Opinions on Ring..what to do? POLL!

posted 3 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Do you think a CZ is fine for now?
    Yes, no one will know and it will make everyone happy : (86 votes)
    85 %
    Yes, but I have some opinion about it (explain below) : (4 votes)
    4 %
    Nope! No diamond, no proposal : (10 votes)
    10 %
    No, and here is my reason (explain below) : (1 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 3
    2675 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

    I think that’s fine! As long as you’re happy with that option I would go for it. I really doubt most people are going to notice esspecially if the setting is so detailed on its own.

    Post # 4
    2675 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

    For comparison, top ring here is a 0.50 high quality CZ and bottom is a 0.33 diamond. I know it can be hard to tell from a photo but you kind of get an idea.

    Post # 5
    2233 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2007

    I think it’s fine to use a a CZ! It’s a great way to get the ring you want now without going into debt.  Have you heard of Wink CZ? They have amazing quality CZ’s. Or, if you wanted to spend a bit more there’s Ashas. Do you know what shape your getting? 

    You could also consider setting a colored gemstone now, and upgrading to the diamond later on. Colored stones can make gorgeous erings, and I sort of understood from your post that you don’t want people to know if you have a CZ? Also, this way when you do upgrade you wouldn’t have to do it quietly, getting a new stone is exciting, and “showing it off” is part of the fun!

    Congrats on the upcoming engagement!

    Post # 6
    142 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    It sounds like you’re leaning towards the CZ idea and then switching out in the future, which is fine either way!  Do what makes the both of you happy 🙂 there’s no “right way” for everyone to get engaged.  And it’s great that you’re not financially stressing each other’s budget by requiring a diamond right away.

    Post # 9
    5207 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    @MsCandyGirl:  Why the hell not? The setting is the hardest part to change and since you’re already getting the setting, upgrading to a diamond when you’re ready will be easy. Congrats!

    Post # 10
    1625 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @MsCandyGirl:  I have been struggling with this as well. I rationally know that NO ONE will know, and diamond prices are a sham anyway, but I can’t help but feel like I want the diamond! I’m the same as you.. I’d get the same size CZ as diamond, around 1ct. My boyfriend can afford a diamond, but I know it’s freaking him out to drop that much cash.

    Check out the forums at betterthandiamond.com  you can probably find pictures of any shape you are looking for. I’m considering the Asha Krupps (basically an extra faceted Emerald cut) and one of the ladies had a ring made by Leon Mege and says he pointed it out and said “I would think that one was real” which is pretty convincing to me!

    If my ONLY option was a CZ or wait longer to get engaged/married, theres no way I’d turn a CZ down. 

    Post # 11
    1269 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    As long as the setting can accomodate a stone switch, go for it!

    Personally, I would get a colored stone to start with so that I could keep my original engagement stone and maybe set it in a pendant or something when I upgraded. That’s just me, though. If you want to be quiet about “the switch”, CZ is a good way to go. The only thing that bothers me about CZ is it needs really frequent cleaning to look good.

    Post # 13
    39 posts
    • Wedding: May 2015

    @mscandygirl – I secretly have a CZ as my center stone. I’ve had it for a year, and the only people who have any idea are the immediate family members and close friends that I’ve told. In fact, the only input I gave on my ring before it was bought was that I wanted a CZ rather than a diamond. While we technically had the money for a nice dimond, my then-boyfriend (now fiance) and I were getting ready to move to London, which is a crazy-expensive city, and when I thought about him spending a lot of money out of what would be our collective savings on a diamond, all I could think was that that money could mean more square footage in our house someday, more money to spend on our honeymoon, more to put away for our future children’s educations. For me, a real diamond just wasn’t that important, relative to other things we could do with the cash. And I can honestly tell you that, unless you’re friends with a lot of jewelers who will be constantly scrutinizing your ring, no one will notice the difference between a quality CZ and a real dimond. It will just be a little secret between you, your SO, and whomever else you wish to tell. Also, you will be able to take your time in picking out a diamond, so if unexpected expenses come up, you can always wait a little longer before dropping a bunch of money on it; you won’t be nervous wearing it while you travel or worrying about losing it or banging it up a little; if you’re conscious of free trade or working conditions, you would never need to worry about the stone’s origin or the possiblity of it being a blood diamond (it was made in a lab. no worries there!); and they’re super shiny and made to be flawless. I highly recommend!

    Post # 14
    376 posts
    Helper bee

    @MsCandyGirl:  go for it, the setting was my biggest thing too so I definitely say follow your dream!

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