August 11, 2020

Non-Traditional Engagement Ring Alternatives

Today, more and more couples are looking for alternatives to traditional diamond engagement rings. Some people want a non-traditional ring because they’re looking for something unique that will stand out, while other people want an alternative engagement ring because they want something that feels more personalized and meaningful.

Whatever your reason for wanting a non-traditional engagement ring, opting for an alternative engagement ring is an excellent choice. Non-traditional engagement rings are beautiful and special– and, as an added bonus, they can also be much more affordable than traditional diamond engagement rings.

Another thing we love about non-traditional engagement rings is that there are no rules on what you can choose for your gemstone. So, which gem is right for you and your partner? Learn about your options as we go over some of our favorite diamond alternatives below!

Morganite Engagement Rings

This east-west set morganite and diamond engagement ring shows off how beautiful rose gold and morganite look together.

Morganite is a beautiful pink to orange-pink variety of beryl, putting it in the same family as emerald (green beryl) and aquamarine (blue beryl). With its blushing pink hue, morganite is an incredibly romantic alternative engagement ring option. Morganite tends to be particularly popular when paired with rose gold, since the warm pink tones of these luxe materials look simply stunning together.

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Lab-Grown Diamond Rings

This white gold diamond ring has a classic look and a non-traditional center stone: a round cut lab-grown diamond.

Over the last few years, lab-grown diamond engagement rings have skyrocketed in popularity, quickly becoming one of the most popular non-traditional engagement ring options. Lab-grown diamonds have almost all of the same advantages as natural diamonds. Since lab-grown diamonds have the same chemical, physical, and optical properties as natural diamonds, they’re just as brilliant, durable, and beautiful as natural diamonds. But lab-grown diamonds are different from natural diamonds in two ways that are very important to many modern consumers: they aren’t mined and they come with a significantly more affordable price tag. So, for those who want a diamond engagement ring or wedding band but don’t want a mined diamond (or just don’t want to pay the premium for a mined diamond), a lab-created diamond ring is an ideal choice.

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Moissanite Engagement Rings

A two carat moissanite stuns in this vintage-inspired engagement ring, which features a rose gold band set with marquise cut diamonds.

Moissanites are brilliant, colorless gemstones that look remarkably like diamonds, yet cost around 90% less. This gorgeous gemstone was first discovered in 1893 by the French scientist Henri Moissan. Initially, Moissan thought that he had found diamonds in a meteor crater, but later discovered that he had found an entirely new gemstone made out of silicon carbide.

Moissanites look similar to diamonds, but these gemstones do have some differences, including in light reflection. Moissanites have a higher refractive index than diamonds, so they’re actually more brilliant and fiery than diamonds. Moissanites shine brightly on their own in solitaire settings, then also look gorgeous in bands with diamond accents, as moissanites and diamonds look stunning together.

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Black Diamond Engagement Rings

This white gold halo diamond ring features a mesmerizing pear shaped black diamond.

Black diamond engagement rings have a luxurious, dramatic beauty, making them an ideal option for the style-setter who loves to stand out from the crowd. Black diamonds are a wonderful center stone option not only because of their striking look, but also because of their meaning. Like all diamonds, black diamonds symbolize eternal love. But then, black diamonds also have a unique meaning of their own, symbolizing passion and strength.

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Sapphire Engagement Rings

This white gold, white diamond, and blue sapphire engagement ring is the picture of classic beauty.

Blue sapphire engagement rings are somewhat rare today, but they were actually the default choice for hundreds of years. Until diamond engagement rings skyrocketed in popularity in the 19th century, almost all brides wore sapphire engagement rings. Sapphires were chosen for their beauty and durability, but also for their meaning. For millennia, sapphires have been associated with fidelity, loyalty, and truth.

Blue sapphire engagement rings are an uncommon choice in the 21st century, but they’ve had a couple of notable surges in popularity within the last few decades. Most notably, in the 1980s, Princess Diana’s 12 carat blue sapphire and diamond engagement ring sparked a sapphire engagement ring trend. Then, when Kate Middleton started wearing the same sapphire ring in 2010, it led to another spike in sapphire engagement ring popularity.

