[W]e’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).
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[E]ngagement 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.
Last week, we talked about alternative wedding ring ideas and we loved the feedback we received! Today we’re sharing seven alternative engagement ring ideas you will absolutely love. If you’re getting engaged soon, vaguely hinting at, or popping the question soon, this is the post for you! We know diamonds are the most popular engagement ring option, but remember… a diamond is certainly not your only option. And, handcrafted engagement rings? They’re totally custom and made just for you. In this post, we’ll show you how the lovely Kristin Coffin has redefined the engagement ring world with her collection of unique, handcrafted engagement rings. If you thought you were a traditional diamonds-only girl, think again: these designs might totally change your mind. (P.S. If you’re vaguely hinting at your favorite design, just leave this post open on his browser or pin these images like crazy on your Pinterest boards. He’ll get the hint.) Read on to be inspired… and share your thoughts after the post!
7 Alternative Engagement Ring Ideas
Ready to be inspired? Let’s begin with one of my favorites: the emerald Moissanite twig engagement ring. This is gorgeous.
1. Emerald Moissanite Twig Engagement Ring
Like many of Kristin’s designs, this engagement ring is cast from a real branch for a ‘twig’-like appearance. Unlike any ring you’ve ever seen, this emerald moissanite engagement ring is made with a sparkling radiant-cut and emerald-shaped Moissanite. I love the vintage-inspired beaded bezel setting (perfect for vintage-loving brides!)
You HAVE TO see the side view of this ring. It’s incredible.
2. Red Diamond Twig Engagement Ring
The red diamond engagement ring is made from rose cut diamonds, which have been individually hand-cut (so each is one-of-a-kind!) This entire ring is handcrafted from start to finish and is perfect for everyday wear.
3. Pear Diamond Engagement Ring in White Gold
The rose cut rustic pear diamond is made from a solid recycled white gold band. It has a cool color palette and a bold, secure bezel. The sparkling facets make this piece a stunner from the aisle to forever after.
4. Chocolate Diamond Engagement Ring
I’ve never seen or heard of a chocolate diamond before, so this engagement ring totally stood out to me. In this ring, you’ll find a sparkling chocolate diamond surrounded by Kristin’s signature Twig Halo ring. The thick Halo is a bold setting, which gives you a vintage feel. Can be worn by itself or stacked for maximum wow-factor.
Here’s what this one looks like stacked with a twig band:
5. Diamond Halo Engagement Ring with Twig Band
The diamond halo engagement ring has a soft and earthy aesthetic. It features a natural untreated diamond with a rustic quality and gorgeous faceting. This one is set in a band cast from a real branch in solid recycled yellow gold.
6. Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring
If you’re a bride who loves a pop of color, the blue sapphire engagement ring is the one for you! (It’s easily your ‘something blue’, also.) For this feature, I had trouble picking between the blue sapphire engagement ring set in the ‘Halo’ band and Kristin’s other sapphire rings… but this is one of my all-time favorites. It features a ceylon blue sapphire which is bezel-set and surrounded by the signature Twig halo band. This sapphire is a dark, vibrant cobalt blue color.
7. Oval Moissanite Engagement Ring
And, last but not least, take a peek at the oval Moissanite engagement ring. This ring has the look of a traditional oval diamond ring, but it’s anything but ordinary. This ring features a large sparkling oval Moissanite set on a gorgeous twig engagement band.
Check out the side view:
Holy cow. Seriously, I don’t know how one could pick between these… and there’s plenty more where these came from! To see the full collection, head over to Kristin Coffin. And… tell us below: which of these alternative engagement rings is your favorite?
Hey, nature-loving brides: this one’s for you! Have you seen the incredible ways nature can be tied into jewelry pieces today? I mean, you already know how awesome handmade is, but these particular pieces are awe-inspiring. If you’re planning a nature-filled wedding, love the great outdoors, or just happen to be looking for a pretty nature inspired jewelry piece for spring, we’ve found six of ’em. Read on to see what we’ve uncovered PLUS enter for a chance to win one of the lovely items shown below!
Nature Inspired Jewelry Pieces
1. Moss Necklace
Who says moss is limited to decor alone? The fantastic Mr. Lentz has created a new way for moss to steal the show as a jewelry embellishment. This moss necklace is one of our favorite finds to date.
Next up: rock stud earrings. Crafted with love by the inspiring Andrea Bonelli, these new pebble earrings are a favorite of ours from her new collection. These earrings are hand-carved from wax and made to resemble the facets of rock. In case you’re wondering, they’ve also been hollowed out in the back to reduce weight (so you can wear ’em everyday). See ’em in silver…
Who says twigs have no role in the fashion world? Kristin Coffin turned an everyday twig into a daily fashion statement with these twig stud earrings. These real twigs are cast in solid recycled 14k gold.
If you’re hoping for a nature inspired engagement ring, we’ve found it! Have you considered a twig engagement ring? Check out this lovely one made by Barbara Nichelle Jacobs, whose love for nature inspired jewelry is reflected in nearly all of her pieces. This particular ring is one of my favorites: it is made of 100% recycled gold and is cast from real branches, formed into golden rings, and accented with a white diamond. Gorgeous.
