Making the decision to propose is one of the most stressful events in someone’s life. Even if you’re certain that you’ve found the right person (and if you’re at this stage then you should be), deciding when, where, and how to propose can be extremely nerve-wracking. Even with all of these concerns aside, one of the biggest concerns still has to be addressed: the ring.

Engagement rings come with various gemstones and in many metals and styles, but for decades the diamond has been the stone of choice. But recently, with questionable mining practices and concerns over the “blood diamond” industry coming to light, societal preferences for diamonds have started to wane. Those looking for earth-friendly alternatives have turned to the pearl as the centerpiece for their pearl engagement ring and wedding rings.

While styles change over time, pearl jewelry has been popular for centuries. From necklaces to bracelets to rings and everything in between, the pearl is a versatile and beautiful alternative to the diamond. Since they come in a wide range of colors, shapes, and sizes, there is a perfect pearl engagement ring for every wearer. And with a pearl, you can be confident that your choice will be a lifelong symbol of your preference and love for jewels which support environmentally-friendly practices.

Pearls are, of course, different from diamonds, and therefore require a higher degree of care. Pearls are much softer than diamonds and can be more prone to damage, especially by acidic materials. Therefore, when you choose a pearl engagement ring, make sure to take the time to ensure that your purchase will last a lifetime by taking the proper measures to keep your treasure flawless.