Alternative affordable engagement rings

Although I love my engagement ring, if I could do it all over again I would probably choose a ring that’s a lot less expensive and use the money somewhere else, like paying off the mortgage.

There are so many different rings to choose from! Below are a number of alternative engagement rings from Etsy that are both affordable and breathtakingly beautiful.

Non-diamond rings

Left: 10k rose gold sideways pear cut amethyst ring from Deesse Jewelry (around $369 AUD)

Right: 14k rose gold emerald cut morganite, diamond pave ring from Oh My Christine (arround $604 AUD)

Diamond bands

Left: 14k rose gold full eternity diamond pave band from Milegem (around $375-$644 AUD)

Right: 14k rose gold half eternity diamond twist pave band from LeRhin (around $532 AUD)

Halo non-diamond centre rings

Left: 14k gold morganite centre, diamond halo pave ring from Milegem (around $710-$845 AUD)

Right: 14k rose gold oval cut emerald centre diamond halo ring from LeRhin (around $739 AUD)

Dainty non-round diamond ring

Left: 14k yellow gold trillion cut diamond ring from FRomaG (around $786 AUD)

Right: 14k rose gold heart diamond ring from FRomaG (around $786 AUD)

Unique dainty rings

Left: 14k yellow gold marquise cut diamond crown ring from Capucinne (around $980 AUD) 

Right: 14k gold onyx crown ring from Ardonn (around $282 AUD)

Moissanite rings (diamond alternative)

Left: 14k gold moissanite ring from Louisa Gallery  (around $752 AUD)

Right: 14k gold 1ct oval moissanite halo ring from Pop Ring (around $922 AUD)

Antique rings

Left: Antique 18k yellow gold and platinum diamond flower cluster ring from FK Antique (around $610 AUD)

Right: Antique Edwardian 18k yellow gold and platinum oval cut sapphire centre diamond cluster ring from Dear Rose With Love (around $520 AUD)

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Celebrity Antique/Antique Inspired Engagement Rings

It’s been while since I last posted about celebrity engagement rings (Celebrity Antique Engagement Rings and Celebrity Antique Inspired Engagement Rings). I still get excited when I see a celebrity with an antique/antique inspired engagement ring. They are all unique and beautiful. Here are more for your viewing pleasure!

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Jason Sudeikis proposed to Olivia Wilde with an eye catching unique diamond and emerald halo ring set in yellow gold and platinum.

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Alexis Bedel received an antique/antique inspired engagement ring from her Mad Men co-star, Vincent Kartheiser. The ring seems to be set in platinum with an octagon shaped bezel holding a round diamond and a few small diamond details on the thin band.

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Adam Levine popped the question on one knee to model, Behati Pinsaloo, with a beautiful 1930s antique diamond ring. The band has delicate filigree detailing.

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Romain Dauriac, a French journalist, proposed to Scarlett Johansson with an unique rectangular shaped Art Deco diamond ring. The ring features three vertically set round diamonds surrounded by smaller diamonds. I particularly love her ring because it is a similar design to my antique Art Deco engagement ring!

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Sacha Baron Cohen proposed to Isla Fisher with an antique/antique inspired diamond ring (pictured with her wedding bands). The ring has lovely diamond detailing on the sides.

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Mary-Kate Olsen received a vintage yellow gold diamond and sapphire engagement ring from Olivier Sarkozy. It is reportedly a 1950s Cartier ring with a four carat old European cut centre stone, surrounded by a sapphire halo, held by a diamond encrusted basket in the shape of petals.

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Evan Ross proposed to Ashlee Simpsons with a custom made vintage inspired ruby and diamond ring from Neil Lane. The ring is made up of a five carat marquise cut center diamond surrounded by rubies and smaller diamonds to bring out the center stone. It is set in yellow gold and platinum.

Antique Art Deco Wedding Ring

My wedding ring is a delicate antique Art Deco ring from an Etsy seller, Addy. It’s made of 18k yellow gold and 3 small old mine cut diamonds set in platinum. The yellow gold is quite rosy in colour and the diamonds are cushion shaped with the middle one being slightly longer. The ring is dainty, good for everyday wear, and beautiful. I wear my wedding ring and engagement ring seperately because they look nice on it’s own. 

 

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Intimate Vineyard Wedding

So much has happened over the past year. I started my first full time office job after I graduated from university, bought my first home with my then fiance, and got married!

