(Closed) Would you rather have a smaller diamond ring or a larger non-diamond ring?

posted 8 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Which would you rather have?
    A smaller ring with real diamonds : (267 votes)
    56 %
    A larger CZ or moissanite ring : (121 votes)
    25 %
    A larger gemstone/other alternative ring : (88 votes)
    18 %
  • Post # 77
    458 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I chose moissanite for its qualities. Sparkle was the most important aspect to me and seeing that moissanite has more sparkle than diamond, it was the best choice for me.

    @Bellanouva:Your ring is beautiful! I want something like that for a RHR (aquamarine is my birthstone!) but have been weighing cost vs. how much I’ll wear it lol. Very, very beautiful!

     @wifegoodman: Your ring is amazing! Not sure if I missed it somewhere but what kind of gemstone is that? Really cool how it photographed with two tones.

    Post # 78
    91 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I have a white sapphire for my e-ring, and my wedding band is white topaz. You can’t tell that it’s not diamond, and they look way nicer than any diamond that I could afford (broke college student here).


    Post # 80
    6891 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    Definitely a larger non-diamond. My stone is an Asha, but it isn’t large. I chose it to fit my setting, which we already had. I am not a terribly “blingy” person, though I do love me some good bling. 😉 But my e-ring’s center stone Asha is only .5 carats, with the halo it looks much larger. Just my personal taste. We’ve talked about “upgrading” to a 1 carat Asha much later on, but it’d be a PITA because I’d either have to get a new setting or have lots of work done to mine to expand. Neither of which I’m super happy with. I obviously see where you’re coming from and that ring posted earlier = GORGEOUS. Seriously!

    Here is my .5 carat Asha center stone in my diamond setting.

    Post # 79
    4479 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

    I’d rather have a smaller diamond than a larger stone designed to imitate a diamond. But I wouldn’t have minded a larger gemstone–I originally wanted a blue sapphire, but we ended up going with a diamond.

    Post # 81
    2253 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I would probably have to vote for getting a smaller diamond. I love gemstones in my jewelry when it comes to earrings or necklaces but with my engagement ring, it was a diamond all the way.

    Post # 82
    189 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I was given quite a large diamond, but if I had picked it out myself (or had anything to do with the stone choosing process) I would have chosen a gemstone.  It’s just more unique. Not that I don’t love my ring- I do!  It just wouldn’t have been my choice.

    Post # 83
    18 posts
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I voted for the smaller diamond.  In my family, rings are the traditional presents for “big” birthdays.  For my 16th, I got the opal ring that my mom got on her 16th bday, and for my 21st I got my gorgeous pink saphire/diamond halo (below).  While I love both, I wanted something that would be unique in comparison to what I was already wearing, and that turned out to be a diamond (below the below).


    Post # 84
    122 posts
    Blushing bee


    you are right about red or pink saphires being rubies, but emeralds are emeralds and green saphires are green saphiers

    Green Sapphire & 0.18CT Diamond Ring 9K Yellow Gold

    this is nothing like the ring i’d like to get think i will prob have to buy a loose gem and have it custom made but just to give u an idea

    Post # 85
    346 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    We struggled with this as well. We were originally looking at diamond solitaires, but after shopping around town, realized there wasn’t much available in our budget. thankfully, I stumbled up on my current ring on pinterest and FELL. IN. LOVE. I had never even considered a non-diamond e-ring before that moment but immediately, I knew this needed to be the ring! To me, one who also loves her bling, if we couldn’t afford a decent .60-.75 ct diamond… then I’d rather have something that was defintely NOT a diamond and somewhat unique (IRL anyway). Hence the peach sapphire in rose gold 😉

    At first, he took some convincing. He wasn’t big ont he center stone not being a diamond and the fact that it was less than $1000 …. he thought he needed to get me “more”. But I convinced him that this was THE RING.

    Now that I have it, I know that even a 1ct diamond wouldn’t have made me this happy!

    Good luck with your decision!

    Post # 86
    112 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I would have to say smaller ring with an actual diamond -or- gemstone ring. I looked at ashas & moissy rings, but just couldn’t fall in love with them for my engagement ring. I do have a pair moissy studs that I love for travel, though.

    For my e-ring I wanted the center stone to be either a blue sapphire or a diamond, but I got the best of both: diamond center, sapphire side stones!

    Post # 87
    1748 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I’m kind of in between the options. I knew with a size 8 finger that I would need a bigger stone, not to mention that I have a nickle allergy and needed platinum. I wanted a stone over 1 carat. At one point my fiance mentioned not wanting to pay that much for a ring, after researching the cost of what I ideally wanted. For a bit I considered stacking bands. I would rather have several stacked bands with diamonds and/or other gems, than a tiny diamond or a non-diamond center-stone (no offense to those who have one, it’s my opinion). A good place to look for stackable rings, just to get ideas, is Tiffany’s celebration rings. You can actually manipulate the rings to create your perfect stack. I think the look is classic. And actually,Jennifer Garner is on the cover of InStyle this month and has several stacked bands and it looks great!

    Post # 88
    732 posts
    Busy bee

    i LOVE me some diamonds.. although i think gemstone rings are beautiful, especially the ones i’ve seen on weddingbee. i don’t care for moissanites much, i have seen a few in person and the ones i’ve seen look pretty fake and don’t sparkle the way diamonds do.

    Post # 89
    2142 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    I’m decidedly against having a real diamond (and have told my Boyfriend or Best Friend this). I think it’s a waste of money when you can get a nicer/equally nice diamond alternative like moissy for a fraction of the price. I’m not sure if I’d rather have that or a gemstone, but definately not a real diamond. So if you feel that way too, I’d let your SO know, he can still spend over $1000 and get you a really nice ring, like maybe in a platinum setting that’s really fancy or something.

    Post # 90
    486 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I’ve always said I prefer something smaller with a more interesting setting, something that makes it unique, rather than the biggest solitaire he could afford. You can definitely get the sparkle you want without a huge diamond. Halo settings are awesome for that.

    Post # 91
    1211 posts
    Bumble bee

    Last year my bf gave me 2 different diamond rings. And I already had a sapphire and diamond ring. I just don’t care that my e-ring wont be diamonds I want BIG BLING and there is no way my bf could afford a 2ct center stone with an extra 2cts in the bands.

    Funny story* when I as little my mom always told me that when I grew up if I ever gotengaged to ask my fiancé for a sapphire, emerald or ruby ring because they were more rare and diamonds are over rated and a dime a dozen. Oh mom, what wonderful advice.

    Dont get me wrong though I loooooooove diamonds. “talk to me Harry Winston, tell me all about it!!”

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