Amazon Vehicles Best Books of the Month Amazon Fashion nav_sap_plcc_ascpsc Electronics Holiday Gift Guide Starting at $39.99 Subscribe & Save Cozy Knits STEM Book 2 or More Hours of House Cleaning on Amazon LoveandFriendship LoveandFriendship LoveandFriendship  All-New Echo Dot Introducing new colors All-New Kindle for Kids Edition Lady Gaga Shop Cycling on Amazon Save on select ClickTight convertible car seats
Customer Discussions > Jewelry forum

Unique Wedding/Engagement Rings...

Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-25 of 35 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Apr 9, 2008 11:44:09 AM PDT
Olivia C. says:
Hi guys,
I am just wondering if anyone out there has a unique wedding ring - or just an opinion about them? By unique I mean a ring that isn't just gold and diamond bought from a retailer. I had thought that I wanted a gold ring with a diamond solitaire, but recently I've considered that it could be fun to have a ring with another stone, or just a simple gold ring. This occurs to me both because my boyfriend doesn't have the money to buy a big, clear diamond and because I am considering that it could be nice to have something more unique... something not mass manufactured. And I know the modern engagement ring with a big diamond is an invention of the past century. So I'm just wondering, does anyone have a different type of ring? Or ideas about wedding rings or customs from other cultures? I'd love to hear any thoughts!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2008 1:42:49 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 9, 2008 9:11:52 PM PDT
REM says:
I am from a different culture(Istanbul)and am an architect. These two means that I may have an interesting and unique idea for your special search.!!
I reccomend you to buy a simple classical gold thin wedding band( also matches with your future husband's)but with a little hook on top. You can use it with a tiny cute low price diamond accented charm( a heart meybe).And you can replace it with a new charm every year, to make that year always special and symbolised..Use your imagination , one year you get pregnant and have a baby, the other year you go for a world trip , go to the carribeans ,come to Turkey meybe...what would your charm selections be?every year you may pay higher price and even this might be another valuable memory for you to keep ... So, pls answer if you like the idea or you hate it!! have a wonderfull marriage.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2008 4:26:16 PM PDT
I've known a couple people that had fairly simple rings, but got REALLY creative with the engravings. Hopefully that can nudge your imagination a bit.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2008 8:28:29 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 9, 2008 8:29:34 PM PDT
I'm from Brazil, and we wear matching gold bands. When a couple gets engaged, they wear their bands on the right hand. When they get married, they change it to the left hand. Mine has my husband's name and our wedding date engraved on the inside, and my husband's has my name. Because we wear thin bands, we can add more rings on anniversaries. A thin silver band for 5 years, for example, and a reddish gold band for 10 years, and so on.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2008 11:40:54 PM PDT
I am not much of a diamond fan myself, so we are having a ring made that incorporates our birthstones. I read somewhere this was an older custom. His is peridot, and mine is sapphire. I really love the grey/white star sapphires, and I think one will look really wonderful with the green!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 10, 2008 8:46:23 AM PDT
T. Pham says:
it's a good thing neither you nor your partner was born in April then ;) but joking aside, your ring idea was very cool.

@clemens: in my culture (southeast asian) I'd only known wedding rings as identical, simple gold bands until coming into contact with western culture. Sometimes the couples don't even wear any rings (which is another story). My parents' had engraving on the inside of very plain 24k gold bands that were about 2~3 mm wide.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 12, 2008 11:36:12 PM PDT
Weeelll, I never said I *wouldn't* accept the diamond, just that I am not so overly fond ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2008 12:31:16 PM PDT
My finacee and I are getting custom rings made for our wedding. We are using small diamonds from one her moms rings and just had the jewelers order lab created stones. We did Sapphire for our wedding month, Tsavorite Garnet (green) for my birth month and Ruby for her birth month. The only problem is that the total cost of both rings is about $2000. So that might be out of your price range, but there are many jewelers that will do custom work and that's where most of the money goes.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2008 6:20:30 PM PDT
R. Hunt says:
Hi I am much older have been married for 28 years. I have the traditional yellow gold solitaire and I wanted a white gold alternative to trade off. I researched like crazy wanting a large stone with some side stones and they were so expensive. I ended up getting a vintage diamond cluster engagement ring from the 1920.s it is georgous with lots of charm.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2008 6:24:50 AM PDT
MrsLJ says:
Instead of a traditional wedding band, I'm getting a family ring with 5 stones, in white gold. Mine will have a diamond in the center, with my birthstone (amethyst) and my fiance's birthstone (aquamarine) surrounding it. Not really wild and crazy, but a little different and very sentimental. Or you might consider having a ring with the stone of the month you get married.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 28, 2008 7:36:03 AM PDT
Ok says:
I have an allergy to all metals but 316L Surgical Stainless Steel. My boyfriend went and bought a typical stainless steel ring which cost about $12 and had a ruby inserted into it. But you will have to find a jeweler that can work with stainless steel.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 28, 2008 3:07:37 PM PDT
I love this idea!

My ring is a small diamond in the center of a gold outline and inlaid turquoise on either side. I have been married 20 years and my ring still gets compliments, even though it wasn't terribly expensive. But the gold and the turquoise looks beautiful together and the lack of a fancy diamond isn't really an issue. I got it at Ken's Jewelers in Laguna Beach...if he's still there (Forrest Ave. I think), I'll bet he still has that style.

Congratulations on your engagement!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2008 10:53:28 AM PDT
Susiecat says:
O. Clemens,

Congratulations!!! I suggest going to a jewelry store that allows you to choose a loose stone. I did this and chose a flawless yellow diamond that was really inexpensive. I had it set with two very tiny white diamonds on either side. It was MUCH cheaper than the rings that were already set. It allowed me to have a 3/4 carat diamond (which I had wanted) and to participate in making my own ring! It was cool....

