Post # 1
So my boyfriend and I have been discussing rings much more regularly. We had a thorough discussion 2 days ago. He wants to know what I like and doesnt want me to worry about price. I like aquamarine stones and rose gold or white gold band. I’m not super interested in diamonds, but dont mind them being an accent part of the ring. I loved Heidi Gibson rings for 3 years, I found her a little after we started dating. In the past few months, I have been extensively researching etsy shops. I fell in love with LAMore designs. My boyfriend likes the blue in her rings but really loved the Gatsby design of Heidi’s. Every time I go to Heidi’s site to look around and figure out what I like, I get so completely overwhelmed. And I find myself drawn back to LA More. I know this is something only me and my bf can figure out, but has anyone felt like this? A ring from Heidi could run us $2200-$3500 depending on what I go with (at the most $5,000) and LA More could run us $800 (for the ring I really love but he wasnt super crazy about) to $1900. Money and cost matter to me. I love jewelry but tend not to wear a lot of it and plan to wear my ring daily. I want it to be a price point I’m comfortable with. I work in a restaurant with my hands getting dirty and I am eventually going into social work, so it needs to be something I feel comfortable wearing….right? I love Heidi’s rings so much but the more I look at them the more I wonder if they are even for me.
Post # 2
Have you tried on rings? I looked online for ages but when we when shopping together in person, it was a totally different experience and I ended up picking something I probably never would have picked from pictures online. Trying some on in person may help you feel more confident about which one you really prefer which in turn would help you be more convincing to your boyfriend.
Post # 3
gaia3465 : I would reconsider an aquamarine if you plan to wear it to work every day where you use your hands a lot – it will likely end up scratched.
Post # 4
As the owner of a gorgeous aquamarine promise ring, I would also advise to make doubly sure that that is the stone you want. Aquamarines by themselves do not have much, if any “fire”, and I have found that mine gets dirty/ cloudy VERY quickly, so even the “shine” it has gets dulled- you will find yourself wanting to clean it almost daily, which can get irritating.
That being said, you should absolutely get a ring that you are in love with, it will be on YOUR hand, after all.
Post # 5
Have you considered a light blue sapphire or even a colored moissanite? It would be a lot more durable than aquamarine and they come in a variety of shades and colors. I probably wouldn’t use a aquamarine for a daily ring if I worked with my hands a lot.
I would get the $800 ring you love.
Post # 6
The only stones good for daily wear are diamond, moissanite, sapphire and ruby (which are both corundum). Other stones like beryl (aquamarine and emerald) are too soft and may scratch badly.
This is a ring you’re hopefully going to wear for a long time. Get the Heidi Gibson ring. From what you’ve written I think it will make you and your fiance happiest in the long run.
Post # 7
Like PP mentioned, I would also rethink aquamarine. That is what I thought I wanted until I started to read about how soft it was. I swiched over to sapphire (not a stretch, that is what I have always wanted for an e-ring, but got caught up in the beauty of aquamarine in rose gold on etsy!). I love mine and it does sometimes look like an aquamarine!
I also think you should go try some on to make sure you know what looks best on you. I thought I would need a thicker band, but I absolutely loved the way dainty rings looked on my finger. And I would have never picked a dainty ring out for myself without trying them on! It also solidified the shape that I wanted.
So, go try some on and look into colored sapphires! There are a ton of different colors! My ring is below just so you can see!
Post # 8
Sunshine024 : I always love seeing your ring, and I think that color of sapphire would be great for OP, so she can get the look she’s going for and the durability she needs.
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2020 - New Hampshire
I would get the ring you love…future husband and I talked a lot about it and ultimately we decided that since I am wearing forever it should be something that I love. We found ways to incorporate his tastes so we ended up going with a custom ring. I am really glad we went the route we did, because I was not a fan of the ring he originally chose…
Post # 10
This has been so so helpful. Thank you so much. I guess I will face my (irrational) fear and walk into a jewelry store and try some on. I will also look into lightly colored sapphires! Will going into a chain store (even though I dont want to buy from them) be a good place to just get an idea of what I like?
Sunshine024 : that ring is so stunning! I could see myself liking something dainty like that as well.
Post # 11
Definitely go into a dreaded chain store and start to try some rings on. Get ideas on size and shape of stones on your finger. Take photos – don’t impulse buy!! It’s hard not to, but you want to compare and think on things. Tell the person in the store that you are still in the process of figuring out sizes and shapes and not going to buy today – this will help remove the pressure. I can’t stand sales people in jewelry stores. They are either way too pushy or they act bored. Just be helpful, people!
Edited to add: I love aquamarine too, it is such a pretty colored stone. But, it is soft for everyday wear. Lighter sapphires are gorgeous too. And colored moissanite is a great option – you might be able to get one that is aquamarine color!
Post # 12
- Wedding: February 2005 - Greenwood
Go with Heidi Gibson, her designs are so beautiful and will last a lifetime! I wanted one of her rings but it’s just not in the budget right now so I found a close enough design for my right hand and I love it! Good luck in your decision and let us know what you decide!
Post # 13
erinebee1 : that ring is so beautiful! I do love that sapphire look.
Are morganites not a strong stone either for everyday wear?
Post # 14
- Wedding: February 2005 - Greenwood
gaia3465 : Thanks, I love it.
As far as morganite goes it’s about a 7.5-8 on the mohs scale so it’s a decent choice. It can get scratched and chipped if not careful and keep it stored away from other jewelry. It’s a beautiful choice!
Post # 15
I have a Heidi! I highly recommend her. Mine is the 15mm cambria in all diamonds on a size 6 finger for reference. The Gatsby will extend out a little more.