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Still searching for your perfect non-traditional engagement ring or wedding ring? Browse our full bridal jewelry collection. Or, if you’re looking for a colored gemstone style, browse our gemstone collection, which features a wide selection of gemstone engagement rings and birthstone jewelry options, including blue topaz rings, amethyst rings, morganite rings, aquamarine rings, emerald rings, and ruby rings.

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August 11, 2020

Three Stone Rings and Their Significant Meaning

Three stone engagement rings are enduringly popular. This style of engagement ring, which features a center stone that’s accented by two prominent side stones, is loved for its aesthetic appeal and its rich meaning. While all engagement rings are meaningful, three stone rings have a beautiful symbolism that can make them particularly special and romantic.

The Meaning of Three Stone Engagement Rings

The three gems at the heart of a three stone engagement ring represent a couple’s past, present, and future. The largest stone in the ring, the center stone, represents the present, while the side stones symbolize the past and future.

The unique meaning of a three stone engagement ring allows it to tell a story, the story of your love and commitment. When proposing with a three stone ring, people often use their engagement ring’s gems to reflect on how their love blossomed in the past, how deep their love is in the present, and how they foresee their love growing in the future.

Alternate Symbolism of Three Stone Engagement Rings

While the three stones in a three stone ring are most commonly thought to be a symbol of the past, present, and future, three stone rings have been ascribed other meanings. Some people associate the three stones in a three stone ring with a friendship, love, and fidelity, the three building blocks of a lasting relationship. Devout couples also sometimes associate three stone rings with the Holy Trinity, taking the three stones of the ring to represent the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Three Stone Engagement Ring Styles

One of the best things about three stone engagement rings is the diverse selection of styles within the category. There are classic three stone rings, vintage-inspired three stone styles, unique modern three stone designs, and much more. So, if you’re drawn to three stone rings because of their lovely meaning, you’ll have no issue also finding a three stone engagement ring with a style you love.

Three Stone Round Diamond Engagement Ring

The Emerson Three Stone Engagement Ring, pictured here in yellow gold, is as beautiful as it is classic.

The most traditional three stone engagement ring designs feature three round diamonds, which can vary in proportion. Some three stone round diamond engagement rings feature a large center diamond and more petite side diamonds, which can enhance the visual impact of the center stone. Then, other three stone round diamond designs feature side diamonds that are only slightly smaller than their paired center stone, which provides a balanced look that many people find incredibly attractive.

Colorful Three Stone Engagement Rings

This three stone yellow diamond engagement ring from our Le Desir Collection features a captivating 3 carat radiant cut yellow diamond and two exquisite trapezoid cut side diamonds.

Three stone engagement rings that feature colorful diamond or gemstones are lush and vibrant, making them an eye-catching three stone option. Colorful three stone engagement rings can feature one colored gemstone as their center stone, two colorful side stones, or three colorful gemstones.

Fancy Shaped Three Stone Diamond Engagement Rings

Fancy shaped diamond three stone rings have a distinctively captivating look that makes them feel highly personal. This style of three stone ring tends to lean one of two ways: either more classic or more modern in style.

Emerald cut diamonds stun in this chic three stone engagement ring design.

This three stone emerald cut diamond engagement ring shows off a more classic fancy shaped three stone design. This 14k white gold ring features three emerald cut diamonds and a beautifully proportioned channel set diamond band, giving it an elegant and somewhat retro look.

The Clara Halo Diamond Engagement Ring is a contemporary beauty.

This halo three stone pear shaped diamond ring provides an excellent example of how striking and gorgeous a more modern fancy shaped three stone design can be. Here, a pear shaped diamond rests in a halo setting atop a rose gold band. This glamorous centerpiece is accented by more petite round cut side diamonds, which make the center stone look even more bold and breathtaking.

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Interested in seeing even more beautiful, meaningful three stone setting styles? Browse our full collection of three stone engagement rings. Or, if you’re interested in browsing other traditional engagement ring styles, browse our complete fine jewelry collection, which includes round brilliant cut solitaire engagement rings, princess cut diamond solitaire rings, halo engagement rings, diamond band engagement rings, diamond wedding bands, classic bridal sets, and our gemstone ring collection, which features a wide selection of gemstone engagement rings and birthstone rings.

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August 17, 2018

Get the Look: Priyanka Chopra’s Engagement Ring

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas have had a whirlwind romance. The pair started dating only a few months ago but are reportedly already engaged. While neither of the two lovebirds have officially confirmed their engagement, we do have one major clue that the pair will be tying the knot: Priyanka Chopra’s dazzling new engagement ring.

