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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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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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