WHY A SAPPHIRE?

July 27, 2016

    As a whole, mankind likes to do things by the book. That book might be dusty, the pages may be fraying, yet some still feel the need to seek advice from it. Every so often, there are people that don't even open the book. People that want to start their own book and break away from tradition. The best part? Both people are right. Because these books are a series and you simply can't read just one.

    What an odd and cryptic introductory paragraph when the title so very clearly states I'm going to talk about my engagement ring, eh? You're totally right, this post is about my ring and why we chose to go that non-traditional route. Why we chose to begin our own book.

    First off, let's chat about the sapphire engagement ring, of all sapphire engagement rings, and the reason I ever thought about something other than a diamond in the first place. My love for sapphires started with Princess Diana's iconic oval cut rock, which is now on the ring finger of the beautiful Dutches of Cambridge. Unless you've been living under a rock, you've seen this ring, or some variation of it. I became obsessed and even before meeting Joshua, my basic girl wedding Pinterest board was exploding in all things oval cut sapphires.

    Clearly I more than hinted at it for over a year before Joshua even proposed. I made sure he knew the cut and overall style that I liked, but other than that, I really wanted it to be his choice in the end, because let's face it, the woman tends to call the shots in every other aspect of wedding planning, so giving him some creative oomph with the ring, wasn't such a bad thing. Oh, and how convenient that a blue sapphire, represents the month of September, the month we met.


    When Joshua proposed to me, the ring he presented was not the ring I imagined, but that made the entire moment that much more exciting. Originally, I insisted I only wanted an oval sapphire and a plain Jane white gold band. Joshua insisted I have diamonds since the ring was so obviously breaking away from tradition. When I first laid eyes on it, I immediately recognized how unique it was, and that it had both my tastes and Joshua's. When he put it on my finger, I knew it was the one. 

    Non-traditional center stones seem to be catching on. If you're looking for something that will make people ask questions, that will be unique, I can't say enough how much I think you should look into them. However, I will advise you do some stone research first and check out the Mohs Mineral Hardness scale to see if the gem you have in mind is a wise choice. Most jewelers will insure something 7 and up. For reference, a Diamond is the hardest, and a 10 on the Mohs scale. A sapphire, which is made from the mineral, Corundum, is a 9. 

    Like that mini Science lesson? For real though, if you're thinking about a sapphire, or another gemstone instead of the traditional diamond, I highly suggest doing some research, and going for it! You won't be disappointed and you'll have something unique and something that will stand out. As pretty as sparkly rings are, remember it is you that makes the marriage. That your companionship and love for one another is what writes your book. You could have a one of a kind masterpiece, or $20 bargain ring. Do what makes you happy; be in the relationship because the other person finishes your story. 

Do you or someone you know have a non-traditional engagement ring? 



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