Post # 1
Me and my SO are both in college with no jobs and obviously really tight in the financial area. We discussed the possibility of a CZ ring until he finishes school and can get his carrer started. I personally don’t mind at all, but told my parents about it and they didn’t seem for the idea, like a CZ ring isn’t good enough or something. I know it has nothing to do with my boyfriend as they absolutely adore him, but I’m wondering how others will react to my CZ ring. Opinions would be appreciated 🙂
Post # 3
I think having any type of ring is fine as long as people don’t tell people that it is something that it isn’t.
Post # 4
How exactly would they know it is a CZ and not a diamond?
I mean really- at the end of the day, why do you care what others think? It is a ring and he would be offficially proposing- I would take it and upgrade the ring later. If other’s don’t know it is a CZ, I won’t be aiming to tell them, know what I mean?
Post # 5
I agree. There’s nothing wrong with a CZ ring.
You may also want to look into gemstone rings. You’d be surprised by how affordable some really nice ones are!
Post # 6
My FI is also a student, and when I was looking into rings, I wasn’t sure he’d be able to afford a diamond. I personally wanted a beautiful ring, regardless of the stone, but if it wasn’t going to be a diamond then I preferred something else. I was looking into really beautiful topaz or aquamarine rings, some with tiny side diamonds, in white gold that were only $70-200. But even though I didn’t want a CZ, I certainly don’t think there’s anything wrong with someone else having one.
I guess my thought was, if we upgrade in a few years, would I really want to keep wearing the CZ ring on my right hand? Or would I prefer a lovely gemstone ring? That was my thought process. I’m sure whatever you get will be gorgeous.
Post # 7
I like the gemstone idea… I’m not really a fan of CZs, but if you like them go for it. You may want to also look into moissanite. I do like those rings.. they’re beautiful. The most important thing is that YOU like your ring. It doesn’t matter what other people think about the ring.
I think gemstone rings are gorgeous, though. I almost told Mr.Foxxy to get me an aquamarine since we’re both March babies. I ended up telling him to stick with a diamond though… but I’m thinking about having aquamarine in my wedding band instead. I think a pop of color looks awesome for wedding/engagement rings.
Post # 8
No one will know it’s a CZ, especially if you go for an Asha or another high quality CZ. It is also no one’s business what stone is in your e-ring anyway, nor does it matter.
Another option is moissanite. Moissanite is more expensive than CZ, but it’s more durable and is twice as sparkly as a diamond! I got a moissanite and I LOVE it!
Post # 9
If you and your SO don’t mind, then that’s all that matters!
Post # 10
I say go for it, and get a setting you really like, and change stones later (or not!). Good luck!
Post # 11
cz doesn’t hold up very well, unfortunately, unless you go for the simulated ones but i imagine those are out of your price range. You could buy a less expensive gemstone ring (<$200) though.
Post # 12
We frequent a gem mining place and the owner told my SO and I that when high quality quartz is cut like a diamond, it is completely indistinguishable from diamonds (except for the scratch/hardness test which no one would do since it would ruin it). The diamond/jewelry industry decided in the early 1900’s that they could lose tons of money if some used quartz but others used legit diamonds (kind of like the government making counterfeitting illegal). CZ is allowable because it is easily distinguishable from a diamond for jewelers. So, bottom line, we have decided for my engagement ring (whenever THAT happens.. haha) that we’ll use a cut quartz from the place that we go to. All you have to do is tell the jeweler who is setting the quartz you purchased from a gem mining place that it is in fact quartz and they will set it for you, you just cannot purchase a cut quartz from a jeweler.
I’m not sure where you live, so I’m not sure how close by a gem place is to you; I live in a tourist area in the mountains so they’re all over the place!
Post # 13
Just a small update.
Me and my SO are looking into other options and so far a jewlwers price for my CZ ring or some lab created diamond is ranging from $1,100 – $750!! And it’s only a 1 carat ring! Does anyone else find this hard to believe or is that the reality of how much an alternative ring would cost…?
Post # 14
The price of gold is very high right now. That’s part of the reason the prices are high.
You could go with a sterling sliver setting to lower the expense.
Post # 15
@laurana: That is usually how much a 1 karat diamond ring costs…..
Post # 16
Of course this is just my opinion and everyone is in different positions some of us both work full time and some go to school it just depends but for me I was a diamond ring, it doesnt have to be to expensive $800 is the going price for the .50 or 1 k that I want. Later on down the line you can always upgrade, but personally I dont want CZ .