The engagement ring that Prince Harry gave to Meghan Markle last November is a 6.5 carat, one-of-a-kind designed by the prince himself and crafted by British jeweler Cleave & Co. In a poignant nod toward including his mother in the couple’s future, Harry incorporated several stones sourced from Princess Diana’s trove of jewelry. Plus, Megan’s engagement ring features a conflict-free center diamond from Botswana.
The cost? According to Amanda Winters of Blue Nile, the ring likely retailed for somewhere between $300,000-$350,000.
If that price tag is out of your reach, or if you are simply leery of spending “two month’s salary” for a ring, you’re not alone. Frankly, there’s nothing romantic about starting your married life in debt. Plus, many brides like Megan, have valid ethical concerns regarding diamond mining and potential “blood diamonds.”
Luckily, there are now many different – and beautiful – options for modern brides.
One of the best resources I’ve found is Jeulia Jewelry. This company offers the most incredible selection of engagement rings, wedding bands, and wedding sets that I have ever seen.
For example, the Jeulia 3PC 3.0 CT Radiant Cut Created White Sapphire Wedding Set, pictured above, has a stunning design with a central, radiant cut stone, surrounded by baguettes, with a halo of tiny brilliants on the twin wedding band surrounds.
It’s beautifully crafted in genuine .925 sterling silver, with Rhodium plating for extra shine and maintenance-free wear. It’s a ring worthy of a Hollywood icon, a princess, or maybe just a Rockefeller. Breathtaking! Retail $147.
I shudder to think what this wedding set would cost if these were diamonds. But, these beautiful sparkling stones are actually lab-created, white sapphires.
Why smart brides choose white sapphires over diamonds
One of a diamond’s biggest claims to fame is that it is virtually indestructible. But, at a 9 on the Mohs scale, sapphires are not far behind. In fact, sapphires are actually the third hardest mineral available. (A diamond is a 10, a cubic zirconia is only an 8.)
And, while diamonds are undeniably beautiful, white sapphires rival high quality diamonds in both sparkle and fire. Plus, they far surpass diamonds of marginal or average quality.
White sapphires are also infinitely more affordable. A brilliant, high quality white sapphire is still less costly than a poor quality, cloudy or flawed “natural” diamond.
What is the difference between mined and lab created stones?
Stones created in a lab are chemically, physically and visually identical to those mined underground. And, lab-created stones are often actually superior to naturally mined ones because they contain fewer flaws.
Natural gems typically have inclusions from the crystallization process (gases and other minerals mixing during the molten stage of stone creation). But, lab-created stones rely on a steady, controlled process of applying minerals, heat and pressure, and usually have fewer inclusions.
Ready to take the plunge? Jeulia Jewelry has hundreds of styles, colors and options… and a name you can trust
In addition to the stunning wedding set, shown, Jeulia Jewelry has so many options. Every bride is sure to find just the right style.
Plus, Jeulia Jewelry has both men’s and women’s Claddagh rings, and interchangeable rings, an entire section of unique fashion jewelry, dressy bracelets, trendy necklaces and more. To see the entire line, visit Jeulia Jewelry.
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DISCLAIMER: No financial compensation was received in exchange for this engagement ring post. I did, however, receive a sample of the ring shown in order to fully test it and provide an honest evaluation. Regardless, I only recommend products or services that I believe will be beneficial for my readers.