Want to save money on your upcoming wedding? Think non-traditional wedding rings. Some bear unusual stones; some have unusual shapes. And, many are made of non-traditional elements.

With the price of diamonds and gold on today’s markets, jewelers and customers are looking for options in design, materials, and cost. A handsome tungsten ring, for him or her, will be a major bargain, but even when you want to pay more, you can still bring a beautiful ring in at a budget price.

Diamond cuts

Diamond may still be the traditional premium, but designers are showing different cuts and settings to make a smaller diamond look big or a cheaper cut look classy. For example, by placing the diamond horizontal on the band, it looks bigger on the East-West placement. Cushion or pear cut diamonds look striking, and those in concentric placement like halos a make small stones more priceless.

Vintage settings

An increasing number of bride’s rings are showing ornate, twisted, floral, and filigreed settings, vintage and art deco in tradition. The settings accent smaller or off-sized diamonds or other precious and semi-precious stones. Small diamonds have a way of accenting a sapphire or ruby at the center.

Go big and colorful

Larger diamonds tend to have more flaws and less clarity than smaller diamonds and may be less expensive proportionately. Yellow, rose, and even black diamonds are no bargain, but they remain uniquely attractive. Some choices integrate the bride’s birthstone for a shot at customization.

Blend minerals

Diamonds have been traditionally set in white gold, platinum, or silver. Yellow gold settings have a way of displaying a solitaire more dramatically. Pave settings simplify the surrounding setting while the stone stands proudly – and noticeably – atop.

Alternative metals

Cobalt chrome, ceramic (not re-sizable), titanium, and tungsten rings began to interest grooms as an affordable option to the “old school” little band of gold. The price is, of course, attractive, but these metals are suitable for all manner or original designs and castings. Tungsten, in particular, is light-weight, scratch-resistant, and hyper-allergenic. They come in treatments that are burnished, engraved, and knotted. A tungsten ring is very hard and dense. Ask the jeweler what is used to bind the composition. If it is prone to oxidation, it will lose its quality and appearance.

Channel settings

Channel settings are parallel ridges holding stones between them in an otherwise flat band. The stones may match the engagement ring stone, and the metal may match the groom’s band. Contrasts should be modest and relatively unnoticeable.

Tungsten inlays

You may shop for a tungsten ring inlaid with other metals, such as gold, ceramic, platinum, silver, or platinum.  The inlay may be shaped like rope, knots, or cultural symbols. The design feature has a way of accenting the otherwise flat surface.

Contemporary couples shop together, planning weddings over longer periods of time, and paying for their own expenses. Engagement rings are not the surprise event they once were. And, rings are not bought as sets as often as they used to be. Today’s bride often prefers a stand-alone dressy ring and separate independent wedding band. This allows her to save the “better” ring for more formal occasions in favor of wearing the band for the office and work at home. Let the groom’s elegantly simply band in new metals match the bride’s metal, style, and stone. There are so many styles to choose from like the Black Tungsten Wedding Band to ensure that you have a unique and stylish look.

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