Diamond engagement rings are cool and all, but after nearly 550 years in the spotlight (the first known diamond engagement ring was given to Mary of Burgundy by Archduke Maximillian of Austria in 1477), we're due for a change. So, this winter proposal season, we're placing our bets on a new star in the ring department: pearls. They might not be the first thing you think of, but pearls are far from second best.
Whether freshwater or saltwater, baroque or spherical, pearls are just as exquisite as diamonds — and they come with a much more doable price tag. Three months salary, who? Whether you're just not a diamonds girl or would rather put a down payment on our actual wedding, pearls are the perfect engagement ring alternative to those same-old same-old diamonds we've been seeing forever.
Don't believe us? Take a peak at some of our favorite pearl-embossed engagement rings on the market right now.