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With everything proposal this month, we wanted to take a look at our makers with a special edition of Etsy Roundup. While it’s traditional to choose a diamond engagement ring, there are SO many beautiful alternatives – if the diamond sparkle is not your thing. From incredible opals to sparkling morganite and everything in between, we’ve found five alternatives (and plenty of options!) for a diamond free engagement ring!

Moonstone

1.Pear Moonstone Ring by NyFineJewelry    2.Raw Moonstone Ring by RingCrush

3. Solitaire Moonstone Ring by JewelLuxe   4. Moonstone Engagement Ring by AusGemsCo

Morganite

1. Diamond Halo Morganite Ring by OliveAvenueJewelry 

2. Victoria Morganite and CZ Art Deco Cluster by EmiConnerJewelry 

3. Vintage Floral Engagement Ring by LaMoreDesign      4. Halo Morganite Ring from MoissaniteRings

Opal 

1. Rose Gold Opal Engagement Ring from AusGemsCo 

2. Pear Australian Opal Engagement Ring from EmiConnerJewelry 

3. Gold Opal Ring from Fondeur    4. Vintage Opal Ring from SundayIslandSweden

Aquamarine

1. Pear Shaped Aquamarine Ring From PENNIjewel 

2. Vintage Floral Aquamarine Ring from LaMoreDesign 

3. Aquamarine Engagement Ring by SundayIslandSweden 

4. Asscher cut Aquamarine Engagement Ring from Stud&Stuff

Pearl

1.Pearl Engagement Ring from RingOnly   2. Rose Gold Pearl Ring from NyFineJewelry 

3.White Pearl Ring from ARPELC         4. Halo Pearl Ring from OliveAvenueJewelry

It’s all about magic diamonds and sparkling celebrations during The Proposal Issue, so of course, our cocktails of the month had to follow suit and what better than with our version of a classic diamond fizz cocktail? A diamond fizz is a twist on a gin fizz and because the twist is adding champagne, how can one go wrong? This take isn’t sweet, but can be modified to your own personal taste by adding more or less sugar syrup.

Ingredients

  • 50ml Gin
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • Chilled champagne
  • 5ml sugar syrup.
  • Fresh rosemary

Method

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup
  2. shake well
  3. Strain into a champagne coupe or glass
  4. Top with chilled champagne
  5. Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary and serve!

 

When planning a proposal picnic, nothing but the best will do! Make these absurdly delicious dark chocolate and whiskey truffles, and they will most certainly be remembered, even over the high of getting engaged!

These delectable delights can also be given as gifts and look extra snazzy when dipped in lovely toppings. I’ve used chopped pistachios and cocoa, but you can let your imagination run wild! Pack these chocolatey truffles in a basket with some strawberries and champagne and you’ve got a winning proposal picnic!

 

What You Will Need:

  • The recipe includes 150ml double cream, 150g good quality dark chocolate, 20g butter, 2 TBSP whiskey, 1/2 cup pistachios, 2 TBSP good quality cocoa
  • Heavy based saucepan
  • Small dish, spoon and whisk
  • Waxed paper bag or wee box to pop your truffles in, and some delicious extras to go with them!

Step 1. Pop the cream into the heavy based saucepan over a medium heat, and heat until it begins to simmer. Remove from the heat and drop the butter and evenly chopped chocolate in. Let sit for approximately 5 minutes, before whisking to a smooth consistency, adding the whiskey as you whisk.

Step 2. Once the truffle mixture is smooth, pour it into a dish and place in the fridge to cool and set (approximately one hour, depending on the depth of the dish). While this is happening, shell and finely chop the pistachios.

Step 3. Once set, remove the truffle mixture from the fridge. Using two spoons (or your hands) shape small quenelle shapes or roll into balls, before dipping into your chosen toppings.

Step 4. Once the truffles are coated in pistachios or cocoa, they can be stored in the fridge up to two weeks. Wrap these in sweet boxes or package up for a proposal picnic (or any sort of picnic!), and they shall win hearts hearts wherever they go!

Ms Zebra Says: Not only do these look great, but I can only imagine how delicious they are to eat! Yum!!

About Ms Honeycomb: Hi, I’m Nicola, the florist and crafter behind rubyandjoy. I’m a gardening, fabric loving, mint tea drinking, brownie baking, book obsessed maker! I love a good adventure having just moved back from five years in Scotland (with my lovely Scottish husband).