After showing you the evolution of my ring envy, I have to admit I’m not sure my ring is anything like the ones I showed, and I have this ring to blame:
At some point in my search, I stumbled across this ring. This is a 13.39 carat blue diamond ring that sold on the Christie’s Auction a couple years back for, oh, a cool 8.9 million dollars. I loved the shape, the size, the halo. I didn’t realize at the time it had a pink diamond halo. It was instantly one of my favorite rings and I wanted something similar (but without the more-money-than-I-will-ever-see-in-my-lifetime price tag).
I loved that it reminded me of another shiny stone that I absolutely adored growing up and another stone I could never afford or buy:
The Hope Diamond to me was always just a total sense of wonder. It’s one of those things that every time I come to DC, I always have to go see. I love the richness of the color and just how unique the stone is. I love the mystique surrounding the stone and the curse that it contains. I love the case that it’s in and how sparkly it makes it. I wish I had a case like that so I could be mesmerized for hours by my own ring. I love the anticipation and excitement you get while you stand in that long line, and then when you see it, it really truly is a gorgeous rock.
When I was little, I always told myself that when I got engaged, I wanted a blue diamond just like the Hope Diamond, a little bit smaller (OK, probably a lot smaller) and, of course, without the death-to-all-owners curse.
What I didn’t take into account was exactly how expensive blue diamonds are. Naturally, blue diamonds are absurdly expensive:
Yeah, that is a comma you see. / Screenshot from: Leibish & Co.
Yikes. As a student, it seemed a little absurd, unreasonable, and unrealistic to want a stone like that.
From: Modern Jeweler
On the other hand, irradiated diamonds have a very distinct teal color that, while pretty, wasn’t exactly what I had in mind.
When I first saw this, I knew I had found the perfect stone. It’s a blue moissanite. For those who don’t know what moissanite is, it’s a stone that was originally discovered on a meteorite and now is created in a lab. The blue color is actually a coating on the stone that gives it its gorgeous hue. The coating is heat treated, so the stone can’t handle above 1,000 degrees or so. I’m not too worried about it on a day-to-day basis, but it is something that you have to take into account if you get work done on your ring.
I love that it was created in a lab. I am a bit of a science nerd, and the fact that a person made this always tickles my fancy. I love that it is the (almost) exact color and shape that I had pictured in my head all these years.
When I heard that MoissaniteCo had a shipment of blue moissanite stones, I knew I had to have one. I begged Mr. PBear to let me put down a down payment on the stone and, well, I guess the rest is history.
OK, I think I’ve teased long enough. Without further ado, Shiny:
Under fluorescent lighting
Obligatory hand shot. Out in the sun.
Why yes, I really did name him Shiny.* I love, love, love everything about this ring. I love how the stone changes color depending on the lighting. I love how a wedding band (or two) can fit snuggly under the halo so I don’t have to get a special band. I love how it sparkles like crazy, and I have to admit, though I obsessively stressed about it, I really do love the finger coverage. Even 14 months later, I still catch myself looking at it under different lighting to see the refraction.
Well, I guess I didn’t like the wait to get this baby onto my hand, but that’s another story for another day. Did anyone else pick their ring in a bit of an impulse move but ultimately realize how utterly perfect it is for you in every way?
* Just for those people who are interested, Shiny is a MoissyCo cushion embrace ring with a 7 mm, 1.8 carat equivalent blue cushion moissy, surrounded by 1.5 millimeter white moissy stones with a 1.8 millimeter palladium band, on a size five finger.