Are diamonds really forever?

So Habibi and I just had a conversation with someone about engagement rings. Someone felt that if you are presented with a ring that is not a diamond that it is not an engagement ring. I kept hearing comments saying that "fake engagement rings" are in said person's possession because they are not made of diamonds. Do you all feel the same way? Just curious??
Posted on November 20, 2012 at 4:14 pm
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My engagement ring was a White Topaz, We eventually upgraded to a diamond ring when we could afford it. I think as long as it comes from the heart thats all that matters who cares if it has a diamond or its just a plain band. 

Posted on November 20, 2012 at 4:19 pm
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absoluely not . when engagement rings came up they were first simple rings, then later started having precious stones like sapphire standing for faithfulness. diamond wave came up only after de beers famous diamond is forever advert

Posted on November 20, 2012 at 4:44 pm
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No one knows what they are talking about, diamonds do not last forever unless in an airtight perfect enviorment. but they do last millions and millions of years. Within a few years the slogan ‘A Diamond is Forever’ was born. The advertising focused on reminding people that one should buy a diamond, but never sell it, after all it represented ones eternal love. Diamond rings should be passed on to the next generation, but never sold. The small stone was for ever and could not be pulled away from the concept of love.

Posted on November 20, 2012 at 10:17 pm
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My e ring is a sapphire because I wanted something non traditional. I think diamonds have just become the standard and people have just followed it for so long that when someone breaks the tradition and does something else others may think it odd. I love my ring personally and if I would have got a diamond thats fine too. It's all in personal taste :) 

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 12:10 am
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We are thinking of upgrading my stone but I actually want a synthetic stone. I just think the markup on diamonds is ridiculous, we have so much more important things to spend thousands of dollars on! Plus, there is the whole blood diamond controversy which even if it's not as bad as some would have you believe, it's true that most diamond mines are in areas that employ child labor and strip mines.


So we are researching synthetics and plan to spend only a few hundred on a lab created stone. It will look and behave the same way - so I'm happy!

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 12:44 am
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All I can say is that wherever I go I get compliments on my three stone diamond ring. It is Brilliant and firery and is perfectly clear. It shoots little dots of light onto the ceiling of my car when the sun hits it.


Now let me tell you that my diamond is NOT a diamond. It is Moissanite. I got engaged before this stone was available, and I knew I did not want a diamond. I did not like how the miners were treated. At the time I was an activist and writing letters to all sorts of people about the mistreatment of others.


So, I had my husband buy me a synthetic ruby and had it set in a gorgous 14k antique ring setting that I found.


Fast forward to two years ago and he really wants to buy me a real diamond ring and I said, NO, but I think I found something that we would BOTH love and I showed him Moissanite. http://www.moissanite.com/educate/what-is-moissanite I actually discovered this a few years prior but no one was carrying it in the jewellery stores.


So, when he bought it for me I was in love. I always get compliments on my ring. My sister in law who has a real diamond was out with me I was complimented and she was not. Hers is a single 1.5 carat perfectly perfect stone and cost close to 11k. Mine was around 2k and is as close to perfect as moissanite can get. In addition to 10x magnification you would need to be a highly trained jeweller. i brought it to a normal jeweller and they could not tell until they shined a special light w/ magnification on it.

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 12:52 am
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please check into Moissanite SDonisi I think you will fall in love with these. I also am like you with the Blood Diamond and I will never wear real stones.


Besides I LOVE the compliments that I get on my fake. That alone is worth every penny. BTW I do tell them my secret because We hard working girls deserve to feel like a princess!

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 12:55 am
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So proud to hear you ladies sound off on this! I don't particularly care for diamonds to begin with. People hyped them up to be the standard which is sad. Not everyone can afford them and look at now people are forced into such harsh situations all over a stone that you can cook if you wanted one that badly. You ladies know I walk the road less traveled by. Give me a beautiful, rare, colorful stone over a diamond; it would be worth so much more on soooo many levels!
Posted on November 21, 2012 at 1:49 am
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I'm in love with morganite set in rose gold.  I think that if YOU love it then that is what matters.  

