Diamonds have long been the traditional stone for engagement rings with sapphires coming in as a clear second. But why follow the curve when more unique and affordable alternatives can be just as priceless ?
Rule #1: It has to fit your PERSONALITY!
Rule #2: This has to be THE Ring you will LOVE to wear everyday for the rest of your Life!
Rule #3: Looking at other stones, refer to the MOH chart - basically meaning it's durability and resistance to scratching . Aim for 7.0 and higher for daily active wear.
Rule #4: Anniversaries are meant to upgrade your ring - whether by adding bands or enhancing the mounting!
20 DIAMOND-ALTERNATIVE GEMSTONES FOR ENGAGEMENT RINGS October 15, 2014 | hints, tips & advice, inspiration, jewelry, style.
Diamonds may be some girls’ best friend, but they’re not for everyone.
Yes they’re beautiful, durable, sparkly and timeless, but they’re also rather expensive and perhaps a little too classic, if you’re the kind of lady who wants to wear something unique on your ring finger.
Many grooms do feel they have to splash out on the traditional sparkler when it comes to popping the question, but the modern custom for diamond rings that cost three months’ salary was actually only introduced as a marketing campaign by acclaimed jeweler, De Beers back in the 1930s. And it stuck!
But you don’t have to follow suit.
Whether it’s a clear stone that looks almost as sparkly as the real thing (no one has to know!), or a colored stone that will set your ring apart, we’ve come up with 20 gorgeous alternative gems that will look just as precious as a diamond, when you say “Yes!”.
Last generation of family jewelers, my brother & I returned to St. Thomas to learn about the business.