Post # 1
Hi, bees! I’m not engaged yet, but I’m getting there! My SO knows some of my [diamond] ring preferences, but lately I’ve been looking at blue-green sapphires. Halos, in particular. They are SO incredibly unique, affordable, and pretty… but they’re not diamonds. Which is totally fine, but I’m just wondering – has anyone gotten a non-diamond ring and regretted it years later? I don’t want to worry about upgrading a few years later, I want to LOVE what I have for years and years. I hope this doesn’t sound shallow! I just want to hear how you feel about your rings once the initial “WOW” passes (assuming it ever passes to begin with!).
Here’s the sapphire I’ve been looking at: https://shop.pristinegemstonejewelry.com/collections/green-blue-green-sapphires/products/blue-green-sapphire-radiant-cut-2-62-cts-loose-gemstone-jewelry-ring-or-engagement-ring-september-birthstone-loose-gemstone
Any input is very appreciated! I’m certainly not trying to put down non-diamond e-rings, just want to make sure the people who have them are happy with them for a long time after the fact. All my close friends and family have diamond rings. I’m just really itching for something different (and the lower price is nice, too). Thank you!
Post # 2
I have a sapphire engagement ring and I adore it! I’ve always wanted a sapphire though, ever since I was a little girl and saw Princess Diana’s. Plus I love a pop of color! I’ve had my engagement ring for 1.5 years and no regrets! I adore my ring and can’t imagine ever regretting it – I still catch myself staring at it!
Post # 3
Only problem might be damage with daily wear..sapphires are NOT as hard or resistant to scratches/dings as diamonds. That’s the downfall.
Post # 4
They may not be as hard as diamonds but they are still hard enough to be fine for everyday wear, they aren’t fragile.
Post # 5
They’re definitely fine for everyday wear. I inherited a 2ct sapphire ring that was my great-gran’s, she wore it every day. It’s about 100 years old and is only now in need of a polish/refacing, which is costing about $500. OP, sapphires are lovely! If you like blue-green ones, check out Montana sapphires.
Post # 6
I love the colour of the stone you’ve been looking at, so nice. I do have a diamond ering but I love coloured gemstone jewellery and I think the colour you’ve looked at is fantastic, it will obviously go with everything just as well as your eyes do if they are that colour.
Post # 7
Sapphires are 9 on the mos scale, diamonds being 10. Unless your going to play knuckles w a diamond wearer i dont see a problem. My e ring is a diamond and my anniversary ring is a white sapphire. Your going w color so as long as you clean it w a toothbrush ot will be fine. No regrets here!
Post # 8
Zero regrets! I love how different mine is from the usual diamonds. Not the best pic but I love my ring and (not that it’s important, but) I get so many comments about it!
hilarious that I also wanted a sapphire since I saw princess Di’s!
Post # 9
The hardness of a substance is measured in Mohs and indicates the tendency of a stone to getting scratches and abrasions. While sapphires score 400 points on the Mohs scale diamonds score an incredible 1500 points. Thus, they are are nearly 4 times less prone to getting scratches on the surface..therefore THEY REQUIRE MORE CARE THAN A DIAMOND! You will have to pay more money in maintaining it over the years.
I own vintage ones too..and if a sapphire is 100 years old as someone stated it will have PLENTY of wear & tear unless it’s fake.
that was my point ! Not sure why everyone is addressing me lol
Post # 10
Also my wedding band is sapphire and diamond..I’m all for sapphires. In case my opinion was taken the wrong way by some.
Post # 11
I’ve got an onyx. It’s a very vivid color (black) and definitely not as durable as diamond. It’s actually about a 7 on the mohs. I’ve also got some ruby side stones and silver for the metal.
I haven’t had my ring for years yet, just months, but I don’t forsee ever getting a new one. There are times I’ve looked at my other recently engaged friend’s diamond ring and admired it from a distance. I’ve thought about how nice it could be to have a stone that “sparkles”, but then I look down at my ring and I realize how “me” it is. My ring is uniquely mine and its color and pattern has meaning to my fiance and me; it’s more than just a stone that we’re “supposed” to get at this point in our lives.
I also would not worry about the hardness of a sapphire. The score is relative hardness. So scratches won’t happen unless the sapphire is scratched by a harder material. I guess if you’re around a bunch of diamond bits and moissy chips, you might have something to worry about, but I’ve bonked my onyx on tables and walls and doors and have not yet scrathed it a bit.
Post # 12
I love my sapphire solitaire and have zero regrets about not going with a diamond. I really wanted a lighter blue sapphire and that’s what I’ve got. It’s striking and unique and also elegant and simple. The only way I could imagine changing it would be if I could get my hands on a lab grown blue diamond in a similar shade (since the natural ones are 150,000 – 500,000 per carat!). And that’s only because my stone shows oils and smudges really quickly since I use a lot of oils and butters on my skin and hair.
Sapphires, while not as hard as diamond, are still very durable. I recently had an accident while wearing my ring at the gym and knocked the stone out of the setting with a barbell and there was no damage to my stone.
Post # 13
We got 10 fingers after all….😉