(Closed) New bee here! Hi everyone. Needs your thoughts on e-rings.

posted 3 years ago in Proposals
Post # 2
43 posts
  • Wedding: November 2014

They are both beautiful but something about the 2nd I like more..I think its the cut. 

Post # 5
43 posts
  • Wedding: November 2014


lolee82:  I’ve seen the neil lane in person, I really liked it at first but then we saw it at another location and noticed the diamond was set crooked so he thought it was a ripoff. After that my fiancee was dead set on not buying from a chain jeweler.  Anyway, I was drawn to the brilliant cuts because they seem to sparkle more. I love that color, do you have any pics of the aquamarine?

Post # 9
77 posts
Worker bee

Wow, your two picks are gorgeous! I think if you really feel that strongly about it, then tell him. Let him know that while you understand that he wants to get you a diamond, you would rather he put the money toward your future (buying a house or whatever) an that you prefer the look/style of the other stones… and remind him that you’re the one that has to wear it every day for the rest of your life!<br /><br />That said – I actually received that Neil Lane ring from my fiance. I had gone window shopping a while before getting engaged and sent it to him as one I thought was beautiful. He shopped around alot and even designed a few rings on his own, but in the end he bought that setting (thinking I would be disappointed to not get the exact one I sent him), and bought the center stone separate (he turned into a wicked diamond snob and spent weeks searching for the perfect diamond – all without me knowing. I wonder if he’s in the CIA or something lol). I love the ring, it’s STUNNING… when I have it. We got engaged in December and we’ve had to send it back 3 times for repairs. The first time the side edging of the gold on the halo was warped. We got it back and it was perfect, and then a diamond fell out of the halo. Sent it back again – gold was warped again. I eventually told my FI that I didn’t care, and I was the only one who could really notice it anyway but he said (rightfully so) that he paid a lot of money for the ring and it should be perfect. Even if he paid $10 for it, it should still be perfect. So … it’s back getting repaired again. My shower is in a couple of weeks and I don’t know if I’ll have it back by then, but I told Kays that they had better not call me to pick it up until it’s 100% perfect. 

So yeah… your FI is right to want to stay away from chain stores. The sales associates in the store have been great when I’ve brought the rings in for repairs, but obviously the quality sucks and the workmenship where the repairs are being done (we live in RI and they send them down to FL to be fixed) just isn’t there. 

Post # 10
9494 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

An aquamarine is quite soft- you’d have to baby it as it scratches/dulls. Consider the Mohs hardness scale when you pick a rock- and you’ll see that there is more to diamonds then marketing – they’re the hardest gem. Not to mention rainbow sparklies. Ooh aah. 

Morganite is a bit harder then the aqua – or there are lovely light blue sapphires. Search the ring boards- lots of lovely rings around here. 

Post # 11
3754 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Just be careful with the aquamarine because it is not a very durable stone. I love aquamarine and have several pieces including a ring but they do get cloudy very very easily so you have to clean it very frequently. I would go with a harder stone 🙂 beautiful ring choices!

edit: DH and I both have blue topaz in our wedding bands which is a harder stone than aquamarine but still very pretty! Might want to check that out if you are set on blue.

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Post # 12
43 posts
  • Wedding: November 2014

oops meant fiance* in my previous post.

The aquamarine is pretty but I like the warmth of the morganite stone… something uber feminine about it. The others bring up a good point about the durability. I’m always knocking my ring on things.. 

Post # 13
556 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I love morganite and aquamarine. I considered them both myself. Morganite seems to require a little less cleaning than aqua, but can still get grimy and cloud up pretty easily. You will have to be careful with your stones and even then be prepared that with everyday wear, they may need to be replaced one day. My ultimate choice was a tanzanite and I own a few pieces, but all the jewelers basically told me that I would need to replace it, and I am quite sentimental, so I ended up going with a sapphire that is similar color to tanzanite but much harder. Sapphires come in many colors, so you might want to consider them if replacing the stone at some point isn’t something you are willing to do. Anyway, both the rings pictured are amazing. I prefer the first, but would still give my left pinky toe for the second too. You have really good tastes!

Post # 14
1020 posts
Bumble bee

First of all, congrats on your pending engagement! As long as you aren’t too rough on your jewelry due to your lifestyle, both aquamarine or morganite would be a good choice for a center stone. Since they are both forms of beryl, their hardness ranges from 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale. They may not be as hard as diamonds, but they are still hard enough for daily wear. Plus, both gems tend to be relatively free of inclusions (unlike emeralds, which are also a type of beryl), so they should be structurally sound.<br /><br />When it comes to aquamarines versus morganites, the biggest difference will be the color of the gem. Personally, I’d select the aquamarine, but that’s mostly because I prefer blue to pink, and, to a lesser extent, because I’ve heard horror stories to morganites losing their color from being sun bleached. And as previously stated, both stones will need to be cleaned more than a diamond would in order to look their best.

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