark up is on alcohol you purchase at a bar/restaurant? It’s outrageous. I worked at a place that marked up drinks by 500%! That’s insane. You don’t notice as much though because it isn’t thousands of dollars (unless you frequent often). Actually, I have seen a few vintage wines sell for thousands dollars. Anyway…
I am all about being aware of where things come from, but it isn’t just the diamond industry. The way I see it, if someone thinks something is worth and they have the means, I guess it’s their right to purchase it. Would you spend your money differently? Sure, but I am sure there are things you buy that others would scoff at.
Am I tired of the diamond industry and what it promotes? Nope, because that’s how the entire materialistic world/economy operates. I am tired though of these threads acting like it is new news or something that out of ordinary.
Thinking you are better than others because your beliefs/values/preferences are different is almost worse in my opinion than what the diamond industry is doing. Judging and looking down on other’s decisions can create far more social problems than companies trying to make a buck.
End rant. (FWIW, I own diamond and non-diamond pieces of jewelry–including CZs, and sapphires.)
Post # 13
@cls9q: Can I have some? 😉
Post # 14
I love my overpriced small diamond 🙂
Post # 15
@bmo88: +1 about the judgey attitude.