In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2008 10:22:09 PM PDT
L. Love says:
Hi O., my friend Kit has a beautiful engagement ring that is a uniquely shaped sapphire (it looks like a hexagon, sort of), that is set into a silver (or white gold, I can't remember which) band. The band has two prongs that hold the sapphire. It is a very nice looking ring and is very unique, and I know she gets a lot of compliments on it. Plus, they got it for cheap b/c the sapphire is a unique shape. Next to her hammered silver (or white gold) wedding band it looks really pretty. Congrats and good luck!

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2008 4:45:35 PM PDT
J. Smith says:
I agree about unique stones. You can shop for a stone that you both fall in love with then find a setting that suits it. while beautiful sometimes (esp in some of the colors that are fashioable) diamonds are really rather boring.

I'm very excited since I found the "perfect" setting today for a stone I thought was going to be hard to set as an engagement ring and still have it be obviously what it was.

I also love the solid bands with tiny gem stones set in them. Tiffany's had them a few years ago as stackable... a few stones are set around the band and it's very understated and tasteful.

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2008 1:27:04 AM PDT
Eli says:
[Customers don't think this post adds to the discussion. Show post anyway. Show all unhelpful posts.]

In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2008 10:50:54 AM PDT
Talyssa says:
REM I love your idea to build each year on charms - maybethey can forego rings altogether (or just get a very simple band) and get a charm bracelet for her instead < -- because what you described is really just a charm bracelet, not the trendy pre-built things they were selling everywhere a few years back but a real one.

In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2008 5:23:59 PM PDT
My husband made our rings fron the chestnut tree wood found in our front yard!

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2008 12:30:54 PM PDT
Brandice S says:
My fiance and I couldn't get a diamond engagement ring and wanted to do something different and we ended up going to North Carolina and mining an aquamarine stone and having it cut. It was much less expensive (even with the travel involved) and it's a beautiful, unique ring that no one else has that we mined out of the ground with our own hands. :)

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2008 10:56:57 AM PDT
My roommate's fiance did that, with their birthstones flanking a diamond. It was 5 square-cut stones, that went: garnet, blue topaz, diamond, blue topaz, garnet. Unfortunately it was red, white, and blue, but she loved it. Also, she's American and he's from Australia, and he liked that it was both their flags' colors.

I personally want a medium diamond flanked by a small birthstone on each side, topaz for me and garnet for him. I think it's wonderfully personal and meaningful.

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2008 11:32:35 AM PDT
White Gold is very popular now and it was in vintage jewelry too. I always see very cool older jewelry in shops and at estate sales. I always love it and it is always different. One hint: if you find an engagement ring you really love-get the wedding band that is with it at the time. You may not be able to find a band that goes with the engagement ring later, especially if it is really unique. When we got engaged (over 20 years ago!) all my husband could afford was a single diamond and a skinny little gold band. But he bought the best diamond he could afford (he thinks quality over size or quantity). For our 10th anniversary (I think) he added two small stones on either side and had it reset. 20th anniversary he put it in a very unique setting with white gold and pave.

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2008 12:16:29 AM PDT
Donald Dix says:
O. Clemens...great thread and kudoos for thinking outside the De Beers box!

J.D. Sullivan, Kevin Hobart and M. L. Hall...nice way to personalize one of the most important jewelry pieces in our lives.

Brandice Tolson...BRAVO!! A great way to commemorate the event, and with something that has deep personal meaning as well.

The idea that a diamond has become the dominant stone for this occasion is the greatest marketing coup of the century, brought to you by De Beers. They successfully took the most common gem on the planet, the only one found on every continent of the world, and guilted generations into equating diamonds as the only symbol of love.

If your relationship is unique, then so should the jewelry symbol that represents it. While one could argue that every diamond is unique, only your gemologist will appreciate that, not 99.9% of the folks that will see it.

For as common as they are, diamonds are WAY over rated, and IMHO, its only a matter of time and education before people start seeking alternatives, nearly all of which are rarer and less expensive per ct.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2008 9:01:50 PM PDT
Potterygirl says:
I designed a ring and had a jeweler fabricate it (worthmore jewelers in atlanta, ga). It has a center saphire with flanking smaller diamonds. The ring was not terribly expensive, I was able to pick out every stone (they ordered a few stones for me to choose from based on my price point), and approve the wax model of the band/setting before it was cast. Fabulous! I can't recommend the process enough!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2008 1:43:28 AM PDT
D. R. Roach says:
got my wedding band from Ireland. web site have gotten many comments on unique nature of ring. love it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2008 11:14:25 PM PDT
My wife and I had titanium wedding rings. They are very durable and you can get them with all sorts of designs carved into them. They aren't very expensive either. The only bad thing about titanium is that it cannot be sized. I also wouldn't recommend a tension set stone in titanium either. I lost a stone that way. Luckily it wasn't a diamond. We ended up going to a local jeweler that made rings and got platinum rings for not a lot of money. I think the wedding bands were about $325 and my engagement ring was about the same, not including the stones. Of course precious metal prices have gotten much higher since then.

Another idea to consider is silver jewelry. Prices will be a lot cheaper and you can probably find an artist to make a ring to your design. I'd consider looking online at etsy dot com and finding a silversmith whose work you like who is willing to do custom designs. You could have something unique for not a huge amount of money.
‹ Previous 1 2 Next ›
[Add comment]
Add your own message to the discussion
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Prompts for sign-in

Recent discussions in the Jewelry forum (171 discussions)


This discussion

Discussion in:  Jewelry forum
Participants:  34
Total posts:  35
Initial post:  Apr 9, 2008
Latest post:  Feb 11, 2012

New! Receive e-mail when new posts are made.
Tracked by 7 customers