(Closed) Sterling Silver Ring & Cubic Z for Engagement Ring?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

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bp1294:  Sterling silver for an ering? NO. Why? Because silver is very soft, and not a forever metal. CZ? Yes, if you don’t mind it. It can last a lifetime or more if you baby it and take care of it. Just make sure to find good quality, well cut, warmer ones. Never heard of TwoBirch so I can’t say if they are good or not.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

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bp1294:  If you plan on upgrading in a few years, it should be no problem! An idea, if you want, is to spend a bit more on a forever setting, one you love, and set a CZ in it. When you have the money to upgrade, you can get a diamond or whatever you choose put in the same setting. That way, if you end up sentimental about it, you won’t have to get rid of the first setting, if that makes sense. πŸ™‚ I upgraded with no issue though when I upgraded because I am not sentimental really about such things, so if that’s the way you are, too, I’d say go for it! πŸ™‚

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Honestly?  No and no.  Sterling silver is soft and it is easy to warp, bend, plus it eats away by constant wear.  I have a s.s. ring that i wore every day as a kid, it’s quite wide,  but after about 4 years the back of the ring thinned out substantially,  very noticeable. Now about the CZ. I’m gonna say this not to bash othe’s rings, it’s people choice what to wear and none of my business.  However,  OP wants my honest opinion: I don’t recommend CZ as a permanent stone.  It’s a man made cheap substitute to diamonds, sparkly,  shiny, but it clouds over time,  easily scratched ,has very little value,  and it’s not made by nature.  If you don’t have a diamond budget,  there are so many beautiful natural gemstones to pick from! That way you get something truly valuable and unique in your ring. 

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I was curious after all the moissanite talk on this board. You can get a loose stone on eBay. These look pretty awesome and have apparently fooled even jewelers:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-5-ct-Brilliant-Asscher-Cut-Vintage-Top-AAAAA-CZ-Moissanite-Simulant-6-5-mm-/151742582602?hash=item2354900f4a

Then you can get a relatively cheap yellow or white gold band from almost anywhere. That would be a longer lasting ring, and be more like the traditional engagement ring, if that’s what you’re going for.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

Since you are planning on upgrading, I personally think your plan is fine. The wedding set I currently have is SS and CZ and while I like to call it ‘cost efficient’ (and not cheap, thankyouverymuch), I am well aware it’s not going to last forever and I honestly don’t want it to. Fortunately, I’m not sentimental about jewelry because I change my mind all the time on what I like and I like to switch up depending on my mood. 

And FWIW, that original diamond engagement ring I got when my husband proposed….it’s sitting in a box in the back of my underwear drawer.

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

I think it’s a fine option. There are soo many styles out there so you could get anything you wanted in a very reasonable budget! It may not last, but there’s also no guarantee it won’t last. 

Many people do it, if you read the reviews on berricle.com there are several people who comment that they purchased an engagement ring from them. The cost of the ring and the materials don’t matter, the only thing tha really matters is the relationship and the promise the ring symbolizes πŸ™‚

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I have a sterling silver ring that I have worn every day for 10 years. It is fine. I just have to clean it and now and again. 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

I’ve loved and worn CZs for many many years, and I’ve never once had one be scratched or cracked. I personally like them more than moissanite. DH had a beautiful necklace made for me years ago, set with CZs, and it honestly does look like diamonds.

Some silver mountings can be crafted to be reasonably durable, but if you wanted something in SS it might not look like a traditional contemporary engagement ring.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper

If it fits your budget then there is nothing else to say about it-yes and yes.

If you can afford to go with something a little more durable? I HIGHLY recommend the sale sectoins on moissaniteco.com and the clearance secction of moissanite.com [yes 2 differrent websites].

Get the white gold and moissy if you can afford it.  If not, cz is the way to go sister.

Post # 13
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Worker bee

I think sterling silver is great. I have a sterling silver ring that I’ve worm everyday for 12 years. I literally never take it off for anything and am fairly rough on it (playing sports, gardening, moving + I’m pretty clumsy in general). It’s still in great condition. A few scuffs on the back but no dents or anything. I hate the idea of white gold because I’d have to send it in to get re-dipped and that’s too high maintenance for me. There are a few other better options but more expensive.

A high quality CZ (cheap costume jewellery CZ looks cheap from the start) would be okay for a while but not as a forever stone in my opinion. If you’re planning to upgrade then no big deal.

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

My advice to you is to get a 14k setting. Buy a loose cz, chris cz uk is a great option, extremely cheap but high quality cz, the ladies on the BTD forums rave about them. Then, overtime if your stone starts to look cloudy it will be very inexpensive to replace, and you have the option to keep the original setting and upgrade the center stone later. Sterling silver looks bad very fast, it’s so soft and tarnishes. I noticed a previous poster said that cz easily scratches, this is not entirely true. Cz is actually much harder than alot of gemstones. Yes it is more likely to scratch than a diamond is, but so arnt every other stone that’s below diamond on the mohs scale. So, solid 14k setting and cz is my recommendation. Also winkcz.com has nice stones too, but are a little more expensive than chris cz.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

My e-ring is steling silver and aquamarine (my birthstone, very special to me) – we are not wealthy and he felt it had to be silver or white gold as he feels those are “romantic” metals for fidelity.  He was able to get the setting in platinum to help keep the stone in.  I love my ring.  I am getting a silver and aquamarine band to amtch it for our May wedding, and looking at silver rings for him, as it’s his chsen metal.

I have no plans, need, or desire to “upgrade” – the stone he chose to propose is the stone I will wear.  Anything else would hurt his feelings terribly, and he chose it, gave it to me on one knee, and I love it, as I love him.  

I agree that there are other options if a diamond is not in the budget, from white sapphire to birthstones.  I looked at mossanite, but it never looked more affordable to me than a diamond, just a better stone to choose if you don’t like the conflict and world influence of the diamond trade.

As long as your man won’t be hurt by the idea of an “upgrade”, choose what you like for now, and then maybe it can be a special anniversary gift to add to or change it.  

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