Post # 1
I looked at and was open to everything. I read up on ASHAS, man made diamonds, semi-precious stones and yes even high grade CZs…
I myself decided on a white sapphire. The look of uncertainty on my fiances face is burned into my memory when I told him my wish of havng a sapphire. At the time it was decided in the few years we would get my stone with the exact shape and size replaced with a moissanite. My first choice was actually a moissanite. One of the reasons i didn’t get a mossy is because I still to this day have never seen one in person. At the time I had not seen a white sapphire either until I happend upon one at a local mall. It was quite impressive to me. After I got the sapphire I decided I never want anything else. If anything ever happens to my sapphire I will replace it with another sapphire. I am certain this is the stone I’m supposed to have.
- Why did you decide on the stone you did?
- What did you find out about what you were researching that made you decide to purchase or not purchase?
- Did anything surprise you in your research of different stones?
- What was your first choice and what did you end up with?
- Where did you find your stone or ring (internet, jewelry store)?
Post # 2
DH got a diamond. We both liked being able to visit a physical store during the purchasing process. DH also likes supporting local business, and I have no idea where to buy a lot of the alternative stones in real life. Diamond is a my birthstone, so it made sense.
Post # 3
I knew pretty much right away I wanted a round diamond! They are the most sparkly 🙂 Also did extensive research on the 4 C’s (cut, color, clarity, carat)! I learned a nicer cut is better than a higher color grade. This info was important when researching prices. Went with a center stone that’s just over 1 carat. LOVE!!! Most important thing I can stress is to KNOW YOUR 4 C’s!!!!!!!!!
Post # 4
I chose a black opal. I knew I didn’t want a white diamond. I’ve just never cared for them. My husband (fiancé at the time) wanted a ring on my finger before we told our parents. I came home from college, and we went ring shopping. We went to chain jewelry stores, department stores, local jewelry stores, and we only found one ring we liked – a band with two rows of channel set rubies. I had seen an ad in a magazine for a local goldsmith, and, on a whim, we gave him a call. He was available to meet that day. After seeing his work, nothing else compared. I never doubted my choice. It’s been on my finger for almost 16 years now, and it still gives me a warm fuzzy to see it on my finger. I also get a lot of compliments on it because it is so unusual.
Post # 5
DH and I would only purchase a diamond where we could see it in person and go to a brick & mortar store for customer service issues. There was never any other kind of stone in consideration, it was only ever going to be a diamond. I knew the specs I wanted, and that’s what we ended up getting.
Post # 7
Apologies. I have no idea why it’s done that crazy type.
Post # 8
- Wedding: October 2014 - Cape May
DH and I went with a diamond. My initial desire was something pink, preferably pink sapphire or pink Moissy. DH had never heard of anything other than a diamond for a ering so he was insistent on having an actual diamond. Now he thinks the idea of Moissy is ” really neat” and has no arguments on adding to my collection. I regret spending a huge chunk of cash just to be able say we have a diamond.
Post # 9
When we got my engagement ring, I had never heard of moissanite, amora, asha, or white sapphires, and it just never occurred to me to ask for a stone with color, so we went with diamond 🙂
If anything were to ever happen to it I’d probably get another diamond because yay sparkly and they’re the easiest to have set in whatever setting I love, but I am fascinated by moissies, AG, and purple sapphires.
Post # 11
I wanted an aquamarine center stone – my birthstone and I think they’re so pretty. I didn’t do any research at all. My husband did find out that they were sold in natural state and with extra color pumped in somehow. He picked natural without asking and was spot-on. I don’t want a faked out rock, I want the real deal. It’s really subtle in some lights, looking like a darker diamond without much sparkle. In other lights the blue is really, really obvious.
I also have tiny sidestones (less than a quarter carat, I believe – never asked, don’t really know) in diamond, which I didn’t originally want. My husband felt diamonds were necessary. I love how they enhance it, so it was a good choice on his part.
A large diamond wouldn’t reflect either of our personalities. My ring is perfect for both of us.
Post # 12
We both wanted a traditional look. I wanted a mesmerizingly sparkly, natural, confirmed ethical stone that would look just as good for generations to come.. Thus diamond. We didn’t consider anything else.
He wanted to pick amongst very high quality stones with his eye and not take the chance of ending up with a dud, and didn’t want to do a ton of Cs research to be frank, hence Tiffany & Co. It worked for us, we love the ring and have enjoyed the service from the store. I love the looks and history of my setting too.
If I was running the show myself I’d get a diamond online and get a custom setting to save, but Fiance was horrified at the thought of purchasing something like that online so I didn’t push it! I didn’t want to control the whole operation and I knew Id end up with something beautiful his way too.
Post # 13
You didn’t have an option for precious stones other than diamond ( ruby, sapphire, emerald)
Post # 14
I left it up to Fiance. He chose a diamond.
Post # 15
I also left it up to Fiance and he chose a diamond.