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1) they expensive bruh 2) none of us kno the dif btwn a fucking diamond and some fancy ass glass ur capitalist rock hierarchy has no control over us

3) mostly mined with slave labor

4) we get excited when our date buys us an appetizer, we don’t even comprehend people buying us rocks that would force us into debt for ten years

5) They aren’t actually that rare and the price is artificially inflated. 

Pro tip from a former Jared’s salesperson: You want a sparkly white rock that will look like a diamond to the untrained eye and will literally cost the price of a nice dinner for two? Created white sapphire. They’re lab grown and cost *pennies* to make, so you can get a 1 or 2 carat white sapphire for like… $30-80 probably. You can get one as huge as you like, perfectly clear, perfectly flawless. And no one will ever be able to tell the difference except a professional appraiser. Also, sapphires are the second-hardest gemstone (right after diamonds) so they are very durable! Very unlikely that they’ll chip or crack. Get that bitch set in sterling silver and you are GOOD TO GO. Whole thing should cost you less than $200 unless you get a fancy band with a lot of extra stones. Of course, created sapphires come in every color of the rainbow, so if you want something more exciting than plain white, you TOTALLY CAN. 

Created sapphires and silver: The poor Millennial’s engagement ring. 


@ariaste do they come in rainbow?

@zukana13731 If you mean one rock containing multiple colors, then no, they don’t. But as i said, sapphires come in every color of the rainbow (except red*)
so if you wanted a ring with a rainbow of several different smaller stones, that’s totally doable. It’s just that each color would have to be a separate stone.

BTW There is ONE sort-of way to tell a white sapphire from a diamond with the naked eye but it is educated guesswork at best. One of the things that make diamonds so pretty is their light refraction, or “fire”. That’s what causes all the beautiful prisms and internal colors you see inside them. Sapphires do not refract light in the same way, so with a well-cut sapphire you’ll get a lot of sparkle, but you won’t get the same kind of fire. OTOH, fire also depends on the mineral quality of the diamond in question AND how skilfully it was cut. So if you see a sparkly white rock and you’re not sure whether it’s a diamond or not, you can *GUESS* by looking for the prismatic effect inside it (or if your bitchy frenemy has a GIANT HONKING ROCK on her hand and she’s claiiiiiiiiiming it’s a diamond but you’re suspicious because she’s That Sort Of Person… look for the fire. No fire, she’s either lying about it being a diamond, or it’s a really shitty diamond.) Buttttttttttt like I said, it’s not reliable. If you aren’t sure, take it to a Jared’s and ask them to diamond test it for you – they’ve got these nifty little gadgets with a copper tip, they can tell you for free in literally 3 seconds whether or not it’s real, and they’ll do it for free. And they’ll clean your jewelry for free if you let them show you around the store and attempt to sell you something. It’s nice to  let them have their little hopes and dreams :)

(PS tho if you’re going to buy jewelry, I really do stand by the Jared “extended service” warranty. It’s great value – free repairs forever, unlimited ring resizing, etc etc. It’s worth it! They also do custom design work.)

*sapphires don’t come in red. Why? Well, do you know what we call a red sapphire? A ruby! Rubies and sapphires are the same mineral, carborundum!

Um guys, its very easy to tell a white sapphire from a diamond, and they dirty very quickly- white sapphire ring set in silver will tarnish and get foggy quickly. whereas a diamond (a good quality one, that sparkles) does not, and the gold its laid in will also have more longevity than any silver.  You don’t need to spend thousand of dollars for a nice diamond, and there are hundreds of jewelers out there. shop around. do your homework. AND FOR THE LOVE THAT IS ALL THINGS SHINEY- SEE IT IN PERSON!!!  

In addition, if you buy a white sapphire, and tell your partner its a diamond. she/he will kill you the first time they go to get it cleaned. Seriously, don’t lie to your partner. I’ve had to deal with that at the store- its never pretty

“Get foggy”???? How? Sapphires aren’t porous. It’ll take dirt at the same rate that diamonds do, but it’s never going to change its color or clarity. 

“silver will tarnish” yep, and it’ll polish right back up again. Five minutes with a silver-polishing cloth is all it takes. Besides, if you REALLY want it bright and shiny you can get a rhodium plating. It’ll keep the tarnish off for longer. Jared’s does rhodium plating for $50 a pop (but it’s free forever if you bought the band from Jared’s and got the extended service plan). And if you DIDN’T, they’ll still polish and clean your jewelry for free (while you look around the store and pretend to be willing to buy something). 

Gold is a little more durable than silver, that’s true, but not significantly.

But yes, if you tell your partner that a white sapphire is a diamond, both @batmanbandaid and I will come for you in the night and throw you off a bridge :D Don’t be that sort of asshole. (I once had a boyfriend try to tell me that a sterling silver bracelet was platinum. Awwwww honey, u tried)

I’ve got a pink sapphire engagement ring framed by a row of diamonds on either side. That thing has been swimming with me in the ocean, lodged inside a vending machine (don’t ask) and generally attached to my person 24/7 since the day it was put on my finger. The only thing that looks a little worn about the ring is the white gold band which needs a professional polish after 6 years of continuous wear. And sure the stone can get a little dirty, but five minutes with some dish soap and an old soft toothbrush and that damn thing glitters. 

My husband’s silver wedding band which cost us about $50 to have made because it was silver? It’s a little nicked here and there but he went with a matte finish so it’s not all that noticeable. From a distance it looks as shiny and new as it did the day I liked it so much I put a ring on it.

The value of diamonds are the great conspiracy, thought up by diamond companies prior to the 1940s. They are in actual fact, very common stones and not all that expensive. It’s all about marketing. (link to youtube)

So screw it, buy the cheaper stone.