- 5 years ago
- Wedding: July 2013
Ahhh, such a nice problem to have!
The long version:
I decided that I didn’t need a ring. We’re largely paying for the wedding ourselves, and we’ve been together 15 years (our marriage recently became legal in our state… yay marriage equality!). It seemed silly to spend a lot of money on a piece of jewelry for me, rather than on celebrating our marriage with our friends and family.
However — stop me if you’ve heard this one — as time went on I started to have a wee creeping feeling of sadness that I was engaged without a sparkly pretty thing on my ring finger.
I confessed to FI, whose immediate reaction was “heck, girl, pick a ring out!” 😀 😀 I am 100% OK with this. I know she wouldn’t mind however much I wanted to spend; I’m much more the money-conscious one in our relationship. And all our money has been mingled for so long that there is really no meaningful sense in which it would be a gift from her to me, anyway. Plus, I’m pretty picky and she finds shopping stressful. It’s just better this way.
Anyway, I decided on a $500 budget as being big enough to get some pretty but small enough not to negatively affect our wedding plans. I poked around the internets for a while and located this ring:
I love it! I love the cushion cut, I love the overall squareness, I love the rose gold, I love the girly delicacy, I love the size of the center stone (the morganite’s 5mm square or about .5ct, which looks right on my small hand).
I do not love: the fact that it’s 10k, the side shank diamonds (I like the four shoulder diamonds very much). I actually mocked it up without:
and think it’s even prettier this way.
So I’m all set to get that ring sized to fit me (and am still comfortably in the return period for that ring), when my mother calls and… offers me a diamond! Apparently she’s got a .5ct round brilliant that she’d like to give me.
I’m amazed and grateful because I2 knew that I’d have to replace the morganite someday as it’s not an incredibly hard stone and I’m a beast when it comes to jewelry (also, did I mention that we have a 3 year old?) Not to mention that it’s been a bit of a journey for my mother to accept my relationship, so this offer really means a lot to me.
Yet I find myself a wee tad regretful because I love the look of that morganite so much!
Bees, can you help me find a setting for my .5ct diamond that will be reminescent of this morganite ring?I’m willing to pay more, because it looks like this will be a forever ring and not a stopgap as I’d been thinking.
Has anyone ever seen a rose gold diamond setting with morganite side stones? I love the delicate peachy-pink, and it goes with my skin well. The overall square shape is also flattering on my small square hands… I thought repeating the shape wouldn’t look good, but somehow it does (ignore the fact that the ring is way too big)
So if possible, my wish list is: rose gold, square shape for a round stone, flanking pink stones (halo?). I tend not to like the purply-pink of pink sapphires, although I believe it’s possible to find them with peachier tones.
If any of you ring-wise bees have ideas, I’d be grateful. I’m so excited to have a pretty sparkly!