Post # 1
I’m pretty new to these boards, mostly been lurking for awhile, trying to get through this tough waiting period. My SO and I have been together for almost 4.5 years, both in our mid-20s. He’s told me he plans to propose in the next year and has wanted my input on rings (meaning, he wants me to pick one out and tell him–which is perfect for me!).
I’ve been in love with Brilliant Earth rings, and I keep going between two different rings. An antique looking sapphire, or a classic diamond solitaire. I am a mixture of traditional (I want to get married, have two kids, live in a house, etc.) and off-beat (I am a feminist, don’t believe in a lot of wedding traditions, plan to have a SF City Hall wedding). I love the beauty of the sapphire ring, but I love the simplicity of the diamond solitaire. I tend to be very modest and I plan to be a teacher in urban areas, so I like the not so in-your-face quality of the diamond solitaire… but the sapphire takes my breath away. You get the picture. (Neither are pictures of my hand, just taken from the web site. No, I haven’t tried them on yet).
What do you all think?
Post # 3
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but sapphires are just so unique and beautiful!
Post # 4
I personally like the diamond solitaire. I have one too so I’m biased. It’s so beautiful and you could add a sapphire band if you wanted as a wedding band.
Post # 5
@Ms.GoodEarth: …”the sapphire takes my breath away” – I say go for the sapphire! Plus I’m a sucker for an antique setting.
Post # 6
I vote sapphire! If you like the simplicity you could always get a plain wedding band for when you feel like something less flashy 🙂 I looooove that sapphire ring!
Post # 7
I’m usually a diamond girl, but wow that sapphire is amazing! I vote sapphire!
Post # 9
Can’t you have the sapphire re-set into the simpler band that you prefer? Gorgeous stone!
Post # 10
Everyone has a diamond. Why not go with something truly rare and different? If that sapphire is unheated it’s a real rarity.
Post # 11
Since you’re having a hard time choosing, I think you should get both. Wear the diamond as your e-ring and get the sapphire as a right hand ring.
Close your eyes and picture your left hand with an engagement ring on it. Which ring did you imagine first?
Post # 12
I think on Brilliant Earth you can get sapphires set into any setting…why not get a sapphire solitaire? That seems like the best of both worlds 🙂
Post # 13
I agree, a sapphire solitaire will be very different but classic at the same time. That’s a nice stone on that ring, is that the actual stone you would get?
Post # 15
I like the diamond, but in the antique band
Post # 16
@KatyElle – It’s actually not an antique but designed to look antique. So it’s not necessarily rare, per se, but not very many people have sapphire engagement rings (I’ve actually never seen one in person, but I definitely have on these boards!).
@Loribeth – I have thought about having one as the engagement ring and one as a RHR… but I definitely have to choose one now. Both my SO and I are in grad school, so can’t afford both now. When I do your close-your-eyes trick, I see the sapphire. But the traditional side of me wants to go with the diamond!
@Kant – You definitely can switch up the stone and setting at Brilliant Earth. They have sapphire solitaires and the “antique” setting with a diamond. But I don’t like either option as much as these two.
@Moja Milosc – It’s not the exact sapphire, but Brilliant Earth guarantees color, quality, size, etc.
I talked to my SO about it this morning, I think I’ll probably end up having to try them on. I think he wants me to go with the diamond because he’s afraid people will judge him for getting me a sapphire (even though the sapphire ring is more expensive than the diamond…). I’m going to SF in October, so I’ll probably have a chance to go and try them on… Right now I’m leaning toward the sapphire. It’s such a hard decision to figure out what I want to see on my hand for the rest of my life! Thanks for your input, bees!