For centuries, the diamond has been the stone of choice in engagement rings. This trend was likely started by Archduke Maximillian of Austria, who gave a diamond betrothal ring to his intended, Mary of Burgundy. This prompted a diamond ring fad among the European royalty and the upper classes. In the 500 years since then, men have been bestowing their ladies with diamond engagement and wedding rings.
However, tradition is not always closely followed nowadays. Ladies propose to their men, couples pay for their own weddings, the Maid-of-Honor is sometimes the Man-of-Honor and dogs have played the role of the ring-bearer! And when it comes to rings, I love the idea of breaking tradition! Who says a girl must receive a diamond engagement ring?
If you are daring, dramatic, or just want something extremely unique, I suggest a precious gemstone ring. There are so many different styles, colors and cuts, and the clarity and quality of gemstones are held to the same high standards that diamonds are.
Gemstone engagement rings – just as diamond engagement rings – can vary from a solitaire to a gemstone in a diamond cluster setting and everything in between. Many designers make them, but one of my personal favorites is Vera Wang. She knows how to create beautiful, classic pieces that are also unique.
The best part is that gemstone rings are often more affordable than diamonds. Not because they aren’t rare, but because they are more readily available to jewelers and consumers and aren’t controlled by a single distributor.
My own ring is a yellow citrine set in a cluster of diamonds, and I really enjoy having something that is a break from tradition. I get lots of compliments on it, and am proud to have a precious gemstone as the center of my wedding set instead of a diamond.
If you are in the market for a fun, stylish and unique ring, consider a colored gemstone!
Gabriella Cavalli, Colorado Wedding Planner
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