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 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

Chunky Gemstone Gold Rings

I recently found an inspiring professional make-up artist on Youtube. Her name is Lisa Eldridge and she does make-up for many A-list celebrities. I was never good at putting make-up on so it’s interesting to watch her videos. My favourite make-up piece would have to be the lipstick! A tip I learnt from one of her videos is that you can use your lipstick as a cream blusher. Aside from the make-up, the rings that she wears in her videos are very beautiful and eye catching. She usually wears her chunky sapphire yellow gold rings made by William Welstead. I went on Etsy to find similar and equally beautiful designs. The combination of yellow gold and chunky colourful gemstones makes them bold eye catching statement pieces, yet they have a warm, soft, and luscious look to it.

Top Left: Rose Cut Watermelon Tourmaline Ring from Louisa Gallery

Top Right: Stackable Gemstone Rings from Delezhen

Top Left: Rose Cut Pink Sapphire Gold Ring from Saara Reidsema

Top Right: Umba Sapphire & Aquamarine Gold Ring from Erin Jane Designs

Top Left: Pink Rose Cut Sapphire Ring from Kate Szabone

Top Right: Honey Green Trillion Sapphire Gold Ring from Louisa Gallery

Antique Art Deco Engagement Rings

The style of Art Deco originated from Paris and was developed between the 1920s to 1930s. Art Deco engagement rings were usually colourful, geometric, decorative, and architectural. Platinum was the popular choice of metal, and the rings usually held a centre gem surrounded symmetrically with more gems. Diamond was the most  dominant gem used in Art Deco jewellery. However, many colourful gems such as sapphires, rubies, and emeralds were also commonly used. The unique designs and dazzling gems of art deco engagement rings are so breathtaking to look at. Here are a number of beautiful antique art deco engagement rings that I found on Etsy.

  

Left: 1.45 Old Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring from Erstwhile Jewelry

Right: Gold Diamond and Sapphire Art Deco Ring from Arreign

  

Left: Platinum European Cut diamond Art Deco Ring  from Green hill jewelers

Right: Art Deco Diamond Engagement Ring from Riordan Studio

  

Left: 1920s Colombian Emerald Diamond Ring from Kittys Jewelry Box

Right:  Antique Asscher Cut Diamond Ring from Patina Jewelry

  

Left: Art Deco old mined diamond and ruby ring from Addy

Right: Gold Diamond and Sapphire Art Deco Ring from Erstwhile Jewelry

Celebrity Antique Engagement Rings

Antique engagement rings are truly romantic and beautiful works of art. The fact that they were all hand made means that no two rings were exactly the same, which gives each ring its uniqueness and character. In addition to the beauty, having an antique engagement ring is very eco-friendly. Below are a number of celebrity antique engagement rings.

 

Catherine Zeta Jones

Michael Douglas gave Catherine a 1920s antique 10 carat marquise cut diamond engagement ring. The marquise cut diamond is set in an east-west orientation and is surrounded by 28 smaller stones.

 

Milla Jovovich

Milla’s engagement ring, given to her by producer Paul Anderson, is a stunning three stone 19th century ring from celebrity jeweller, Neil Lane. The three stones consists of a yellow, pink and white diamond, which is set in rich yellow gold.

 

Kate Moss

Jamie Hince proposed to Kate with a beautiful 1920s antique diamond ring. Apparently, Jamie spent months searching for the special engagement ring, inspired by the ring of Kate’s idol, Zelda Fitzgerald.

 

Penelope Cruz

Javier Bardem proposed to Penelope with a vintage three carat sapphire ring. The sapphire is surrounded by a halo of diamonds, which brings out the beauty of the stone.

 

Christina Applegate

Martyn Lenoble proposed to Christina on valentines day with an unique antique Edwardian ring. The delicate ring approximately features four carats of diamonds.

 

Jennifer Love Hewitt

Jennifer Love Hewitt’s Engagement Ring was a heirloom given to her by Ross McCall. The centre diamond is approximately 1.5 carats, surrounded with floral diamond accents set in platinum. The antique engagement ring has been in Ross’ family for over 100 years.