Post # 1
We’re still discussing rings… and I’m SO torn between two ideas (as usual) which I both love.
I love the symbolism behind a sapphire ring and realize that a “diamond is forever” mindset was just a marketing tool, but there’s just SOMETHING about that diamond. I know I’ll likely never get another one in my life and they are sooo lovely. Someone said to me recently, when I was talking about this with them, “oh girl, you want a diamond”.
I’m really trying to not be needy and keep the cost down. We’ve talked about doing sapphire now, and then a few years down the road when we’re more established we could switch it for a diamond.
Saphire symbolism: “Sapphire gemstones symbolize truth, faithfulness and honesty. They increase the ability to communicate, release depressive moods and bring calmness, mental clarity, clear vision and peace. It is believed to promote joy, faith, hope and protection during long journeys. It brings light and peace and opens the mind toward beauty and intuitive understanding. They bring mental clarity, and clear perception.” http://www.sunnyray.org/Sapphire-properties-and-meaning.htm
That sounds great to me! But just LOOK at that diamond…
What do you think?
Post # 3
@wj14: I say that if you want the diamond, get the diamond. You can always get a beautiful sapphire right-hand ring. Diamonds are big splurges and if that’s what will make you most pleased, go for it! After all, a little sparkle can be a great mood lifter in and of itself.
Post # 4
@wj14: How about a diamond and saphire halo?
Post # 5
@wj14: I vote diamond. If you want the diamond, get the diamond. Don’t make the decision based on the promise of a future upgrade, you will never be completely happy with your ring.
Post # 6
Sapphire good enough for British royalty? Sapphire good enough for us.
Also,for the price of a decently sized diamond, you can get a DAYM big sapphire. Based on the budget my FI had, I chose a sapphire not only because of it’s significance, but because it looks magnificent on my finger in comparison to the baby diamond which was the alternative.
Also, I’ve noticed everyone and her mother with diamonds. There’s something unique and classic about a bright, blue, beautiful sapphire.
Post # 7
Sapphire! Get the beautiful sapphire!
Post # 8
I like the tradition of a diamond engagement ring.
My engagement ring is the only solitaire diamond ring I’ll ever want. Knowing this makes it so special and I love that it’s quite valuable too and will become a family heirloom. Later in life I’d love to have diamond earrings, bracelet, etc but my engagement ring is the only diamond ring I want.
That being said, pick what is most meaningful to you personally.
Post # 9
I’m a bit biased, but I prefer halos with a contrasting center. Don’t get me wrong, diamond-with-diamond halos are beautiful, but I think the gemstone-diamond combo’s more visually interesting.
One thing about sapphires is there are very affordable, beautiful, lab created ones available. My centerstone’s the same size as a 1 carat diamond, is a deep royal blue color, cut to be subtly sparkly, and only cost $100. I’ve never once wished I’d gotten a diamond instead.
Re: halos, most halos have to be custom made for the stone they’re meant to fit. Unless you’re using a halo with a peg head in the center, your ring will need to be made to pretty precise measurements to properly cradle your stone. If you know the halo’s your dream setting, I would try to get it made with the stone you intend to be your forever stone, whether that be sapphire or diamond.
Post # 10
You sound like you really want a diamond ring… so I’d go with the diamond. I agree that if you get a sapphire now but want to upgrade it to a diamond, you’ll never be happy with your ring until then. If you can’t get your ideal diamond size now, pick a vendor with a good upgrade/trade-in policy.
Post # 11
@wj14: I really like the sapphire ring, I adore gemstone erings and it’s awesome seeing so many around on the bee. I do agree that you should get what you want now, if what you want is a diamond then you will not be truly happy with anything else.
Something else to consider is if you would ever be bothered by your ring “clashing” with clothing/accessories. I have a garnet RHR that I rarely wear, because my purse has pink handles and pink and red together bother me. (It is possible that I am weird, and most people probably don’t think of how their rings look with their purses..)
Anyways, congrats on the upcoming engagment and have fun ring shopping!
Post # 12
@distracts: haha i Do… but I feel guilty about it. Thanks for your feedback. <3
Post # 13
@LilRhodyGem: That is so true. I wish they weren’t so darn expensive!
Post # 14
Have you looked into maybe getting a white or pale colored sapphire? Could be a good compromise..
Post # 15
I think you should get a diamond if that’s what you really want! Get a sapphire RHR!
Post # 16
Sapphire, all the way! But then again, I’m probably biased