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We got our first glimpse of Chopra’s engagement ring when her friend and fellow actress Ravenna Tandon posted a picture that featured the ring on Instagram. Tandon posted a photo of her and Chopra with the caption, “Peecee and I getting our pouts in order.” The picture, a selfie of the two actresses, prominently features Chopra’s massive, eye-catching engagement ring.

Chopra’s engagement ring ring features a cushion cut white diamond in a simple setting. The cushion cut diamond is quite large; judging on the picture from Tandon’s Instagram, it’s probably around 5 carats. The ring’s classic white setting is crafted in either white gold or platinum. The setting appears to have some side detailing, with additional white diamonds on the band.

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Shop the Look: The Skylar cushion cut diamond engagement ring  echoes the classic and chic look of Priyanka Chopra’s new engagement ring.

Nick Jonas seems to have made an excellent choice with his new fiancé’s engagement ring. The ring has an elegant and timeless look, which perfectly compliments Chopra’s classic style.

priyanka chopra engagement ring

Shop the Look: Like Chopra’s engagement ring, the Skylar ring features a cushion cut diamond and detailing on the ring’s band.

As of right now, Tandon’s Instagram photo is the only picture of Chopra’s ring that has made it to the public. Reportedly, Chopra is being extremely careful about not allowing others to see her ring. It’s been said that Chopra always takes her ring off before heading anywhere there might be cameras.

Both Chopra and Jonas have been very quiet about their engagement, seemingly preferring to keep the details private, at least for now. But it appears that their engagement is in full swing, as Jonas’ parents were recently spotted in India, reportedly to attend an engagement party being thrown by Chopra’s parents.

We hope that when Chopra and Jonas do tie the knot, they’ll give us a glimpse of their wedding, which is sure to be incredible. And, hopefully, they’ll share some more photographs of Chopra’s incredible engagement ring.

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February 27, 2018

Top Engagement Ring Shopping Tips For Couples

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Because engagement rings are such important purchases, more and more couples have started shopping for their ring together, rather than leaving the whole decision up to the person proposing. Shopping as a couple is a different experience from shopping alone— you have to talk with your partner more to make sure you’re always on the same page. To help you have a great time shopping with your partner (and to help you both pick out an incredible ring!) we’ve put together this list of our top engagement ring shopping tips for couples. Read on to see all our top tips!

Communication Is Key

As with any aspect of your relationship with your partner, great communication is the key to success. When communicating with your partner during the engagement ring shopping process, remember to be open and honest with them, as well as staying open to hearing what they have to say. Don’t expect them to read your mind— say what you’re thinking, what you want, and have an honest discussion with your partner about it. An open dialogue is a recipe for success!

Get Educated, Together

So, if you’ve never shopped for an engagement ring before (and most people haven’t), there’s a lot to learn before you buy. You’ll want to learn about the 4Cs of diamonds (if you’re going with a traditional diamond ring), as well as all the pros and cons of different ring settings and setting metals. Getting educated about the different aspects of engagement rings can help you make better buying choices, as well as narrow in on what’s most important to you about your ring. 

Know Your Budget— And Stick To It

This one’s a big one: know your budget and stick to it. When it comes to buying an engagement ring, of course, you’ll want to get a ring you absolutely love. But buying a ring that’s a financial strain is no way to start a marriage. That’s why it’s incredibly important to figure out what your budget is and to stick to it.

When considering your budget, make sure you pick an amount both you and your partner are completely comfortable with.

Think Outside the Box

Not all engagement rings today have to be the classic diamond solitaire engagement ring. Today, there are so many more options for engagement rings, from colored diamonds to beautiful gemstone rings, that might better fit your style. As a bonus, a lot of diamond alternative engagement rings are also a little easier on the wallet. 

Have Fun

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Our last tip is perhaps the most important shopping tip of all: have fun! Shopping for an engagement ring shouldn’t be a chore or cause any fights. This ring is meant to be a symbol of your eternal love for each other, something that represents the spirit of your relationship.

So, if you ever find yourself stressed about shopping for your engagement ring, take a moment to relax, regroup, and rethink the way you’re shopping. Having a good experience shopping with your partner is as important as the ring you end up choosing, so relax and enjoy the process together.

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