Alternative Gemstone Choices For Your Engagement Ring – A Guest Blog

Hello, friends! This guest blog by Andrea from Trumpet & Horn about alternative engagement ring and gemstone choices will be the last instalment in my participation with the #secondhandfirst week.

Why do I include engagement rings in a week that’s been all about thrifting and consignment shopping? Well one of the reasons I love vintage and consignment shopping so much is that it cuts down on environmental drain, and cuts down on the amount of resources we need to use up.

I feel that you can get these same benefits when it comes to jewellery, and by buying second hand you know that no extra slave labour went into mining the gems for your ring. 

Buying a pre-loved ring might not be the first thought that comes to mind when you’re thinking of popping the question or tying the knot… but I encourage you to read to the end and see if you’re not convinced to at least have a look at some of the gorgeous vintage rings out there, and perhaps consider purchasing one for a special occasion or gift in the future.


Alternative Gemstone Choices For Your Engagement Ring

The modern bride isn’t one-size fits all, so why should her engagement ring be? Choosing alternative engagement rings can be a meaningful way to capture a bride’s personality without breaking the bank. Whether you’re looking to save some money or just want to show your bride how one-of-a-kind she is, let’s explore some beautiful alternatives to diamond engagement rings.

Alternative Engagement Ring ChoicesSapphires

The sapphire engagement ring can be considered the truest departure from the classic because it is a striking contrast against diamonds. Sapphires are a hard stone and affordable compared to others, making it a great choice for almost anyone. Sapphire engagement rings also have some royal bloodlines. Princess Diana chose sapphire as her alternative gemstone engagement ring.


Using birthstones in engagement rings was a very popular trend in the Victorian era. Choosing your bride’s birthstone for her ring can be more meaningful than a diamond. Also consider choosing the birthstone of a close loved one to evoke his or her presence on your special day.

Thought Clothing

A Stone with MeaningAlternative Engagement ring

Many gemstones have underlying meanings. Choosing a stone with a meaning you associate with your bride can be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Some popular stones with wedding-related meanings are:

  • Opal: Passion, love, creativity
  • Garnet: Devotion, commitment
  • Agate: Protection and strength

The Many Advantages of Vintage Rings

Vintage engagement rings offer true one-of-a-kind choices that go unmatched elsewhere. Find the perfect fit for your bride with a vintage ring. Some benefits are:

  • Timelessness
  • A one-of-a-kind look
  • Durability
  • A unique history
  • Sustainability

Alternative Engagement ringShow Her Personality

Choosing a vintage ring for your bride can be a way to show how much thought you put into the choice. Choose an era for your bride that reflects her personality and individual style. For example, for an independent, self-motivated bride, an art deco ring would be a wonderful choice. Jewelry from this era showed trends in women becoming financially independent and gaining rights in the United States. You can follow this same model when choosing any vintage-era ring for your bride, resulting in a personalized choice she’s sure to love.

Be Subtle

Traditional engagement rings showcase one large stone either alone or with accent gemstones. Pull away from the traditional by choosing an engagement ring with several smaller stones or unique accents. Many brides adore these rings because the setting is subdued and does not catch on fabrics like traditional engagement rings. Choosing a more subtle ring can be a wonderful way to let your bride know you thought about her likes and dislikes without overspending.


Whether you’re shopping for an engagement ring or just browsing to learn more, visiting sites with lots of options is the only way to explore your personal taste.

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