(Closed) So I'm a gal who doesn't like diamonds. Who else?

posted 4 years ago in Engagement
Post # 46
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Bumble bee

If you still like the look of a clear stone, try Amora Gem! They are similar to moissanites, just a different cut and look to them. They are made in a lab, and although are still expensive are no where near as expensive as a diamond of comparable size. Here it is, reflecting the pink of my phone case a little (same color as my nails)

Post # 47
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Yup! I told my SO that if my ring costs more than a plane ticket that I’d be upset haha. I really value travel and experiences, so yes, a shiny ring is nice, but not something I want to spend a lot of money on. 

We talked about emeralds, green amethysts, and morganite before settling on moissanite. To my SO, it was important to him that the ring stand the test of time, so moissanite was much more my speed than diamonds.

Post # 48
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Worker bee

pinkpenguin29 :  there are some pretty good posts/threads about moissanite on here that might help. I totally agree on making it more personally significant – diamond prices are the way they are because the market is highly controlled, and I was happy to find alternatives. You might also want to consider talking to a local jeweler, and often they’re the ones who have designed something more non-traditional. I liked the idea of supporting a local small business and it turned out to be more cost effective since they also worked with moissanite. The place that I found gave a deep discount (something like 50%) for simple designs like a solitaire – I know we wouldn’t have had a chain store jeweler  do the same thing.

Post # 49
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I didn’t want a diamond either! Of course my band  and halo has diamonds in it, but my main stone is a white sapphire and I love it!! We didn’t want to spend a ton of money on our rings and the ones we got are totally our style.  I got to get a bigger stone going with the sapphire and now we will have money for a badass honeymoon!

Post # 50
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Helper bee

Diamonds in and of themselves are ok . . . But I don’t care for the over-inflated cost of them, the monopolization of them, the unethical mining of them, the destruction to the planet in getting to them, and the fairytales used in the marketing of them. That said, there’s a huge myriad of options that can be used in lieu of diamonds for engagement/wedding rings. I would start with your favorite gemstone (or mineral) and metals, then go from there.

Post # 51
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

yes, diamonds can seem a little cold to me. we got blue sapphire center stone and i love it so much. 

Post # 52
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Newbee

I *adore* my moissanite ring, I have never ever been a diamond girl. (I edited this image a LOT, forgive the color of the stone, it’s actually very white)

 

Post # 53
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

For YEARS I thought I wanted a sapphire. It is my favourite gemstone and I actually own an antique sapphire eternity ring and LOVE it! Before Darling Husband and I got engaged he agreed to go look at rings together so I could show him what sort of stuff I like…in the store I ended up gravitating to some sapphires, some rubies and even some diamonds too! When Darling Husband proposed he did it with a diamond. How could I say no?

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