Mar 21, 2012

Alternatives to Diamond Engagement Rings - guest post by Carol

I hope you are having a great week Ocean Dreamers! 

While I'm enjoying my time in sunny CA with BK,
 please enjoy this guest post by Carol! 

P.S. When I get engaged I very much want a sapphire 
or multi-metal engagement ring. 
Hence I instantly loved this guest post &
 I hope you do too!

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 Alternatives to Diamond Engagement Rings

It has been famously said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend – and that supposedly goes for diamond wedding and engagement rings, too.  By American tradition, a man proposes marriage elegantly on bended knee, while offering a glittering white diamond ring to the love of his life.  When she says “yes” it is a wonderful moment filled with kissing and hugging; usually someone cries.

But what if he were to propose with something other than a white diamond ring?  It has happened in the Royal Family – remember Princess Diana’s regal blue sapphire wedding ring?  In fact, the Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth, and Princess Anne also received sapphire engagement rings; Princess Sarah Ferguson was presented with a ruby.

Although you may be new to the idea, consider creating your own vision for a perfect wedding ring.  Many modern brides choose a colored stone ring, an eternity band, or a less extravagant plain band as a timeless symbol love.  If you are in the market for an engagement ring, read about several alternatives to diamond wedding rings.

Sapphire Engagement Rings

Sapphires, generally thought to be a deep and mesmerizing blue, actually exist in nearly every color.  The exception is the color red – the reason?  A red-colored sapphire is known as a ruby.  Sapphires are excellent choices for rings because of the durability of the stone.  On Moh’s hardness scale, a diamond ranks a 10, the highest number for hardness.  Corundum (the mineral composition of sapphires and rubies), by comparison, ranks a 9.  A sapphire can handle much more wear than a softer stone, like an amethyst (a variety of quartz) or an aquamarine (beryl), which are less suitable for wedding rings that are worn day in and day out.

 The most popular sapphire engagement rings feature a blue sapphire.  When choosing your sapphire engagement ring, why not make a statement with a single dazzling pink sapphire (a solitaire)?   Set it to sparkle most intensely in a white gold or platinum mounting.  For an ultra-modern look, combine a pink sapphire with a rose gold setting.  Decide which hue of metal best enhances the stone’s unique properties. A fine yellow sapphire flanked by two small diamonds in white gold is an elegant choice; if you are feeling daring, you can design a wedding ring featuring two or three colors of sapphires.  The possibilities for a breathtaking sapphire engagement or wedding ring are virtually endless.

Ask your jeweler to provide several stones for you to choose from.  Is the stone natural or lab-created?  Has it had any heat or other enhancement (treatment)?  These and other factors impact the value and price of the stone.  An educated salesperson will be able to help you make comparisons and lead you to the best stone and setting for your particular circumstances and budget.

Multi-metal Wedding Rings
Today’s bride can create a custom ring out of more than one metal.  For example, a white-and-yellow-gold ring can produce a more intricate design than a ring made of a single color of gold.  One exciting (although pricey) possibility is Mokume gane, a traditional Japanese technique of melting different colored metals and alloys to create one stunning piece of custom jewelry.

Rings Made of Alternative Materials

You may be surprised to learn of how many different options there are, including:
  • yellow gold
  • white gold
  • rose or green gold
  • platinum
  • titanium
  • palladium
  • silver
  • tungsten carbide
  • stainless steel
  • enamel
  • ceramic
A simple Google search will provide you with results to learn more about each of these alternatives, including their prices and a description of their qualities.

Carol Neuwirt is a freelance writer from Butte, Montana. She is an avid antique collector. She is an expert in antique jewelry and antique rings in particular.

3 comments :

  1. I LOVE the pink with the tiny sparkle around it! :)

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  2. I agree! I don't think I'll need a diamond ring for when I eventually get engaged. These are great options. I'd love a sapphire ring.

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  3. This is looking amazing combination of pink stone with diamond ring

    Regards
    shubh gems

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