Places to shop for diamond alternative engagement rings?

posted 3 years ago in Engagement
Post # 16
38 posts
  • Wedding: June 2019

Gonna say Etsy, or Instagram, believe it or not! I was also searching for something other than a white diamond. I went to a lot of larger brick and mortar stores to try things on, but nothing really stood out to me or spoke to me. That was helpful to do though, to see which settings I liked on my hand. I was kind of going for more quirky boutique vibes, ultimately. I actually cruised around on Instagram, searching for hash tags, such as #blackdiamondring #uniqueengagementrings #alternativebride, etc..It lead me to a number of very cool fine jewelry shops, many of which do custom work. Etsy has a lot of those as well, but it does take some ‘sifting’ through, so to speak.

I ended up going with a ring from after seeing a video and falling in love with one. ‘Salt and pepper’ diamond in rose gold band.

So there are many routes to go! Good luck in your hunt dear

Post # 17
1704 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

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carrotqueen :  Happy to help. Just a warning about colored gemstones. You will be able to find them at lower prices per carat than the links I suggested. However, like diamonds, the key to a gem’s performance is the cutting (the cutting of the actual facets, their shapes and symmetry). Kinda like the difference between buying a Yugo and a Ferrari. They are both cars, but they are in totally different performance leagues. So, don’t let price be your only driver when choosing a stone. In My Humble Opinion…compromise size or shape before your compromise on cut quality. In colored stones, don’t get too hung up on a single ‘perfect’ color. Explore the range of colors and tones you like. Think about your wardrobe and what you’ll want to actually look at every day. 

Post # 18
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carrotqueen :  sorry if this photo is too big 😅 This is my engagement ring and the pic was from the seller on etsy called byangeline. I showed it to my fiancé and it’s the ring he chose to proposed with. I def recommend her! I too am not a fan of diamonds.

Post # 19
12 posts

Congratulations!  Have a look for any small jewellers near to you or in your local area. Alternatively if you live near a larfer local city, most have independent jewellers who offer more variety. Look at their websites – mine came from a tiny store but their online range is amazing. 

Sapphire ( white or blue),  ruby and moissianite are all hardy and beautiful stones. I have a two stone ruby / moissy ring which I adore. 

What H2B found was a lot of smaller jewellers who make the jewellery in store have the flexibility to make something different because they can order in settings and stones then put them together for you. They also are much easier to negotiate with on price. 

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