In the past, a traditional diamond engagement band was the standard for engagement jewelry. If you were low on money, you could substitute a plain gold ring or silver eternity band, or possibly your class ring. Those were pretty much the only socially acceptable options for engaged couples, but not anymore! Now, men and women are expressing their individuality with unique jewelry, including new types of engagement rings, and also engagement necklaces, engagement bracelets, and even engagement tattoos. The sentiment is the same, but the style has definitely changed…
The traditional diamond engagement ring will forever be in fashion, but in today’s economy, it’s not always a feasible choice. CZ engagement rings provide a wide range of gorgeous styles, and no one needs to know that it’s faux! We always suggest that the person who proposes makes sure the recipient is aware that it’s not a real diamond – but beyond that, it can be your little secret. You don’t have to choose a solitaire CZ engagement ring, though. Our three stone rings and past-present-future rings are symbolic and stunning! The first stone represents the past that you have shared, the center stone represents the present, and the third stone represents your future together. This romantic style is sure to please, and it’s available with round, oval, princess, and asscher cut stones.
Colored stones are also big in the world of engagement rings – diamonds (real or fake) are showing up in hues like bright pink, elegant sapphire, and rich canary. Princess Diana kicked off the trend with her unique sapphire royal engagement ring, and celebrities in recent years have opted for other bright colors. Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Richie, Portia de Rossi, Mariah Carey, and Katie Price all wore pink diamond engagement rings, and Heidi Klum, Pamela Anderson, and Paris Hilton all rocked canary rings on their left ring fingers. Emerald, amethyst, ruby, and pearls are also excellent choices for non-traditional engagement rings.
If you prefer something less flashy, a simple eternity band is always a nice choice. The circle of stones represents the never-ending circle of love, which is a lovely sentiment for an engagement ring. A silver eternity band without stones has the same symbolism, and is a sweet, minimalist way to show your commitment. Another option is an infinity ring or infinity necklace. The infinity symbol (looks like a sideways figure eight) means just what it sounds like – love for all infinity. A sterling silver infinity ring is the perfect way to combine this symbol with the traditional engagement ring concept, but a sterling silver infinity necklace is equally beautiful! You can even get an infinity necklace made with two intertwined heart shapes! The heart infinity necklace combines these two powerful symbols of everlasting love into one unique necklace.
A real or faux diamond solitaire necklace is another way to wear a solitaire engagement stone. CZ diamond solitaire necklaces are available in a variety of cuts, so you can choose the one that best matches your style. For a romantic twist, try a pearl solitaire necklace instead! Other symbols, such as hearts, clovers, or flowers, can have personal meaning for you and your partner as well. An Algerian love knot represents joy, wealth, and health, which echos many traditional wedding vows. You can even go for a whimsical look, and wear a frog prince pendant to show that you finally found your prince after kissing plenty of frogs! Another unique option is to wear small number pendants that combine to form your anniversary date, or your partner’s birthday.
One of the more recent trends is the engagement bracelet. You can opt for a a simple silver bangle that is engraved with a symbolic word like “Bliss” or “Joy“, or a more complex charm bracelet. Charm bracelets can come “pre-loaded” with heart, star, or lock and key charms, which can all represent your love and devotion. Each year on your anniversary you can add a new charm that represents the time that you have shared together – it’s the gift that keeps on giving! You can also try a set of three bangle bracelets - we have sets of stackable bracelets, and intertwined bangles. These go perfectly with our tri-color trinity jewelry, which has three tones to represent three aspects of love. The first (gold) is for friendship, the second (rose gold) is for love, and the third (white gold) is for fidelity. Emitations has trinity rings, trinity necklaces, and trinity bracelets which capture the tri-color style.
There’s one more unique engagement “ring” trend that we just had to comment on – engagement ring tattoos! Many couples are choosing to have their ring fingers tattooed with a design that has personal symbolism. It can be made to look just like a real ring, or it can be a patterned design, a name, or an anniversary. A thin tattoo around the ring finger can be hidden by an actual ring if you are in conservative company, and larger tattoos can sometimes bleed or get blurry with time. So, if you’re going for a tattooed engagement ring, we suggest small and discrete! Some people are all about big and bold tattoos, though, so choose the style and shape that you’re most comfortable with. Some couples choose to get white ink tattoos, which are more discrete and have a pale, lacy look. These types of tattoos shouldn’t be exposed to much sunlight, so we suggest having an engagement ring to wear over it once the healing is complete.
There’s no limit to the different types of alternative engagement jewelry that you can wear! Once you decide that you won’t be restrained by traditional definitions of engagement bling, a whole world of options opens up. Emitations is here to help with whatever type of jewelry you prefer, from a solitaire CZ engagement ring to a sterling silver infinity necklace. We even have a variety of eternity bands in different widths, which can be worn as engagement ring or as a cover-up for your engagement ring tattoo! The most important factor to consider is how the jewelry fits with your personality, and how it coordinates with the story of your love. If you met while traveling in France, try a fleur de lis ring or fleur de lis necklace. If you consider your spouse to be your lucky charm, try a horseshoe necklace. If you just want to represent a never-ending circle of love, try our trinity rolling rings. No matter what you choose, Emitations has the best selection – and prices! – for your alternative engagement jewelry.