Alternatives to Traditional Wedding Rings

ShaneCo Rose Gold Engagement Ring

The wedding ring you wear is a symbol of loving commitment to your spouse and so should reflect the unique quality of your love. There are countless wedding ring styles that range from traditional to modern; no matter what your personal taste might be you can find many wedding sets that will appeal to your preferences. If you are looking for alternatives to the traditional wedding ring designs, these are a few options to consider.

Filigree Settings

The band that a gemstone is set in can be given a myriad of shapes to complement the size and appearance of the selected stone. Filigree settings have delicate-looking struts that change the appearance of the band from solid to lacy. Filigree patterns might be geometrical or more organic; curlicues and lacy arabesques appear to hold up the central gemstone and create a visual lightness.

A Ring with a Different Gemstone

Diamonds are the traditional gemstone of choice for wedding rings; however, there are many other types of stones that you can choose from. Many people love the dramatic appearance of colored gemstones. When shopping for settings, ask the sales associate to show you other gemstone options. These are just a few of the colored gemstones you can find at any fine jewelry store.

  • Ruby
  • Emerald
  • Sapphire
  • Opal
  • Topaz
  • Garnet
  • Tanzanite
  • Spinel
  • Peridot

ShaneCo Sapphire

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White Gold, Platinum, and Titanium

Though many of the rings in the wedding sets you look at will be made of yellow gold, several other types of metal are used in the creation of wedding rings.

White gold is actually yellow gold that has been coated in a layer of light colored precious metal, usually palladium or manganese. White gold has a mellow silver appearance that looks especially attractive with brightly colored gemstones. After many years the coating might wear down and the yellow gold underneath will show through; if this happens simply bring your ring to a jewelry store for a new coating.

Platinum is a bright silver colored metal that is used in the creation of many types of fine jewelry. It is a very attractive metal that is prized for its durability. A platinum ring setting can sometimes cost more than one made of yellow gold though it is often the metal of choice for people who do not prefer the look of yellow gold.

ShaneCo Titanium Ring

Titanium is the newest addition to the lineup of precious metals used in the creation of wedding rings. This metal has a dark silvery appearance that is highly complementary to masculine jewelry designs. It is very strong metal that is not bioreactive; thus it is the preferred type of metal by people with sensitive skin. Titanium bands may be plain, minimally shaped, or set with gemstones. The simplicity of many titanium rings appeals to people who favor a streamlined jewelry style.

A wedding ring should be a piece of jewelry that brings you pleasure every time you see it. There are many alternatives to the traditional yellow gold band and diamond solitaire ring. You do not have to compromise your personal taste in order to find a beautiful ring.

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  1. 1

    I LOVE the first one!! Even though it is rose gold, it is divine!

  2. 2

    WOW! These are gorgeous! Such beautiful alternatives to traditional wedding rings!

  3. 3

    I love wedding rings. I’m very happy with mine, but I often oogle at new settings.

  4. 4

    I have always been partial to Sapphires and diamonds together like the 2nd picture.

  5. 5

    So precious! Any of these would be so awesome to have. Why can’t you have more than one wedding ring? :)

  6. 6

    I always thought it would be fun to have different colored stones in a wedding/engagement setting.

  7. 7

    I need to replace my husband’s wedding ring, the stone fell out of his.

  8. 8

    I love having different stones in my wedding/engagement rings. My husband had the rings custom made with our birthstones (blue topaz and sapphire). I still have a diamond in the middle, but I love having a custom and unique ring. :)

  9. 9

    I bought my wife an engagement/wedding band set that has some simple designs to make it look a little different. Of the rings shown, I like the last one the best.
    Thanks for your ideas!

  10. 10

    I love that pink one but that one with the blue stones takes my breath away

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