Dear 100 Hour Board,
Married Writers: Can we get pictures of your engagement & wedding rings?
Single Writers: What's your dream ring?
I actually love weddings a lot, it's really embarrassing.
One of my dream rings is rose gold (but not pink) with a light pink morganite stone. I like really simple rings, so probably just the band and the stone. On the other hand (no pun intended), I also really like this ring. I'm also a fan of the uncut look.
-Adelaide, who totally doesn't spend a lot of her time on Pinterest or anything. That's ridiculous.
I tend to be pretty traditional when it comes to wedding-related preferences. My dream engagement ring would have a relatively simple but pretty silver band and a big sparkly diamond, kind of like this one:
I once heard the idea of getting a cubic zirconium stone put in initially and then replacing it with a diamond when you as a couple are more established and can afford it, and that makes sense to me.
And while this is my dream ring, I like to think I'll fall in love with whatever ring I happen to be offered. In the end, it's not the ring that matters.
-the Goose Girl
I would say I liked small and simplistic rings before I got married, mostly because those are usually the cheapest rings, and I didn't want to break the bank for a silly ring.
Then I got a rock of a ring from my husband. It's awesome.
Separated engagement and wedding bands:
Ladies, it's important to find a man with good taste in jewelry. And who can get quality jewelry at very low costs.
No shots fired at other writers who like rings here, y'all are entitled to yo' unique style and whatnot.
Ideally, I wouldn't have to buy a stone-encrusted ring, but since there is an almost-irresitible cultural expectation (see every engagement post ever) that I do so, my ideal ring to give someone would have an unconventional stone—we're talking like an emerald, or ruby, or sapphire, or something—instead of a diamond. I do not like diamonds, and feel that if I am purchasing something for a lot of money it may as well be worth more than a diamond is apparently worth.
I also think that in my case purchasing any jewelry or clothing for a girl is... unadvisable, considering my sense of style. I'd prefer she pick it out herself, which would probably mean a diamond it would be.
If I were to pick a wedding band for myself, I'd want to pick something with a very slim profile. I'm thinking, like ceramic or tungsten carbide but tungsten is so heavy, and I don't really like wearing things on my hands. I'd also like something I could replace easily for when I inevitably lose my ring to a deep-ocean trench, or a surging rainforest river, or a swirling toilet.
I've always wanted a prairie diamond, because I think it's silly for poor young people to spend so much money on a ring. And I'm a history nerd so I think they're cool.
If I have to pick actual jewelry, then I prefer a gem besides a diamond, something with more color. I also prefer rings that are flatter with lots of smaller stones than one with a big stone that sticks up. It just looks like a big stone would get in the way and annoy me.
I want like, a Lantern ring. Probably Indigo because purple's my favorite color. Or a Legion flight ring.
Or a Voltron ring. You know five lion mechas combine to form one super mecha, right?
I used to take pride in not knowing enough, or simply not caring enough, to give a real answer to this kind of question. Then everything changed when the Fire Nation came. Which is to say, this question has made me obsess over a thing that really doesn't matter at all at this time in my life.
So I'd probably like something like this: (source)
Or something similar without the center stone. I mostly like the thin wavy/braided band.
I want something silver with sapphires, possibly with diamonds or opals as well. It needs to have a slim profile, mostly because I don't want something protruding from the top of the ring.
I would love a yellow gold ring with a small opal or pearl, like so:
The Soulful Ginger
A picture of my engagement ring can be found in Board Question #80863. The wedding band is a plain, matching rose gold band that's molded to fit flush against the engagement ring all the way around, in a similar way to April's ring.