People have become more aware of the processes involved in producing a gold diamond ring. Many may not realize (this was a surprise to me…) that in order to make one gold ring 20 tons of mine waste is produced, and thousands of people have died mining for diamonds around the world. Some couples are choosing to buy rings that are gold free. Many jewelers are adept at creating personalized rings at a very reasonable cost. Lab-grown diamonds have recently become a viable alternative. These diamonds are identical to the natural variety. Other options include buying antique rings, using a ring that was handed down in your family, using your birthstone and selecting alternative metals such as platinum, titanium and silver.
Remember it is the commitment you are making to one another that counts, the ring is a symbol.