Alternative engagement rings

posted 2 years ago in Engagement
Post # 31
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

aussiemoms0409 :  its beautiful but in it’s natural form silicon carbide/moissanite is green crumbs  (see magnified below)that chemicals are added along with processing to alter it for use as a diamond simulant. So definitlely not a diamond cousin. lol  beautiful and affordable though. Love your nails!

Post # 32
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

ellyd23 :  beautiful, love that cut of your sapphire!

Post # 33
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

We just bough a Tanzanite e ring!! It’s really hard for me to not to sit and stare at the picture all day (ordered the ring through Etsy) 

After searching through diamond rings and being disappointed in styles and prices I had a realization. I’m not a traditional girl and he’s not a traditional guy so why have a diamond ring? We picked Tanzanite for it’s color (purple has been my favorite color since I was 2) and liked that it was darker than amethyst. I also like how it represents spiritual love. 

 

Unfortunately it’s supposed to be a delicate stone so I’m taking my chances with wearing it on a ring I’ll be wearing every day. Planning on insuring it and being very careful!

Post # 34
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2020

this one is the one I picked out with my boyfriend! Obviously it will have been resized when he proposes! (not engaged yet but it’s coming!:)) I chose a sapphire for many reasons – ethics being the main one. The halo is made up of diamonds but they are certified as conflict free. I was hoping to not have diamonds at all but I just fell in love with this ring, and it was already made like this so I just said as long as they were certified I would be confortable with it. I also just fell in love with how a blue sapphire looks. I honesly ended up liking it way better than a diamond on myself! Plus our budget was much more sapphire friendly than diamond friendly. So it just really depends on your personality, ethics, and other factors. I went with a local jeweler, but if we hadn’t found him we were going to go through brilliant earth, which goes above and beyond for ethical standards of diamonds and gemstones! I highly recommend them if you want a diamond, whether natural or lab made. You could even just buy the stone from them if you want a different setting.IMG_2222

Post # 35
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2017 - Orange County, CA

glamgirl26 :  Congratulations! My best friend has a tanzanite ring and it is gorgeous! Hers is a trillion and set relatively high, so it catches light and the color glows like crazy. She’s been married for 12 years and her stone still looks amazing, and she wears it all the time. Come back and post a pic when you have it!

Post # 36
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

vertabella :  Thank you! I will definetly be back to show it off lol. I don’t know how I’m going to be patient. I’m so glad to here your friends ring is holding up strong! I think mine is lab created (based on the price) so I’m hoping g makes it stronger.

Post # 39
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I have a sapphire!  It’s a vivid cornflower blue, not sure of its origin or how old it is (fiance worked with our local high end jeweler to acquire a good sapphire after not having very good luck finding loose sapphires online – he’s still waiting on the full appraisal).  It’s very beautiful and perfectly cut – sometimes it looks like it has its own light source.

I wanted a blue sapphire because I grew up looking at my mom’s sapphire engagement ring.  My dad gave her an heirloom sapphire ring that had been in the family for a very long time.

Sapphires are very hard (9 on Mohs scale) so you won’t be likely to scratch or damage it.  Also, you can get lab-grown sapphires on the cheap in whatever color you want (except red, in which case you’ll be getting a lab-grown ruby).  White sapphires are also an option if you want a nice hard clear stone that’s not a diamond.

And if anyone ever gives you a hard time about having a sapphire in your engagement ring instead of a diamond, just remind them that Princess Diana had a sapphire engagement ring.

Post # 40
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club

How did I miss this thread?? LOL

I have a sapphire. I have always loved sapphires. Blue is my favorite color. I have never been a big fan of diamonds for the inflated prices due to tactics that make them appear to be rare. Knowing all of this, my husband who loves being different and unique, designed a custom ring with a sapphire center stone. I adore my ring and wouldn’t trade it for the world! I have received some rude comments from materialistic people, but I have received far more compliments than rude comments. My ring inspired a friend to reset her ring into a gem stone halo for their anniversary and I had a younger girl get so excited and say “I didn’t know you could have something other than diamonds when you get married, I want an emerald!!!” and went off ranting and raving to her mom about emeralds. 

I say, get what you like! Emeralds are softer than sapphires. Corundum (sapphires and rubies) are the harder gemstones which have more durability. Emeralds are not soft stones, so perfectly fine to use if you are not super hard on your hands on a regular basis, just get insurance on it for any possible damage.

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Post # 41
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

This is such a fun thread!

I don’t have my ring yet(although I know bf has it), but bf and I are going for sapphire. My family has a tradition for gemstone engagement rings. Mom got rubies, sisters got emeralds and opals. One did go with diamonds, but she’s the only divorced one, so we’ll stick with tradition 😉  Grandma got sapphire. 

Blue is also the fav color of both me and Boyfriend or Best Friend.

Post # 42
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

When my husband asked what kind of ering I would like I just said a teal coloured stone and left the rest up to him. I ended up with a teal blue sapphire which is just perfection. Boy did good!!

 

Post # 43
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Newbee

I just received a 4.12ct untreated, unheated GIA certified yellow sapphire, set in a Tacori RoyalT setting last week! I chose it because I think diamonds are overpriced, sapphires are more rare than diamonds, and an untreated sapphire even more rare (99% are treated in some way to enhance color, etc). I wanted something along the lines of traditional, but with unique details. My stone is beautifully clear and sparkles in the sun, and is a vibrant yellow. It does not have the “fire” of a diamond, but that’s how sapphires are. So far, I have only received compliments. Most people assume it is a diamond, I proudly tell them it is not! laughing

Post # 45
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

shannmarie0210 :  This is actually an anniversary ring but it definitely could be an alternative engagement ring. The setting is 1940s vintage (14K illusion setting) with a new .65 carat (5mm) genuine pink sapphire I absolutely love how it looks with my wedding band! My engagement ring is a simple diamond solitaire. 

Sapphires are the second hardest stone and are perfect for everyday wear! 

Post # 45
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Newbee

Just wanted to upload a pic of a set I like to wear as a wedding set, to mix it up.  Emeralds and diamonds.  3 rings.  One is a plain gold band but adds to the emerald toi et moi.   <3 I dont recommend Emerald as an every day or if you work with your hands.  Too soft.

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