SHOP 14 ALTERNATIVE ENGAGEMENT RINGS, THAT WON’T BREAK THE BANK

IT’S 1983, YOUR PARENTS ARE AGED 23 AND 24 AND THEY ARE FIRST-TIME HOMEOWNERS. YOUR MOM IS FLAUNTING A FLASHY ENGAGEMENT RING AND IT COST YOUR FATHER THE EQUIVALENT OF TWO MONTHS’ SALARY. 

‘An engagement ring should cost two months’ salary.’ That’s the mythical rule of thumb that has been doing the rounds for decades. It’s not the 80’s anymore and we can no longer compare our financial statuses to that of our parents at our age. 2021 has brought along with it its own set of financial challenges for most and two months’ salary could quite possibly take years to save.

I, for one, am a traditionalist and was relieved when a perfect white diamond was slipped onto my finger. With that being said, I am always envious when I see people opting for different stones.

Up until a couple of months ago, I had this belief that the only alternative that there was to a diamond was cubic zirconia. I think most of us would shudder at the thought of having to choose between a microscopic diamond and larger cubic zirconia with the hopes that nobody would notice if it were the latter. If you’re dead set on a white stone but cannot afford a diamond, then I have found the perfect alternative for you; Moissanite. Moissanite is an ethically man-made stone. It is one of the hardest substances on earth and has more brilliance and luster than a diamond.

Below are alternative rings for the unconventional bride. From diamonds to emeralds, you are sure to find something that fits your style and budget. 

We are breaking the rules with 14 engagement rings that you can purchase with under the equivalent of a single paycheck.

The Skinny Joy Ring In Aquamarine

Aquamarine is still a safe choice in terms of ‘alternative’ rings. What’s even better is that it is set on a 9ct, yellow gold, petite band.

BLACK BETTY JEWELRY DESIGN

 

The Skinny Joy Ring In Aquamarine,

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The Raw Emerald Ring

Envious green makes this vintage-style engagement ring a must-have. Set in 9ct gold, she will love the simplicity.

BLACK BETTY JEWELRY DESIGN

 

The Raw Emerald Ring,

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The Italic Cluster Ring

Cluster rings are a tasteful approach to incorporating many different stones into one ring. This one contains diamonds, sapphires, and a peach morganite all set in 14ct yellow gold.

MEJURI

 

The Italic Cluster Ring

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The Scorpion Ring Citrine

There is something magical about the honey-like glow of citrine. This handcrafted, 18ct, gold ring is set with a rose-cut stone.

KIRSTEN GOSS

 

The Scorpion Ring Citrine

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The 5 Stone Moissanite Ring

Set in 9ct gold, this diamond alternative features 5 moissanite stones and is as simplistic as it is dreamy.

MOISSANITE BY DESIGN

 

The 5 Stone Moissanite Ring

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The Emerald-Cut Tourmaline Ring

A classic, the green tourmaline is set in 9ct yellow gold.

DEAR RAE

 

The Emerald-Cut Tourmaline Ring,

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The Judi Powers Morganite Amphora Ring

Feminine by color and androgynous by design, this 18ct yellow gold ring boasts glistens in a soft pink hue.

MEEKA FINE JEWELRY

 

The Judi Powers Morganite Amphora Ring,

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The Blue Topaz Ring

Set in 9ct gold, this topaz ring is a sure winner. The deep blue topaz will have her feeling like royalty.

DEAR RAE

 

The Blue Topaz Ring,

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The Diamonds and Ceramic Band Ring

A more subtle and classic approach to an engagement ring, this 14ct yellow gold ring features a ceramic finish.

MEJURI 

The Diamonds and Ceramic Band Ring,

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The Channel Set Citrine Ring

A solid 9ct yellow gold ring, the Citrine baguette is set horizontally, a refreshing take on the typical emerald cut and setting.

DEAR RAE

The Channel Set Citrine Ring,

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The Nude Original Seven Ombre Ring

Take your pick of yellow gold or rose gold-plated or sterling silver adorned with 7 nude-toned stones.

JANINE BINNEMAN JEWELLERY

The Nude Original Seven Ombre Ring,

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The Vredehoek Ring

The Vredehoek ring, named fondly after a Cape Town Suburb, is an 18ct yellow gold ring. The 14-facet black diamond is a rare find.

FREE RANGE JEWELS

The Vredehoek Ring,

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The Cat-Claw Emerald Cut Moissanite Ring

Moissanite packs a punch when it comes to shine. The stone is set in 14 or 18ct rose, yellow or white gold.

SHINY ROCK POLISHED

 

The Cat-Claw Emerald Cut Moissanite Ring,

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The Celestial Wobble Ring

Take your pick of yellow, rose, or white gold adorned with brilliant-cut Moissanites.

MERAKI

 

 

The Celestial wobble Ring,

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