Post # 1
When Mr. Chocolate Chip took me ring shopping, I found myself disinterested in the traditional "solitare" or "3 stone" rings. In fact, the ring I liked the best had no center diamond at all! Everyone thinks i’m crazy for not wanting a big diamond, but its just not what I liked.
Since technically I will not have an engagement ring because of this, Mr. Chocolate Chip thinks I need another band of some sort, so that once we get married, people won’t think i’m "just enagaged". I was thinking of having a plain band engraved with our names or wedding date on it. What do you bees think?? Do any of you have untraditional rings??
Post # 3
I don’t have an E-ring yet, but we’re talking about it, and I’m going to be sending the Mr. some ideas.
I’ve never really liked the look of the "traditional" diamond solitaire either. Some of them stick up so much that I would always be afraid of getting it caught on things. If I get a ring with a center diamond, I also want it to have some color to it — a small gemstone on either side of the diamond, maybe.
I thought of getting a ring incorporating both of our birthstones, but both (ruby and citrine/yellow topaz) are stones that I think of as only going well with yellow gold, and I don’t wear yellow gold.
Post # 4
Mine was custom made by an ethical jeweler in the UK. We talked about it and neither of us was ok with supporting the diamond industry. It’s a ceylon sapphire and I love it, though it clearly needs a polish 🙂
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2009 - City Hall
I love the ring in the picture. While i personally like to have a center stone, I always notice and admire the simple bands that some women wear. The one you attached up there would scream "married" to me, but you could consider either getting two of them, or like you suggested, get a plain one. Have you seen the "stackable" bands that Precision Set has? They have a photo of them on their home page:
I think that’s a cool idea, too.
Post # 6
First of all, I love your ring…because it is my wedding ring! 🙂 It is also the band for my engagement ring. I fell in love with it, but like you, wanted something different. I ended up designing my own ring. They took that band and put a single princess cut diamond on top of it. BUT, because again I wanted to be different, they turned the diamond 45 degrees so it is "star set". I love it.
Post # 7
I can’t find this photo quick enough to upload, but my absolute favorite, non-traditional wedding ring are the custom engraved bands in the first photo of this blog post. I love this! It’s only second to my own traditional princess solitaire.
Post # 8
august15bride – my princess cut diamond is set the same way!! Someone who works for a jeweler called it "kite set" but I like "star set" much better. That’s how I’ll describe it from now on!
Post # 9
I don’t think mine is that unusual, but before I got married (and had a band next to it) I had people ask me if it was an engagement ring. So I guess it’s nontraditional, otherwise they wouldn’t have had to ask, right?(the picture is below)
Also- I wanted a sapphire, but FI wanted a diamond. I told him he could make the decision, so he went with a white sapphire. It’s a nice compromise because I think most people assume it’s a diamond, but I know it’s not!
I think the ring you posted is beautiful.
Basically- I think you should get whatever you want! It’s your marriage/relationship/finger. Wear what you want.
MegK- I LOVE your ring.
Post # 10
I love your ring. It’s SO pretty! I don’t think anyone will think you’re just engaged. Lots of women I know wear just a band and it’s clear that they are married. However, If you want another band to go with the one you have right now, go for it!
Post # 11
I love the stackable bands that marquisemiss posted! I think that would look great.. and you could always add a third later for an aniversary band.
Post # 12
Mine is a green sapphire. I’m not a big fan of diamonds, so my fiance got creative. His birthstone is sapphire and my favorite color is green, so he chose a pale green sapphire. And I love it! We’re using it as the inspiration for our wedding colors, which are varying shades of green.
Post # 13
My ring is not "traditional"… but neither am I! FH designed it through a celtic company in newyork (raru.com). The centerstone is a lab created sapphire. The setting is white gold. The ring is called a reverse cradel, the wedding band sit inside the e-ring! Our plan is to get a yellow gold wedding band for myself, and a yellow gold band with white gold rails for the FH!
Post # 14
I have two rings- one is big and I hate it. I’ve had so many problems with it already. I’ve tried to sell it but we aren’t even getting any where close to what we paid for it so maybe I can give it my grandkids or something.
The other is small and gorgeous. I love it so much that I am going to have my wedding band to go with it- and its going to be nontraditional as well, black diamonds! I’m so excited.
Post # 15
I love non-traditional rings! Everyone’s rings look so gorgeous. I’m wearing my e-ring now, but plan to switch to the band (plain white gold) for day-to-day wear as soon as we’re married. We got engaged 1 year ago today (hurray!) and I’ve still never gotten used to wearing a sizeable ring on my finger!
Post # 16
i wear an heirloom… it’s sort of traditional but not really since it’s such an antique. it was from his grandma when she got married (her husband passed about 10 years ago). i personally think that you should get what YOU and your FI want. really… people either will or won’t like it but you have still that chance with an engagement ring. besides, you shouldn’t care about what others think. they’re not the ones in love!
my wedding ring is jus tlike yours (miss choco chip!) but it has a chevron (or a curve… i think that’s what it’s called…) so that it can fit up against my heirloom. i LOVE the fact that my diamond doesn’t stick out far… it doesn’t get in the way with my 2 year old and my preschool class!
i think a plain thin ring would look gorgeous with it. i wouldn’t go any thicker than the thickness of the e-ring, though. i love the thought of engraving it! (i’m assuming me mean inside the band??) we’ve been talking about doing that with our wedding rings, too.
good luck with the ring process! OH and check out any diamond stores that are closing with the economy! we got his white gold band for $35 bucks!!!