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Alternatives to Diamond Engagement Rings

Savvy Wedding Tip: Try a Sapphire Instead of a Diamond

Savvy reader BirdsFlyingHigh shared this wedding tip in the How Do You Save? group.

When my then boyfriend and I started to talk about getting married, I made it very clear to him that I did not want a diamond engagement ring. While I know they have added more regulations, it was still not an industry that I wanted to support. On a quest for something more unique, I was immediately drawn to sapphires. Sapphires are typically mined in very stable countries, are a very strong stone and come in just about every color. Also my boyfriend was pleased that a sapphire is not nearly as expensive as their diamond counterpart. I obsessively checked the The Natural Sapphire Company to find the perfect stone. I had to do the looking for the perfect stone since my soon to be hubby is color blind (often thinks brown is pink). Once I had the stone, he designed the setting with a local jeweler. I love that my ring was a collaborative project between my soon to be hubby and myself. I always get a ton of compliments and hope other women might give this stone a try instead of the traditional and exceptionally pricey diamond.

To see a picture of her ring close up,


Here is my ring:

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birdsflyinghigh birdsflyinghigh 7 years
Thanks everyone! I had no clue about princess diana's ring! Good luck with your ring hunt, it is pretty fun!
cdelaney cdelaney 7 years
I love this. My husband and I have non-traditional wedding rings because we passionately oppose blood diamonds and the mining of gold.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
Princess Di had a sapphire engagement ring. Of course, it wasn't exactly a bargain at something like $65,000. Big ring.
Vampyre Vampyre 7 years
It's a gorgeous ring. No doubt about that.
Yettivolta Yettivolta 7 years
I did get a diamond from my fiance but I have 6 blue sapphires on each side and antique engraving all over the ring (he designed the whole lot himself). Knowing all the bad stuff about the diamond industry he sourced the rock together with an old fashioned jeweller who knew exactly where his materials came from. My ring is beautiful, I have never seen one like it and I have people in shops, restaurants etc. coming up to me to admire it.
Sundaydrive Sundaydrive 7 years
Love this! Going to start dropping hints about non traditional wedding rings to my boyfriend!
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
I've always wanted a unique wedding ring, this is beautiful!
cotedazur cotedazur 7 years
Great article!! Sapphires and rubies are both great choices because they are actually very rare stones, and thus will keep their value or grow in value. Diamonds are not that rare - their price is artificially by the diamond industry - so they're more of a risky investment.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Sapphires make lovely engagement rings. Your yellow sapphire ring is pretty -- nice color saturation. I have a collection of colored sapphire rings, too. My personal favorite is my green sapphire ring.
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 7 years
Gorgeous ring, I like the simple setting. Congrats!!
Angelica Angelica 7 years
I really admire how much research, thought and care went into it. It's a true symbol of love. And, it's just gorgeous!
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