Hello, all! Happy Hump Day!
(Thanks for sticking with me, here. My new-knottie self tried to post from my phone, used an emoji on the first line, and nothing else came up.
Let's try this again.)
I have a few questions for all the non-diamond engagement ring ladies:
Does anyone have a blue topaz for their center stone? How does it hold up to daily wear, being an 8 on the mohs scale? Did anyone happen to have a loose blue topaz and have it set by a jeweler? Also, does anyone have a sterling silver ring, and did it ever break/get damaged, etc? Any photos would be lovely!!
A little back-story:
On June 3rd, I proposed to my amazing fiance with a beautifully engraved silver keychain (any nastiness about women proposing is unnecessary - it was an absolutely magical moment and we are both incredibly happy
). We shared the news with all of our loved ones, and everyone is so excited.
Because I proposed, there was no engagement ring on my end, which is completely fine. I never said that I did or did not want one, it simply never came up, as we were officially engaged either way. After a bit, I had a hankering for a little something, to look at on my hand and be reminded of the beautiful new life ahead of us. (Anyone saying I'm materialistic is dead wrong, and that is not the point of this post.)
I shared this with FI while we were on vacation to Martha's Vineyard this past weekend. We both decided that it was not fiscally responsible for us to spend any large sums of money right now, as we are planning on building a house on a previously purchased plot of land soon, and anyone who has ever gotten a loan knows how finicky banks can be about large purchases close to the loan date. I told FI that I was in no way demanding a diamond. My exact words were "I don't care if it's a $20 sterling band, I just want something that reminds me of this new promise we've made to each other." While perusing a touristy part of the island, FI pointed and said "Well, there's a jewelry store. Let's go in."
I was immediately drawn to this gorgeous sterling silver, blue topaz ring with a halo of hematite. I absolutely love it, and FI loved that I loved it, so he made the purchase, and I gave him a big thank-you kiss. Not to mention, the ring cost less than the fancy dinner we had that night.
FI says that he wants to upgrade this ring after the loan goes through, as he believes the sterling (instead of white gold/platinum) and blue topaz (instead of diamond/sapphire) will not stand the test of time. I would not mind an upgrade, but I really want to keep this center stone, as it is stunning, and the sentimentality of it is so precious to me.
So, in conclusion, are there any other knotties who have a blue topaz for their center stone? Sterling for your metal? Do I really NEED to change this ring out?
Any thoughts/advice is appreciated! Thank you, all!