September 25, 2014

MY "NON-TRADITIONAL" ENGAGEMENT RING

Hi everyone. I'm really sorry that I can't seem to make any regular appearances to this little bloggy corner lately. I've been having kind of a tough time with working lots of hours, and trying to keep my house clean and still trying to make time for my fiancee. This girl is struggling to keep her shit together. 

Anyway... I wanted to talk for a brief moment about my engagement ring. Because who doesn't want to talk about a pretty gem that graces their finger. 



I get a lot of questions and comments about my ring, because it's considered "non-traditional." I've had lots of people compliment me on how pretty and unique it is. I also have a lot of people ask me if it's meant to be an engagement ring.

I'm not sure if you can see it in the photo, but the center stone has a light pinkish, almost champagne color. The stone is morganite, and it is set in rose gold. I think people get confused because there isn't a center diamond.

I knew very early on that I wanted something different in an engagement ring. Once Dave and I started looking at rings, and I found out what I liked and didn't like, I realized I wanted something with a hint of color. This also worked out much better for our budget.

At first I wanted a pearl. My grandma and Dave's mom both had pearl engagement rings. But they damage very easily, and I didn't want to worry about that. When we started looking at stores I gravitated to the lighter colors, which is just a personal preference. I was looking at some light greens, aquamarine, yellow, and the pinkish morganite that I have now.

Don't get me wrong. I love diamonds. When I was a little girl I used to dream of having a big, multi-karat Tiffany's diamond. But I really wanted something unique. Something different, that reflects my personality. Plus, there are no rules as to what an engagement ring has to be.

For hundreds of years, almost as long as people were giving each other rings to symbolize betrothal, they were made of metal and gems other than diamonds. In fact, diamonds didn't start to become the norm until around the 1880s when the De Beers company gained control of the majority of the world's diamond supply. Eventually public perception (with a little bit of persuasion from the De Beers coroporation) grew to be that diamonds were some of the rarest gems in the world.

So today the large majority of couples who get engaged are doing so with diamond rings. However, according to Brides magazine, 52% of women surveyed said that they would wear a colored stone in their engagement ring.

What about you? Are you a die hard diamond lover? Or are you someone who would love to rock some color? I have heard tons of opinions on this subject, and I would love to know yours!

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6 comments:

  1. The morganite is so pretty!! I have a friend with a morganite ring (they actually bought it from Etsy!) and it's so unique and beautiful! I have a diamond and I really like it, so I don't see myself trading it out for any other stones. But I have thought of trying a band with other gemstones or a right hand ring. Amethysts have always been one of my faves!

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    1. Thank you! I thought about amethyst for a second, because my favorite color is purple. I thought I might want a lighter color, and I'm glad I did, because I think the morganite sparkles more :)

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  2. It's funny that our idea of traditional wedding rings comes from a monopoly and some very clever marketing! Your ring is lovely. I definitely want a non-traditional ring, even if I'll probably never wear it (most jewelry drives me crazy because it makes me feel confined. . .weird, I know). My boyfriend's a metallurgist, so he wants it to be made out of something funky and I'd rather have a colored stone too :)

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    1. I think it is so important to choose something that YOU want. It is a symbol of your commitment and love, so why not pick something you love to wear?

      Also, that is so cool that he is a metallurgist! How unique!!

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  3. YOUR RING IS STUNNING!!! Oh my gosh I am in love!!

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