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Non Diamond Engagement Ring

May 5, 2010

Would you?

A old acquaintance of mine from high school engaged way back went and had a three stone sapphire engagement ring. At the time I said, “How cool!” when I really meant, “How… different”. Now I am wondering if she was ahead of the game. After all, it is customary of European royalties to give sapphire stone engagement rings. Remember Princess Diana’s ring?

That’s ring. Sapphire. Apparently, she shocked the Royal family by picking it out of a catalog by Garrard Jewelers. Sapphire is traditionally the stone of fidelity and true love (I don’t know who makes this shit up). Soldiers use to give it to their wives and when they came back from campaign if the stone changed color or faded it meant their wives were unfaithful. Now, of course, we know that sapphire can be encouraged to change color with heat. Wouldn’t that suck? You dropped it in the oven and he thinks you cheated on him. Just like a man but I definately won’t sniff at a sapphire engagement ring. The modern ones are beautiful

This three carat sapphire is so pretty and I hear she is very flexible with payment plans. It helps that sapphires are more affordable than diamonds. I am especially fond of vintage sapphire engagement rings (surprise, surprise!)

There are of course all manner of different gemstone engagement rings.

Pink garnets. Very J.Lo, non?

There is emeralds which I like just as much as sapphires really.

But what about the kind-of not diamond diamond engagement rings. How cool would you be with those? Especially with so many options out there these days. You could get a white topaz, white sapphires, or even the trending mossainite.

This for example is a one and a half white topaz set in white gold wedding set for just over $700. A steal.

Or this organic white sapphire pear ring in a yellow gold setting for a littler over $400

A moissanite 1.2 carat wedding set for $1400

A 1-carat antique style engagement moissanite engagement ring for $920.

Moissanites have 2.5 times more the fire of diamonds and in fact most jewelers when it came on the market could not tell the difference between a moissanite and a diamond. A friend had a moissanite diamond and she always refered to it as her “rock”. No one ever knew. How do you feel about a diamond that is not a diamond?


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Picture from the Daily Mail

5 Comments leave one →
  1. keshia permalink
    May 6, 2010 12:01 am

    call me a spoilt prude, but i don’t like the idea of havin an engagement/wedding ring that’s moissanite. it’s like telling a mother that an adopted child is the same as having one her own!

    horror WILL ensue! *at least for me ahem.

  2. May 6, 2010 2:09 am

    Well of course I agree sapphires are delicious!

  3. May 6, 2010 11:45 am

    Yum, love that garnet ring. Delish.

    Love mine more though 🙂

  4. May 7, 2010 1:17 am

    I am all about the vintage ring – seeing as that’s what mine is.

    Love sapphires too – My Mum’s engagement ring has one in it.

  5. May 7, 2010 3:45 pm

    my wedding ring is a simple ring with five sapphires, anniversary style and etching all around it. sapphires are where the saying “true blue” came from. de beers is the one who invented “diamonds are forever.” I like that my ring comes from an older tradition, not based on an ad slogan – no offense to Don Draper.

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