I’ve been wearing my new ring for a month now, and I absolutely love it. I think it’s even prettier than the “real” one that I had before. My original ring was not flawless, and I can tell that this one sparkles more. I’ve had several compliments from strangers about what a pretty ring it is. I love knowing that it wasn’t dug out of the ground by an exploited youth in Africa, and knowing that the money we got from selling my first ring is working for us in an IRA and an HSA.
Earlier this month, one of my best friends was at my house, and it was the first time she had seen me since I had switched rings. She saw it pretty quickly, and looked with amazement at me and my husband. She knows how frugal we are, and she couldn’t believe we had upgraded to a bigger rock. She said she loved the ring, but was surprised that we had obviously spent a lot more money to get a bigger, better stone (I have one ct now – my other ring was about 3/4 ct total, with a stone in the middle and one on either side). So I told her my secret. She was very impressed. She said that she had just seen the movie Blood Diamond and that she was horrified by her own ring after watching that movie. I haven’t seen the movie yet (I’m number 14 on the hold list at the library right now), but I think it will only make me more proud of our decision.