Post # 1
Mr. S and I have been looking at rings and discussing them. I know what I want as far as the setting, but the stone itself is giving us some trouble. I never considered anything except a diamond before WB. If we go with diamond, the ring will end up costing $10-15k. It doesn’t sit well with me to spend that much money on my ring. There are so many other things we’d rather do with that money. It turns out, I could get the ring I want with either a moissanite or a champagne peach sapphire for less than $3k! Mind blowing difference, but not sure if I will regret not having a diamond in the future. I have a choice I am leaning towards, but I need some female opinions!
The setting I want is a white gold band with stones and a delicate rose gold halo with an oval center stone. A bit different, a bit traditional, and perfectly suits my taste. So please tell me which stone you like the best and comment with any advice or experiences!! (Sorry the photos are huge, not sure how to resize them on my phone!)
Choice 1: The sickeningly pricey, but traditional diamond:
Choice 2: The moissanite stone:
Choice 3: The champagne peach sapphire (but with the setting like the ones above):
Post # 3
I prefer natural gemstones, so I am not a fan of moissanite. I would choose between either the diamond or the sapphire. Seeing as how sapphire is a 9 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, and you want a reasonable price, I would go with the peach sapphire. It’s beautiful as well; I can’t forget to mention that.
Post # 4
maybe go with the diamond but make sure you are getting a good deal. $15k sounods pretty high, but I don’t know the size of the stone so maybe it’s reasonable.
Post # 5
awesome setting choice by the way!!
Post # 6
Another one who prefers natural gemstones…
And I am a traditionalist, so I think that Diamonds are symbolic of ERings.
Altho there is nothing wrong with complementing them with gemstones.
So for me it would be Ring # 1 (all Diamonds) or Ring # 3 (Gemstone Feature Stone in a Diamond Setting)
If money is the issue *… then Ring # 3 would be a good value.
Hope this helps,
* PS – You should be aware that Men take great pride in the Proposal / Ring. They have fragile egos in this regard… don’t push your want for an Earlier Engagement over his want to “do it right”. That is discounting him as a man. And you could hurt him in the process. Don’t emasculate him. Us gals dream about a Wedding forever, Men daydream about “their Beloved” who say she’ll be their wife when they present her with a ring (think man off slaying dragons). As a man he needs this fantasy bit… don’t cheat him out of it.
On the otherhand, there is nothing wrong with discussing budget in a broader sense in regards to your relationship / future together.
Post # 7
Diamond 🙂 But I also really like the peach sapphire if that’s the colour you want!
Post # 8
@Sawyer13: I was into peachy morganite for a while (in rose gold) but since my brand newest obsession is ovals, you can guess which one I’m salivating over.
But that said, check out the moissonite thoroughly. I’ve got nothing against them and boy would I love to see a few of them IRL at the same time, but they aren’t diamonds. I do very much appreciate the descriptions from women who love their fire and “moodiness” I love that descriptions, moodiness!
Post # 9
I love the moissanite second ring, and I am pretty sure I know it from Etsy! 😉
Post # 10
@Sawyer13: I voted diamond but love no 3 too. I guess it depends on whether you will be happy with the gem forever and how much money is a factor in your choice. $3k is a great price but will you end up getting the diamond down the track cause that’s what you really want? Then you’ll have spent $13k-$18k in total (but you would have 2 gorgeous rings hehe).
good luck with the decision!
Post # 11
@Sawyer13: what size centre stone were you thinking of? There is always the Amora gem which is definitely a forever stone and harder than sapphire!
Post # 12
Moissy oval! LUURRVVEEEEEEEE!!
Post # 13
@Sawyer13: I love natural, real gems, so I’d prefer the diamond or the sapphire. I love my diamonds, but if I hadn’t had the option of getting diamonds, I would have went with a sapphire. Sapphire is my birthstone and it’s a classic, gorgeous gem. Moreover, that peachy pink shade in the photo is simply beautiful. That said, I can’t imagine ever regretting choosing a diamond if one is affordable to you. I feel blessed to have mine and love it more every day.
Post # 14
go with a natural gem. i would go with the diamond. if money is a factor, the sapphire.
they are all equally lovely.
Post # 15
I’m a natural stone person. I prefer a diamond, personally. The thing with diamonds is you have to sacrifice a little somewhere, unless you’re rich (which most of us aren’t, unfortunately, lol). Maybe look for a less expensive setting, or a smaller diamond? Maybe a slightly warmer diamond with an ideal cut that has tremendous fire. You can find some pretty amazing deals online that appraise for quite a lot more than you pay. I would not entertain the thought of buying from a chain jewelry store, where you will pay around $1500-$2000 more.
I have never seen a moissonite in person, but from what I’ve read on here, they do not mimic a diamond exactly. Maybe you have seen them though, but no jewelers carry them around here.
The peach sapphire is pretty, durable, and natural. Personally, I like it better than moisonnite. I think it looks nice, if you’re looking for a larger stone.
Post # 16
Thank you all for your comments! I have never seen a moisannite in person and I don’t think they have caught on in my area. I do think all three options look beautiful in the photos.
Mr. S and I are fairly traditional, so I think the diamond is ideal, but we don’t want to drain our savings or sacrifice too much for a ring. I think if we could find a good diamond price that would make the total cost lower, we would be all over it. I know Mr. S would do anything to make me happy and we both want to love the ring, but we are also very budget conscious and are trying to build a good nest egg for the future at the same time.
Sounds like our best options are to look for a good deal on a smaller or less ideal diamond or go with the sapphire knowing that we may want to upgrade it in the future. Does anyone have any good site recommendations for looking at loose diamonds? Also, we haven’t been through the custom jewelry process before. Do we need to take the stone to have the setting made for it, or would it work to buy the stone and the setting seperately online and then have it set? Thanks so much for your help!