(Closed) Non-traditional Rings, how were they recieved?!

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
5544 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Mine is a diamon solitare with triquetras on the band, so pretty traditional. But I LOVE yours. Sapphaires are GORGEOUS and your ring is incredible! I really want to get a band like yours for some aniversary in the future!

Post # 4
934 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@MrsHoneyC:  Beautiful! I love that set. Such a classic.

Post # 5
3521 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@MrsHoneyC:  Your set is gorgeous!

Darling Husband knew I didn’t want a diamond (I like them on other people, but not for myself), so we started looking at various gemstones and finally decided on a rhodolite garnet. We’ll probably end up switching it out for a different stone in a few years, because I’m super-clumsy and am always knocking my hand against desks, walls, etc. As a result, there’s a small scratch on the surface of my stone. πŸ™ 

Reactions to my ring are mixed. Some people are like, “Wow, cool, I didn’t know you could have a non-diamond ring!” while others fall in the “Ugh, it’s not a real engagement ring if it’s not a diamond” camp. To each their own. I like it, and that’s what counts! 

Here’s a teeny-tiny pic of mine, followed by a photo that shows the “true” color a little better. I suck at taking ring photos. 

Post # 6
6741 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

@MrsHoneyC:  Are the people who don’t “get” it just jealous about your sapphire because Princess Kate Middleton has one, too??? I love how celebrities don’t always do diamonds – because honestly, you don’t have to!  Get what you want and love because you’re wearing it and if anyone makes you feel bad about it, they’re just haters for not doing what they wanted to do and love so they have to make others feel bad to make themselves feel better.  That’s how I feel about it!

That being said, I don’t have a ring yet.  I’m waiting for an Amora Gem, but I also love the rose gold and peach sapphire look.  Fiance is going nuts with me changing my mind on a daily basis.  All I know is I DON’T want anything traditional!  Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I want my ring to stand out for how beautiful it is, regardless of what stone it’s made out of!

Post # 7
349 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Everyone where I live seems to have diamond rings too, I only know of one other woman with a coloured gemstone e-ring (her’s is a sapphire very similar to yours, Mrs.Charpentier).

 I have always wanted a coloured centre stone because my Mum has a garnet and I love it. My FH wanted me to have diamonds though, and it took a lot to convince him to go with the morganite, we compromised and went with a morganite centre stone and diamond side stones.

 I have a morganite and diamond ring. Everyone loves it, most people have never heard of morganite before so they are always really interested in it. People keep telling me that it is very me, the morganite is very delicate and feminine.

 I love my ring so much. It is absolutely perfect for me.


Post # 8
3697 posts
Sugar bee

No diamond for me – in fact, no stone at all! I’m not a fan of rings in general, so Fiance and I decided that we would do just one ring for me rather than an e-ring and band combo, and we would design something cool. We did intertwining vines and Trinity knots made to look like leaves and flowers: instead of a stone in the center, we have a knot designed to look like a rose. It’s awesome and I love it! Most of the reactions have been really positive – my friends and family are used to me doing something a little different from the norm.

Post # 10
1160 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think your sapphire and stacked bands are one of my favourite sets on the whole Wedding Bee!

Post # 11
243 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Everyone’s rings are beautiful!

I have a sapphire ring too but my original was a ruby halo. Like @MrsHoneyC: I’ve always always loved gemstones but a lot of people never really understood and I’d always get the third degree such as “oh… but coloured stones are only for annivesary rings yada yada yada…” I agree that diamonds are nice but I’d rather have something more unusual.

Luckily Darling Husband was on board for getting a gemstone ring  too and said they reflected my ‘out there’ personality lol So he proposed with a beautiful ruby however the halo diamonds starting popping out after a few months so we returned it. Both of us aren’t overly sentimental (MrsOliveBird said a wonderful quote about how we marry the man and not the metal – love it!) so we didn’t have an issue looking for a replacement. Fast forward to now I have a checkerboard cut sapphire ring which we both fell in love with a week before our elopement πŸ™‚ I love it so much and recently ordered a sapphire eternity band to go with my set hehe


Post # 14
576 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Yay for sapphires!  I always knew I didn’t want a traditional diamond ring, and my hubby picked out my ring on his own.  I told him I would be fine with a gemstone or a plain band, but nothing too big or blingy.  (Weirdly, I don’t like things that sparkle too much.)  I LOVE the ring he picked out, it’s totally perfect for me.  I haven’t gotten any weird comments myself, everyone I’ve showed it too gushes over it.  

But Darling Husband has gotten a lot of negative comments from other guys!  The consultant who helped him with the purchase tried to talk him out of sapphire and yellow gold because it was an ‘odd’ combination.  And his friends gave him a hard time about it, saying, “If she says she doesn’t want a diamond, she’s lying.  You should get a big diamond.”  He also got a hard time about not spending 3 months’ salary on it.  Honestly, I would have been upset if he had done either of those things!

Here’s my e-ring, I need to take some new close-ups with my wedding band soon:

Post # 15
533 posts
Busy bee

My god there are some gorgeous rings here πŸ˜€

I never wanted to get married before but knew I’d never want an diamond. My grandmother has an amazing blue sapphire ring that I’ve always loved.

Guess that is where my love started πŸ™‚

Happy to post my ring again πŸ˜€

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Post # 16
104 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@MrsHoneyC:  I can’t believe your sapphires weren’t well received, they’re gorgeous!!!!  I’ve had nothing but positive responses from people, honestly I think friends & family would have been disappointed if I hadn’t received a sapphire, lol!  I had friends ask before they saw the ring, “did you get a sapphire or a pearl?”  lol!  My fiance did have his reservations at first, will people think he’s cheap?  non-traditional?  etc.  That lasted all of 2 seconds, lol!  The first time I tried on a sapphire, he loved it as much as I did & knew that’s what it had to be!!  Plus, sapphire is my birthstone, so it’s a win-win!


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