Beyond the Diamond Solitaire: How to Buy a Better (Not Bigger) Engagement Ring

5 June 2015
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If you are thinking about proposing to your honey, the thought of saving enough money to buy a diamond solitaire can be scary. Rather than trying to compete with every other proposal made on Earth, why not present your partner with a ring that is truly unique? Here are some ideas to get the creative ring designing juices flowing.

Does the ring have to have a diamond?

Coloured stones such as sapphires have a long and favourable history as stones for engagement rings, and diamonds have really only come into style in the post WWII era. Drawing some inspiration from traditional rings and choosing a featured stone of coloured rock can be a unique and affordable way to have the engagement ring of your dreams.

Several clear stones like tourmaline and aquamarine can be just as sparkly as a diamond when cut correctly and also have a beautiful colour that will be admired.

Does the ring have to have a single large stone?

In many cases, particularly if your honey has an active or outdoorsy lifestyle, a single large stone can be very inconvenient, as they tend to stick out and can easily get stuck or caught in fabrics. Instead, you can consider flush set or multi-stone configurations that sit flatter and are less likely to get stuck on or pierce items. It's worth looking at their other jewelry to get some inspiration on what kinds of jewelry they tend to wear, and what ring styles would work with their current jewelry.

Can you incorporate your heirlooms into the new ring?

If you are holding on to a family heirloom, it can feel like a lot of pressure to pass the ring onto your partner as their engagement ring. Instead try and use the raw materials to rework older pieces into a new piece that truly works for you. This can be a great way to combine jewelry from multiple sources, such as mixing the metals from both grandmothers' engagement rings to create a new ring.

If you are looking for a truly unique piece of wedding jewelry, getting your engagement ring designed by a local jewelry artisan like Simon Alexander can create an amazing ring that truly tells the story of the love and life you share. Don't be afraid to be creative and try something that you haven't seen before, as independent jewelry designers are excellent at turning ideas into reality.