Sunday, March 17, 2013

Put A Ring On It!

Solitaire or cluster, white or rose gold, pearls, precious stones, prong or cluster setting, cut, clarity, colour, carat... there are so many options to choose when deciding on the perfect engagement ring but you don't have to follow suit with what you are seeing on commercials, in magazines, or on your best friend's finger. Your engagement ring should be as unique as you are and you don't need to spend half a year's salary to get it. When browsing through the jewelry store don't just stick to the engagement section, venture off to the women's fashion ring section; that is where I found my engagement/wedding band for a fraction of the price of a commercially sold engagement ring. I wanted a ring that resembled an antique ring with the durability of the modern day, and it gets noticed!

My ring was bought at Ben Moss Jewellers and is used as both my engagement and wedding band, you can find other non-traditional rings at your local jewelry stores including these ones from Peoples the Diamond Store.

Jewelry stores aren't the only place to find an engagement ring to suit your style and show off who you are, you can find amazingly designed engagement rings on Etsy as shown here:


                                                    Etsy Shop: doronmerav
 Etsy Shop: ValerieKStudio

Etsy Shop: onegarnetgirl
 Etsy Shop: Beautiful Petra


                                                    Etsy Shop: onegarnetgirl

Etsy Shop: RiordanStudio

Etsy Shop: adamfosterjewelry

Another unique option that is becoming more popular is a wood engagement and wedding band. There are so many different versions of the wood wedding ring emerging that fit in well with the beliefs of an eco-couple or a woodland inspired wedding theme. Check out these creative wood rings!

Simply Wood Rings - Eco-conscious Wood Jewelry

Stout Woodworks - The Original Bentwood Ring

And finally another option is The Shopping Channel, this is where my sister-in-law Kim found her engagement ring and then had it customized at a jeweler to have a wedding band fit into it. Here is Kim's engagement/wedding band:

Check out these fabulous rings found on The Shopping Channel some are made in the U.S and others made with Canadian diamonds:

So when you are on the hunt for the perfect engagement ring remember your options don't just end at the jewelry store. Envision who you are, what you believe in, and your ideal vision of symbolizing your love with your partner. Your ring will hopefully be on your finger for the rest of your life, so choose wisely and have fun doing it!

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