Diamonds have long been the preferred stone for engagement rings. For those who have the money to splurge on the ring, the choice is often simple. For those who are on a tight budget, however, don't fret. You can spend your money on a beautiful wedding and still get any of these alternatives to a diamond engagement ring:
Moissanite diamond is slowly rising as a great alternative to diamonds, and for good reason. You get the brilliance that is often associated with diamond, but you don't have to worry about the extravagant price. It's truly a way to show your love while being practical about your choices. Plus, moissanite has that "fire" quality that makes your love seem extra special.
If your beloved is not a fan of precious stones anyway, you can find a ring that is better suited to her style in the form of a true lover's knot. This doesn't feature a fancy stone, but it has been an enduring symbol of love for a long time now. You can get a variety of designs when you visit your local jeweler.
Giving her a stone with her birthstone may not have the same appeal as giving her a diamond ring, but you can make things more sentimental by going for his-and-hers birthstones. The engagement ring will feature not only her birthstone, but also yours. It's the perfect symbol of your intention to marry her and to spend the rest of your lives together. The different colors of the birthstones make each engagement ring unique even if they are set the same way, which is more than what you can say for a group of diamond rings in the same set.
You don't need to get what everyone is getting. Find a unique ring that is fit for the person you love.