Alternative Wedding Rings

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Non-Traditional Engagement Rings Browse our alternative engagement ring designs to find the ideal option for your unique style. Beautifully detailed wide bands are a distinctive choice for those who wish to forgo the traditional center diamond. A rose cut diamond ring, a ring stack, or a ring featuring a cluster of diamonds instead of a single center stone, give a nod to tradition while ensuring your ring stands out.
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8. Or preparing for a family. View this image › etsy.com Put aside money you might have spent on rings for your first family vacation, or your future children’s college fund, and go for more understated jewellery to commemorate your wedding and grow with your family. £15 on Etsy. ID: 6131616
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8. Or preparing for a family. View this image › etsy.com Put aside money you might have spent on rings for your first family vacation, or your future children’s college fund, and go for more understated jewellery to commemorate your wedding and grow with your family. £15 on Etsy.
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In the early 1900s, diamonds were a common choice for engagement rings, but were considered just one option amongst many, and people were choosing diamonds less and less often. When folks did go the diamond route, they bought small, inexpensive ones, preferring to spend their money on other things. Needing to get people to buy the heaps of diamonds they were sitting on, in 1938 De Beers launched a decades-long, multi-million dollar press and advertising campaign that sought to imbue the jewels with romantic meaning and social status. Their stated goal was “constant publicity to show that only the diamond is everywhere accepted and recognized as the symbol of betrothal,” and to turn the jewel into “a psychological necessity capable of competing successfully at the retail level with utility goods and services.”
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The distinctive Claddagh ring is a traditional Irish ring that is rich in history and symbolism. Dated to Roman times, it is rooted in European “fede rings,” which took their name from the Italian phrase mani in fede (“hands in faith” or “hands in loyalty”). The ring features two hands, a heart, and a crown — symbolizing friendship, love, and loyalty, respectively.
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The best thing about modern engagement rings? They can be any stone or style you like. This pale blue sapphire and white diamond combo, for example, is alternatively dreamy. ($675, catbirdnyc.com)
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A sapphire or emerald engagement ring is a beautiful alternative to the diamond, but at this point they are far from unusual. Try a completely new center piece with the latest styles in abalone, black onyx, or this gorgeous ring featuring a literal dinosaur bone.
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01 Of 25Unexpected StonesUnexpected StonesA sapphire or emerald engagement ring is a beautiful alternative to the diamond, but at this point they are far from unusual. Try a completely new center piece with the latest styles in abalone, black onyx, or this gorgeous ring featuring a literal dinosaur bone. Monique Péan Red Fossilized Dinosaur Bone, $9,980; moniquepean.com
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Unexpected StonesA sapphire or emerald engagement ring is a beautiful alternative to the diamond, but at this point they are far from unusual. Try a completely new center piece with the latest styles in abalone, black onyx, or this gorgeous ring featuring a literal dinosaur bone. Monique Péan Red Fossilized Dinosaur Bone, $9,980; moniquepean.com
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A sapphire or emerald engagement ring is a beautiful alternative to the diamond, but at this point they are far from unusual. Try a completely new center piece with the latest styles in abalone, black onyx, or this gorgeous ring featuring a literal dinosaur bone. Monique Péan Red Fossilized Dinosaur Bone, $9,980; moniquepean.com
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1 Of 25 Unexpected StonesA sapphire or emerald engagement ring is a beautiful alternative to the diamond, but at this point they are far from unusual. Try a completely new center piece with the latest styles in abalone, black onyx, or this gorgeous ring featuring a literal dinosaur bone. Monique Péan Red Fossilized Dinosaur Bone, $9,980; moniquepean.com
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Browse our alternative engagement ring designs to find the ideal option for your unique style. Beautifully detailed wide bands are a distinctive choice for those who wish to forgo the traditional center diamond. A rose cut diamond ring, a ring stack, or a ring featuring a cluster of diamonds instead of a single center stone, give a nod to tradition while ensuring your ring stands out.
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16. Weddings are the beginning of a long, long relationship after all. View this image › etsy.com Instead of a ring, you could take 5-10 bottles of a nice wine produced in your wedding year to enjoy on anniversaries and special occasions, or simply one to display at home. Add some nice packaging with this lovely personalised wine box for £35 on Etsy. ID: 6131865
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16. Weddings are the beginning of a long, long relationship after all. View this image › etsy.com Instead of a ring, you could take 5-10 bottles of a nice wine produced in your wedding year to enjoy on anniversaries and special occasions, or simply one to display at home. Add some nice packaging with this lovely personalised wine box for £35 on Etsy.

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