We’ve probably all been there at some point.
As soon as the celebrity we idolize gets engaged, we immediately want to see their engagement ring.
Chances are, it’s dazzling and spectacular.
We often assume celebrities will flaunt an engagement ring that costs more than most of us would spend on a house, considering the average celebrity engagement ring cost a whopping $1.3 million in 2017.
But many celebrities and influencers are breaking away from this norm. They’re going for a cheaper, surprisingly reasonable engagement ring.
Here are three reasons why lots of Instagrammers, influencers, and celebrities aren't going for the flashy diamond rings we’re used to.
Ethical and Sustainability Concerns
It’s no secret millennials are concerned about ethical sourcing and environmental sustainability. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of unethical and environmentally hazardous practices in the diamond mining industry.
Some of these issues are unfair wages and dangerous workplace conditions.
Source: Aja Barber via Instagram
There’s a system in place called the Kimberley Process that’s supposed to decrease the distribution of conflict diamonds (rough diamonds used to illicitly finance wars).
But the Kimberley Process isn’t perfect and doesn’t do much to protect the people working in the mines.
That’s why many Instagrammers, influencers, and celebrities are choosing cheaper and safer alternatives like lab-grown diamonds.
So what are lab-grown diamonds? Well, lab-grown diamonds are … you guessed it: created in a lab! They are considered a humane alternative to diamonds that come from mines.
They look identical to mined diamonds, and they’re much cheaper. It’s almost impossible to tell lab-grown diamonds apart from mined ones.
Some influencers and celebrities are even going for engagement rings made of recycled metals and jewels.
Recycled metals and jewels are materials that are reused. New gems and metals don’t have to be mined to create the engagement ring. Some engagement rings are completely recycled, and others are partly recycled.
Of course, some influencers and Instagrammers are choosing engagement rings that don’t have a jewel at all!
The result is a gorgeous, simple band like this one that belongs to sustainability and ethics consultant Aja Barber.
Heirloom and Vintage Engagement Rings
Heirloom and vintage engagement rings are recycled engagement rings with a sentimental touch. Besides being chock full of family history, heirloom engagement rings are a great way to honor a grandparent or relative.
Many couples are opting for vintage or heirloom engagement rings because they are more eco-friendly and don’t need more metal and gems to be mined. They’re also a much cheaper option.
Check out Meghan Markle’s engagement ring, which sports three diamonds. Two diamonds are recycled, heirloom diamonds from Princess Diana’s collection.
Plus, the center diamond is from Botswana, an environmentally friendly and socially responsible diamond producer.
Actor Alicia Silverstone’s engagement ring is another example of an heirloom engagement ring. This ring from Christoper Jarecki used to belong to his grandmother and is completely eco-friendly.
No new gems or metals were mined when he gave it to her, which was important to the environmentally conscious couple.
Source: Blush and Bar on Instagram
The concept of minimalism has been around for a long time. Buddhist monks and Catholic nuns have been practicing minimalism for centuries.
The term minimalism wasn’t coined until the mid-20th century. It referred to a minimalist trend in music and art before it was associated with a simpler lifestyle.
Millennials have popularized this lifestyle as a way of simplifying and decluttering. It’s better for the environment, and it provides a lot more freedom than having a house full of stuff.
Several celebrities and influencers have adopted this way of living.
It’s not a surprise that minimalism has influenced the jewelry business. Minimalistic designs for engagement rings are popular, with a dainty and simple look.
Huge diamonds and gems aren’t the look for minimalistic engagement rings.
Mean Girls actor Amanda Seyfried’s engagement ring was an elegant, minimalistic gold band. Seyfried stunned fans with her plain engagement ring, but what’s important is that she stayed true to her style.
There’s no right or wrong engagement ring. What’s most important when buying an engagement ring is your personal style and choice.
Some celebrities, Instagrammers, and influencers choose to make a statement with their ring that supports their beliefs.
Like getting an engagement ring that is ethically and sustainably sourced or choosing an heirloom engagement ring.
Or going for a minimalistic style that’s stunning yet simple.
These options can be much cheaper. Plus, they let you express yourself and your values.
What’s your engagement ring style?