(Closed) The Big Day Jewelry: CZ vs. Diamonds

posted 11 years ago in Accessories
Post # 3
3060 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

The only real diamonds I am wearing is on my finger, LOL.  I can’t afford it.  I like the earrings a lot.

Post # 4
456 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna

My necklace is fake. I just couldn’t bring myself to buy expensive stuff I know I would only wear once.

Post # 5
3330 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I might wear my mom’s diamond stud earrings as my something borrowed, but I’m definitely not buying the real stuff for the wedding jewelry! I think everyone expects that you’ll wear costume jewelry on your wedding day unless you’re Chelsea Clinton :).

Post # 6
8246 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Very few people can afford to wear a bunch of real diamonds on their wedding day (other than the ones on their finger).  No one will think anything of you wearing CZs – if you love the earrings, go with them!

Post # 7
3968 posts
Honey bee

I think you’ll look great – and those honestly aren’t that big at under 2″ long and 1/2″ wide.

Post # 8
3132 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I honestly never even CONSIDERED trying to wear any “real” jewelry (other than my ring) for my wedding, except perhaps something from my mom or Future Mother-In-Law as my something borrowed.  I would just try to keep things looking pretty and sophisticated, especially by getting slightly nicer costume jewelry.

Post # 9
6377 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I personally think buying extravagant jewelry to use for a few hours is a waste of money. I’m definitely going the CZ route for whatever jewelry I buy for the big day. My e-ring and wedding band are real so that’s really all I care about.

Post # 10
222 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’m even looking into a CZ eternity band…there is nothing wrong with saving money.

Post # 11
4460 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Diamonds are a waste of money to me. I don’t like the industry. They are beautiful, don’t get me wrong. I think women have the same DNA as racoons that attract them to shiny objects. lol

Saying that, we went with Moissanite. I was able to get a 7mm (1.25 ct) for under $1200 and it sparkles way more than a diamond and it is just as hard. If I went with a “real diamond” we would have spent over $6000 and to me, that’s disgusting for us. I’m not going to sit here and lie and try to keep up with the Joneses or put up false appearences because Debeers says we should be spending three months salary. Yeah, no thanks. I got bills to pay and mouths to feed. (Now I’m singing the Wicked song lol)

When looking at moissanite at Helzburg Diamonds, the sales lady told me an engagement ring serves two purposes: 1. To look pretty (CZ, moissanite, gemstones, diamonds are all very pretty) 2. To remind you that he chose you and what’s to spend his life with you when you look at your hand. (I’m pretty sure that happens with anyone who looks at their engagement ring whether it’s cz or a diamond)

As far as other pieces, it’s the same thing. It’s there to look pretty. If it sparkles, then it’s pretty. No one is going to hold their noses up at your CZ earrrings, and if they do then they just need to step. It’s crazy to think that we are willing to spend that much money on things so other people don’t think we are fake. Your CZ earrings will sparkle in photos and you will look great.

Post # 12
6980 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Lol no one I know has big diamond jewelry to even BORROW for my wedding day (and I’m not really a “dainty jewelry” kind of person. I’m wearing swarovski crystal earrings and some bracelets from Express. Klassy. 😉 

Post # 13
3138 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Savannah, GA

I used to work for a jewelry store…  NONE of the brides I worked with ever bought big diamond jewelry pieces to wear on their wedding day. They often bought diamond stud earrings, or a diamond pendant, but they were always modest pieces.  If they wanted statement pieces, with large stones, I would show them white sapphires or even suggest they visit the Swarowski across the mall.

I don’t think anyone expects the bride to be wearing real diamond jewelry, so I don’t think you need to worry about it.  I don’t know anyone except the rich and famous who can afford the real stuff anyway, and more often than not they get the real stuff on loan.


Post # 14
994 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Yep I’m going with costume necklace and earrings.  My mother owns a diamond bracelet that I will be borrowing, but I wouldn’t spend thousands of dollars on something you’ll wear for four hours.  If you’re dead set on having real diamonds you could probably rent some jewelry.

Post # 15
1127 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I will most likely be going with CZ, crystal, or rhinestone jewlery. As long as it’s pretty, sparkly, and super cute, I don’t care.

Post # 16
313 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I had a friend make jewelry made of glass beads. It did not even cross my mind to buy diamond or other very expensive jewelry!

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