Post # 1
So my boyfriend and I are looking to get engaged very soon, and right away i felt uncomfortable with a traditional (in my opinion boring) diamond ring. Not only are they out of our budget, but I think that yellow sapphires and aquamarine stones are even more gorgeous. Does anyone know any good (lower price) places to look for either of these stoned rings?Any Advice? Pictures? Help!! [attachment=871003,108640]
Post # 3
I love sapphires. The one you are considering is beautiful. We went to Shane company and got aPadparadscha/Orange Sapphire.
Post # 4
i kind of envisioned a really neat emerald or even a black sapphire, but alas, i chose a solitaire princess cut diamond. i still absolutley love it, but i may end up dressing it up with a nontraditional wedding band. with me, it’s wierd cause either i want something completely different and colorful, or extremely simple and traditional. i suppose i like the extremes. 🙂
Post # 5
i LOVE non-diamond rings! We went for the emerald…
Post # 6
I’m looking forward to an emerald e-ring. 🙂 Pricescope has been invaluable in learning about gemstones and jewelry in general. They have a list here of sites that sell colored gems/jewelry. What I’d watch out for is the treatments that have been used on the stone. If the price for a nice looking stone is really low, make sure it doesn’t have fillers and the like.
From what I’ve learned, a lot of women have this emotional connection with diamonds. It’s the “traditional” stone, it’s what their mothers and grandmothers wore, it’s sparkly, etc. But I never got that thrill from them. Emeralds do it for me. They knock me dead every time I see their silky green color. 🙂
Good luck finding a stone and a ring you love!
@miss oasome: Where did you get your ring? I love it!
Post # 7
I love other gemstone rings as E-rings- I collect gemstones. ALthough, I did choose a “boring” diamond for my wedding rings.
Just wanted to give you some info as you are in the process of choosing a gemstone for your E-ring. One of the reasons that diamonds are typically used in E-rings/Wedding rings is because they are meant to be worn every day in every situation and this is possible due to their extraordinary “hardness” on the Mohs Hardness scale. Diamonds are at the top (level 10) of the hardness scale. Sapphires are level 9 – but diamonds just one level higher are 4 times as hard as sapphires.
Some other gemstones are much softer and are much more susceptible to breaking, cracking, scratching, and clouding with every day wear and tear.
When you are determining which stone to choose I would do two things. 1) Consult a jeweler about your stone choice. 2) Look at the Mohs Scale to see where your choice falls. Here is a link: http://www.gemselect.com/gem-info/gem-hardness-info.php
Post # 8
@Minutia: thanks 🙂 and it is from Kay’s.
Post # 9
I have a yellow sapphire e-ring, and I love it. It’s beautiful, and different. I went through Shane Co. and looked through their selection. They have an online inventory and will find a variety of stones in the price, color, size range you are looking for. I would also recommend Pricescope.com, they have a lot of really good gemstone vendors on there!
Post # 10
My E-Ring is from http://www.mysolitaire.com (mine is a Morganite)
They have a ginormous range of non-diamond e-rings and they are all very well priced. Mine has since been valued by a jeweller at $1000 more than what FH paid for it.
Post # 11
FI picked out an individual sapphire for me, and then had a ring custom made. Going to an independent jeweler may work really well, as it will allow you to get EXECTLY what you want, without paying the mark-up for a mall or ad campaign.
Post # 12
I have an emerald cut sapphire! i love them and like you, I also did not want the traditional diamond 🙂 Good luck!
Post # 13
Those rings are all BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!
Post # 14
I got my wedding ring set from the Shane Company! Woot woot!! LOL
My centerstone is a lab created white sapphire. I adore it!
Another great idea would be moissanite, I was reading about it in another thread and drooling, LOL.
Rubies are cool, and I should mention that they are actually….red sapphires! (Chemically and structurally!) Cool huh?
Post # 15
- Wedding: September 2010 - Heinz Chapel Ceremony, Museum Reception
My blog post went up yesterday about my non-diamond engagement ring! It’s an aquamarine and I LOVE IIIIT.
Post # 16
I didn’t see either of those rings at the Shane Co. website? They didnt look nearly as nice or seem to have all that many options?