- 10 years ago
- Wedding: December 2010
I’ve never been that fond of diamonds even without getting into the whole ethics debate. I also completely and utterly love the colour green. Hence my green tourmalines.
Wow ladies! Everyone’s rings are incredible!! I am glad to see that other bee’s have open minds as well! I didn’t mean to cause debates, and I have no judgement reserved for any woman that loves diamonds, and want or has a diamond engagement ring! They are indeed beautiful; it’s just my personal opinion to not wear one! After I made my decision about not having a diamond, I started exploring other options & I absolutely LOVE colored gems. I really wanted a tahitian pearl ring, but working w/hair all day everyday, and the chemicals I work with, being a hairstylist, would make for a rather harsh environment on the pearl. I could take it off, but I felt like I would never wear my ring, if I wasn’t wearing it 8 hours a day, 6 days a week.
I understand that there is some debate about colored gems being mined just as diamonds are; though because, society has made diamonds the prized possesion for years, not colored gems. Although, colored gems are sought after as well, it is a diamond that most of society “ooh’s and ahh’s” over.
In addition to diamonds being a hot comoditee, natural diamonds & gemstones come with a bigger price tag. The thing that most people don’t realize about natural vs. lab created stones, is that they are almost indistinguishable. Lab created gemstones, are made of the same mineral composition as natural gemstones. They’re created in laboratories with equipment that simulates the high pressures and heat that nature used to create the real gemstones far beneath the surface of the earth. The only difference, is that lab created stones, can be made without any impurities; in a lab a gemstone can be put under the perfect conditions for that gem to be created flawless. Even if a gemstone is natural, sometimes they can be altered in a lab to create, a different color or shade. For example a tanzanite in it’s natural state is a brownish color, but when heat treated tanzanite becomes a beautiful blue-purple gemstone.
Regardless of one’s personal decision to go with a colored gem or a diamond, I hope whatever you choose, or recieve, it’s something you love and are just as proud to wear it as you are to marry your man as am I!
Thanks for all the posts, your rings are truly unique & beautiful!
Yeah, there’s a lot of stuff that goes on behind the scenes with gems, though I think there are some places where you can go and look for the semi-precious gems and even keep any you find!!!! how awesome is THAT?!? (Mostly out west, I belive…) Though I think those places are in the old mining (is that spelled right?) towns, so it’s probably not like you’re gonna find a lot of great ones! lol!
I love the gemstone posts! This is not a good picture, but mine is a blue topaz. Unfortunately it chipped 🙁 Luckily though, it is with the jeweler right now and will be replaced with a new stone!
It isn’t mine yet, but this is what we picked out! It is my favorite color and his birthstone. Sorry it is so freakin huge!
I love gemstones. I really like how they add color to the ring and how they can change the look of a ring! Here is mine. Its an alexandrite, and I haven’t mastered how to take pictures of it yet.
My setting is being made at the moment. My centre stone is a flawless precision-cut 8mm green tourmaline (the largest one in this picture – of course 😉 )
I’m having it set in 18k rose gold trelliswork with this as inspiration:
with champagne diamonds as side stones. Paid the deposit to get going on the CADs this morning. SO EXCITED GUYS O.O
After seeing all of these tourmaline stones, I think I might want one for a right hand ring. They are so pretty.
here’s my beauty! love it! it was his mothers but its an aquamarine.
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