So many couples today are looking for an alternative to the typical big diamond engagement rings and wedding bands offered by the average jeweler. And while budget can be a big factor, it’s far from the only reason couples are turning to sites like Amazon and Etsy to find their marriage bling. To help these folks on their quest to find something truly trendy and affordable, we’ve put together this list of our 5 favorite alternative engagement and/or wedding rings!
1. Tiny Diamond Ring
If the phrase “diamonds are a girl’s best friend” applies to you, a tiny diamond ring might be right up your alley. These dainty diamonds pack a lot of sparkle in a tiny package and can start as low as $100.
2. Moissanite Ring
Some of us girls still want a big shiny ring but without the big scary price tag. To those girls I say, let me introduce you to a moissanite ring. This gem stone has the look and shine of a diamond without the debt inducing cost. Rumor has it, some well known jewelers won’t advertise their moissanite rings but they do offer them - you just have to ask!
3. Rough Diamond Ring
I can personally attest to the beauty of a rough diamond ring because I’m looking at the one on my ring finger right now! Rough diamonds are natural diamonds with a rough surface texture and appear opaque instead of clear. These diamonds are usually more ethically sourced because they are in lower demand.
4. Gemstone Ring
Secure your “something blue” with a blue sapphire engagement ring. Or go green with an emerald ring. The possibilities are endless when it comes to gemstone rings!
5. Solid Gold Ring
Minimalism is in style and nothing is as simple as a sold gold ring. This classic option works well as a wedding band that won’t over shine your engagement ring. Or you can follow the new trend of simply using one ring for your engagement and wedding!
6. Titanium Ring
Titanium wedding rings for men are very in right now because of the long lasting material and timeless look. But that’s not the only new trend in men’s rings. A lot of today’s couples are questioning why the girl gets to wear an engagement ring but the guy is supposed to wait until the wedding to wear his ring. So they aren’t waiting! Give your man his ring early so he can start showing the whole world his relationship status upgrade.
7. Rubber Ring
Whether you work on a factory floor, on a construction site, or behind a bar, wearing a metal ring can be an accident waiting to happen. Think safety first with these rubber rings! Designed to bend and break under pressure, these rings will keep your love one close to your heart without risking a limb. And they’re available for both guys and gals!
8. Tattoo “Rings”
Tattoos are the perfect way to signify the permanence of marriage. Couples who feel way more at home going to the tattoo parlor together than they do walking into a jewelry store should definitely consider this option (as long as you don’t mind going back for occasional touch ups). And this is one more alternative option for the bride or groom who uses their hands for work and can’t wear a traditional ring.