Sapphires are a girl's best friend
September 25, 2012 9:39 AM Subscribe
Diamond vs. gemstone engagement rings. What are we not considering?
posted by PuppetMcSockerson to Grab Bag (77 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
My partner and I are considering getting a gemstone (namely, a sapphire) engagement ring instead of a diamond-only engagement ring. We don’t have a specific ring in mind, just the idea of getting one with a sapphire as the focal point instead of just white diamonds. How are gemstone engagement rings usually viewed? My partner doesn’t want to “cheap out” on me, but I think that is idiotic. Do people see a gemstone engagement ring and think “Huh, he cheaped out…”?
What should I/we be considering when we decide? What are the benefits to getting a gemstone ring vs. a “normal” diamond engagement ring that I’m not thinking of? Is there any reason NOT to consider a sapphire engagement ring? The only possible issue I can come up with is that the blue stone may not match with everything I’m wearing, but does that really matter? Is the only reason why people don't propose with things other than diamonds very often just because of how diamonds are marketed? Seriously?
I also don’t want to be seen as though I’m trying to copy the royal family. In my googling of “sapphire engagement ring” I found that Kate Middleton was proposed to with a sapphire ring (that had apparently been Princess Diana’s?), and that has cause a resurgence in popularity of sapphire engagement rings.
FWIW, I care about the symbolism of the proposal, I wish to have a ring, my partner wishes to propose to me with one, and we put stock in the concept of marriage. It has meaning to us to be beyond just a legal document and some jewelry.
There won’t be much point in saying stuff like:
1. skip the ring and have him propose with something other than a ring (ex. A friend of my was proposed to with a kayak)
2. skip the whole proposal/engagement thing and just save for the wedding
3.skip the wedding and save the money we would have spent