Post # 16
I told my husband if he proposed with a diamond I’d tell him no. We picked out my engagement ring together (because he apparently really wanted me to say yes). I choose a natural blue sapphire in a plain band. It’s understated but beautiful and outside the norm of the diamond trend. I paired it with a diamond wrap band.
The most prevalent comment I received was “oh. Really? That’s your engagement ring?” Or “He couldn’t afford a diamond, huh?” And then I punched those people in the face, but only in my head because I don’t like violence.
Post # 17
I have a friend who has a purple gemstone at the center, with small diamonds on the band. Some people want to be different, that’s okay. I personally don’t *prefer it, (not saying I don’t like it, just not my personal taste), but I would never tell her that because it’s sentimental to her. I just find other ways to compliment it, like how I like the color and that it’s unique. It’s none of my business what ring other couples have. Don’t worry, enjoy your ring when you get it.
Post # 18
I was toying with a blue sapphire, pink sapphire and an emerald center stone with a halo or possibly not. I wanted mine to not be your “typical” ring. My husband was adament about not getting any of those and convinced me to get a diamond. We still got gemstone rings for me, it’s just not for my engagement ring.
Post # 19
Mine is white sapphire in white gold, and was very inexpensive. I love clear stones, but I don’t want to pay thousands of dollars for an item that does nothing but look nice, or in any way buy into the DeBeers BS.
If I ever upgrade I’ll get a moissanite. There’s nothing magic about a diamond. It’s just a stone, just like all the rest of them, and I can find the same clear-stone sparkle factor in other stones that I can in a diamond for way less, and that make thrifty ‘ol me a happy camper.
Post # 20
3carats Ruby and 3 carats Sapphire.. 🙂
Post # 21
I have a dark almost black sapphire, with tiny little diamonds on the side. I love it! Wasn’t sure what the stone would be but knew it wouldn’t be a diamond because he didn’t to worry about a conflict diamond. Some people assume it’s a birthstone ring until I clarify, but I’m also wearing it on my middle finger because it’s too big so no wonder they’re confused. No picture on my hand but this is the site’s photo! http://www.joyjewelers.com/images/products/default/QG-Y11319S_AA.jpg
Post # 22
I have a 5.1mm bezel set sapphire. Its paired with a princess cut channel set band for some sparkle. It’s small and dainty but I love it so much!
Post # 23
pinkcorsage: I love your ring! I really wanted a an iolite, but I’m terrified I’m going to scratch it!
Post # 24
Bioshock: Thanks! I have yet to scratch it (knock on wood, knowing my luck I’ll now knock it out of the setting) but I really do love having it as my ering. If worse comes to worse and it doesn’t last the entirety of our marriage, that’s okay, but it’s what I wanted and my husband was more than happy to give that to me (saves him a ton of money!) I’ve worn mine for nearly 6 months, and I’m kind of rough iwth my hands so I think you’ll be fine 🙂
Post # 25
My 1.25ct equivalent aquamarine engagement ring
Post # 27
Sorry for the huge pictures! Mine is an 8mm sapphire in a size 6 antique reproduction setting. I had a moissanite, but I sold it and bought this one. I love the details and because it’s a bezel it never snags.
Post # 28
Lovely rings ladies! I have a natural white sapphire centre about 3/4 ct in a art deco setting, its more sparkly then i expected! If i upgrade i’ll either get a ceylon blue sapphire or yellow diamond 😉
Post # 29
My centre stone is a 1.21ct aquamarine. I’ve only had compliments, but I don’t tend to surround myself with people who’d consider it appropriate to question our financial situation or understanding of what a ‘real’ engagement ring is just because I’m not wearing a large diamond! 🙂 I don’t like to feel pressured into following “tradition” just for the sake of it, and my mother’s centre stone was a sapphire so I didn’t grow up expecting a diamond. For a while I did want a diamond, but once I thought about it, it felt like a gemstone was more ‘me’.
Also, once I read a bit about Cecil Rhodes, I decided I thought he was a jerk and didn’t want to support his De Beers legacy any more than necessary. (I do have some wee diamonds in there after all…)
Now, the ring:
Post # 30
juski: Oh my gosh your ring is gorgeous!!!!