Post # 77
- Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat
Not to be a debbie downer, but I hope that some of you who are talking about coloured gemstones being the ethical choice understand that is not the case with most foreign-mined stones. I loved tanzanites, until I did some research into the horrible mining conditions. Unless it’s lab-created, MOST gemstones do have blood on them. It’s a really sad but true fact.
Post # 78
@cbott: one word: STUNNING!
Post # 79
It’s true. That’s why I went with a vendor who only deals in ethical mining practices and will not buy gems from miners who use children for labor and don’t pay a living wage. Anyone looking into a gemstone should look into which vendors deal with the Jewelers Ethics Association. I did and felt much more confident in my purchase.
Post # 80
I chose yellow sapphire because it made me warm inside 🙂 I knew I didn’t want a diamond, even still, I went and looked to be dutifully sure. Money was not an issue in the process, we had enough to buy a nice enough diamond. But, while looking at the endless cases of what looked like all the same diamond rings I spotted something from all the way across the room, the ONLY yellow sapphire ring in the store. It sang to me, took my breath away and I fell in love at that moment. That particular ring I didn’t like the band, so he had a custom made band and picked out the stone himself, even went out of state to pick up the one he thought was perfect. In the end, it def costed more than if I had just picked a diamond ring, but this is what takes my breath away, so this is what I got! 🙂
Post # 81
I chose an aquamarine because it’s my favorite color. I didn’t realize I was being trendy and I’m a little sorry that eneded up being the case. We were told by the jeweler that my stone will eventually have to be replaced beacuse it’s not as durable as a diamond and that’s find. When the time comes we decided we’ll replace it with a blue diamond. This isn’t my actual ring but pretty darn close.
Post # 82
I never wanted a diamond, and always thought I would go with a more traditional blue sapphire for my e-ring. Shortly before we were engaged, my fiance asked me what I thought about yellow sapphires. I had honestly never thought about it before. In fact I never knew that sapphires came in colors other than blue.
He showed me the stone that belonged to his great-great grandmother (it was her engagment ring, and had been reset a few times as it had been passed down) and I feel in love with it. We had it re-set in a ring that we designed to closely resemble the orignal setting (based mainly upon memories and word of mouth – unfortunately we didn’t have and photos to go on). I love the family history with the sapphire, and am thrilled to be a part of its history, before it is passed on to the next generation.
Post # 83
BLUE is my favorite color. And that dark cobalt blue of sapphire always draws me. Diamonds always looked pretty boring to me.
Post # 84
I wanted a ruby, but they don’t cost less and he didn’t want to deal with the “oh, how non traditional” from his traditional family.
Post # 85
All the rings are just gorgeous! One of my new favourites has been morganite (pink beryl) but we went with diamond also to take the most mainstream traditional route but I’ll take a gemstone ring any day.
Post # 86
I wanted a colored stone because I wanted to be different and I also knew our budget wasn’t very high. I originally wanted a blue sapphire in a halo or a black diamond in a halo, but FH wanted the clear gemstone, so he ordered moissanite. I have no idea what my ring will look like because he’s making me wait for it, so I’ll post pictures of the rings I orginally looked at and wanted. Maybe I’ll get some sapphires or a black diamond for a right hand ring?
Sorry they’re so huge. I have no idea how to resize.
Post # 87
I got a black diamond and I really have gotten a lot of compliments on it from people. Many people told me that they never heard of them and some thought it was a sapphire at first.
I wanted a black diamond cuz it’s still a diamond, but yet it’s different and more unique. Plus, black is one of my favorite colors and I’m getting married in October so it fits the whole Halloween theme of our wedding. Not only that, but black with white diamonds on the side is very elegant looking.
I was also able to get a bigger stone for a much cheaper price and I’ve always been a big fan of bigger stones!
Post # 88
I wanted a coloured stone because EVERYONE I know has a diamond and I wanted something different. I’m an attention-seeker – what can I say. ANyway. I love the meaning and the properties of an Amethyst ring and felt it made it an excellent choice for those very reasons to be an e-ring.
Post # 89
There are so many reasons I chose an amethyst for my ering. First and foremost, this ring was breathtaking when I saw it. Platinum and amethyst are very significant to my birth month and star sign, so I felt it would be a powerful ring for me. Amethyst is my favorite colored stone, and the one in my ring is the most stunning one I’ve ever seen. Also, I already had a diamond ring from my DH.
Second, I’ve just always collected colored gems. I like them better than diamonds, though I LOVE me a diamond, don’t get me wrong. I would’ve loved a huge fancy colored pink, purple, or blue diamond in my ering but unfortunately, I don’t have hundreds of thousands of dollars laying around 😉
Third, I look at my ering as a beautiful piece of jewelry added to my collection on the occasion of my engagement. I’ll have it forever, but I know I will always switch it up. That’s just how I am, I can’t just wear one thing everyday for the rest of my life.
Don’t mind the comments about how gems are cheaper than diamonds and your man must be cheap. Not only does it not matter, but many times it’s not true. A large, perfect Alexandrite will cost significantly more than a white diamond of the same size and quality. Same goes with many other fine gems like Burmese rubies. Any collector will know, top quality precious gems are EXPENSIVE!
Post # 90
I had asked my FH for a colored engagement ring. I told him I wanted something big and bold, and didn’t want him breaking the bank on a large diamond. Even though I love the ring her proposed with, my first choice would have been a nice big sapphire.
Post # 91
My first ring (which was lost) was a diamond solitaire. It was beautiful & sparkled & I LOVED it! When I lost it I started thinking about a gemstone. I looked at citrines, emeralds, rubies, sapphires & a few morganites! I loved them all so much! I wanted something different, magical & unique! I ended up falling in love with my ruby & diamond halo ring!