Engagement rings - coloured stones

(107 Posts)
therumoursaretrue Fri 14-Jun-13 16:09:09

Anyone have a coloured stone in their engagement ring? DP has been floating the idea of rings about a bit...looking for hints it seems!

I have seen a stunning tanzanite and diamond ring but worry I'll wish I'd gone more conventional. Also worry about it fitting in with my lifestyle as jeweler warned us coloured stones are more liable to get damaged. If you went for a non diamond were you happy with it?

I know that I will be delighted regardless and the meaning behind it is obviously the most important thing! However would be interested in hearing from anyone with a coloured stone?

Startail Fri 14-Jun-13 16:12:02

Mines blue topaz and six tiny diamonds.

Zilch point in a solitaire when you are both students and broke.

Anyway they are boring.

I have a sapphire. They were traditional for engagement rings before Debeers told everyone to get diamonds.

beatofthedrum Fri 14-Jun-13 16:13:30

Mine is an amythest, would never have got a non-coloured one!

OddSockMonster Fri 14-Jun-13 16:16:05

I have a sapphine too (a dark blue one, though I think the light blue ones are lovely too). I love it.

therumoursaretrue Fri 14-Jun-13 16:17:06

That's interesting akiss. Think De Beers are responsible for a few myths along the lines of engagement rings!

OddSockMonster Fri 14-Jun-13 16:18:04

Mum had peridot (light green) and even though I don't remember it (DB lost it in the sand) I love the stones and think it must have really suited her.

pegster Fri 14-Jun-13 16:20:24

I have a (natural) yellow diamond, its a gorgeous cats-eye colour, I picked it & still love it.

EugenesAxe Fri 14-Jun-13 16:20:52

Just to say that despite LOADS of people having it as their wedding colours, red and white is considered bad luck. I have got boring (but sparkly lovely) diamond... I can relate to the damage thing as I keep mine on all the time. Other stones aren't as hardy.

I have always liked the idea of a massive (or as massive as possible) square-cut ruby mounted in gold. I think that would be a really 'statement' item of jewellery I'd like to own but never will.

Don't get white gold if you want a silver colour, as it will eventually go a mouldy grey. Pay the money for platinum; it is a colder white but it's strong so good for setting stones in.

I don't like the idea of mixing coloured stones with diamond at all, come to think of it. I think the clothes colour-matching thing is irrelevant.

DramaAlpaca Fri 14-Jun-13 16:21:41

Mine's an oval ruby surrounded by twelve small diamonds (but then I did get engaged in 1989!)

It's like Princess Diana's/Kate Middleton's ring on a MUCH smaller scale!

I love it. I wouldn't have considered anything other than a coloured stone.

fedupofnamechanging Fri 14-Jun-13 16:22:04

I have a rectangle sapphire with 3 little diamonds either side, in a platinum band. I really like coloured stones in white gold or platinum. I wear it all the time and haven't managed to damage it yet.

Emerald and diamond (central stone emerald with a diamond on either side)

The most impractical, fragile stone.(and it doesn't fit my hairy trucker hands now sad )
I can only wear my wedding ring at work and occasionally wear a CZ set ring.

BackforGood Fri 14-Jun-13 16:24:10

3 little sapphires, with the tiniest little diamondy bits around them

Showtime Fri 14-Jun-13 16:24:36

Mine's two emeralds and a diamond, emeralds being birthstone. Because it's a gypsy-style setting, stones are well-protected, but the eternity ring DH spent a lot on (modern inlaid version) has two missing and (at least) one damaged about thirty years later. They can be replaced at varying costs, depending on quality of course, but can't be bothered now.

Troubleintmill Fri 14-Jun-13 16:27:16

I have a teardrop diamond and 2 Burmese sapphires (dark blue) also tear drop but much smaller set at either side of the diamond on opposites to each other. Hard to explain without seeing pic!
I wanted a yellow diamond but was put off by the jewellers who made my ring. Go for what you're happy with and unless you have huge stones then I can't see how they can damage more easily.

Feelslikea1sttimer Fri 14-Jun-13 16:29:47

We sell a lot of coloured stones as engagement rings, and more and more people are moving away from solitaire diamonds.

I am currently wearing an aquamarine and diamond ring which is gorgeous and I would happily wear as an engagement ring if only OH would pull his finger out and propose I think it is all about personal taste, just look after it smile

I would agree with the other comments, go for platinum rather than white gold, much nicer metal.

MrsDoomsPatterson Fri 14-Jun-13 16:32:08

The only colour I would ever consider is Aquamarine.

therumoursaretrue Fri 14-Jun-13 16:33:41

I adore peridot oddsock it's a lovely colour. Also i think it is my DS's birthstone!

Thanks for advice about the metals eugene that is useful to know.

DorisShutt Fri 14-Jun-13 16:35:39

Oval-ish deep blue (almost black) sapphire surrounded by diamonds.

Sapphire has one tidy ding in it, but I rarely took it off (only recently due to weight loss) and have done everything wearing it; including grouting tiles, digging the garden - you name it.

It's still in very good condition 14 years later...

bran Fri 14-Jun-13 16:36:32

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

I have a 3 carat square cut purple sapphire with a princess cut diamond either side. It gets commented on near daily. I've never wished for a more conventional ring.

cardamomginger Fri 14-Jun-13 16:38:58

Have an antique yellow diamond in a modern setting with (modern cut) white diamonds.

I think a coloured gemstone can be lovely - several friends have sapphires (of different shades of blue) and they look gorgeous. Some stones are brittle/soft - emeralds and aquamarines, for example. So for a ring that is to be worn everyday and may come in for some knocks, they might be best avoided.

Agree that platinum generally looks nicer than white gold, which can look a bit grey after a while.

cardamomginger Fri 14-Jun-13 16:40:17

Amber - that sounds GORGEOUS!

FaddyPeony Fri 14-Jun-13 16:42:00

I have an emerald flanked by two diamonds. I adore it. Emeralds are my birthstone and I had always fancied one. I chose it myself.
I don't wear it every day, because emeralds aren't hardy and I don't want to be wearing it while cleaning shitty nappies etc. But I don't regret it at all and loving wearing it when going out.

Haven't been married very long though!

ITCouldBeWorse Fri 14-Jun-13 16:43:13

Rather than start with tradition (even a recent one) I'd start by thinking what sort of jewellery you like, traditional, contemporary etc, the jape if your hands, skin tone, practicalities, budget etc.

Then look for different designs. Finally settle on stone and metal.

I prefer enormous semi precious stones to tiny diamond chips and wear titanium ! Am a cheap date!

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