Post # 1
So I posted a few weeks ago about how I was trying to decide between two different mystic topaz rings, and you ladies were super helpful. After a few more days of talking about it, the FI decided that neither of them were quite perfect, which is why I couldn’t choose between the two. So, he decided that we should go the custom route! I’m SUPER excited about this, because I’ve always been in love with a specific ring design from Laurie Sarah on Etsy, but it was a bit out of our price range as listed. Turns out, with the stones we chose, it was WELL within our budget, and we can even afford to get a matching band for it as well. Again, SUPPPER excited. 😉 So! My one dilema is that the original design for the setting we choise has alternating shank stones, which I really adore. Now, the mystic topaz has a lot of color in it on it’s own, so I’m worried about things clashing if we go with colored stones, and I asked for Laurie’s opinion of what colors we should chose, if we decide to go that route. She suggested aquamarine and amethyst, and sent us this photo to get an idea (and pointed out that the stones will be a tad darker once they’re actually in the setting. The color of the two furest to the left is the most accurate):
Here’s the setting, but it’ll be in white gold:
Both FI and I DO really like it, but we also both are worried that it might be too much. It’s a lot of color. As an artist, I LOVE the idea of a colorful ring, but even I know that this might be pushing it. 😉 She said she can do white shank stones (probably white sapphire, which is what the white sidestones are) for almost the same exact cost, so really we just have to decide if we like the color or not. What do you guys think — is it too much? The other thing that my FI brought up is that if I get the colored stones, and end up hating it at some point, we can easily have the center stone swaped out for a moissanite, without any worry about color clash xD I’m fine with a moissy, but I really adore the uniqueness of the topaz. It IS a good option though. Again, tell me what you ladies think! If you saw someone in the grocery store with a ring that colorful, how would you react? =P All opinions would be extremely helpful! 🙂
Post # 3
Color! It looks so pretty and unique!
Post # 4
@Nurse_Bee: Thanks for the comment! 🙂 Unique is definitely what we’re going for, but we all know how easily something can go from unique to over the top… 😉
Post # 5
I actually think those colors look pretty tame. 🙂 (maybe that’s because FI is an artist, so I’m no stranger to color) 🙂
It looks lovely!
Post # 7
I love that colour combo!
Post # 8
@Aennie: it’s interesting. Not sure how I feel about it as an engagement ring. It has a lot going on. However that being said, it is unique. I also think it could transition into a great “family” ring down the line-putting yours, his and any little ones birthstones in the sides if the fancy stuck you!
My caveat would be the mystic topaz. While topaz is relatively durable (8 on Mohs) the coating to make it the mystic color is not as strong. It will scratch and become dull with daily wear. You’ll have to take some care with it. The good news is that mystic topaz is not expensive.
I really like Laurie Sarah designs, although I’ve found her to be a little pricey.
Don’t forget to post a pic when it’s done!
Post # 9
@gemgirl6: Yeah, it’s definitely not what most people expect from an egagement ring, but I’ve never really wanted a typical engagement ring to begin with. Although I think diamonds are gorgeous, they’ve never really been very… me, and I’ve always wanted something that would stand out a bit more. 🙂 Funny enough, FI is a March baby, so his birthstone is aquamarine. Although amethyst isn’t my stone, my absolute favorite color is purple, so I think it works in a cute way. 😉
I’m well aware of the fact that the titanium coating on the topaz is not incredibly durable, but as you said, they’re cheap, and I’m fine with replacing the stone if needed. If we ever get frustrated with it, I’m totally fine with getting a moissy to replace it, which would obviously much more durable, and I fell like it would look wonderful with the colored stones.
Laurie Sarah is definitely a bit pricer for the most part, but I think she’s been rather reasonable with us, probably because we’re asking for rather inexpensive gemstones. The qoute she gave us for the e-rin + the matching band was under a thousand, which is what we were expecting to spend.
There will DEFINITELY be pictures as soon as I get this baby! 😉 I really appreciate the input! Thanks a bunch! 🙂
Post # 10
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I have an amethyst aquamarine ring and it looks fantastic.
Post # 11
I like the colors. I think they look great together.