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Jun. 12th, 2007 10:43 am (UTC)
I think I have to forward this to a friend that's planning her wedding. I think her intended husband will hug me!
Jun. 12th, 2007 12:02 pm (UTC)
My husband and I actually don't have any wedding or engagement rings at all. I also didn't take his last name, and to be even weirder I still have my married name from my previous marriage (long story on why but I have a good reason lol)..

We honestly just didn't see the need for rings, especially when neither of us is a big ring person..
Jun. 12th, 2007 12:07 pm (UTC)
This? Is why I'm making my own ...well, it'll end up being a group project, since I don't have the equipment to cut my own stones. But I'm doing white sapphire with green garnet accents, and replicating an Edwardian ring from my collection.

As far as the reciprocity goes, I made matching right hand rings for myself and the Grad Student years ago; cabochon sapphire in his, and another tsavorite garnet in mine. Simple sterling bands.

Yup, I'm all for sticking it to DeBeers as often and by any means possible.
Jun. 12th, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC)
God, that sounds wonderful. :claps:
Jun. 12th, 2007 12:54 pm (UTC)
I have a plain gold band with some small diamonds (I was born in April) and sapphires (my husband was born in September) built into the band. So does my husband. I get more compliments on my ring than any other woman I know.

I just can think of much better things to spend $3000 on. Of course, my whole wedding only cost $4000.
Jun. 12th, 2007 01:16 pm (UTC)
I didn't have a diamond this time around, I have a garnet. (I was previously engaged, that was a diamond, although it was a total surprise and he picked it out)

So much manipulation. I'd prefer a sapphire or emerald, myself. Even a ruby - my birthstone - although I hate the color that the man-made rubies take.
Jun. 12th, 2007 02:06 pm (UTC)
I love diamonds & they're my birthstone but I am very very proudly Australian & the only rocks on my fingers are argyles from my own home turf. Ours are better than theirs anyway,,,we get piink ones nyeh nyeh...

top that De Beers. Pink...

yeah, read it & weep.

Man I love this country. (can you tell I just got home from 7 weeks abroad? Bring on the Vegemite!)
Jun. 12th, 2007 10:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, I heart you! I love what the Argyle mine produces; I have one medium champagne with sherry, peach, and pink secondary tones that's set, and a cape silver, a gorgeous champagne orange, and some small pinks in my unset stock.

Every time someone brings up conflict diamonds, I bring up my preference for Argyle, where the only conflict involved is deciding what pub to go to after your shift is over! :)
Jun. 12th, 2007 03:05 pm (UTC)
Diamonds are eeeeevil. Okay, not the rocks themselves, but the concepts and company behind them. Diamonds are neither rare nor entirely that expenseive but are a strictly controlled commodity whose demand is artificially pumped up and whose supply is eeked out in dribbles to deliberately keep to a minimum. They are the prime example of creating a market and the power of advertising. Everyone knows "a diamond is forever". It's a marketing campaign not a traditional saying.

They're still sparkly and pretty.
Jun. 12th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
Oooohhhhhh, shiny.
I'll say it, I LOVE my platinum diamond engagement and wedding rings. I love them. I think they are beautiful. I love the way they sparkle. I love the way they look on my finger. I LOVE them.

This article reminded me of Charles Panati. If you haven't read anything by him I think you would dig his writing. My favorite of his is The Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things.

Jun. 12th, 2007 04:01 pm (UTC)
I've got to say, I really like the idea of engagement tattoos. Now that really IS forever!
Jun. 12th, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC)
Frankly, after seeing Blood Diamond I've been put off of diamonds a bit. It also made me happy that my engagement ring was my mil's (who died when my husband was 12). And it made me feel guilty about the diamond earrings I got this year for Valentines Day. lol But my modest engagement ring means more to me than any 2-3karat ring (that my cousins all have) could ever mean. They definitely see theirs as status symbols and evidence of their worth. Typical valley girls. Ick.

Jun. 12th, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
My engagement ring is a depression era lovely that my hubby found from an estate jeweler - it's something we talked about together when we were looking for things I liked and for *his* engagement ring - a knotwork band. We both wear them on our right ring fingers now, as our wedding bands are custom work sapphires.
Jun. 12th, 2007 05:08 pm (UTC)
My engagement ring was a ring that had belonged to my grandmother. I didn't have it formally appraised, but when I got it resized the jeweler said he was pretty sure the stones were Austrian crystal, not diamond. That was more than fine with me. In fact I kind of felt better about not wearing diamonds.
That being said, we got plain, inexpensive white gold bands for our wedding, and I found out later that you can get beautiful wedding bands of recycled metals. There's at least one company online who sells them. I wish I'd known about that!
Jun. 12th, 2007 05:08 pm (UTC)
My wedding was small and beautiful and cost something like $200 including the rings(!) ~ it's definitely something you can just toss out convention on if things don't feel necessary and really allow yourself to focus on what has a personal significance for the two of you :)

I need to send you an email ~ there's a great picture of us together from the Phoenix Parade!
Jun. 12th, 2007 05:50 pm (UTC)
My wedding was perfect but simple: the entire cost including my dress was under $1000. And while I do have a platinum/diamond ring, both the husband and I outwardly groan and rip on those fucking Shane Company jewelry ads that seem to follow us by being on every radio station in every city we've ever lived in or traveled to.

The ads make me sick, and all the girls I know in Utah still think the size of their rock determines their social status and shows how well they are cared for. It gives me the JIBBLIES. *dances around as if a spider were crawling on me*

Jun. 12th, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC)
Fantastic article, thanks! :D
Jun. 12th, 2007 07:07 pm (UTC)
I never liked diamonds, so I made sure that Hubby didn't buy me one. My engagement ring was a beautiful saphhire signet - $40 from Target. Sadly, I've outgrown it, and my wedding ring (simple band) as well. (We're at 19 years!) So I went for the tattoo. It's a celtic knot design - it's a bit fuzzy, bled out (lost ink) on the bottom of my finger, and is high up (nearer the knuckle) due to the inability to get the tattoo equipment any further down, and I love it anyway.
I just got a compliment on it a few minutes ago, as a matter of fact - from visiting corporate HR, no less!
Jun. 13th, 2007 04:52 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing that article. Gosh, I've always liked pretty, shiny diamond rings, though.
Jun. 13th, 2007 08:52 am (UTC)
Interesting article. The tattoo idea isn't particularly novel or clever. That "Winona Forever" tattoo didn't keep Johnny Depp from moving on to Vanessa Paradis, or Winona Ryder from moving on to every male above the age of 17 who owns a guitar.

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