(Closed) Diamonds, How Much Do They Really Cost?

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I understand what you mean and all…

But if you’re going to go that extreme, I’d wonder about everything else you own…

If you have garments made from China or India, how do you know they were not made in the sweat shops?

If you own a non american car, then do you feel bad spending money on an import?

If you own a designer bag made of genuine leather, do you feel bad that they had to kill an animal for it?

 

Just things in my mind to think about also

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Well,  Helzebergs uses conflict free diamonds… Most big name stores do now… I think blue nile online does too? 

A lot mainly depends on how important are the 4 C’s to you? For me, I could care less if it was “quality.” I’m glad my Fiance didn’t spend money on the “pick of the gems” because I honestly can’t tell it’s not… lol

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Just a heads up, my mom got a moissanite ring about 5-6 years ago and it’s been replaced 3 times already due to the stone turning yellow. like… yellow yellow… 

It’s turned yellow AGAIN and she’s had it, she’s not bothering to return it because it’s become to much of a headache.

 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I was taken aback at the cost of fairly simple rings when my husband & I went looking for them.  The conflict-free thing was in the back of my mind, but I also wanted to have a ring that was meaningful.  We ended up asking my parents if they had any family diamonds/rings and they pulled out my grandma’s engagement ring.  It was perfect for us!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@gocubbies – I also meant to mention that we looked at other alternative stones.  I was not totally wedded to the idea of a diamond ring, and there are lots of great colored stones out there.  Plus, Etsy has some great jewelers who take care to ensure the materials they use are eco-friendly and socially responsible.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee

@KLP I think those were the old ones that were not color-corrected or whatever they do to them now.

Buy from a reputable dealer… if you go look at the ones at like JC Penney or whatever, they always look green because they’re the very low quality ones.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Gocubbies…

 

I dont know much on moissanite stones, but have you looked into getting a gemstone instead?  Or even a really nice swarovski crystal?

Also, I understand you were not trying to offend anyone, Im actually glad you made a post like this because SO and I were having a discussion about this the other day.  I, like you, try my best when it comes to things like these. 

As far as the diamond goes, we don’t really know where it came from since it’s his grandmother’s diamond and she is long past. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

You could consider a white sapphire, too, but I think moissanite might be the way you want to go for that traditional look. good luck!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@gocubbies – If your Fiance is set on a diamond, then you might consider an estate ring.  Granted you don’t know for sure the source of the diamond, but you will be “recycling” and the older the diamond, the less of an issue the blood diamond thing might be.  And thank you for your comments on my ring.  I really love that it is a little part of my grandma, and your ring can become that family stone for your new family!

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