(Closed) The not so typical ‘gemstone e-ring’…any other bee’s with me?

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Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Msjansentobe:

I DID reject a diamond from a previous guy who proposed to me with one! For me the issue is multi faceted (no pun intended) I don’t like the conflict aspect of diamonds, I don’t like that the gem is actually quite common but are held in great reserves and released minimally to keep the price high, and I feel if it wasn’t used so much for jewelry it could be used  for industrial purposes (for which they are great, but too expensive for!)  I also feel bad that men are pressured to have these amazingly expensive baubles for their ladies- it’s just not my thing I guess.  I am totally tolerant with girls who are really into them though, everyone is whoever they are =)

 

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@noritake22:

nice pic! And here I thought I was being all original-

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Fiance has chosen an orange sapphire for me.  (i’m another diamond-birthstone gal…yay april, lol.)  the ring is currently in the design stages, and even when it’s finished it will be a couple months before it’s on my finger, but i’ll be sure to post pix when it’s finished anyway (and then more later when it’s on my hand).

the big thing about diamonds as engagement rings (besides the debeers marketing campaign in the 40s) is their durability…this is a ring that will presumably be worn every day for the rest of your life, so to have a harder, more durable stone that is less prone to damage by everyday wear and tear and the occasional bump or bang would be a good idea.  on the mohs scale, diamonds are hardest at 10.  sapphires and rubies are other “durable” choices for rings, both being different color variations of corundum (with different trace elements causing different colors…chromium is what makes rubies red, whereas iron, titanium, and others give the broad spectrum of sapphire colors…i guess technically a ruby is just a red sapphire, lol).  corundum is a 9 on mohs scale, so pretty durable as well.  softer than that, you just have to take good care of your ring is all.

kudos to all of you bees for some beautiful gemstone rings.

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Yellow citrine w/ white and canary diamonds in Simon G mount

Post # 21
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Msjansentobe:v OMG it’s so blue! I want one for my ring hand! wow! Beautiful rings ladies!

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 1993

@ MsInterpret I love Peridot! I’m a leo too and I have a silver and peridot ring that I wear on my right hand.


Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We’re both October babies… it’s an opal πŸ™‚

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I love love love colour gemstones… mine is diamond, but I didn´t have a word on it, it was a surprise.. But then I love love love diamonds too Tongue out

I adore sapphires, opals, emeralds, amethysts, Aquamarines, etc..  Sadly opals are to soft for everyday wear, but look at this! I want to get one like this one!

Post # 25
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My opal has been just fine for everyday wear. The ring is about 100 years old – we bought it at an antique jewelry store. I love it, though I do worry for it sometimes. But I figure, it lasted that long, it will last for me too. Though… I think my fiance might be worried too… I think I have a diamond ring on the way… πŸ˜‰

Post # 26
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Everyones rings are sooooooo gorgeous!!!! πŸ™‚

I have a question though bee’s? Doesn’t every gem mainly have to be mined just as diamonds do? I ALWAYS wondered because I see people talking about blood diamond (I haven’t got to watch it yet) But want to! Anyways, so I was just wondering when bee’s say they don’t want a diamond because of the movie blood diamond what would all bee’s do if they came out with movies like blood sapphires/ect? (NOT being snarky at all) I promise bee’s honor! lol I REALLY was just curious? Or do other gems get mined differently than diamonds do? I’m honestly clueless! LOL

Post # 27
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Mine is a genuine sapphire with (I think) CZ for the “diamonds”.  I’m not a diamond nut, so I was VERY happy to be getting a sapphire!!!  (the funny part: I’m a total magpie and LOVE all-things sparkly, yet I’m not fond of real diamonds.  Austrian crystals and CZ, yes, real diamonds? not so much. go figure).  Though, my Fiance DOES want to get a different ring made for me at some point that has a small diamond in it, but it’s not the main stone πŸ˜€ 

Post # 29
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Sweet.Sugar.Rose: it’s mostly, I believe, because people are more apt to kill over diamonds than any other gem.  It also has to do with the work environment for diamonds compared to the others (I could be wrong here).  

Also, many gems can be manufactored in labs, unlike diamonds.  Which is why you ALWAYS read the tag, even at a jewelry store because not all gems are “real”.  Yes, even in jewelry stores. πŸ˜›  

My sapphire is genuine sapphire and was bought from Wal-Mart.  I didn’t care and I’m REALLY happy with my pretty blue sapphire.  I’ve worn the thing for 8 years, so it’s got A LOT of sentimental value to it, already! LOL!  

oooohhhhh, and also, diamonds will bring a MUCH greater price tag than any other gem, another reason for it being “bloody”.  People will kill over the higher-priced gems than anything else.  Diamonds, emeralds, rubies are valued greater than say a garnet, sapphire, or some of the other lesser gems.  sad, but true.

Post # 30
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Sweet.Sugar.Rose: I think anything that is mined from the ground leaves an environmental footprint obviously, and unless controlled by fair trade means (as Katy-Elle pointed out) conditions for workers can also be very very low. As such, I think the notion of diamonds however, and the historic and systemic level at which they fuel wars, fund non-democratic governments, and have naturally been explotative for the last 50 odd sum years, is documented far more, either because we are more aware of it, or because it is actually far more detrimental than general gemstone mining. I honestly dont know which of the two it is, but I would think that with such a strong market demand that one could argue  possibly for the latter in this case.

As such, we chose a craftsmen jeweler to make and find our aquamarine ring which my SO has in his possession (not engaged yet!)

 

Post # 31
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Bellanouva: Im also certain that the diamonds in the band are canadian diamonds (which just makes me guilty of possibly destroying the earth :S)

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