(Closed) Why did YOU want a gemstone?

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Post # 62
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

My main reason for disliking diamonds is not for environmental or conflict reasons (although those things definitely turn me off them too). My main reason for not wanting a diamond is the diamond industry itself. I just hate how society has been brainwashed by clever marketing into thinking that diamonds are the physical embodiments of love and romance when really they’re just sparkly rocks. They are not that special and they are not that rare.

I’ll admit though that I was just as brainwashed as everyone else. I always wanted a big, beautiful diamond on my future engagement ring. I’m not really sure why… mostly just because that to me was what an engagement ring was.

However, when I started to learn about diamonds and found out how much they cost I was absolutely horrified. I just could not justify spending up to 10 grand on a ROCK. I also did not want to support the diamond industry.

I thought to myself “there must be a better way”. I started searching some keywords into Google and I eventually stumbled upon moissanite. The more I learned about moissanite the more it seemed just too good to be true! 

Lucky for me, moissanite isn’t too good to be true. It’s a dream come true! When I looked at my 1.5ct enhanced moissanite for the first time I was amazed at the beauty and sparkle. It’s also not yellow looking at all! 

Everyone seems to think of diamonds as being way above any other gemstone, but it just is not true. Sure, diamonds are sparkly but moissanite is TWICE as sparkly. Sure, diamonds are hard and nothing but another diamond can scratch one, but moissanite is actually more resistant to chipping than diamonds are (and yes, diamonds do chip. Not even diamonds are truly forever.) and they are second in hardness only to diamond. My moissanite will look just as gorgeous 100 years from now. 

I got all the glitz, all the sparkle, all the beauty, quality, heirloom value and durability for much less money and without diamonds, which imo are a complete scam. I’m so proud that I educated myself and made the decision to go moissanite! I did not need to spend a ton of money to get the ring of my dreams!

I love my moissanite so much and I can’t wait to have it set in the setting we chose! You can see my full moissanite review here.

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Post # 63
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I chose a garnet for the reasons you posted–cost-effectiveness, uniqueness. I love garnets. Diamonds…not so much. It seems like everyone has one, and I just don’t like them a whole lot, unless they’re colored ones.

Here’s mine–wedding band included. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Post # 64
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My husband and I also chose a colored ring.  Yes, it is a Black Diamond which is still a diamond, but you would be shocked over people’s reactions to it.  I have heard people say a ton of times that a black diamond is not an enagement ring or that its morbid.  I could care less because I love it!

My fiance and I are very different people and I love black!  I always wear black and halloween is my favorite holiday!  It was just fitting that I get a black ring. 

 We chose the stone based purely on personality.  A normal white diamond just isnt my style.  While they are beautiful, its just not me.  Go with what suits you best! ๐Ÿ™‚  It will reflect your actual relationship and personality more this way Laughing

 (Ps sorry this pic stinks!)

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Post # 65
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@Mrs.Grape:  Your set is beautiful!  Did you purchase a wedding set and have a garnet put into it?  Or did you have to find a wedding band?

 

I love the gemstone wedding set look, but I’m having a rough time finding a wedding band.  I think that since my ring wasn’t intended as an e-ring, it’s not the easiest thing to find a band to match.  What are you other gemstone ladies doing for wedding bands?

Post # 66
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2010

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@namarie:that’s beautiful!

Post # 67
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

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@JaneEyre: Thanks! Nope, I had a band custom made to fit around my setting. It was only about $250, which was not bad at all. I considered having a band on each side, but I thought it’d be overkill.

Post # 68
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

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@gabrielleelise1981: yes i am goin g with pave halo diamonds around it. sooo excited! could i see a pic of yours?

Post # 69
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

What about getting an engagement ring with both? There are a lot of rings out there with a center diamond surrounded by ruby or sapphire sidestones that aren’t more expensive just because there are more than one kind of jewel.  Also, it’s a trendy way to get the most out of diamonds AND gemstones.  My favorite ones are the ones I found on the James Allen site (http://www.jamesallen.com), which is an online diamond retailer. They have engagement rings featuring emerald, ruby, and sapphire sidestones that highlight a beautiful center diamond.  Take a look!

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Post # 70
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

A lot of what’s been echoed above–cost effectiveness, etc.  Fiance wanted something unique, but still classic-looking.  We ended up with a white sapphire center and blue sapphire sides…also, seeing as my birthday, our engagement, and a few other little “milestones” are in September, that works for me.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 71
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Worker bee

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@pumpkinpatch: I am also wanting a yellow sapphire!! can u suggest where to look, i search the same sites online all the time! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 72
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

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@peaches1038: Your ring is SO PRETTY.

Post # 73
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I wanted a gemstone cause it is WAAAY more cost efficient than buying a diamond even though i love diamonds white sapphires are just as good and shine just as much. I originally had a 1/3ct diamond ering that cost way to much and since me and my husband both decided on the original we both decided on my new ring and now i have a white sapphire that i just love dearly.

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Post # 74
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Because diamonds aren’t rare or hard to find. I really enjoyed the search for my sapphire.

Post # 75
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I chose a gemstone (with diamonds) because I wanted the look of a larger stone, but without the insane cost of a diamond.

And I just love the way the white topaz sparkles..:)

Post # 76
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

I always thought I would have a “ring inspiration” type folder full of diamond engagement rings. It all changed when I had to make a commodity chain poster for human geography. I found out that diamonds aren’t even the “traditional” engagement ring. Before the 1900’s people didn’t usually have e-rings and if they did the gemstone was coloured. That’s when I realised that I could pick out a ring that I thought was pretty, not just one I thought I was supposed to have (:

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