"Big CAROT Engagement Ring" found at pinc
So my current quandary is, do I need an engagement ring to feel complete and loved and to help me prepare for wedded bliss? I say no....
However, the look of absolute horror on the faces of my two sisters was enough to make me rethink my gut reaction. My Guy has said that he wants to buy me an engagement ring. He would buy me the world if he could, and I know that. I have never understood the fairytale where She With the Largest Diamond Ring is the winner. It's quite shocking how many friends of mine think differently.
My picky wish list includes:
1. conflict free diamond (this is more and more important to me)
2. recycled materials would be lovely
3. it would fantastic if we were fortunate to use an old family heirloom...but we don't have that option...bummer
4. it would have to be more of a flat setting, rather than tall (due to putting on and taking off latex gloves ALL day long)
5. minimalist in style (however I do fall in love with the romantic antique engagement rings of the 30s and 40s ... see #3)
6. don't break the bank...or even come close.
Fay Cullen has an INCREDIBLE selection of conflict-free eco-friendly diamond engagement rings. I think they are perhaps too bold for me, but they are growing on me more and more. This 2.34 carat diamond ring is $1560
CreativeGoldsmith on Etsy - $349 (though I am starting to like yellow gold more and more, I'm still a white gold/platinum/sterling kinda girl)
Sarah Perlis - $275 (I pretty much love this dainty little rough rose cut ring! Again, however, yellow gold...hummm)
This lovely raw diamond is a Melissa Joy Manning design - $690 (perhaps my favorite of today's finds - I love the hammered band!)