Diamond vs gemstone – HELP! (pics included)

posted 7 months ago in Rings
  • poll: diamond or ruby?



  • Post # 2
    81 posts
    Worker bee

    The ruby version is gorgeous! Oval halo rings with diamond centers are everywhere right now, but the ruby would stand out. I also love the July connections — so romantic!

    Post # 3
    2722 posts
    Sugar bee

    I voted for the diamond because it sounds like you truly love it and personally I’d be worried about scratching a ruby. But when I read that the diamond was only a .5 center stone for 5k, that took me aback. I know it’s less in CAD than in USD, but that seems a bit pricey to me for the carat size, although perhaps the carat weight of the setting explains the price. Have you looked into whether you could get a similar ring from an online retailer like James Allen? 

    Post # 4
    1372 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2017 - A vineyard

    I’m voting diamond because you love it so much more. I would keep looking at some more diamonds and see if maybe there are some places with the stone you could compromise. Maybe slightly lower clarity or colour?

    Is it the halo you like about it? What is the metal? Is it platinum? Could it be set in white gold? Could you get a solitaire and upgrade your setting later?

    You don’t have to do any of these things if you don’t want to. Maybe visit different independent jewellers and see if that is really the best they can do as far as similar rings for prices. We visited several before I found one that had the knowledge level I demanded and that I felt I could trust with my business for life. 

    Post # 5
    91 posts
    Worker bee

    You should get a ring that you love, but $5000 for a 0.5ct ring sounds ridiculously overpriced.  

    You could probably get a similar ring made for much less than the one you tried on from somewhere like James Allen or elsewhere, and maybe you could encorporate some rubies into the pave or something, so that it has elements that you and boyfriend like.

    Post # 6
    376 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2020

    Hey Bee, as some of the others have suggested you should consider looking at online retailer, james allen for instance has an incredibly similar setting and depending on the diamond spec, a VS2 0.5ish carat diamond version would be about half the price of the ring you fell in love with.


    This does of course depend on whether you are comfortable buying online or not 🙂

    I do personally preffer the ruby, but that’s just a personal preference for gemstones 🙂

    Post # 7
    1526 posts
    Bumble bee

    I prefer the diamond halo but that is pricey.  If the amount is a concern for you, I think you need to look online. I know if you buy over the border, you will have to figure in taxes as well which can add quiet a bit to the price. This is a very common halo design though. I would look at Loupe Troop, Diamond Bistro and Pricescope Pre-loved, either for a loose diamond oval or an oval halo in that type of setting. I don’t know a ton of online jewelers in Canada but you might want to try Gerry the Jeweler. 

    Post # 8
    1358 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2020

    Have you considered moissanite instead of a diamond?

    Personally I love the way the ruby pops

    Post # 9
    1637 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: Shreveport, LA

    They are both beautiful rings but I agree with others that the diamond is way overpriced! You can get a full carat halo for that if not a little cheaper if you just take time and research. As another bee mentioned also have you thought about moissanite? You could get an identical ring for half the cost or even a lab diamond. I think you should look around and do some price comparing because that .5ct is way overpriced. 

    the ruby is also stunning but I would be scared it would scratch easily and look worn down in no time. But you should get what you like and it seems like you love the diamond so I suggest going that route or you could end up never being satisfied until you have one. 

    goodluck/congrats and I hope you find your perfect ring!!! 

    Post # 10
    286 posts
    Helper bee

    While reading your post I was already thinking that I would vote for the diamond, but then I saw the pics. While the diamond ring is nice, that ruby ring is GORGEOUS and it looks amazing on your finger- much better then the diamond does. Honestly that ruby is stunning! 

    Post # 11
    2853 posts
    Sugar bee

    A ruby is 9 on the Mohs scale.  I don’t think you have to worry about scratching it. Personally, if the ruby is bright like pigeons blood I’d go with that.


    Post # 12
    801 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    If you love the diamond you should look for a diamond. I do like the ruby ring as well but it doesn’t seem to be what you want. 

    what does your boyfriend mean by “impractical”? The price I hope. 

    Here’s an example of an alternative. Dunno how it works with taxes though. 3567CAD

    Post # 13
    469 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2021

    I personally think the ruby is gorgeous and unique, but you’re the one who has to love it.

    I second other PP’s to say look online for a cheaper diamond or moissanite. 

    Post # 14
    378 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2019

    Since you live the diamond go with the diamond!  Just try looking around for a similar setting because $5,000 seams very high. Try James Allen or Blue Nile! Also try a lab created diamond (significantly cheeper!)

    Post # 15
    1421 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2019 - City, State

    Wow $5,000 for 1/2 ct sounds crazy expensive! I’d shop around. What about the same style with moissanite? 

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