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Would You Wear An “Alternative” Engagement Ring?

Most of you are probably thinking, “What is an alternative engagement ring?” Those of us in the business used to say anything worn on the ring finger of one’s left hand that doesn’t involve a standard diamond (regardless of shape) set in a platinum, white gold, or yellow gold mounting. In the jeweler’s dictionary, “alternative’s” antonym would be the classic solitaire engagement ring.

Today, we are seeing more and more bridal couples favoring styles that are unique and different from the classics or more simply stated, alternative. At G. Thrapp Jewelers, bridal clients are flocking to the Megan Thorne bridal case and the Estate case in an attempt to find a one-of-a-kind piece (or at least with Megan Thorne something that sets them apart). Clients are selecting unique, more vintage settings and even checking out options featuring colored stones. These trends aren’t just occurring at G. Thrapp Jewelers, either. According to a Today article, many engagement ring shoppers are selecting anything from rough or colored diamonds to other gemstones such as morganite or pink tourmaline (Anderson, 2014).

What we’re wondering is what you think of this trend we’re currently seeing? Would you wear a vintage style engagement ring with unique rose cut diamonds? How about subtracting the center free grammar checker diamond from your engagement ring and swapping it out for another gemstone? Let us know!

Here are some different “alternative” engagement ring styles from G. Thrapp Jewelers’ showcases:

Alternative Engagement Rings
Emerald and Diamond Ring from G. Thrapp Jewelers’ Estate Case
Engagement Ring: Aquamarine Ring with a Diamond Halo
Aquamarine Ring with a Diamond Halo
Megan Thorne Rose Cut Engagement Ring
Megan Thorne Rose Cut Engagement Ring
Alternative Engagement Rings: Diamond and Sapphire Ring
Diamond and Sapphire Ring
Alternative Engagement Rings: Sapphire Ring with Pear Shape Diamonds
Sapphire Ring with Pear Shape Diamonds
Megan Thorne’s Mosaic Flower Ring with Wedding Band
Megan Thorne’s Mosaic Flower Ring with Wedding Band
Pear Shaped Ruby Ring with Diamonds
Pear Shaped Ruby Ring with Diamonds

To inquire about one of the pieces in this blog, please contact Lauren at (317)255-5555 or at lbauer@gthrapp.com.

Source: Anderson, K. (2014, January 1). Shopping for an engagement ring? This year’s most in-demand styles are… Retrieved from http://www.today.com/style/shopping-engagement-ring-years-most-demand-styles-are-2D79795755

For the Whimsical Woman…

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It is no surprise that Megan Thorne has been featured in Vogue, Brides and Lucky. Her creations are instantly recognizable because they combine whimsical, antique and contemporary design into a truly unique piece. Because of the intimate size of the operation, Thorne touches every piece and she enjoys connecting with every couple as their personal stories shape the design of their rings. It is this intimacy with her craft and materials that brings forth the integrity of every piece.

Her bridal collection is perfect for women who have an appreciation for art and intricacy. She is not afraid to go against the grain and break the rules of the “traditional” engagement rings. The wearer of a Megan Thorne ring wants something that is uniquely her own.

Sales associate, Julie Wilson said, “Women are really drawn to Megan Thorne, they love her pieces and they tend to come back looking to add to their collection. Most of the pieces we sell at G. Thrapp are yellow or rose gold.”

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Sales Associate, Michelle Farmer loves Megan Thorne’s designs because they are so incredibly unique. Her favorite ring is the emerald cut, picture frame ring because of its feminine, unique setting. It doesn’t look like anything else in the market.

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Sales Associate and Watch Specialist, Joshua Shanafelt said, “I love the style of Megan Thorne’s engagement collection. Surprisingly enough, a few of my clients have reset their original diamond into a Megan Thorne ring and worn it as a right hand ring. They usually will then purchase a larger carat weight diamond for their original engagement ring.”

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To see more Megan Thorne pieces, view her engagement ring and wedding band collections online, or stop into G. Thrapp Jewelers at 56th & Illinois!