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What is an alternative wedding ring?

by Olivia Starling on 0 Comments

A recent conversation came up with some 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 these conversations, 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.

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.

Check out some really high-quality alternative bridal rings here!

My Mom & Me on My Wedding Day, August 2013

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