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Alternatives To The Traditional Engagement Ring

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Although the most traditional and most popular, a diamond engagement ring is far from the only option when you propose to your loved one. A proposal of marriage is a very personal thing and should not bound by age old traditions. If the recipient has her heart set on a diamond engagement ring and you know her preference, it’s strongly recommended that you choose this option. However, if she has a certain sense of style and would prefer something different, the possibilities are endless.

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If you are looking in the more traditional jewellers’ stores, you might be limited in choice, but the internet has opened up more possibilities than ever before and you can see what everyone is offering in one place. A forward thinking, modern jewellery retailer, should have a range of options from which to choose from, including a dazzling array of different gemstones set in a wide range of different bands. If you have your heart set on a custom design ring, a good jeweller should have the ways and the means to bring your vision to life. If you have decided on a design that you think hits the mark in every way, there are some fine quality engagement rings London jeweller have to offer.

Alternate Engagement Rings

In reality, you can use any gemstone or metal to create your own engagement ring. The trickiest bit may be trying to decide on the most appropriate design. Metals used in engagement rings are commonly:


There are of course many more, the sky really is the limit. It’s a matter of taste and the style of your intended bride-to-be.

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A World of Gemstones

When it comes to picking a diamond alternative for an engagement ring, you really are spoilt for choice. With a range of dazzling cuts and colours, the biggest problem you will have is picking the perfect stone. Gemstone choices for an alternative engagement ring include but certainly aren’t limited to:


Remember, that some of the gemstones detailed above come in a range of different colours. For example, sapphires aren’t always blue!

Your Design

If your design idea is as alternative as your choice of gemstone or metal, you will need to visit a specialist jeweller. Your local branch of a well-known jewellery chain is unlikely to be able to help! The first thing would be to locate a capable professional online, and you can then visit them in store or send them a sketch of your design by e-mail. Capable jewellers and designers will be able to give you an answer very quickly and let you know if your design is feasible. It might be worth having more than one design in mind at this stage just in case.

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When you have settled on a design and everything is in place, all you need to do is give your jeweller the green light. Don’t forget to order well in advance of your intended proposal date, works of heart are rarely created within a week!