(Closed) Non-traditional engagement rings…any regrets?

posted 9 years ago in Rings
Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 1993

Sapphires are my favorite stone and, very conveniently, my birthstone.  I always have a sapphire ring on of some sort and have for years.  I would have chosen that as a feature stone in my upgrade but my niece has it in her set and I wouldn’t want to step on any toes.  I do love them, though, and think yours will be beautiful!!

Post # 18
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I always liked larger white stones (diamonds). But, when I started looking and joined WB, I found colored stones were BEAUTIFUL. 

What I now say is that diamonds are still nice. But, when you have a colored stone, everyone remembers what your ring looks like. I have a pink sapphire in a diamond halo and most people who’ve seen my ring can tell you that — becuase it’s unique in the engagement ring world.

That said, I am very protective (so to speak) about having a sapphire vs a diamond. Most people ask if it’s a pink diamond and I say no, it’s a sapphire. Then, they usually say something about how pretty it is ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 19
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Oh, I also REALLY wanted an oval emerald in a diamond halo. But, my then fiance picked a sapphire instead because it had more ‘sparkle’. He thought the emerald was flat. I still love it and think I’ll buy it if I ever have an extra $2k just laying about Undecided

Post # 19
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Wannabee

I wanted an emerald. First, I LOVE color and second, I like unique things – a typical engagement isn’t very unique. Go big or go home!

 

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I picked a yellow sapphire, also for reasons of signifance, not a budget thing.  I’ve had it for 2 years now, and I must say the longer I have it, the more I love it.  I always wanted a colored stone since I was a little girl, because I thought diamonds were boring- and the more I have my pretty sparkly sapphire the more diamonds looks boring to me.  I love that no one has a ring like me.  Definitely go for it!  

Post # 21
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I considered a “non traditional” ring for a long time, mostly due to feeling bad about having my Fiance spend so much money on one little ring! However, I realized that that wasn’t the right reason. I have always envisioned a diamond ring, and I am so happy that my man reminded me of that and assured me that it was okay to stick with something I’ve dreamed of forever.

I do think that other stones are totally gorgeous and amazing though! Just depends on what you imagine to be the perfect ring for you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 22
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

So I originally really wanted a sapphire e-ring but my mom ended up giving my Fiance the diamond from her engagement ring to give to me when he proposed so he proposed with her ring and then we went to pick out a setting for the diamond and I went through the exact same though process as you with the setting.  The style I have always loved for jewelry is more antique-looking or vintage-inspired I guess so that’s what I was looking for and so we went and looked in a couple different stores and I tried on a couple very classic looking solitaires before finding the ring below that we ended up getting.  And when I saw this ring I just loved it and felt like it was really me but after we bought it I kept feeling like I should have gotten something more traditional or simple because it will be hard to find a wedding band that fits with it and I was afraid that other people wouldn’t like it.  But then I thought- I don’t even care if I have a wedding band and if I decide that I want one then I can have one made and MOST IMPORTANTLY- who gives a crap if anyone else likes it??  I’m the one that has to wear it for the rest of my life so the only opinion that matters is mine and I think if I would have changed my mind and gone with something different, I wouldn’t have been as happy because its not really me.  So just be true to yourself and pick something that you feel represents you and your style and you won’t have any regrets.

Post # 23
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Blushing bee

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jannak:  I love that emerald!!!!  Great choice ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

Even if you do regret it 10, 20, 30 years from now… you can always get a new ring! Just a thought! A ring is a ring and if you decide you want something more ‘traditional’ later on it could make a great anniversary gift.

Post # 25
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Blushing bee

I love non-traditional engagement rings!!!  I have an Art Deco aquamarine engagement ring and several sapphire anniversary rings.  I also have a really nice heirloom diamond ring but find that I end up wearing my gemstone rings much more.  Diamonds are undeniably gorgeous – but gemstones have such an added personalization and uniqueness that is just so special ๐Ÿ™‚

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