What is an alternative engagement
"You see, there are a lot of reasons why women opt for an alternative wedding ring..."
A recent conversation came up when I was with my girlfriends about simulated diamond rings, what a woman should look for while shopping for one, and how to make sure they are getting a quality ring. This conversation led me to believe if women around me are having this conversation, many more women are probably wondering the same thing.
You see, there are a lot of reasons why women opt for an alternative wedding ring. Some women buy an alternative ring to switch up their look - maybe have one ring in gold and one in silver. One with more bling, one with less. Others buy simulated diamond wedding rings for travel, to conserve their real diamond from wear and tear because their ring no longer fits, as a maternity wedding ring, or to save money on a traditional ring (also known as a placeholder wedding ring). Let's dive into some of the most common reasons why a woman would buy an alternative wedding ring.
Reasons to choose an alternative engagement ring:
1. Finances. It is reported that money is one of the top reasons for divorce. That's a pretty scary statistic for a couple that is about to get married. Many couples want to make the commitment of engagement in front of friends and family, but can't pay thousands for an engagement ring upfront, so they start their union by accruing debt that can eventually tear them apart.
2. Conflict Diamonds. Remember Kanye West's song Diamonds From Sierra Leone? Go watch that video if you haven't. The heartbreaking truth behind Kanye's message is that children in war-torn countries die trying to mine diamonds. The truth is, you won't know if a diamond you purchase is a blood diamond, but if you choose to purchase a "conflict-free" diamond, you will spend twice as much. All simulated diamonds are naturally conflict-free because their origin starts in a lab.
3. Environmental Impact. Diamond mining is responsible for soil erosion, deforestation, ruining farmlands, and vanished wildlife. Mining pits have been abandoned and filled with water, bringing in mosquitos and spreading malaria, forcing locals to relocate because of public health disasters in some parts of Africa. This is just one devastating environmental impact of diamond mining. Simulated diamonds are always an eco-friendly decision.
4. Wear and Tear. When you wear anything every day, it is going to start to age. Diamonds become cloudy from cleaning products, soap, and skin oils - all things that your ring will encounter daily. Diamonds can chip and fall out of their settings. Wedding rings won't last a lifetime and often need to be "upgraded" every ten years.
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Absolutely Love My Rings
I recently came across Starlette Galleria via Instagram and I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical at first, but decided to order and see for myself how great the product was. When my rings arrived last week, I was so impressed with the quality for the price. I did a single ring and then 3 stackable rings and I love every single piece! I’ve already received so many compliments and people asking where I purchased them from. I’d definitely recommend to others and can’t wait to see what other pieces come out as I’m sure it won’t be long until I’m purchasing more. Thank you so much!!
– Mary C.
I absolutely love this ring! I bought it to be a back-up for my wedding ring (for when it is being cleaned, or when I am on vacation and don't want to bring my expensive jewelry). But, now that I have it, I find myself wanting to wear it every day! It is seriously so much prettier in person, too. Fits true to size, as well!
– Amber S.
Stunning in Silver
This ring fulfills all of my 4-carat diamond dreams for a fraction of the cost. I've ordered some beautiful rings from her before but this one makes me feel like an absolute Queen when I wear it. It's even more stunning in person than it was online with the quality to match. 10/10 would recommend this ring and Starlette Galleria.
- Katie B.
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My name is Olivia and I am a connoisseur of luxury jewelry. But let’s be honest, good jewelry that won’t turn your skin green is expensive and sometimes still doesn’t last. That is why I created this little space, for women just like you and me! We are serving up quality jewelry at a fraction of the price.