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6 Alternatives to the Traditional Diamond Engagement Ring


If you’re a bride-to-be who is truly one-of-a-kind and unique, having the traditional diamond engagement ring may seem like a faux pas to you. There are so many other options when it comes to engagement ring stones, and we’ve outlined some of the most cost-friendly and unique options for you.


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This deep purple stone is durable and made to last a long time. Plus, it’s a fraction of the cost of a traditional diamond ring. If you’re looking for a value that makes a statement, Amethyst is the stone for you.


The benefit to having an opal ring is that every day you will essentially be wearing a different engagement ring. Because the opal reflects the colors of the rainbow, it is always changing, and no two are ever the same. If you were born in the month of October, this stone will be especially meaningful to you!



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Ruby is one of the more well-known, classic stones, which makes it a little pricier than other options, like amethyst and pearls. However, it’s extremely durable and is perfect for brides who tend to have busy hands.


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Candid Canons

What’s beautiful about pearls is that they’re all unique and different. To add even more sentiment to your ring, ask if you can choose the exact clam for a more personal pearl. While your ring will definitely be unique and one-of-a-kind, be warned that pearls tarnish and scratch easily, and should only be worn occasionally. If you plan to wear your ring all day, every day, stay away from pearls.


Morganite is by far the most popular alternative to a diamond this season. Because it has the rose gold tone that is oh-so popular right now, bride are flocking to it’s beauty. Plus, it’s a much more cost-effective option than the diamond. With a trending color and a budget-friendly price, what more could you ask for?


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Genevieve Nisly Photography

Thanks to Duchess Kate Middleton, sapphires have reemerged as a popular engagement stone – especially when surrounded by a halo of diamonds. Did you know that sapphires can come in white/clear, too? If you want the look of a diamond for a fraction of the cost, white sapphires are a stunning option.



If you’re very proud of the month you were born, consider getting your birthstone for your engagement ring. Better yet, to add a level of sentimentality and meaning to your already emotion-filled wedding day, incorporate or spotlight the birthstone of the month you get married. This will guarantee a beautiful story to tell to your kids and grandkids, as well as a wonderful heirloom to pass on.


To satisfy your unique spirit and make your wallet happy, talk with some jewelry experts in Northeast Ohio about your options or head over to our Pinterest! Once you’ve chosen your stone, check out this blog to see what shape and metal you want to create your perfect ring. After all, you’ll be wearing it for the rest of your life!


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