Bring on the Sparkly!

Being engaged is great. There’s nothing better than knowing that the person you are head over heels in love with feels exactly the same way about you! And if I ever forget that during the day, all it takes is seeing a little hint of sparkle out of the corner of my eye, and my ring reminds me all over again how awesome my life is.

I love my ring. It suits me, and I think it’s beautiful. That’s probably because I picked it out! After Mr. Whale’s proposal, he asked me, “Do you think we can wait a month or two to buy a ring?”

(Long pause.)


When I finally pulled myself together, I reminded him that he shouldn’t have proposed unless he was prepared to get a ring. Because he’s so awesome, he basically just replied with, “Oh, OK.”

Luckily for him, I had no intention of spending big bucks on an engagement ring. I have expensive taste, but I would be terrified to wear something on my finger than cost more than”¦maybe two-hundred dollars. I’m a big QVC shopper. (Quality. Value. Convenience. Yeah, I’m a big enough fan to know what the letters stand for.) If you’ve ever watched, you’ve seen Diamonique. I don’t actually have a clue what it is, but man is it beautiful. I already had a pair of Tacori Diamonique earrings, and they are my go-to fancy earrings.

So I started browsing the site. And I eventually found two rings that I really loved:


QVC J9602 (Image from QVC)

QVC J304019 (Image from QVC)

I couldn’t decide. So”¦we ordered them both! When they arrived a few days later, I tore the package open before I even got our apartment door open. And I was practically blinded by the sparkle!! Both rings are about fifty times more beautiful in person than on the website. They truly do sparkle like real diamonds.

I held on to each for about two weeks, but I was pretty sure I knew which one I loved. Mr. Whale’s favorite was the top ring, but I fell in love with the second. The band is very thin and delicate. And it looks almost vintage. It’s so gorgeous.

And for $67, I could buy a new one every year for the next fifty years and spend less than what this ring would cost with a real diamond! If anyone is looking for a cheaper alternative to diamonds, I highly recommend looking at QVC. The stones themselves have a lifetime warranty, so if it scratches, you get a new one. And when I tell people that my ring isn’t a diamond, they are seriously blown away. You would never know it’s not the real thing.

Has anyone else decided to go with a non-diamond ring? What made you choose it instead of a diamond? Do you love your ring?


Mrs. Blue Whale

College Park, MD
Wedding Date:
May 2013
Wedding Rehearsal Meets Family Reunion
PaC Man & Wife: Wildflowers
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  1. msarmadillo Member
    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 4:12 pm

    LOVE that you got your ring from QVC! And that ring is to die for, regardless of whether it’s made with diamonds or Diamonique. Fabulous choice, darling!!

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    MRSJCM2 12 posts, Newbee @ 4:20 pm

    I also chose a non-diamond “diamond”.
    I am always thrilled when even jewellers
    “mistake” it for the real thing.
    After 18 months I still have to turn it around when I get behind the wheel so I do not accidentally blind other drivers or myself with its
    brilliance…seriously. :)

  3. mswallaby Member
    mswallaby 2069 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:37 pm

    Love it! My e-ring looks almost identical. I love round diamonds!

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    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 5:43 pm

    @Miss Armadillo: Thanks!! My friends make fun of me for watching QVC. I guess it makes me kind of like an old lady. But all the teasing was worth it when I found my ring!

    @MRSJCM2: Ummm… when I first got mine, I was afraid I was going to wreck the car because I kept getting distracted by how sparkly it was. (Also, yay for non-diamonds!)

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    Red Poppy 22 posts, Newbee @ 5:58 pm

    I love that you’re a QVC fan! I am too!

  6. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 6:51 pm

    Your ring is beautiful!

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    Highness 82 posts, Worker bee @ 8:16 pm

    Mine is all sapphire and peridot. Love the second ring too. Yay for picking out your own.

  8. mstoadstool Member
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:34 pm

    I love the halo, and I love the simplicity of it, quite fantastic you can get something that looks so much like a diamond and for that price?! amazing.

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:59 pm

    Awww they are both gorgeous rings! Good on you for getting something that you are happy with that isn’t crazy expensive!

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    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:43 am

    That is a gorgeous ring, and at an amazing price too. I have a stand in ring from berricle, and the quality is really great. It makes me wonder if I should go this route for the bands!

  11. sunhat Member
    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:52 am

    What a great alternative! I totally check out QVC – often!

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    BrideandStepmom42013 10 posts, Newbee @ 6:21 am

    My ring is a sapphire and I love it! I was torn because his mom wanted me to have one of her rings but I am obsessed with sapphires. I was so ecstatic when he proposed and I found out he had taken his mom’s ring and had the sapphires put in it! My e ring has sapphires and the band is diamonds, the entire set from his mom.

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    superduperbrit 2466 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:01 am

    Beautiful ring and what a great deal. I love QVC too. My grandma knew I wanted a kitchenaid mixer bad and she waited until the Q had a deal. Now we have one, yay! They have such a good deals!!

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    mz2handgrip 119 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:11 am

    I watch QVC but have never bought anything, lol. Thanks for answering my question (what does QVC stand for?) without me having to google it! Love the ring!

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    pmsjl 971 posts, Busy bee @ 12:48 pm

    I’ve been wearing OVC rings for years as a “right hand” ring – I get a lot of compliments and people don’t know the difference 90% of the time!

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    thirdtimebride 483 posts, Helper bee @ 1:08 pm

    I have lab-created sapphires because I wanted sparkle and presence without the side of you-paid-what-guilt ;-) I just wouldn’t have been comfortable with it otherwise.

    Great ring–I didn’t even think to look at QVC now that I’m band-shopping!

  17. msfox Member
    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:40 pm

    I’m so impressed that it looks so much like a real diamond, and for a fraction of the price!! I would totes rock either one of those. (Note to self: do not tell Foxy about this. Hah!)

  18. graywolf Member
    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 12:21 pm

    @Mrs. Fox: haha i had that same note to myself! the rings are incredible, blue whale!

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