As I mentioned in an earlier post, I want the Tiffany's Blossom Ring when I get engaged.* This was a result of many hours of diligent searching over the course of several years. I knew I wanted a flower ring, and I looked for one until I found it.
However, my unwavering belief that this was the ring I wanted was shaken when I had a conversation a couple weeks ago about blood diamonds.** Most diamond companies (especially high-end diamond companies) do try to authenticate that the diamonds they sell are not blood diamonds. But at the end of the day, a diamond is a rock. Usually a small, concealable rock. And diamond companies want to sell diamonds, and how is someone really going to prove one way or the other that this specific rock is a blood diamond or not.
I started thinking about it. Maybe I don't want a diamond. I started looking a flower rings again: maybe I could find something out there; a flower ring that didn't have diamonds. I quickly came to the same conclusion I came to before: 1. most flower rings are cheap and/or tacky (especially ones that do not have diamonds). 2. I really, really like the Blossom Ring. The Blossom Ring is elegant, chic and understated. Perfect.
So, I thought outside the box. What if I just changed out the stones in the Blossom Ring, so that it didn't have diamonds. I started thinking about it, and I got really excited. I love the color pink. If I had other stones, I could have a pink flower!
This is what I came up with. I love it. I think it is even prettier than the original Blossom Ring.
*See my November 22, 2009 post entitled "Maid Marian"
** For those who don't know, blood diamonds are diamonds that are obtained through violent acts. The diamond industry is rife with individuals killed, attacked, exploited, etc.