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August 02, 2018

Welcome back Gems,

The immortalized Marilyn Monroe once sang, “diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” I can only imagine how this line gets a lot of us thinking, “Is that true? Do women desire diamonds because they truly love the gemstone or is it somehow ingrained into our minds as a societal expectation?”

For the men reading this, women can imagine how stressful it must be to propose, however the pressure really begins when choosing that perfect engagement ring. Guys, would you consider just going out on a limb and buying an engagement ring without first getting the approval on which design and which center stone to choose?

Continuing on that sentiment, ladies, why do we feel somewhat obligated to go with a typical white diamond when there are other great options out there? Why do we continue to follow the status quo?

I can honestly say that up until a few weeks ago I too didn’t know that I could pick an engagement ring without a diamond in the center of it. How often do you walk into your neighborhood jewellery store and get to see anything other than a white diamond, a red ruby, a green emerald or a blue sapphire?

Don’t get me wrong, diamonds are beautiful. I’m not objecting to that. What I am now asking myself is whether I truly want a diamond when Sorbet Sapphire has challenged my preconceptions by introducing me to untreated, coloured sapphires. With so many different shades of colours to choose from, I can finally pick something that represents who I am as a person and how I want others to view me. Would I prefer to continue following like a sheep when I could potentially be that salmon who dares to swim against the current?

At the end of the day, diamonds or sapphires, traditional or unique, an engagement ring should remind us of that special someone who loves us just the way we are and treasures the unique bond that we share. In the end isn’t that all that really matters?

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