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Cubic Zirconia or Real Diamond

February 4th, 2016 at 10:34 am

I was reading the thread about a woman wanting to sell her diamond ring but not getting anything. Honestly I can say people can't tell the difference.

My grandparents were pretty poor. My grandmother's original wedding/engagement ring was super plain band. In later years she wore these two diamond rings neither of them real! But who would know? I certainly didn't until my mom said "oh those pieces of glass. My grandmother is 88 this year and lives with my aunt.

She's got a few pieces of jewelry. Nothing expensive or valuable. A few gold bracelets, jade pendants/bracelets, gold ring, and these two cubic zirconia rings. I want the cubic zirconia rings. I know they aren't real. And I know they are less valuable than the other stuff, but I would love to have them.

I can recall them since I was knee high playing with them and seeing her wear them everyday. She promised me them years ago, but with the situation we're in, she lives with an aunt of mine I am pretty sure I'll never see the rings again unless she gives them to me now before her death. I hope that she won't pass for another 10 years, but who knows.

It's hard to explain the sentimentality of the ring. It's not expensive but I love them. I think that people who focus on these expensive diamonds lose focus on the point of the ring or sentiment. The value is inconsequential but the charm.

I have a diamond not the most expensive quality and I never wear it (doesn't fit after kids). But it reminds me how much my DH struggled to buy it and where we came from and built together. I just might resize it so my kiddos can see it. Of course I might also be gifted one day with a huge fake diamond that my own grandkids remember me with. Maybe I'll just clean my grandmother's rings.

Do you have fake jewelry you wear? Or only real? Have you ever been faked out by a diamond you thought was real and it wasn't?

The most expensive diamond I've seen has been a friend who told me her 1 carat diamond was flawless and the jeweler who sold her the ring offered her $40k for it back. OMG. I nearly died.

8 Responses to “Cubic Zirconia or Real Diamond”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    I have my mother's diamond ring, which is real. I also have some fake diamond rings that I bought from QVC and I love them. They fool everyone.
    I think you should ask your grandmother if you can have the rings. I would love it if my granddaughters asked me! I plan to leave my rings (real and fake) to my granddaughters. I will probably even give them their choice of rings (I have several) in the next few years. I would like to see them enjoy them now.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    My wedding ring is a real diamond. The quality isn't high at all. I also would take a cubic zirconia ring! In fact them I could get a larger one, which isn't really necessary, but might be fun to have at some point. I completely agree that the jewelry is the sentiment.

  3. PatientSaver Says:

    I have some Technibond jewelry from HSN where it's silver bonded with 14 k gold. It looks like solid gold but it's so much cheaper. No one could ever tell; why spend a fortune if you don't need to?

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    I have my real diamond engagement and wedding rings, but I can't wear them. They are gold and I am allergic and even though we would have them Rhodium plated it wore off too fast. Plus my finger is 3 sizes too big now. I have a Diamonique engagement ring and wedding band DH bought me on our 15th wedding anniversary. It is platinum clad silver and much bigger than my real diamonds. I have a gorgeous Sapphire ring. But my favorite is a sterling silver filigree ring with dark red garnet stones. It had to be cut off at one point when I had a blood pressure incident and my hands swelled up. I just found a copy of it, though, that I think I will buy. It was a QVC special and it's the prettiest in my opinion.

  5. VS_ozgirl Says:

    My ring is diamond, not huge or expensive though. Instead of getting a huge ring I got a smaller ring and half a house (I didn't save up for the deposit, B did and by the time we got engaged we couldn't afford a huge ring, but I'm not bothered). I think it's personal choice and not everyone has to have a diamond ring. The idea is to have a ring on your left hand ring finger showing you're spoken for, and usually of value to you. You could love pink topaz for example, so why not have that as your ring of value? Society is a bit nuts sometimes and this whole industry is a bit over the top.

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    The only jewlery I have is my engagement ring - which is a real diamond. I would've been happy with a cubic zirconia.

  7. pjmama Says:

    My engagement ring is a sapphire with real diamond halo - but I wouldn't have batted an eye if it were CZ. I agree - most people can't tell the difference anyway. I never did understand why having expensive jewelry is important to people. For me it's so much more about the style and how it looks than what it is made of (assuming that the materials are quality enough to last).

    I hope you do get your grandmother's rings! It sounds like you would truly appreciate and cherish them Smile

  8. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Funny so many people would have been okay with the cubic zirconia. In real life too I'm surprised by the number of women who actually say they wouldn't care now but cared then.

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