Post # 77
I would have accepted a CZ if that’s all he could afford. That’s what I would have had if I hadn’t received my heirloom ring, and I wouldn’t care because the sentiment would be the same no matter what kind of stone the ring had. I get bored with jewelry very easily so I often switch out my diamond rings for CZ stand-ins just for fun anyway.
Post # 78
- Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia
A girlfriend of mine has cubic zirconia as her engagement ring/wedding set. I honestly wouldn’t have known if she didn’t tell me.
So, if Fiance had proposed to me using pearls or CZ or even with a sweet keytar (which isn’t a ring), I would’ve said yes — because I am saying yes to him, not to an object. The ring is just a piece of jewelry. When I die, I don’t get to keep it anyway.
Shrug, maybe I’m in the minority.
Post # 79
My only criteria for my e-ring stone is that it is lab-made. I find (as does my SO) the ethical and environmental issues created by the gemstone mining industries deeply disturbing. No judgement to those who have mined stones, just something we felt strongly about.
I’d be fine with a CZ and wear it proudly in fact, when SO said that he wanted to do a white/clear stone, I suggested CZ as an option. We went with a moissanite and, frankly, I’d prefer a lab-created white sapphire to a CZ simply because of the hardness factor. I’m still waiting on my ring (it’s IN THE HOUSE!!!) but plan to be honest with anyone who asks & explain the reasons for why we chose the stone we did.
Post # 80
@Cynderbug: I think it was either 20/20 or maybe Oprah, but some investigative report went around to a bunch of jewlers and most could not tell the “diamond” ring was a CZ until they had it under a loupe.
A friend of mine who is a GIA gemologist and works for a large, well-know jewelry store says that anyone who says they can tell (with quality/well-cut CZs) is full of it. At her jewelry store, they’ll sometimes do a loose stone “quiz” for fun (OMG I know, sounds fabulous) and line up 5 RB CZs and 5 RB diamonds and see who can get the most correct. Her “high score” was 8/10!
Post # 81
No, for my ering i’ve always wanted a real diamond.
if i couldn’t, i would choose another real stone, but non a CZ.
Post # 82
No, if I was unable to get a diamond then I would want an emerald or no stone. I can’t tell you how many times I have smacked my hand so hard and thought I had lost or broken a diamond…and nothing. I would have ruined a CZ by now!
Post # 83
Sure, it’s the proposal that has value, not the ring
Post # 84
@lenabee: I would gladly accept any rock he wanted to give me. Even if it was a grey, dirty, off the ground rock lol
I think CZs are lovely, I’ve only heard about the clouding but have never witnessed it. I guess I would prefer any stone as long as it “lasts forever”…I don’t want to accidently bang it off the doorway and have it break or something lol
Post # 85
My only objection to a CZ for an e-ring is that I’ve heard that they don’t hold up well, and I’d rather not have to replace my ring (or the stone). I like knowing the one I wear is the one DH proposed with. If it was for a different ring or they were more durable, sure, I’d be up for a CZ.
I have a moissanite, so clearly I’m not against lab-made or non-diamond stones.
Post # 86
Honestly, no. I would rather have a plain band. I think CZ are nice for fashion jewelry.
Knowing my Fiance, he wouldn’t have considered getting me an e-ring that’s not a diamond. He would’ve most likely waited until he could afford a nice diamond ring for me before he proposes…at least that’s what he told me.
Post # 86
I would rather have a very small diamond or a gemstone or moissy because cz does not last and even the expensive cz still looks too white for my taste
Post # 87
- Wedding: May 2014 - Forsyth Park in Savannah, GA
I wouldn’t perfer it because I would like the option to hand my rings down to my future children. I’m also sentimental in that I don’t like the idea of upgrades. The stone and setting he chose is the ones I want to wear forever. I don’t know how true it is because I don’t own one, but as you said, CZ have been known to cloud over time. These are a few of the reasons I went with moissanite.
Post # 88
Actually, I would have considered it. I have a diamond, and while it’s certainly beautiful, I don’t now (and probably won’t ever) truly appreciate or understand why my husband spent so much on it. I’m more into aesthetics than price. And my tastes change over time, so I don’t care about a “forever ring.” He proposed without a ring so it doesn’t have any of that “OMG this is what he presented when he got down on one knee” sentiment. I learned in passing recently that he does not ever expect me to take it off or upgrade it. Sigh. So I have to wear this diamond (that I like, but by no means love) for the rest of my life? Before proposing, he asked what kind of ring I’d like, I showed him several photos and I’m pretty sure he disregarded them (thinking that they’d cost too much) and got me something that is not my style but that he could afford. He could have gotten a simulant for a third of the price and it would have been bigger and maybe sparklier and he could’ve given it to me sooner. Also I wouldn’t have to feel bad about replacing it a few years down the line when I’m ready for a change of pace.
Post # 89
I wanted a forever stone, so it was diamond or moissanite for me. I ordered an Amora moissy and it was like a disco ball, and lacked the depth of diamonds, so I only had one choice left.
Even if CZ was a forever stone, it’s still far too icy white for my taste. I ended up with an H colour diamond, and I now wish I had gotten something warmer, in the J-K range.
Post # 90
While I would only ever want a lab-made stone, I would not have agreed to CZ for several reasons. It was important to me that my e-ring was a forever stone because I want to pass it down to my future daughter or son. CZ gets cloudy over time so to that end, it wouldn’t work for me. Also as PP mentioned, CZ is also too icy white for my taste. I like warmer stones and stones with personality so if we wouldn’t have selected moissanite we would have chosen a lab-made emerald or a lab-made ruby instead.