Anyone else completely turned off by the obsession with diamonds in our culture?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I got my popcorn ready. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Dalhousie Castle

Agree 100%. I specifically requested a non-diamond engagement ring for all the reasons you list above. 

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Oh, you sweet summer child…

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@cls9q:  LOL, I’ll join you!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

@Minae:   do you feel the same about other items with inflated prices? 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

Same thread, different day. Who cares, honestly? 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

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
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Bumble bee

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
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Helper bee
  • 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. 

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Honey bee

@sporting:  +1

@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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@cls9q:  Can I have some? 😉

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2018

I love my overpriced small diamond 🙂

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2018

@bmo88:  +1 about the judgey attitude.

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Nope.

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