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Creative solutions for engagement in bad economy

on Tuesday,March 10,2009 20:03

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As the economic downturn is putting a damper on spending for some, many couples may seek out good deals on wedding accessories and engagement rings.

In response to that trend, many jewelers are increasingly offering non-diamond rings as an economic alternative to a big rock.

Adrianne Zahner, the owner of one such company claims they have been gaining in popularity. "Orders are coming in from all over the country," she says, for rings and wedding bands ranging in price from $100 to $200.

There is a surprising range of styles to this type of jewelry as couples can choose from among vintage replicas, classic solitaires, organic designs and modern pieces. As such, they offer an economic yet elegant and timeless choice.

But industry insiders suggests the trend towards choosing less flashy jewelry has been around for some time, even before the current squeeze.

Johanna Farrell of Bellingham, Washington, has worn a garnet solitaire since her engagement in 1978.

"I like knowing that my husband and I put creative thought into the ring I''d wear for the rest of my life," she says.
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