Try a Sapphire Instead of a Diamond
When my then boyfriend and I started to talk about getting married, I made it very clear to him that I did not want a diamond engagement ring. While I know they have added more regulations, it was still not an industry that I wanted to support. On a quest for something more unique, I was immediately drawn to sapphires. Sapphires are typically mined in very stable countries, are a very strong stone and come in just about every color. Also my boyfriend was pleased that a sapphire is not nearly as expensive as their diamond counterpart. I obsessively checked the The Natural Sapphire Company to find the perfect stone. I had to do the looking for the perfect stone since my soon to be hubby is color blind (often thinks brown is pink). Once I had the stone, he designed the setting with a local jeweler. I love that my ring was a collaborative project between my soon to be hubby and myself. I always get a ton of compliments and hope other women might give this stone a try instead of the traditional and exceptionally pricey diamond.
Here is my ring: