Post # 1
I want some honesty here Bees. There’s a poll involved so your opinions are totally anonymous but feel free to chime in with comments and pics.
So here’s the question: if you had a limited budget, would you rather a smaller, average quality diamond or a larger, excellent quality precious gemstone as your e-ring centre stone? For instance, a 1(ish) carat diamond (H, SI, VG cut) vs a 2-2.5 ct. natural blue sapphire [or other highly valuable, rarer gem like ruby or emerald] if the price feel in the same range?
(See example below – a 1.05 carat K diamond ring vs. a 3 carat natural sapphire and diamond ring. FWIW, the diamond ring is actually 1K costlier)
In other words, is it really worth it to you to say and feel that you have a diamond as an e-ring above all else (even if you couldn’t get the absolute diamond ring of your dreams)?
Post # 3
I would get a gemstone. But I have always wanted a gemstone and never wanted a colorless stone.
Post # 4
This thread is headed for disaster…
Post # 5
- Wedding: April 2013 - A court...
I would go for either a smaller better quality diamond or 1-2 carat equivalent sapphire, though I don’t like big gemstones/ diamonds.
Post # 6
For my tastes, that sapphire is too big. It doesn’t matter to me what stone might be in that ring, that size (3 carat) is too large for my taste.
Aside from that, diamond or gemstone, I just want a pretty ring that suits me. I have a diamond in my engagement ring that I picked out myself, but when I was picking it out, I hadn’t really thought of getting any other stone. But I’ve seen SO many beautiful rings (for example, another bee’s rose gold morganite that I LOVE) that if I had to choose it over again, I don’t know what I’d pick.
Post # 7
I predict this thread to blow up with “since when is 1 ct small” comments very shortly.
Post # 8
@Honey-Bee: yeap I agree with you 100%
Post # 9
@Rubbs: Why? I didn’t say anything inflammatory. 🙁 It’s an hoesnt question – I LOVE diamonds and would love to have a diamond e-ring one day but I think sapphires are so, so beautiful and when I look at the type of sapphire I can get for the price, I’m tempted to go with that instead.
I keep going back and forth because any option is great but I was just curious as to what extent societal expectations and the DeBeers marketing campaign has influenced us in one direction.
Post # 10
I love diamonds, so I would still want a diamond even if I weren’t blessed enough to have the one that I have now. If forced to get something else, I would choose a precious gemstone, and I would probably want a sapphire as that’s my birthstone. My best friend wears an exquisite David Yurman Aquamarine as her engagement ring with an infinity diamond band from Tiffany’s, and she gets complimented on her ring everywhere she goes.
Post # 11
@Honey-Bee: Sigh. I said ‘smaller’. Smaller being relative to something larger, i.e, a stone of 2-3 carats.
Why is it so hard to ask anything on these boards sometimes? People seem intent on making things out to be more than they are.
Post # 12
Since the style of diamond e-ring shown in your hypothetical is very similar to my own ring, I personally would choose the diamond. However, I also LOVE sapphires and think that the sapphire ring you posted is quite stunning. I would want that one for a RHR! 🙂
Post # 13
I love the sapphire, but I’m quite partial to split shanks 🙂
Post # 14
@Brielle: I thought of your e-ring while I was posting although yours is of infinitely better specs and quality than the ove I posted.
And yes, that sapphire ring is breathtaking. I was shocked at the price which is why I posted the question. $6K.
Post # 16
- Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia
1 carat is HUGE. Half-carat is also HUGE. Neither is small at all. For me, if we had to pick diamonds, it has got to be ethical. I had wanted a simple pearl engagement ring as it’s my birthstone. However, I was told that it had to be Canadian diamonds.
SO and I had already bought my e-ring, but we were bored at Marina Bay, in Singapore. We’ve never walked into Cartier nor De Beers nor Tiffany before. Yet, in Singapore, all these upscale retailers could be found in the same mall!
I tried on a ring from Tiffany’s (for fun). It was super sparkly at half carat (which is bigger than my centre stone), but with the price tag of $7k. We asked where the diamonds are from. The common reply from the stores we visited were: India and South Africa.
SO and I looked at each other and have seen 0.5 ct diamond for way less and better quality in Canada.