Post # 1
Hello bees! My SO and I are grad students and we have been looking for an uber-affordable e-ring for me. Like, less than $150. Luckily Etsy has yielded many many awesome possibilities! Also, I don’t think it’s likely that I’ll be wearing it once I get my wedding band, and I’d like to save up and spend a bit more money on a really nice gold band once we have the money to spend 🙂
I have (I think) narrowed it down to the two below. We also wanted something with a tree/nature motif, as this has personal significance to us and our relationship. Which should I go for?
The first is white topaz
The second is white sapphire:
What do you think? If any bees have white topaz OR sapphire, please chime in with your impressions of pluses/minuses for each if you can think of any!
I had previously been considering this ring, because the colour is just gorgeous, it looks like a leaf…sigh! So lovely, but upon further thought, I’m worried it wouldn’t match the majority of my clothes (does this matter?) so I thought I should go for something colourless after all. Also, although I am clearly very nontraditonal, lol, I’m still thinking that I’d prefer it to look at least somewhat like a recognizable e-ring, hence leaning towards a colourless stone.
What do you think?
Post # 3
the first one 100% for me I love it
Post # 4
I like the white sapphire the most.
Post # 5
I definitely like the 2nd one the best. I do not like the setting of the first one, it looks cheap.
Post # 6
I love all three, but I picked the white saphire for the poll. I would have probably gone with the third for me, because I like thinner bands. Though I’d wear all three of them 🙂
Post # 7
miss narwhal Well, it is cheap 😉 I appreciate comments like that though, because I’m trying to sort out the pros and cons. Do you mean it looks juvenile? Not sturdy enough? How so?
Thanks for the feedback everyone! Are people picking white sapphire because it’s prettier/shinier/some tangible reason, or because it’s harder?
And also, keep in mind that I’ll probably only wear this daily for like, less than a year, and after than only occasionally. So hardness isn’t a huge factor for me.
Post # 8
White sapphire has my vote! =)
Post # 9
If you do go with a colorless stone, my vote is for the first one. That being said, I really like the green garnet and I think you should go for it! I have an aquamarine and I’ve never run into problems with it matching what I’m wearing or with people not recognizing that it’s an e-ring.
Post # 10
I picked the second one because white sapphire is much more durable than white topaz.
Post # 11
I like the white sapphire
Post # 12
White sapphire I adore white sapphires!
Post # 13
The white sapphire is beautiful and durable, but they tend to get a hazy or oily look to them. Try looking at other white sapphire pictures and make sure its something you could live with! I voted for the green garnet, because it is gorgeous and unique.
Post # 14
@MrsSnowMountain: oooo yay for ring piccies! I personally like number 2, the sapphire the most. I love the slightly wider bezel setting, and I also like that the band is slightly slimmer and a bit more elegant than the topaz band. However, I also like the style of the green garnet, it’s a bit more unique, and as you said you probably wouldnt wear it with the band or even at all, maybe just go all guns blazing and get the really unique one to enjoy for a while 🙂 I know what you mean about matching, I’ve always like art deco-y emerald rings, but I used to worry that it wouldn’t go with everything I wear (first world problems, ahem…) but seriously, if it’s just going to be worn for a year or so why not get something different and interesting and just enjoy it? It would also make a beautiful right hand ring in the future 🙂
If it was me, I would honesrtly go for option umber 2 though, just because it’s the ‘safer’ option I suppose, and looks more traditional whilst still having the tree motif that is important to you. Perhaps…..perhaps if the budget allowed….you could get both the sapphire AND the garnet??? Or get the garnet one as a pretty ring for an anniversay gift/birthday treat? Oh god I’m so greedy!
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White sapphire will be the most durable, but I love the color of that garnet, so that’s what I voted for. Either way, they’re all lovely rings, and you can’t go wrong with any of them. Btw, have you looked at Bandscapes’ rings on Etsy? He’s got some gorgeous nature-themed ones. His delicate leaf ring was a contender of mine for a while.