(Closed) Huffington Post article about diamonds and "illusion"

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Hmmmm.  Interesting.

Ok, engagement rings are a tradition that’s only a century old.  A century.  100 years.  I can live with that.

Diamonds aren’t an investment.  Well, my sparkly wasn’t purchased as an investment, anyway.  So, I can live with that, too.

I agree diamonds are way overpriced.  So is ALL jewelry – the markup is insane.  Cars are also overpriced.  Sometimes homes are overpriced.  Gas and food are overpriced. 

Whatever.  We made the choice for diamonds are we’re happy with it.  It’s all relative.

And ours weren’t blood diamonds, supposedly.  I guess all you can do is trust that people aren’t lying to you. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

food for thought certainly, but before Fiance and I bought the ring we knew it wouldn’t be worth as much as we bought it for the next day but we certainly never plan on selling it! yes it is not a tradition that has lasted for centuries, but it is a beautiful stone 🙂

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@KCKnd2:  Quite an interesting article, but arguements I’ve heard before.

The problem is that De Boers won. Not only one, they changed history by requiring an engagement ring with a precious stone in it. Only now are people starting to rethink “diamond” and think “gemstone”, “moissanite” or “ascher”. That being said, in my family, a diamond ring has already become a tradition. My grandmothers both wore one, my mother wore won, and I wear one with pride. Did it have to be a diamond, I guess not, but diamonds are now the standard of tradition…. just like the white wedding gown from *oh so long ago* (er… or maybe 150 years!).

Thanks for the read!

 

ETA: There is NOT a 2 month wage in my ring– more like 3 weeks worth of pay. I still love it!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Sunfire:  Agreed on all points.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

He didn’t say anything that hasn’t said before, and deep down it’s stuff many people (well, at least the ladies on these boards) seem to know.  The entire diamond engagement ring idea is the most sucessful marketing campaign of all time.  As takemyhand said, DeBeers won.  Big deal.  I personally would have been just as happy with a gemstone engagement ring.  Darling Husband didn’t spend anywhere near 2 months salary on my ring and he used a family diamond.

I have seen more articles likes this the last few years, not just about diamond rings, but about excessive spending in general, whether it be big houses, big expensive cars, etc.  It’s probably in response to the recession and how our materialism has come back to bite us.  The general public probably still buys into the whole “2 months salary” (or whatever it is now) so it’s good that the author says that you don’t have to spend that to buy a beautiful ring and that there are alternatives to diamonds out there.

 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I told my husband I’d have been perfectly happy with a twist tie on my finger!  I do love my ring though. But I didn’t have to have it. True, diamonds aren’t an investment and lose their value when you walk out the door. Just like cars. Eh, it’s all so personal though.

 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I feel like something that brings me happiness and enjoyment every single day, and likely will for the rest of my life, is FAR from a waste of money. 

My fiance amusedly said something to the same effect a few months ago:  When he caught me gazing at the sparkles of my ring lovingly, he said “You know, I never understood what the big deal with diamonds was before I got you the ring.  You are always finding something new in it, with every change of light, and it always seems to make you smile.  Now I get it.”  <3

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@sarahbabs:    Awwww!  🙂  Smiles.  What a cool way to look at it.

If I think of it that way, if I’m married for, say, 30 years, it only cost a little over $300 a year.  Sounds reasonable to me.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

I try to figure out if I am completely brainwashed by the diamond industry, maybe I am.  But I do LOVE diamonds, not just for engagement rings.  I like them because they are sparkly.  As a little girl I was just attracted to anything shiny – no matter what the material.  I had to wear satin, I loved sequins, glitter, shiny metallics.  I loved all of it.  So why would I not like a diamond too.  Also, I love gemstones. 

I have to say I never really agreed with the 2-3 month salary guideline though, it seems to me you can get a pretty nice ring without spending that big of a chunk (even if you are making a ton of money) – it’s just too big of an amount in proportion to the salary for me to be comfy with it.  No matter how large or small that salary is.

I’m sorry, but I will probably never get over my love for sparkly things.  I don’t think my obsession is based soley on the diamond indtustry, case in point- all the other shiny things I love!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

That article outlines pretty much all of the reasons that I hate diamonds.  Plus the fact that they’re kept artificially rare so there’s justification for the outlandish prices.  

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I wish I had read this article two years ago before i got so obsessed with getting a ring from my hubby.

Not gonna lie, I love looking at my bling!  But yes, this article is so true.  The cost of diamonds are kept artificially high because the industry keeps the supply low on purpose

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I love a man’s perspective, short & to the point & brutally honest.  I agree with everything he says.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@deetroitwhat:  Me too! I sent this article to my dude … 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

Great article! Not many people I know would agree with this. It’s all about conformity around here.

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