Shannon
Expert June 2021

Diamond vs. gemstone vs. cubic zirconia

Shannon, on July 10, 2019 at 6:20 PM Posted in Wedding Attire 0 79
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When I was younger I heard the rule was the cost of an engagement ring should be 1 month’s salary. I wouldn’t marry a man who did that. It’s jewelry. There are so many better uses for money, in my mind. My engagement ring is a tiny blue diamond. It cost $250. I’ve been looking at rings because I’m going to have a heck of a time finding a wedding ring to go with it. It makes me think... would it matter to you if your ring wasn’t a real diamond (cubic zirconia) or a gemstone that wasn’t a diamond at all? I love colored stones. It wouldn’t matter to me at all if my ring were cubic zirconia or a gemstone. I might actually prefer it. I am a camper. I have a very physical job and have already really bent my engagement ring. I’m not at all into material things. I’m just wondering how everyone else feels about it.


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  • Chandra
    Master May 2019
    Chandra Online ·
    I bought the CZ version of my wedding band/ring guard ($65 vs $500!!) Pretty sure nobody would guess that unless I told them!

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  • Shannon
    Expert June 2021
    Shannon ·
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    That's gorgeous. That's how I am.

    A.) I don't care what people think.

    B.) An expensive ring doesn't mean there is any more or less love.

    C.) I use my hands so much that I'd be afraid of losing expensive stones.

  • Shannon
    Expert June 2021
    Shannon ·

    I do have to admit that I am slightly obsessed with Morganite right now.

  • Luca
    Devoted May 2021
    Luca ·

    I love my Morganite rings!

  • Shannon
    Expert June 2021
    Shannon ·
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    It's such a pretty stone!

  • Renee
    Expert April 2020
    Renee ·
    I've never cared about that kinda stuff. I'm not too materialistic and when someone gets me a gift, or ring 💍, it's the thought/sentiment that counts. My engagement ring is a blue sapphire gemstone that belonged to his great grandma. It's beautiful. Normally I wouldn't have picked out sapphire for myself but i absolutely love it 💙
  • Mariah
    Savvy March 2021
    Mariah ·
    I have morganite , outlined by small diamonds. I know it was only like $600. merely due to the rose gold prob and the tiny diamonds. I told him if he got me a ring over $800 I would give it back. I’m not a flashy person. And I’m going to get a chevron shaped rose gold wedding band for the bottom and a crown type of rose gold for the top.


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  • Amber
    Devoted July 2019
    Amber ·
    My center stone is a Moissanite and I’m obsessed. Soooo sparkly in the sun!!

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  • Luca
    Devoted May 2021
    Luca ·
    I actually have two rings and I'll be adding a third ring that will be my wedding band. My FH bought my rings from Zales right before Christmas so he got them during a big sale. The original prices of my rings were about $700 and $300 but he got them both for around $750. I told him before he started looking around that I really didn't want him to spend over $1,000 on my ring. I would of never been comfortable with a very expensive ring but there's nothing wrong with someone who wants that. It's just not a priority for me.

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  • Shannon
    Expert June 2021
    Shannon ·
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    I'm sure it is gorgeous! I love blue and the first jewelry Adam bought me had blue diamonds. If I were to replace my ring, I'm not sure if I'd do blue diamond/sapphire or morganite.

  • Shannon
    Expert June 2021
    Shannon ·
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    That's beautiful!

  • Luca
    Devoted May 2021
    Luca ·
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    I think that we have the same ring! And I drive a Chevy too.

  • Shannon
    Expert June 2021
    Shannon ·
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    That's so pretty!

  • Jessica
    VIP October 2019
    Jessica ·
    No, it wouldn't bother me. My engagement ring has real diamonds that came from rings from his grandparents, but for my band I have been looking at something with CZ or another stone. My thought is we can always upgrade later if we want to and we wanted to spend the money elsewhere 🤷
  • Kelly
    Savvy October 2020
    Kelly ·

    My engagement ring is a CZ, and no one knows the difference. I wanted a big pear-shaped stone, and neither of us wanted to spend a lot of money. It cost $200 and I found it on Amazon. I might go the same route for my wedding ring.

  • Shannon
    Expert June 2021
    Shannon ·
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    That's nice and sentimental. :-)

  • Shannon
    Expert June 2021
    Shannon ·
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    Agreed. I feel the same.

  • Mariah
    Savvy March 2021
    Mariah ·
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    Yes I think we do !! ♥️
    I cant wait to add wedding bands to it. I want to do this with it. One on top one on the bottom!
    I LOVEEEE my Chevy. I have a fully loaded Chevy Equinox. My friends call me the stealth ninja because it’s pearl and limo tinted windows 😂😂😭

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  • C
    VIP January 2019
    Cassidy ·
    Does it matter? Absolutely not. The price tag or size associated with an engagement ring, or any jewelry/gift for that matter is irrelevant.
    Now, before we got engaged, I tried to be ok with something that wasn’t a diamond because I just wanted to get married already!! But, I don’t own anything nice/diamonds, and i knew he really wanted to get me a nice diamond. So i kind of really wanted one. (I wouldn’t have said no had it been something else) So I didn’t push it and waited until he was ready. My ring cost a lot more than I wanted him to spend, but he picked it out and it’s small (under a carat), which i wanted. I wouldn’t trade it for anything!
    So no it doesn’t matter, but yes I wanted diamonds. You can tell me how worthless they really are, and unethical, or whatever. I wanted one and I think there’s nothing wrong with that. Just as there is nothing wrong with preferring something else.
  • Bre
    Dedicated September 2019
    Bre ·
    My ring is morganite with diamonds. The diamonds were a compromise. I don't usually wear them but FW chose my ring she understood my center stone was not too be diamond, the morganite goes do well with rose gold, my favorite metal color.

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