You’ve seen leaf bracelets in the past, but this one is a favorite of ours for two reasons. First, it’s a pretty accent for your wedding day (especially with the addition of pearls) but it also works well for everyday wear, too. It’s handmade by the lovely ladies of Rustic Gem Jewelry and is our favorite from their collection.
Between 1/24-1/30/14 (11:59pm EST), enter for a chance to win a pair of silver rock stud earrings by Andrea Bonelli Jewelry! Prize value: $62. No cash value. Measure 8mm. Winner randomly selected and announced on 1/30/14. Winner must respond to winning email within 72 hours or a new winner will be randomly selected. No purchase necessary. Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win. Use entry form below to enter. Winner must ‘claim’ prize within 6 months. Good luck!
It’s the holiday season, I’m sipping on Peppermint Mocha, I have Christmas music on full blast here in the Emmaline Bride office, and there’s joy and love in the air. Ah, the holidays: a popular time of year for couples to get engaged. I mean, this week alone two of my friends got engaged – and it’s not even Christmas yet. If you’re thinking about popping the question soon – or you’re hoping to nudge him in the right direction with a gorgeous handmade engagement ring, today’s post is for you! We’re sharing some of our favorite twig engagement rings that are sure to put the sparkle in your season thanks to Barbara Michelle Jacobs Jewelry. And, we’re also sharing the answer to an often wondered question: why a wedding ring is worn on the fourth finger. Oh, and if you are trying to drop a hint for the holidays, just leave the window open on your laptop… you never know. ;) Enjoy!
Twig Engagement Rings
Ah, this newest ring from the collection is ‘Pretty in Pink’. I adore the pearls…. what a fresh alternative to diamonds!
Ooh, a sapphire is another fresh alternative to a diamond engagement ring! Plus, it’s “something blue” for your wedding day.
This is one of my favorite twig engagement rings from her collection. It’s simple – yet oh-so-elegant.
And, see it paired with a matching twig wedding band…
This next ring in white gold is a bucolic setting with diamonds. Gorgeous!
And, last but not least, a yellow diamond solitaire engagement ring with a rose cut. This one is quite the sparkler!
Why a Wedding Ring is Worn on the Fourth Finger
So, why is a wedding ring worn on the fourth finger? The ancient Romans believed the vein in the fourth or “ring” ringer of the left hand was the most direct path to the heart. This vein – called the “vena amoris” – is known as the vein of love. In early Christian ceremonies, the groom would take the ring and touch his bride’s thumb (“In the name of the Father”), then the index finger (“and the Son”), the middle finger (“and the Holy Ghost”), then “Amen” as he placed the ring on the fourth finger, which sealed the marriage. Another interesting fact is in many Jewish ceremonies, the wedding ring is placed on the index finger (believed to be the closest way to the heart), and is moved to the ring finger depending on the custom of where the bride lives.
Hello, hello! Have you crossed off wedding rings from your to-do list yet? If not, we’re here to help! At Emmaline Bride, you know we’re crazy about handmade wedding items because each item is crafted with love, care, and is made just for you. Handmade wedding rings are no exception! When you start shopping for wedding bands or engagement rings, consider handmade wedding rings. You’ll support an independent artisan, your ring will be completely original and made just for you, and if you have questions you can speak to the designer directly. Whether you’re browsing handmade wedding rings for your big day to complement your engagement ring – or looking to pop the question with a diamond ring soon – we’ve found one shop that does it all! Read on to find out about the lovely Barbara Michelle Jacobs, Featured Artisan in The Marketplace, and see seven hand-picked handmade wedding rings from her collection. We think you’re going to love what we’ve discovered…
Handmade Wedding Rings
We begin the list with the first five for the bride-to-be…
1. Classic Solitaire in Yellow Gold
Simple, elegant, and perfect for the bride who loves yellow gold and a diamond solitaire.
2. Ideal Bridal Twig Ring Set
This bridal twig ring set means you can propose with an engagement ring – and already have a matching wedding band for the big day!
3. Matte Satin Stackable Twig Band
If you’re looking for a nature-inspired handmade band, this matte satin twig band is perfect…
4. Solitaire Bezel Diamond Engagement Ring
Prefer a modern, sleek design? Check out the solitaire bezel diamond engagement ring in white gold (also available in yellow gold)…
… and it be perfectly paired with a twig stackable wedding band, too!
5. Diamond Wedding Band
This band isn’t just a gorgeous diamond-studded wedding band. According to Barbara, “The number eleven is said to possess the qualities of intuition, patience, honesty, sensitivity, and spirituality. Here, a giddy stream of eleven little diamonds will sparkle and dance on your finger, catching you by surprise when you least expect it.” Available in yellow, white, or rose gold.
For the Groom
Grooms – we didn’t leave you out! Here are two terrific handmade options:
6. Wide Wedding Band
7. Organic Two Tone Wedding Band
To view more handmade wedding rings (and other jewelry) from Barbara’s collection, visit her website! There’s so much loveliness to see…