We finally ordered our rings yesterday. It took awhile, because I was having an ongoing dialogue with Titanium-Jewelry.com about a customized ring that I wanted.
Initally, I had planned on having a lab-grown diamond. Lab-grown diamonds are still real diamonds, they’re just not mined out of the ground. Also, lab-grown diamonds are generally colored diamonds, and I was interested in this Sky Blue diamond from Gemesis:
However, I’ve gotta give Gemesis two thumbs down in customer service based on my own experience. On the other hand, Titanium-Jewelry.com has been great: Scott from Titanium-Jewelry.com was very diligent in contacting Gemesis directly and opening an account with them, and requesting the diamond I wanted for my ring. But then Gemesis said that they were out of Sky Blue diamonds, and that they wouldn’t make any for less than 1 carat–even though that is NOT what their own website says. According to their own website, Gemesis offers Sky Blue diamonds from .2 carats to .75 carats. I called Gemesis myself to inquire about this discrepancy, and I couldn’t get a human on the phone to save my life. I’ve also emailed them, but have gotten no response. Poo poo to them!
Anyhoo, I’ve decided to just go with a regular white diamond, especially since it’s a tension setting (i.e. no prongs) and cannot accommodate a diamond larger than about .5 carats without compromising the security of the setting–so here it is:
As you can guess from the name of the store, the ring is made of titanium, which is the strongest and most durable metal for tension settings–more secure than a white gold or platinum setting. It’s also incredibly lightweight, which is great since I work a lot with my hands.
I know this looks more like an engagement ring, but Yoongu and I didn’t really have a traditional engagement, so I plan to wear this as my wedding band.
Yoongu’s wedding ring is also pretty unusual: it’s made from tungsten carbide, and the middle design is made with a white gold/palladium alloy and silver. Tungsten is the only rare and exotic metal that can be permanently polished because it has Mohs rating of about 8 or 9 (Diamonds are 10). That means its 10 times harder than 18K Gold, 5 times harder than tool steel, and 4 times harder than titanium and virtually scratch-proof. Such a heavy-duty substance seemed like a good idea since Yoongu’s always working with power-tools and lumber when he’s building houses.
I just love the way the middle part looks like wood! What a fitting design for a carpenter~~~
These are being shipped directly to us here in Korea in about 2-3 weeks—I can’t wait!