Gold and Diamond Rings

on Jul 18, 2011 @ 11:24 am

We had a brief discussion today at ChickAdvisor about the price of gold and diamonds- relating to engagement rings. I did a bit of research and it turns out that they are both pretty expensive these days, the prices have risen a ton! Especially for diamonds. You can read more about it here and here. Also interesting is the fact that the recent bombing in Mumbai took place near diamond hubs and this could affect demand and prices, read more here

Would you ever consider faking it? Diamonds, of course! Zirconium could be a cheap alternative for an engagement ring. OR, would you consider ever going in a totally different direction, maybe sapphires or pearls or even vintage jewellery? Maybe you're a romantic though that needs the traditional diamonds on her finger. 


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I'm already married, so hypothetically speaking... on Jul 18, 2011 @ 11:54 am

I would never fake it with a faux-diamond. However, I would definitely consider another gem! Vintage jewelry is a great idea but since it can be so stylized, I think this is a case where the couple should shop together. While it's hard to get a solitaire wrong, something very different might be trickier to agree on.

Ali de Bold
I don't know on Jul 18, 2011 @ 12:47 pm

I think an engagement or wedding ring can be whatever you want it to be, but I wouldn't want a CZ. I'd much prefer another gemstone that is special to me or some sort of heirloom that has sentimental value. The price of gold is insane right now and it's likely only going to get higher. I was at my preferred jeweler this weekend and he was saying how jewelry stores are being affected by the soaring prices. But I think it's just like anything else. You have to look at your budget and decide what you can afford.

Never a fake. on Jul 18, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

Oh and by the way, After SEx and the City 2, I've been lusting after the black diamond and white gold.
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Something like that should not faked :( !

Diamonds are not my best friend. on Jul 18, 2011 @ 03:05 pm

I'm just not that into diamonds. I've always wanted a pearl ring instead of a diamond ring. Traditionally, most people weren't engaged with diamonds and it wasn't until there was an advertising campaign by DeBoers that people started wearing diamonds. I really like the idea of pearls and sapphires together or pearls and another semi precious stone.

I'm not that big on diamonds either on Jul 18, 2011 @ 04:53 pm

Even though I'm not diamond's best friend, I don't think I would fake it. It would just be tacky especially if it's your engagement ring! I know a lot of people can't tell but you're always going to come across some people who can. Besides, I want something real if it's an engagement ring bc it's supposed to be special.

Pretty! on Jul 18, 2011 @ 06:57 pm

I think that ring is gorgeous!

Sapphires were traditonal on Jul 18, 2011 @ 08:27 pm

years ago instead of diamonds (I heard). My ring is sapphire and diamond in white gold. I dont think you have to go with big expensive solitaires for an engagement ring. I also dont think you have to spend a fortune. I was an older bride and didnt need that 'surprise' of hubby picking a ring and presenting it to me. We decided to get married, I looked at rings and when we found something I liked and it was on sale!, we got it. I actually paid 1/4 of its value as I didnt have to have a rock to flash as soon as we were engaged.
Now this was a decade ago too so I dont know how current gold prices would affect getting such a deal.

Jski07 - I love the red diamond look :)

The Fashion P.A.
my boyfriend spoiled me... on Jul 19, 2011 @ 02:43 pm

My bf proposed on our recent trip to Paris and I was both surprised and thrilled!!! He presented me with a 3 stone sparkler and my jaw dropped. He softly mentioned the ring was fake! a Cubic Zirconia LOL. He was giving me a fake sparkler so I could choose the ring of my dreams (within our budget), and he didn't want to ruin the surprise of proposing by asking what kind of engagement ring I wanted. We went ring shopping as soon as we got back to Toronto, and after being educated about diamonds and looking and zillions of settings I was able to find the ring of my dreams...

I believe an engagement ring can be whatever you want as long as you smile everytime you look at it :D

Ali de Bold
Completely agree with the-fashion-pa on Jul 19, 2011 @ 03:43 pm

"I believe an engagement ring can be whatever you want as long as you smile everytime you look at it :D"

When Alex proposed to me he did it without a ring. We were strapped for cash at the time as I had just gone back to school and we were about to start ChickAdvisor! We didn't have the cash for a ring, but I didn't care. It was a romantic proposal and I was marrying an incredible man.

Of course the first thing everyone asks when you get engaged is to see your ring, so I did wear a fake for a couple of months since I didn't feel like explaining why I didn't have a ring. He bought the real deal and surprised me with it on Valentine's Day several months later. So essentially, I got two surprises!

It's really just about the two of you. That's what matters the most.

@jskim07, I love that ring too. I can only imagine the price tag!!

... on Jul 19, 2011 @ 03:44 pm

I wouldn't for a CZ when it comes to my wedding or engagement rings. Imo, those are special and symbolizes the start of our union, I wouldn't want to start the symbolism on something fake. That being said I also don't need a 3ct bling on my finger to show the world I'm taken. I want something real, within his budget, heartfelt, enshrouded in good memories to make me smile and feel good every time I look at them.

For me personally, we never really got engaged so I sort of missed out on the engagement ring. He gave me a channel set diamond wedding band instead. For our 1year anniversary he gave me a diamond solitaire that goes with my wedding band perfectly. Both are just drenched in good memories, and are perfect for me!

I am for sure a traditional diamond wedding/engagement ring girl. Again, small is perfectly fine, as long as it has heart :-)

I absolutely love the black diamond!! Very gorgeous statement ring, I wouldn't fancy it for a wedding/engagement ring though.

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