Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Engagement Rings: Our Choice

Almost every girl dreams about receiving an engagement ring from her very own Prince Charming. If you are woman who happens to be in love with another woman, then your dream involves a Cinderella.


A Fairytale Moment

Before Cori and I decided to get engaged in February of 2012, we spent a lot of time thinking about what kind of rings we wanted to purchase for each other. We always figured that we would get traditional diamond rings. Corrine fancied a princess cut diamond with two smaller diamonds on each side, while I had my heart set on a princess cut diamond with two sapphire stones on each side. We even visited Tiffany & Co. on 5th avenue because who wouldn’t want to say “yes” to a question that involved a little blue box?

During our research, we stumbled upon a website called Brilliant Earth. We learned that they are a humane jewelry store based out of downtown San Francisco and sold conflict-free diamond jewelry, which meant that both humanity and the environment were not treated callously in order for these stones to be obtained and sold. Brilliant Earth also uses recycled metals and they packaged their products in an Eco-friendly Rimu wood box. We were drawn to Brilliant Earth for their unwavering compassion. While casually discussing wedding ideas, Cori and I wholeheartedly agreed that we wanted our ceremony and reception to be both animal-friendly and Eco-friendly. Purchasing conflict-free engagement rings seemed like the perfect way to commence our environmentally conscious wedding. Tiffany’s was always the dream, but Brilliant Earth seemed to be the better match for us. 

They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but that isn’t true for everyone. Diamond engagement rings are beautiful. They represent a traditional symbol of love, especially in Western cultures. Historically and presently, the woman's ring is offered as a betrothal gift by a man, who is asking a potential spouse for her hand in marriage.  The use of rings as a symbol of commitment dates back to ancient Rome, while the use of diamonds as the centerpiece of many engagement rings dates back to the 15th century. Diamond engagement rings were made popular by Archduke Maximilian of Austria who proposed marriage to Mary of Burgundy with a diamond ring. During this time, diamonds were a considered to be rare and were reserved for royalty and the wealthy. 

Side Note: Stephanie is a HUGE history nerd, but Corrine loves her anyway. xo

Traditions are lovely and important in most cultures. They help to provide a sense of community and a sense of self. Corrine and I are planning to keep some wedding traditions (i.e. white wedding dresses), but we are advocates for creating our own traditions as well. We made the mutual decision to stray from diamonds, which led us to idea of using sapphires as the center stone for our engagement rings. Sapphire stones rate a 9.0 on the hardness scale (diamonds rate a 10) and they are equally as beautiful. Sapphire rings did, however, become increasingly popular thanks to the lovely Kate Middleton who sported the late Princess Diana’s sapphire engagement ring.

Cori chose a platinum violet sapphire delicate antique scroll ring, while I chose platinum blue sapphire tiara ring. Each of our rings is set with a round blue 6mm sapphire stone. Cori’s center stone is surrounded by six small diamonds, while my stone is surrounded by eight small diamonds. These rings aren’t traditional by western culture standards, but they symbolize our eternal love for each other and they sparkle just as bright as diamonds. Our engagements rings were just the start to our fabulous wedding adventure and the gateway to our exciting future.


Stephanie's Engagement Ring

Corrine's Engagement Rings

Our Choice: Brilliant Earth


24 comments:

  1. SO beautiful!!

    I was just about to turn the computer off when I saw this post, I blame blogs for lack of sleep haha! ;)

    Such a great story and its lovely that the rings are so unique- and look still so different from the carbon copy sapphire Diana/Kate rings we see out here!

    And don't worry, Steph - my Sarah is a super history nerd too!!

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    Really loving reading your blog, it's lovely to read about another couple so obviously in love and planning their big day <3

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