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Can we talk about Engagement Rings?

Off topic.. But I can't do my paper, my job keeps calling me with questions and distracting me like crazy (I took off to do this final today and it's getting nowhere...ugh)

Show me your pretty rings, or your dream rings Smiley Happy

 

This one is my dream ring:

 

....Yeah, I want to marry that ring.

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This is my custom ring during our sketching session. The diamond (which is over 100 yrs old and a family heirloom) really looks nice in it and it is perfect. It has happily sat on my hand for over 12 years now.  

 

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Mines looks very similar to this one, and I love it. I get so many compliments on it too Smiley Happy

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I didn't get an engagement ring - but have asked that I get a ten year anniversary ring (coming up!) to replace my current silver wedding band. 

 

I have my eye on this one:

 

And I also like this one:

This is my third runner up: 

 

In case my spouse wants to replace his to match, I've also picked something out that's more his style than mine: 

with these bands:

All are from independent jewelers in the US, none contain actual diamonds. I'm more about something pretty in my style than I am about the value of the metals or stones. (Though selling his wedding band from a previous marriage that was actual gold and sapphires was a nice, tidy sum that we put toward expenses when we moved in together those many years ago.) 

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for those that are conflicted with the issue of blood diamonds, if you get an engagement or wedding ring in the future, make sure the jeweler or country participates in the Kimberley Process.  it tries to ensure that any diamonds or gemstones are not from areas using them to finance wars in those regions and must be certified.  There are some areas they could improve, but it does cut down on diamonds known as blood diamonds entering the legal, legitimate market.

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I'm a yellow diamond kind of girl, I would like the top one but with the center stone a yellow diamond. I am not getting married any time soon but I like these rings anyways, just for being pretty rings.

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OOh, that top one is so pretty!

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Ohhh I love yellow diamonds, but have seen too many light ones. When they are really light they almost look like a bad diamond. 

The really bright ones are usually lab created, or are a precious stone, unless it's really expensive Smiley Tongue 

Tiffany's has my perfect pink diamond, but I would never want my boyfriend to spend that money on a ring. So I can settle for a pink sapphire.

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I always think if i received a ring with a fake yellow diamond, or yellow colored semi precious stone, i probably wouldn't even notice. 

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My dream ring is sitting at the jeweler's, all ready and sized for bf to pick up. We chose a marquise solitaire with a cathedral pave band. It had to be made custom, since apparently no one likes marquise cuts these days.

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I LOVE marquise cuts! So timeless and elegant. My mom's engagement ring is a marquise cut diamond. I think mine will be a marquise cut pink sapphire, spinal, or morganite. 

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They really are great. I love all the sparkle, and they are flattering on lots of different types of fingers. They used to be very popular 20 years ago, so some  people think they look dated. They will make a comeback eventually. Smiley Happy

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this is the one i have picked out Smiley Happy white gold, aquamarine, white sapphire and diamond. 

 

they have it in emerald, too, which i fell in love with first, but then i saw this one. and bonus, it's only $300. can't get much better than that! 

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Aquamarine is my birthstone. My dad bought me a ring fairly similar for my b-day last year. I love it. 

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mine is december so zircon/topaz/turquoise. this is just such a pretty blue, though! and i honestly don't want a ring like everyone else, and i don't want a big fancy wedding either. i already planned one that never happened (i even have a dress and had the invitations made! it sucked) so this time around i just want small, fun and intimate Smiley Happy i don't even want a wedding party! just my daughter as my maid of honor and my son as best man Smiley Happy and in disneyland. haha. is that weird? i don't even care Smiley Happy 

 

i just used a lot of words. way too much coffee already this am Smiley Happy 

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OOhh fun! This is the one I have, with a 1carat moissanite instead of a diamond. Smiley Happy

 

i want to get this one for my wedding band, but haven't decided if i want to spend the $$ since i want a new car and a house lol. 

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My fiance (now husband) and I mined our own stone. I don't know how I came up with that crazy idea, but once I thought of it, it had to be done! LOL We contacted a local geology club, and they were planning a rockhounding trip to a nearby quarry. That's where we found the stone. It's called a rhodochrosite.

 

My husband then found a nearby lapidary workshop and learned lapidary skills from scratch so he could cut and polish the stone.

 

The setting was made by a local jeweler. I wanted a flat ring so it wouldn't catch on things, and I chose palladium as the metal because I'm allergic to nickel, and nickel is often added to other metals like gold or silver. I recommend a nickel allergy test, and if you're allergic to nickel, make sure you ask specifically whether the ring has nickel.

 

Here are pictures of the raw stone and the finished ring. The color of the ring isn't showing well, at least on my monitor. It's a deep pink in real life.

 

 

We made more than one rockhounding trip even though we ended up using a stone found toward the beginning of the first one LOL. On another trip we found agate stones, and he made pendants out of them. I'm not sure if the rock in the picture is one of the rocks used for the pendants, but it gives you an idea. The dime is there to show you the size. I wear one of the pendants as a necklace and get compliments about it all the time.

 

The experience was really time-intensive, and it cost probably more than a thousand dollars because we took more than one rockhounding trip, including a trip a bit away from where we lived, requiring us to stay 2 nights in a motel. But I loved the experience, and we both learned a lot!

 

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I love this! That is so romantic of your husband to take the time and do that!!!!

I have had several stones cut from our mining trips, but never got around to getting them set. I have a couple rubies and sapphires but I just don't know what I want to do with them. I need to hop over to etsy and get some ideas I guess.  Your ring is really pretty!!!

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Holy cow! How/where did you mine rubies and sapphires?!?!

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That's amazing! Did you end up finding a new hobby you enjoy, or was it mostly just those couple of times you went for the stones?

This sounds like something I would have talked about doing as a joke or idle fantasy, but never would I actually think I could make it a reality

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It was a one-time project. After the ring was made, our attention shifted to planning for the wedding. Two months after the wedding, we graduated and no longer had flexible schedules that would permit going to the lapidary workshop during "business hours" nor whole weeks off in December and March. Then we moved across the country, and there are no lapidary workshops within 2 hours of here (and no Sephoras either!).

 

But this thread has made me want to plan our next vacation to include rockhounding!

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This is my ultimate fantasy ring.  I'm THIS close to printing out that picture for my boyfriend haha!

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i love pear cut halos!

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I'm a brand junkie when it comes to something important, and I wand something cute. diamond, but wearable for everyday 

This one is from Tous. love the bear 

and this one is from Tiffany <3 

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Saw this on Pinterest a few months ago. So simple, yet so elegant!

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Wow, so pretty....

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