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Alternatives to the Diamond Engagement Ring.

Updated on May 28, 2011

Have you ever noticed that jewelry companies seem to brainwash people by only advertising diamonds when it comes to engagement rings? And who came up with the "rule" that an engagement ring should cost your honey two months' of his hard earned salary?

Oh yes! It was a prominent jewelry company that sounds "Da Bears" that came up with this rule. Now why would they do such a thing? Maybe it's because they don't want you to know how abundant diamonds actually are but they keep them locked in their vaults, only releasing a small supply so the demand becomes great (and costly!).And maybe it's because they want your hard earned money to go from your wallet to theirs! I know I can't be the only person aware and annoyed by this. Some "rules" are meant to be broken and I think this is one of them.


I recently became engaged and my boyfriend surprised me with a gorgeous pearl engagement ring, accented by diamonds. It is the most beautiful ring to me and I love it because of the thought he put into choosing this ring for me. He knew how much I loved pearls and he also knew that I like to be unique. Pearl rings are a beautiful alternative to the common diamond engagement ring. And if pearls aren't your thing there are dozens of other gorgeous gemstones that are available.

Rubies, sapphires, emeralds, garnets, oh my! The list goes on and on! I'm not trying to knock anyone who must have a diamond engagement ring because Lord knows that my thinking is not the majority. Diamonds ARE beautiful for sure - I don't deny this. I'm merely trying to support those, who like me, enjoy going against the grain a little bit and those who are more frugal or are on a budget.

So ladies and gents - let's not forget that a true measure of love and commitment is not something tangible. It's not proven by the size of the rock on your finger or the amount of money it cost. We all know that love comes from somewhere deep within and how we show it is through our words and actions - it doesn't have to cost something that breaks the bank. Why not save some of that hard earned money and go on a relaxing vacation you can both enjoy?

Just my 2ยข.


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    • Jennifer Rebecca profile image

      Jennifer Rebecca 6 years ago

      Thanks for your comment, Peter! And you are absolutely correct that pearls, especially rings, require special attention. I make sure I don't get any lotions or perfumes on my ring and I am especially careful not to knock my hand against a hard surface so as not to damage the pearl. I'm glad you agree though that diamonds aren't the only choice for engagement rings! Thanks again!

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      PETER LUMETTA 6 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      Bravo! I have been trying for years to get folks to try different stones in the engagement rings. I have been mildly successfull. I always recomment stones that are tough, because the engagement ring gets used the most and takes a beating. Your choice is gorgeous but that is what you want and good for you. Colored diamonds and corundum, sapphire and ruby, are my first choice. But that is my choice. Going with what you love is best. Pearls require special treatment and care. Thanks Peter