Big Wedding, Small Budget

Non-Diamond Engagement Rings

on November 1, 2012

Even though I am obviously already engaged, I’ve always loved jewelry, and I enjoy admiring other engagement rings (although I am in love with my own). Without getting too much into the politics of it, I’m really glad that non-diamond engagement rings seem to be catching on and becoming more popular. Of course, diamonds are still the default option, but there are so many choices for those of us who want something different. Besides my own, here are some of my favorites:

Turtle Love Committee

This ring is currently out of stock but I had to put it on here anyway, just because I love it so much. This was a top contender for me, for a long time.

OneGarnetGirl via Etsy

Of course, I had to give a shout out to OneGarnetGirl, which I’ve featured on this blog many times. This is the shop where we got my ring. I love all of her stuff; it was really, really hard to pick one. But this sunstone has such a beautiful color, and I think it’s great that it comes from the US.

Cold Picnic via East Side Bride

This is probably the most untraditional ring of the bunch. It’s not immediately recognizable as an engagement ring, which would be a disadvantage to me, but probably a plus to some people. Engagement ring or not, it’s just an awesome piece of jewelry.

StoweGems via Etsy

This ring is not really my style, but I think it’s very pretty, so I decided to include it. I think it would be great for a more renaissance-y bride. I would probably consider it as a band if it didn’t have the stone.

kyleannmetals via Etsy

I love engagement rings that are traditional but have a little twist. And this ring fits that perfectly. I think it looks like an engagement, but with a smooth, beautiful pearl instead of the diamond. Gorgeous.


Last but not least, the Knotted Rush ring. I think it’s so cool. Delicate, pretty, and definitely symbolic. Not traditional at all, but awesome, nonetheless.

I decided not to get a diamond engagement ring for a few reasons. I was uncomfortable with the ethics and the artificially inflated prices. I like unique jewelry. I tried on a traditional diamond and it just didn’t feel like me. I saw a picture of my ring online and it was love at first sight. None of this is to say that people who have a diamond are wrong. But for the rest of us, I’m glad that there are so many great options out there!



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