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Debate: Diamond or Alternative Ring?

October 22, 2013 | 8 Comments

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Debate, debate! 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?

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Alternative Engagement Ring Ideas

1. White Topaz Engagement Rings

White topaz is a type of gemstone that looks stunning as a ring’s focal point.

Alternative Engagement Ring Ideas:  White Topaz (via EmmmalineBride.com)

1 – metalicious
2 – vyoleto
3 – peaces of indigo
4 – metalicious
5 – the sly fox
6 – every bear jewel

2. Herkimer “Diamond” Engagement Rings

A herkimer “diamond” isn’t a diamond at all. Instead, it is a double-terminated quartz crystal.

Alternative Engagement Ring Ideas:  Herkimer (via EmmmalineBride.com)

1 – amanda leilani designs
2 – crafts garden of zen
3 – maroulina
4 – nested yellow
5, 6, 7 – live beautiful co.

3. Pearl Engagement Rings

Pearls are one of the prettiest of them all!

Alternative Engagement Ring Ideas:  Pearl (via EmmmalineBride.com)

1 – barbara michelle jacobs
2 – artemer
3 – jewls remix
4 – all wired up
5, 6 – lady peony

4. Gemstone Engagement Rings

Require sparkle? A gemstone engagement ring may be the perfect choice for you.

Alternative Engagement Ring Ideas:  Gemstone (via EmmmalineBride.com)

1 – kristin coffin
2 – barbara michelle jacobs
3 – rare earth
4, 5 – kristin coffin
6, 7 – the logr
8 – kristin coffin


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  • http://www.facebook.com/GiftClubApp Kate

    I love pearls – so feminine, soft and elemental.

  • Kate

    No moissanite?

  • elizabeth

    Alternatives are wonderful, but as someone in the Jewelry industry I STRONGLY recommend NOT getting a pearl, they break so easily and they wither away after wear. I would say get one, but have an everyday piece and just use the piece for occasions.

  • Binx

    My fiancée and looked at few diamond rings but they didn’t feel right for either of us. We were pretty sure we wanted a sapphire but kept options open and tried on some aqua marine and pigeon blood colured ruby (I think).
    In the end we went for an art deco inspired emerald cut sapphire with diamond baguettes on the side.

  • Ellie Shaykhlislamova

    I think this post is excellent!
    I would like to point out though that some choices are more practical than others.
    My fiance and I loved a pearl and opal ring, but discussed it with a jeweler and unfortunately pearls do not last very well!
    For anyone thinking of a pearl ring, please do some research so you won’t be disappointed! x
    Pearls SHOULDN’T be exposed to hand creams or too much water, so taking a pearl ring off every time you wash your hands is a good idea. I work in the medical field, so this simply wasn’t an option for me. I have an heirloom pearl ring as a gift, and two of the pearls needs to be replaced because my Auntie didn’t take it off often and one of the pearls ‘died’- lost it’s lustre, looks worn off. (And she isn’t a hard-working woman with her hands).

    My fiance and I chose a diamond and sapphire ring in the end because it’s gorgeous, and sapphires are very hard-wearing, just as much as diamonds! I love it. The reason diamonds are often used is precisely this: they are hard-wearing and long lasting. Consider how much wear your ring will get in terms of choosing an alternative stone x

  • Kaylene

    I know a black diamond IS a diamond, but it’s a unique alternative to a white one and as an added bonus, they’re generally less expensive. I’m in love with mine!

  • laura

    You forgot about moissanite rings! That is what I have and its wonderful! I wanted a classic look and a durable stone. I have heard of non-diamond stones getting damaged, and I know it would break my heart to have that happen, insured or not. Moissanites are just as hard as diamonds, so I know I don’t have to worry. In fact, they’re so similar to diamonds that jewelers often can’t even tell the difference between them.

    • http://emmalinebride.com/ Emma | Emmaline Bride

      You’re right, Laura! Great point! Your ring is gorgeous!

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