We know a few of you got engaged over the holidays, so DIY bride Sarah is here with a guide to alternative engagement rings – in case a big sparkly diamond isn’t your cup of tea! :)
Ring shopping isn’t always as easy as it first appears. I remember being adament that I wanted a princess cut diamond (that’s a square one for those not in the know), for years and years – but as soon as a tried one on I realised how stubby it made my fingers look. Similarly I thought solitaire diamonds were too boring and traditional, until I tried one on and thought “hrm, actually, this looks way better….”.
Not everyone knows what type of ring they want, and that’s okay! Some people don’t want to wear rings at all and some people want something a little less flashy than your traditional bling. Here at Cwtch we’re proud of the diversity of our readers, so I thought I’d put together a little round up of slightly more alternative engagement rings, for those people who don’t like or choose not to go with societal norms. After all, it would be boring if we were all the same, right? :)
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First up, the vintage rings! :) A lovely way of getting something unique, with a vintage ring you have the added bonus that you might get a wonderful story along with your new piece of jewellery, plus they tend to be a little cheaper – perfect if you’re on a tight budget or feel a little queasy at the idea of paying thousands for a ring.
Etsy is a great source for vintage engagement rings if you’re shopping online (you can even find some on eBay.) Alternatively pop into your local independent jewellery store – if they don’t have any they should at least be able to point you in the right direction :)
It doesn’t have to be a diamond
We say tradition shamition – if you don’t want a diamond (for ethical reasons perhaps) or simply don’t like the look of them that much then there are a wealth of other sparkles for you to choose from. Emeralds, sapphires, garnets – if everyone is different then why pigeonhole ourselves into only choosing one gemstone? :)
Plain & simple
Don’t want a big sparkly thing at all? No problem! Your engagement ring doesn’t have to look like the stereotypical engagement ring to be an engagement ring, so if big gems aren’t your style try some of these alternatives instead. You can get a sterling silver plain band for less than £7 if you’re not bothered about cost (and no one is saying you have to be! Your ring, your rules).
Of course if you do want a diamond but fancy something a little more subtle then this rose gold ring is a beautiful choice and uses an eco friendly diamond to boot! :)
Speaking of eco friendly diamonds – it’s worth knowing where your diamond comes from before you hand over your credit card. Try and look for terms like eco friendly, ethical diamonds or green diamonds (not to be confused with the colour) as that should ensure that your diamond hasn’t come from a less than desirable place. You can even buy diamonds that have been grown in a lab now, as opposed to mined, with is a far more ethical choice! :)
Here are some of my favourites – Etsy has a great range of eco diamonds too (although a lot of them are based in the USA so don’t forget to factor postage costs into the equation if you decide to go down that route).
Would you choose an alternative engagement ring? Or did you go for something more traditional? :)