Sorry OP had to deal with that boor of a coworker
but I also love this thread.
Creativity and individuality are very important to me and I appreciate it in others. I love
personalized/specialty jewelry that has a story behind it. When I see a diamond engagement ring I don't think "oooh how many karats" I think "meh, how conventional."(not to dis those of you with traditional diamond rings, just not my thing!).
It's the thought behind the ring; the fact that it was given in the first place that's important IMHO.
FWIW, if I ever get married I don't even want an engagement ring. If my FH was looking to get something to propose to me with he would a) spend a reasonable amount of money bc I'd kick his hiney for blowing money on jewelry instead of a down payment on a house, b) know to get me a necklace bc I don't wear rings, and c) prepare an awesome proposal speech bc I'd value words I can hold in my heart forever over sparkly trinkets that I have to worry about losing down the bathroom drain.
Even though diamonds are my birthstone I wouldn't necessarily want one. I like amethyst bc purple is my favorite color, and I like blue/turquoise. There is a rainbow colored stone that I think is awesome but I can't remember what you call it.
Actually, I haven't gotten through the whole thread yet so I don't know if anyone else has mentioned this topic, but what about real diamonds vs. manufactured?
I've heard that synthetically made diamonds can actually be just as good if not better looking then the real thing, and they come without the environmental/political/economical issues attached to real diamonds.
People stereotypically comment on the karat size, but has anyone ever gotten static for the presumed authenticity of their engagement rings?
So much fuss over a little compressed rock! Darn that Marilyn Monroe (sp?) and her catchy song!