I married my highschool sweetheart after nearly 7 years together in November last year at a beautiful rustic vineyard in Mornington, Tucks Ridge. Melbourne spring weather was terrible. It was cold and rainy but luckily on the day of the wedding the sun came through! It was warm and dry throughtout the whole day, just beautiful.

Our wedding was very intimate, with just our close family and friends to witness our special day. I never dreamt of weddings when I was younger and the stress of even planning a small wedding made me want to elope but I’m so glad we didn’t because it was such an amazing day and we loved sharing it with our close family and friends.

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Antique Art Deco Engagement Ring

My boyfriend, now fiance, of 6 years proposed to me last December before Christmas. He gave me a beautiful Art Deco platinum diamond ring from the 1920s. The diamonds are Old European cut, with a larger one in the centre, two smaller ones positioned north and south, surrounded by 15 tiny diamonds. What I love most about it is the unique shape, the intricate lines, the chunky cut diamonds, and the miligrain. The ring has so much character and I absolutely love it!

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Vintage Leather Bag Haul

I usually get my vintage leather bags from the Camberwell flea market. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find nice vintage leather bags at op shops/thrift shops. I do find nice ones in vintage shops but they are usually expensive. At the flea market I go to, there are so many to choose from at different stalls and most are priced between $10 to $60 (AU) depending on the stall, brand, and condition of the bag. I usually get ones under $25, which is really cheap for a genuine vintage leather bag. Below are the bags I got in the past few months, and all of them come with long straps.

Beautiful vintage buffalo leather bag:

Spacious vintage leather bucket drawstring bag (my current go to bag):

Unique vintage soft leather belt buckle bag:

Vintage green, navy & brown PVC Jane Shilton bag and black cowhide leather purse:

Antique Victorian Sapphire & Diamond Bow Ring

My birthday is coming up and my boyfriend gave me a beautiful dainty antique 1850’s Victorian bow ring. It’s made up of two pear cut sapphires, nine tiny old cut diamonds, an 18k delicate gold band, and a platinum milgrain bow setting with hidden swirl engravings. It’s even more breathtaking in person.

The ring was from a lovely Antique ring Etsy shop, Gold Adore.

Dainty Antique Art Deco Rings

Dainty rings look so lovely and feminine on the finger. However, dainty antique rings are even more exquisite to look at. Many are made up of diamonds and/or coloured stones, a thin yellow gold band, and an interesting milgrain platinum setting. The intricate designs and hand cut stones make the rings unique in their own way. Below are a number of dainty antique art deco rings from Esty that I love!

  

Above left ring is from Thrifty Magpies. Above right ring is from Luxe Deluxe

  

Above left ring is from Addy. Above right ring was from  Luxe Deluxe

  

Above left ring is from Addy. Above right ring is from Loot and plunder

Crossbody handbags

My favourite type of bag is the crossbody or sling bag that come with thin long straps. The long strap allows you to wear the bag across the body or off the shoulder. When I go out, and don’t need to take a lot of things, these types of bags are perfect. They are convenient, easy to carry, and easy to access. They come in many different shapes, colours, materials, and sizes, suitable for different occasions such as fancy cocktail parties, casual shopping, or adventurous day trips.

Some of my favourites:

Fossil Leather Vintage Re-issue Floral Crossbody bag:

The style of this bag is also called ‘Saddle’ hangbag.

Vintage leather draw string bag from my mum:

I love the floral print on this one.

Leather crossbody/sling bag from Camberwell Flea Market:

A very simple but easy to access small bag that can fit quite a lot of things.

Vintage Leather Marco Polo crossbody bag:

The bag that started it all. My first leather crossbody bag!

Vintage/vintage inspired ‘Docter’ purse from Camberwell Market:

Perfect for the night out!

Old European Cut Diamonds

My favourite cut of diamond is the Old European Cut (OEC). They have a romantic and dream like sparkle and glow. Old European Cut diamonds are the predecessor of the Round Brilliant and were very popular in Art Deco rings. However, the cuts of OEC diamonds are deeper and chunkier, whereas the round brilliant cuts are much more splintery. Old European Cuts are all hand cut which makes each antique OEC diamond unique, and they are also usually warmer in colour. I find the warm chunky OEC’s breathtaking.

Art Deco Old European Cut Diamond Ring from Baffy 21

Old European Cut Diamond Engagement Ring from Erstwhile Jewelry

Here is a video showing the beauty of an OEC diamond.