Posted on November 24, 2012 at 12:01 pm
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It's all about promoting what you love instead of bashing what you hate.  Whether your engagement ring has diamonds or any other beautiful stone, it's all about personal taste. An engagement ring is given out of LOVE - nothing else matters when you strip it all down.  Diamond or not, all engagement rings are beautiful.

Posted on November 24, 2012 at 12:20 pm
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Santosha I agree with you, but you know that even PW knows how important that diamond is.


PW had a Poll on here just the other day asking how many women would prefer a bigger ring and over 30% said yes and that number is staggering to me.


This is why I am trying to educate women on alternatives that no one else will know about. Get the look, the size, and quality that only a trained jeweller would know the difference about.


 

Posted on November 25, 2012 at 4:02 am
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Both the e-ring and the wedding band are symbols--nothing more.  But what they are symbolic of is what is beautiful.  Yes, my e-ring has diamonds--that is what DH chose to give me, and I love it because it represents the promise that he made to me and the fact that he chose me out of all the women in the world, and he chose a ring that represented me the most.  I would not change that for the world.  A friend of mine who was married a few months ago has a ring that does have small diamonds as a halo setting, but the main stone is aquamarine, and it is gorgeous.  And then there are people who don't even receive engagement rings--last week on the radio they were talking about nontraditional engagements, and one woman said that her husband gave her a custom gun when he proposed.  So as far as "fake" engagement rings, I believe the only ones that are fake are the ones that are not given from one person to another to show a promise and a commitment between them.

Posted on November 25, 2012 at 6:04 am
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120% agree with moore!!! 

Posted on November 25, 2012 at 11:21 pm
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No no and no! 


I agree with all the ladies before me! An engagement ring is the one that is given as a symbol of a promise to mary one. The material the ring is made of is not important.

Posted on November 26, 2012 at 12:22 am
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I dont think it matters at ALL what stone you have in your ring.  Honestly, the population has been brainwashed into thinking that diamonds are rare and are soo expensive.  they arent!

Posted on November 26, 2012 at 1:06 am
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My E-ring was made in silver and has high quality CZ- so good that several jewlers that I have brought it to for cleaning did not know it was CZ until handing it back to me.


I do love moissinite- but it's way more expensive than CZ since it resembles a flawless diamond.


 


The only thing I regretted about asking for a silver and CZ ring was the fact that I said silver... The main ring would always pop out and I always needed to get it fix. Silver is so soft and not as durable as gold.


Luckily I went to a jeweler who said that he can change the prongs to white gold and that would make the main stone never pop out- that's what we did and I haven't had a problem with my ring since!


This is the original setting with very low silver prongs:


My E ring was photo 3429430-1


This is the new setting with very high white gold prongs, along with my wedding rings:


My E ring was photo 3429430-2


I don't think anyone can really tell it's fake.... and if you can- who cares I'm still married and that for sure ain't fake! lol


 

Posted on November 26, 2012 at 1:19 am
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IdoAgain20 - It's all good!!!  :D  I love that you're providing information about non-diamond engagement rings - it's a great way to learn about new kinds of rings out there!  I know I learned something.  Diamonds might be the most popular choice for engagement rings on PW and off PW, but who's to say that that makes them more real of an engagement ring than others.  :)


I love the way Christina put it:


"So as far as "fake" engagement rings, I believe the only ones that are fake are the ones that are not given from one person to another to show a promise and a commitment between them."

Posted on November 30, 2012 at 4:46 pm
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I agree with Santosha 100% and I also love what moore said. I think it's a matter of preference and each couple can decide on what is right for them. Any ring given in sincerity is an engagement ring in my book. There are so many beautiful options and I enjoyed looking into them before I was engaged. It is wonderful how many great ways there are to display one's commitment to another for life!

Posted on November 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm

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