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A diamond solitaire has been the engagement ring standard for decades now, but maybe a diamond isn’t every girl’s best friend. While we’re intrigued with the idea of opting out of the comparison game—How many carats? Where is it from?—we’re not so down with making women feel less-than-hip for sporting a passé diamond.
More brides to be are choosing non-traditional engagement rings over the standard white diamond solitaire that has adorned women’s left hands for so long. People are starting to ask for something that is unique and specific to them.
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Unlike most trends that are fueled by young shoppers, Amanda Gizzi from Jewelers of America, said older women are leading the charge. “They know more of who they are and want something that doesn’t fit the norm and what all their girlfriends have.” Rings without an elevated diamond are also more comfortable and fit in better with an active lifestyle, she added.
The price tag is also a big factor. The guy paying for it is more excited that it costs less.
People have also been more drawn to other precious stones to avoid conflict diamonds. It seems there is no gemological way to prove where a diamond came from based on its characteristics. With the sapphire, it’s totally possible to determine where it came from based on the inclusions.
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Non-diamond engagement rings have become more socially acceptable thanks to major celebrities like Kate Middleton and Penelope Cruz rocking the blue gemstone. Women tend to think, ‘if it’s good enough for the future Queen of England, I can do it too.’ Sapphires, which can come in many different colors, are viewed as less flashy and convey a more conservative style.
Colored diamonds have also become more common on engagement rings, specifically champagne and black diamonds. Rubies, emeralds and sapphires have also high demand.
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But there’s a reason diamonds became the engagement ring norm: they’re durable and classic.
So, would you ever wear an untraditional engagement ring?