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Debate: Diamond or Alternative Engagement Ring?

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Today we’re talking about diamond vs. alternative engagement rings. A diamond ring is the traditional choice, but is it the only option? No. When planning a handcrafted wedding, every single detail comes down to what you like best. Today we’re sharing a few alternative engagement ring ideas to inspire you to think outside the box. Read on to see four different styles of alternative engagement rings PLUS, vote in our great debate! Diamond or alternative?

Real Proposal: Watch This Incredible Engagement (VIDEO)

We’ve teamed up with Simply Stylist and Dove to share this sweet engagement video! Wait until you see the proposal! I’ll also share some of my own favorite wedding moments and how these sweat-worthy moments are some of the most amazing in life! Be sure to subscribe for future posts so you stay in the loop!

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21 Unique Engagement Rings from Etsy

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Unique Engagement Rings from Etsy | by Kristin Coffin | http://emmalinebride.com/engagement/unique-engagement-rings-etsy/

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There are many unique engagement rings from Etsy, but few designers we admire more than Kristin Coffin! We’re always popping in to her shop to see what’s new, as she’s always adding a beautiful engagement ring or wedding band to admire. To show you what we mean, we’ve rounded up twenty-one of the most unique engagement rings from her Etsy shop! We’re also sharing ten wedding sets to show you how lovely the engagement rings look when paired with her wedding bands. After you’ve seen them all, tell me: what’s your favorite engagement ring or wedding band from this collection? I absolutely love #19!

Design Your Own Engagement Ring — Here’s How


Hi, lovelies! Emma here. Quick story: when Andrew was getting ready to pop the question, he didn’t just want any engagement ring. I didn’t know it at the time, but he designed my ring himself! That fact alone makes me love it even more, knowing he put so much time and attention into every detail. If you’re planning to propose to your special someone and want to design your own engagement ring, too, we’ll show you one resource where you can get an awesome ring with tons of customizable options! Read on to find out more about Los Angeles based Diamond Mansion, available in store (and always online)…

5 Perfect Tips for Engagements on Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and you know what that means: proposals! But how should you ask? Where should you put the ring? What are you forgetting to do? We’ll tell you five key proposal tips for engagements on Valentine’s Day so it goes off without a hitch…

8 Sapphire Engagement Rings Just as Beautiful as Diamonds

While you may already have an engagement ring, perhaps you have a friend who is looking at rings or you know someone who is thinking about popping the question — so this one’s for them! Feel free to subscribe and pass it on!

We know that diamonds are known as a girl’s best friend, but sapphire engagement rings (along with other diamond alternatives) are emerging as a new trend. In fact, I know a handful of newly engaged ladies who are sporting non-diamond rings including sapphires, emeralds, and pearls. This proves that rings are never one-style-fits-all: the ring you select should reflect the ring recipient’s unique style! Today we’re inspiring you with our favorite sapphire engagement rings in sparkling shades of blue. These rings can also double as your “Something Blue”, so, hey, another thing to cross off that never-ending list. :)

Which of these (all handmade, of course) engagement rings is your favorite?

Sapphire Engagement Rings

P.S. This first ring is our handpicked #HANDMADEADAY find! It is handmade by Kristin Coffin.

Twig Princess Cut Moissanite Ring

We’ve noticed some new readers in the audience (hello!) like Kate who tells us that she’s “not even engaged yet but hoping” and has been hooked on handmade finds for awhile now! (We love that.) Welcome, welcome! We’re happy to see you here. From time to time, we showcase our favorite engagement rings so you can hint at your favorite style. Here are some ways to do it: pin this find to your Pinterest board, leave this window open on your partner’s computer, or, you know, casually mention how much you happen to love a particular style. See? So easy. ;)

Today we’re sharing a brand new find: a princess cut moissanite ring. Moissanite is an alternative to a diamond and we think it’s gorgeous! This handmade princess cut moissanite ring features an elegant twig-like band (perfect for rustic-loving brides!) and is crafted with love by Efrat Deutsch. And this, love, is just one of many gorgeous rings from within her shop, so be sure to pop in for a visit to see more.

Princess Cut Moissanite Ring

This engagement ring features a classic four-prong basket setting in solid 14k rose gold. The moissanite stone is 6mm in size (the equivalent to a 1.25 carat diamond).

Twig Princess Cut Moissanite Ring

Twig Princess Cut Moissanite Ring

As always, there’s more inspiration coming up next! Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss it. And, if you have a minute, pop in to see what wedding giveaways are happening now!


Twig and Leaf Engagement Ring

Engagement season is upon us, and you know what that means: beautiful new engagement rings popping up all over the place! We love sharing the most gorgeous, custom-made engagement rings around, which is why we couldn’t help ourselves when Kristin Coffin made this little gem. The twig and leaf engagement ring is ideal for the nature-lover, the bride-to-be who loves nature inspired jewelry paired with an exceptionally unique rose-cut diamond. As Kristin puts it, “It is a celebration of our environment and a great alternative to a traditional engagement ring.” It is a perfect everyday piece and one you’ll get compliments on for years to come.

Twig and Leaf Engagement Ring

Here, take a look!

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You can find this gorgeous engagement ring and others at Kristin Coffin.


Topsail Island Engagement Session: Nicole + Nick

This Topsail Island engagement session is beautiful! This happy couple, Nicole and Nick, walked along the beach and dipped their toes in the water. While enjoying romantic moments along this North Carolina beach, they were photographed by Eric from Eric Boneske Photography. Sunsets, lasting impressions, and more from the bride…

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Topsail Island Engagement Session

Nicole tells us, “Nick’s grandfather was a marine at camp Lejeune when he met Nick’s grandmother, a local from Wilmington. Years later Nick’s family bought a vacation home in Topsail and have been visiting since Nick was a little boy. Nick first took me to Topsail a year into our relationship and I immediately fell in love with the place. Since we have decided to get married in my hometown of Aiken, SC, we choose Topsail for our engagement session because it holds such a special place in both of our hearts. We couldn’t be more thrilled with how the photos turned out! We will cherish them and those sweet memories from that day for a lifetime! Thanks a million to Eric for capturing our love so beautifully.”

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Topsail Island couple's engagement session

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If you enjoyed this engagement session and are looking for your North Carolina wedding photographer, check out Eric Boneske Photography. Eric’s a preferred wedding photographer at Emmaline Bride. Find more wedding vendors in our wedding vendor guide!