Alternatives to the Diamond Engagement Ring that Your Lady Will Love

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Finding the woman you want to spend the rest of your life with can sometimes be difficult. What’s more difficult is finding the right ring to pop the question with (especially if you have no sense of style whatsoever). Don’t get me wrong, some men are great at picking out jewelry for women, but there are others that just plain suck at it. I think you yourself know what category you fall in.

Anyways, engagement rings are super important to her, and technically, to you, too. This is a ring, that, if she says yes to, she’ll probably wear for the rest of her life. This means you want it to be special.

Have you thought about the right ring to get her, though? Like, really thought about it? Do you know if she wants a diamond or not? Do you know if she’d prefer a ring of a different kind versus a diamond ring? These are all questions you should ask yourself before popping the question.

I’m not here to talk about all those questions you have to answer; That’s for you to think about on your own time. Instead, I’m here to talk to you about the additional options you and your lady have for diamond rings. This especially pertains to women who are original and different; You know, those women out there that want something that other women don’t have. I’ll explain as you read along. Check out some potential rings you can buy your sweetie when it comes time to getting down on your knee.

Before you buy one of these rings, make sure she’s okay with something of this nature.

Believe it or not, no matter how creative and original your lady is, she may still not want a non-diamond ring on her finger. You should NEVER buy a non-diamond ring unless you are 110% sure that she’ll love it! The reason for this is that even if she’s the most modern and non-traditional girl on the planet, she could still have that desire deep inside of her that screams she wants a diamond ring on her finger one day.

Remember, this is a ring that she’ll be showing off to family and friends, a ring that she’ll likely wear for the rest of her life, and a ring she wants to be able to wear proudly. She doesn’t want to be disappointed in it.

Now, let’s look at some rings.

Man-Made Diamond Rings

Man-made diamond rings are an option, especially if your girl wants a slightly modern yet slightly traditional ring. For example, the synthetic diamond known as cubic zirconia can look exactly like a real diamond even though they’re made of a completely different substance. And, if your lady wants this ring, it’s better for you, considering you’ll save a big chunk of money. Just please remember, DO NOT get this ring unless she wants it. She will be able to tell the difference if it’s not a diamond, especially if she’s had her eyes set on a true diamond most of her adult life.

In addition, there’s another sort of “synthetic” diamond out on the market as of late, though it’s technically not “synthetic.” They’re called lab-created diamonds, and they’re just what they say they are: Lab-created diamonds. They’re made with exactly the same physical and chemical properties that a real diamond is made of, too. Don’t let them fool you, though; They’re not much cheaper. The reason for this being is because lab-created diamonds are becoming ‘the way of the future,’ and diamond sellers are catching on, so prices are relatively close to regular diamond prices.

Knot Rings

The knot ring is absolutely perfect for the simple girl (once again, if she likes simple rings). And, even though it’s corny and cute, a knot ring technically symbolizes that you want to ‘tie the knot’ with her. Aw, so cute.

Anyways, there are so many knot ring styles out there. You can purchase a knot ring in the shape of an infinity symbol, a knot ring with two different colors of gold or silver, and so much more. Go check them out and I’m sure you’ll find one that sticks out.

Gemstone Rings

Gemstones are so unique in themselves, it’s crazy. Like, seriously. Gemstones have so many different variations, it becomes extremely difficult to find and pick the perfect one. However, if you do find one that stands out to you and your girlfriend, you’ve nearly struck gold; In other words, you’ve picked out an engagement ring that she’ll probably fall in love with ten times over.

It can be difficult picking the right gemstone, though. So, take a look at my little helping hand below, and see which gemstone portrays the relationship you are in and conveys the meaning you want.

  • Agate means truth and strength in love
  • Apatite means great communication
  • Aquamarine means strength in courage and protection
  • Blue topaz means courage to overcome fears associated with fidelity and friendship
  • Garnet means passion and devotion
  • Onyx means ability to deflect negativity
  • Opal means the ability to love passionately and inspirationally
  • Pearl means harmony and great worth
  • Rose quartz means love and peace
  • Ruby means great friendship and happiness
  • Turquoise means great friendship

In addition, any gemstone can be paired with another gemstone to give the ring additional meaning.

Claddagh Rings

This traditional Irish ring has been very well-known for a very long time. The ring sports two hands holding a heart with a crown atop it. The hands represent friendship, the heart represents love, and the crown represents loyalty; And boy, it’s a good ring (I have one myself, I should know).

These rings were used as engagement rings very often in the Middle Ages and throughout the Renaissance era.

These rings are supposed to sit on the woman’s finger with the heart facing outwards from her physical heart when she’s engaged, and they’re supposed to be flipped to face inwards towards her heart once she’s married.

Family Heirloom Rings

Before spending a big chunk of money on a fancy ring, check if there’s any family heirlooms waiting to be passed down. Plus, if you score yourself one of these, they’ll hold so much more meaning to your girl, which will in turn make the proposal moment so much more significant.

Heck, the only think you may have to spend some money on for this ring is to resize the bloody thing.

Talk to your girl before you pop the question and see if any of these options are right for her.

 

By Jenny Lyn