If someone says the words “engagement ring,” you probably picture a diamond set on a gold band, maybe accented with smaller diamonds. This is the perfect engagement ring for some people, but it isn’t quite right for everyone. If you are planning to purchase a wedding ring so you can propose to your sweetheart but don’t think that a diamond is right for them, here are a few concepts to think about as you shop for rings.
1) Gemstone Rings
Not everyone loves diamonds! Your partner might prefer a ring a little less traditional. Do they have another favorite gemstone? If they always wear a pair of emerald earrings or a sapphire necklace, that might be an indicator of a stone they love. You could also pick a ring that features their birth stone or a color they love to wear. If you’re concerned about not going with a “traditional” choice, keep in mind that the diamond engagement rings only became popular in the 1940s.
In addition to being more unique, most other gemstones are less expensive than diamonds. If you’re concerned about affording a ring your partner will love, you can get other stones like opals or garnets for less money than diamonds and they will still gleam and shine!
2) Intricate Wedding Bands
Not all engagement rings have to feature gemstones! Would your partner prefer a more low key ring? You can find rings with intricate designs carved into the band that are gorgeous and can still dazzle without a shiny gem. You can find different motifs like florals or other nature inspired designs. You can even go for a geometric motif. You might also like a traditional claddagh ring, especially if you or your partner are of Irish descent.
3) Silicone Rings
Not everyone can wear traditional engagement or wedding rings! If your partner’s profession means that they can’t wear most jewelry or they simply prefer not to, you might want to get them a silicone ring. These won’t be damaged if they have to work with their hands or damaged by machinery. Silicone rings are also a good option if your partner doesn’t like wearing expensive jewelry every day and only wants to wear their fine jewelry for special occasions. Silicone rings are a nice every day option. They’re also great if their weight has fluctuated and their ring size might change rapidly!
4) Simple Designs
You might associate plain bands with wedding rings but they can work well for engagement rings, too, especially if your partner’s style is pretty subtle. You can pick out a solid band of their favorite precious metal and keep any details simple. A plain band doesn’t have to be impersonal; you can engrave a significant quote or date into the ring. This can be the perfect way to personalize an engagement ring while keeping things understated.
5) Use an Heirloom
Have you inherited a ring from a family member? Perhaps you were given a ring by your partner’s family? An heirloom can make a wonderful, sentimental choice. But what if the ring isn’t your partner’s style? Check in with a local jeweler to see if they can alter the ring to suit your partner’s style. This can also work if you have another piece like a necklace or a brooch. They may be able to utilize the stones to make a gorgeous ring that is unique but also carries family history!
Princess cut solitaire rings are popular for a reason, but that doesn’t mean they’re for everyone! If you think a less traditional choice is right for you. No matter what you decide to go with, if you choose a ring that suits your partner, you can rest confidently knowing that they’re going to enjoy showing the ring off to friends and family and will cherish it forever while you enjoy your married days.