Is A Sparkle Just A Sparkle?

A while back I did a post about a guy I met who proposed to his girlfriend with a cubic zirconia ring. Yes, shock horror! But wait, he only used it as a prop until they could go together to choose the real deal.  Anyway, while I was doing a bit of poking around and looking for images for that post I have to say, have you seen what they are doing with cubic zirconia lately? I mean I always thought of it as costume jewelry but now a days they are doing classic and funky styles as well as antique and vintage looking engagement rings in platinum.

Yes, there still are over the top cocktail rings {which are really just too fun to resist!} but in certain cases, do you want something you can afford or a style of ring you really want? So I pose the question, will only real diamonds do? or is it the sparkle that you are after? Would you really be able to tell the difference?

Here are a few I saw:

and I’ll start with the expected OTT

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This is a 15 carrot emerald cut CZ in white gold. This is for fun and bling. Seriously. No one would believe anyone but Elizabeth Taylor would have a real diamond this size! And at $720 it’s a bit much to wear for a little fun!

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By contrast, this is a ‘Tiffany inspired’ solitaire is in sterling silver and you can fool your friends for about $60.

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I have always loved emerald cut diamonds and this one is enviable and gorgeous whether it is real or not. With a price tag of $390 of course it’s not.

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I see quite a few of this style. In brilliant cut, emerald or princess, it’s a new classic and only $570. Hmmmmm.

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But this ‘Asscher inspired’ cut is the bomb. It is my new favorite diamond cut. I nearly don’t care if this is real or not.

So there are a few pretties. Take them seriously or use them for fun but I have to say, if you are in love and want to get married not get into debt, that matters more than the bling.

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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