In honor of my 6 year anniversary I've been pondering the topic of rings... diamonds, to be exact. I'll probably totally get ripped on for this post, but inquiring minds just have to know...
Awhile ago I did a TFT on diamonds and if you felt it was okay to change your band or diamond. To revisit, I posted about how I was quite frugal (to most women's standards) in choosing my engagement/wedding band (yes, I chose it... it was something I was going to have forever and I wanted it to be something I loved) and Ryan and I had agreed if we/I wanted to get a larger diamond (solitaire) in the future we would do that.
As I've aged, obviously my style has changed. My frugality, not so much. Anyone close enough to me knows that I'm quite frugal and I despise spending a ton of money on something if I could get it cheaper elsewhere. When we purchased my ring, we were careful to choose a diamond with an excellent cut, color and clarity (although, not large in the carat department). We picked out a Leo Diamond, whatever that means. We wanted "quality" but... so what?!
Looking back, I'm like... what the frick does it matter the cut and clarity? I mean, obviously you don't want a visibly yellow diamond. But... does anyone ever stare at a persons ring and say "OMG that is NOT a D grade diamond!" (or whatever...). Has anyone, other than the jeweler, stared at your diamond with a microscope to see any possible inclusions?
Ok, back on topic.... recently I've been browsing diamonds online, just pondering the idea of a possible upgrade to my solitaire. I love my setting, I just envy a bit larger solitaire in a princess cut. I wanted to get an idea of what a new diamond would cost. However, once I started browsing diamonds and checking out the prices.... my jaw has dropped to the ground. I won't even utter the cost of my engagement ring and wedding band because I'm very, very sure that you'd pee your pants. Maybe prices have inflated in the past 7 years.... but I can't believe the cost of a 1-2 carat princess cut ring. Can. Not. Believe. It. And, knowing that the "average" ring is 1 to 2 carats and the popular style is a princess cut... the range is between $10,000 and $25,000!!! And I can not ever fathom spending that much on a ring. A RING.
I've even... (prepare to shutter) wondered... why the hell not just get a CZ or a Moissanite... it'd be much cheaper and really, who would REALLY know? (I'll also say, I've never really looked at CZ's or Moissanites... so I can't say I've ever compared them with diamonds. Maybe there is a huge difference to the naked eye... but $10-$20,000 worth of difference? Not in my book...)
I know... I'm sure a ton of you are laughing your pants off and thinking... you cheap ass bitch. But... that's just my frugal thinking. And, well, I'll be sticking with my teensy weensy diamond ring, despite my dreams of one day having a larger solitaire. And if you ever see me sporting a large rock... you'll probably be right to assume its fake. HAHA!
Ok, so now that I've put my opinion out there... what is yours? Am I the lone ranger in my thinking?