Guide to Alternative Engagement Rings

Guide to Alternative Engagement Rings

Our Best Tips for Buying an Alternative Engagement Ring

These days, there’s a lot more to consider when figuring out when, where, and how to buy an engagement ring. If you’re looking for a more unique engagement ring, you might want to consider a diamond alternative instead.

After all, there’s certainly no rule that says you have to have a diamond as your centre stone in your engagement ring. Forget carat weight, or any of the other criteria that make up jewellery’s famous “five Cs”, for that matter. More and more brides are looking for non-diamond engagement rings. Choosing an alternative engagement ring is about expressing your personality, whether that’s through colour, shape or an unusual motif that has significance to you as a couple.
Here are some styles we love as alternative engagement rings:


“toi et moi”

Translates to “you and me” in French. A toi et moi ring features a band, with two gemstones nestled side by side where it meets around the finger. As the name suggests, the style is highly romantic, it symbolises two entities meeting as one. Dating back centuries, the style became famous in 1796, when Napoleon Bonaparte proposed to Josephine de Beauharnais with one. Traditionally, they feature two different stones in matching sizes and cuts.
Alternative Gemstones To Consider

There are plenty of other gemstones out there that make for gorgeous rings that are ideal for everyday wear and will stand out in a crowd. Celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Eva Longoria, and Halle Berry are just a few who have opted for other colourful stones, and the Royal family is known for doing the same.

Emerald – with their gorgeous green hue, emeralds are a classic choice that will really add something to your jewellery collection. They come in a variety of shapes that can easily be customised to fit into your dream ring. When shopping for an emerald, the most appealing stones will be a beautiful deep green, with a highly transparent appearance.
Sapphire – Another elegant and classic option that come in a range of different shades. Sapphire is one of the most popular alternative stones for an engagement ring. Since Princess Diana revealed her stunning Sapphire ring, one that Kate Middleton now wears, these gorgeous gemstones have become more sought after.

Ruby – an excellent Diamond alternative because they manage to be classic but bold at the same time. They are the gemstone of love and come in a range of shades from deep pink to red, making a beautiful contrast when paired with white or yellow metals.

Aquamarine, Topaz & Zircon – light blue aquamarine stones are an elegant and fresh choice. Topaz symbolises wealth and royalty. The most common colour of Topaz today is blue, however it is also naturally found in colourless, pink, yellow, and peach hues. Zircon is a more affordable option for your engagement ring. These stones can also make your engagement ring your “something blue” on your wedding day.

Opal – If your style is a more vintage or you want an heirloom look, opal gemstones can achieve this for you. These beautiful milky white stones have an interesting iridescence to them, and they are pretty versatile.
So what makes an engagement ring alternative?
The limit is your imagination. For some, it can be a modern twist on a classic diamond solitaire or maybe avoid diamonds altogether. It’s becoming more common for engagement rings not to have diamonds or use traditional settings instead, opting for something more personal, unique and unexpected.
An advantage of a non diamond is that you’re automatically making your ring stand out. It means you will have something unique and different from the traditional looking engagement ring. A diamond alternative can feel more fun, adding a pop of colour to your jewellery collection, which can really wow everyone that sees your beautiful piece.
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Here at Lancastrian Jewellers, we stock a great range of jewellery from antique pieces to modern classics, we have something for everyone.
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