Post # 1
I hadn’t really planned to start a thread about my ring – I haven’t even shown it on facebook yet! But I need a lift. I’ve been engaged for about six weeks and had been wearing a stand-in CZ ring. I was so hoping to be able to show my mother my actual ring but unfortunately she passed away about two hours before it was finished. I had known there was a chance that would happen, but I was hopeful. Anyway, I’m trying to look at my beautiful ring as a symbol of new beginnings and future happiness and I’d like to share it with you.
It’s a 1.21ct emerald cut aquamarine with 0.19tw bead set diamonds on the steps. My finger is a size I 1/2 which I think is a 4.5.
My fiancé and I share a March birthday, hence the aquamarine. My mother’s engagement ring, which has now come to me, is a sapphire flanked by diamonds and so I liked the idea of our rings sharing some characteristics. Here they are together.
Apologies for the stained nails. Too much nail polish, not enough base coat!
Post # 2
It’s absolutely gorgeous, and the similarities with your mother’s ring are a nice touch.
Post # 3
juski: That ring is beyond stunning!
Post # 4
I’m so sorry for your loss 🙁 your ring is absolutely breath taking! The color is amazing! I love that it was insipired by your mother’s ring, that’s very special. Congrats on your engagement!
Post # 5
juski: really sweet and sentimental! It’s absolutely gorgeous! So sorry for your loss, i know your mom is shining down on you looking at that ring and smiling 🙂
Post # 6
I’m sorry about your mom 🙁 I love that the two rings share similarities, that is so sweet and must be some small comfort for you. They are both stunning. I actually gasped when I saw your ring! It is absolutely one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. I loooove the art deco style and emerald cuts and the color of that aquamarine is so rich. Serious ring envy!
Post # 7
I love your ring! I have been wanting to a aquamarine ering but I hear its not durable enough! So glad you decided on it! Its absoutly lovely and I am so sorry for your loss.
Post # 8
Your ring is so beautiful! I love that it has a connection to your mother’s ring as well, sort of wrapping up the past and present and future all in one symbol. So sorry for your loss.
Post # 9
I am so sorry for your loss.
I love how your and your mother’s rings are similar; both complement each other so well. Your ring, in my opinion, is absolutely breathtaking. Enjoy it! Let it represent all the good things in your life and exciting new beginnings 🙂
Post # 10
What beauty in a time of grief. Your ring is gorgeous, and I’m sure your mother would approve. My sympathy for your loss and congratulations for new beginnings.
Post # 11
I love your ring! And your mom’s!
Post # 12
so sorry to hear about your mom. i love how similiar your rings are. your ring is totally amazing and beautiful!
Post # 13
Thank you so much for your kind words, everyone. We are having such a horrible, horrible time but this has been one nice thing in a week filled with tears. I was lucky enough to be able to show Mum photos of the centre stone that I took when we chose it, and she knew how we were to have it set, so I know she would like it. The colour isn’t quite as zingy as it appears in the first two pics (on my screen at least) but it is really beautiful in person.
Would you believe they made it without anything more than a simple hand-drawn sketch on an envelope? No CAD, not even a proper detailed sketch. I had shown them a picture or two for inspiration, we had a couple of conversations, and then they made it. It’s perfect. The only thing that is different to what I expected is the thickness of the band. I imagined thinner, but I think the thickness is necessary to support the setting, and I don’t mind it at all.
And then I found out my aunt’s rings were made by the same jeweller over 40 years ago, so it’s nice to have a sentimental connection to that jeweller too 🙂
AquamarineQueen: I agonised over the durability thing, as I read so much conflicting stuff online. Both of the jewellers I saw said it would be fine as long as I was gentle with it and took it off to clean (ie my house) or do physical work, which I do with all of my jewellery anyway. And when it came down to it, even a high quality aquamarine is not so expensive that it can’t be replaced if it gets damaged eventually. I wanted our birthstone, and I wanted blue like Mum, but a lighter shade… so we went with aquamarine knowing what we were signing up for. I know people also say it gets dirty easily, apparently the deeper shades look better for longer so fingers crossed.