Over the last century, the popularity of diamonds as the premier stone in an engagement ring has soared thanks in no small part to a massive media campaign which has pushed the idea of the diamond as a symbol of true love. Diamonds are indeed a beautiful stone, but lately brides have been increasingly interested in alternatives. In fact, anyone shopping for modern engagement rings is spoilt for choice!
Diamonds are undoubtedly a girl’s very good friend but there are alternatives. An engagement ring is a symbol of your relationship, and your fiancée-to-be will wear it every day. It’s a mistake to assume she has to fit one of the solitaires on offer. First off though, the advances made in producing man made diamonds has meant that anyone can afford a decent sized diamond that will pass muster for a real, mined stone. If you do want a traditional diamond engagement ring, why not explore this as a cheaper option? Other synthetic gems are also on the market that provide affordable, quality options for those interested in different colored stones. A created emerald would make a unique modern engagement ring!
Of course, there are plenty of points to consider besides just the choice of stone when choosing a modern design engagement rings. Does she prefer classic or contemporary, new or antique (or made specially), gold or silver metal? To find out, maybe you you can (confidentially) ask friends or relatives who know her tastes well? Can she be persuaded to comment on others’ rings? And … do you know what size finger she has? Put her first, look at the jewelry she already wears, ask a few questions and then, if it’s got to be diamond, at least you’re certain it’s the right choice.
Also, consider the possibility of choosing the ring with her. You could still go down on one knee to present a little velvet-lined box … containing a ‘ticket for two to find the perfect ring’ or a few small photos of the short-list, perhaps. She will appreciate the consideration you’ve shown in doing the legwork and then offering her the choice.
Some things to look for when searching for the perfect modern style engagement ring.
Quality: find out about the cut, color, clarity and carat. If it’s a diamond, is it also conflict-free?
Insurance and guarantees: Consider the details of your policy. Make sure the ring, stone and workmanship are certified and guaranteed. Check delivery options (if any) carefully. And – just in case – find out how easy it would be to alter the ring, exchange it or obtain a refund in order to purchase another.
Budget: this ring is an emotional investment, not a financial one. Engagement rings are heavily marked up and heavily marketed to help you ‘prove’ the extent of your love by the amount you manage to spend. We humbly suggest that you’ve proven the extent of your love by wanting to get engaged. So look at your beloved, not at the ads, and choose a ring you can afford which will bring pleasure and delight.