Wanted to share my sapphire engagement ring story.
I spent literally every spare minute on wedding bee and price scope trying to find the perfect ring but it literally it found me!
I started off trying on diamond engagement rings but I have really chubby fingers and even diamonds within my budget (£2000) looked small and just blaa! To add to this unfortuantely my finger is a bit mis-shapen because of a car accident when I was younger so I was a bit paranoid about finding the right ring for me.
My fiance’s friends wife had a beautiful round sapphire halo with diamonds on the shank, the wedding ring fitted perfectly under it and I decided I wanted something similar. This made the quest even more difficult because I felt like I had to choose an engagement ring and a wedding ring together- phew!
Basically I dragged my fiance round every shop in the city I live and the city I grew up in. I really wanted a coloured stone and in every jewellers there was the choice of 6 rings- it was so frustrating. I loved cushion cuts halos but they didn’t suit my finger and the ones in my price range were very small.
Eventually after looking at etsy- sarah laurie and etsy precious I decided I wanted a oval halo with a peach sapphire, which was within budget. I loved the ones with filligree on the side. I also loved the idea of cornflower blue sapphires. Ideally I wanted platinum but I was told I would only get white gold within my budget and I really didnt want that, I am quite clumsy and thought it would rub off really easy. I loved the look of rose gold and morganite too, but had never seen it in real life and didn’t want to risk getting it made when I was so unsure. It was getting to the point I would have to get it made and I really didn’t want that because I didn’t know that much about getting a ring made and I was worried I wouldn’t like it when I saw it.
A bit of a lifeline was a jewellers in the town I live, I tried on an oval halo setting that was smaller than I wanted and didn’t have diamonds on the shank. The size I wanted was 10x8mm. Well, she said that, in white gold, with a sapphire would be £4000 and suggested semi precious stones such as aquamarine. I felt stumped. £4000 was double my budget and there was no way we could afford it!
So, the final stop for me was Glasgow that has a beautiful arcade full of jewellers. Literally saw it in the first shop, which was full of coloured stones in the wedding. Myself and my fiance felts like we had died and gone to heaven!
Well, i picked 2 rings to view, a rose gold morganite and the one below. I was busy studying the morganite and discussing the budget. Then I picked up the sapphire oval one. Seeing them side by side I realised I loved the dark sapphire too. This sapphire was alive with gorgeous hints of purple. And, it had the beautiful rope detail around the sides. I also loved the sunken setting of the sapphire. Only thing is the one I loved was £4250!! No way!
Well, then a miracle happened, the jeweller said he could offer it to us £2800. We literally didn’t try to bargain with him because at full budget we literally couldn’t afford it. Still, £800 is alot of money but I felt such an emotional connection to the ring and I knew it was mine. The idea of a light coloured sapphire was out the window! Then the jeweller said it was platinum and I nearly fainted! So my advice is, bargain with them, you never know their final price!
The final thing was the wedding ring. I asked him if the wedding ring would fit under the oval shape. He then went to the window and put a wedding band beside the ring. It was like a key in a lock. He then said we could custom design the wedding band to make it match more exactly by adding the rope detail. I wanted to jump up and down on the seat and sign on the dotted line!
Since then alot of people have said it is like Kate Middletons ring but I think it is very different. Suppose it is a compliment!
Well here it is, my 1.35 carat sapphire with 0.4 carat diamonds.