Rainbows & gender unicorns: how LGBTQ couples are changing wedding ring rules

When it comes to buying rings for weddings, LGBTQ couples are throwing out the traditions that bind them to form their own paths in ringdom. Whether you propose to each other, have matching bands, eschew rings altogether in favor of another kind of jewelry, the options for rings that represent your identity are quite literally endless. I spoke with one of our favorite custom ring creators, Joseph Jewelry, to see what trends and ideas they've been seeing in wedding jewelry that allows for more expression of who you love, what your gender is, and how you want to communicate that to world.

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How my partner & I ended up down the rabbit hole of rad alternative wedding rings

As some of you may know, I'm currently engaged and we're juuuuust at the point where we both have to start committing to wedding bands. In our searches, I just kept coming back to one of our partners, Revolution Jewelry, since their selection is SO huge. My partner really didn't know that there were options other than a plain metal band, so when he saw what was actually out there… it was game on.

6 handcrafted engagement rings that are truly works of art

You know we spend way too much time delving into the oceans of engagement ring bling at Brilliant Earth. There's just so much to see and to inspire your own ring selections. In a recent trip down the ring rabbit hole, I spied a fair few engagement rings that stood out among others as true works of art. In particular, their vintage collection has been hand-curated for exceptional quality and originality. They know that jewelry design isn't just artistry, but also architecture and engineering played out on minute scale.

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Are these alternatives to earth-mined diamonds ethical & budget-friendly? Let's find out…

We may tout a lot of colored gemstones around these parts, but we know a lot of you are totally down for that classic diamond look. And these days, you really don't have to feel guilty about snagging a real diamond from ring designers who source ethical and conflict-free diamonds. But there are other options you might want to know about which are created without any impact to the earth AND are more budget-friendly. We reached out to our custom-ring wizard partners at Joseph Jewelry to get the scoop on diamond alternatives such as lab created diamonds and moissanite engagement rings.

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How to find the perfect engagement ring for your person

It's the most wonderful time of the year! The holidays season? Sure, but also ENGAGEMENT SEASON! A whole lot of folks get engaged around this time of year so we know that at least some of you are in need of a stunning engagement ring or a set of wedding bands or maybe even a gift of jewelry. In any case, you'll want to hook up with our favorites at Joseph Jewelry because you can create a super personal ring that encapsulates your love, your interests, and everything that makes your person so amazing.

Here are some tips for how to go about creating a custom-made ring and the journey to ring bliss you can take with Joseph Jewelry. Trust me, it's FUN…