When you say 'yes,’ you're committing yourself to more than just marriage. You're committing to experiencing life with your chosen partner. Your soulmate. To share unique, beautiful and sometimes bumpy moments. This is why we want to emphasize that no marriage is completely the same. We all play different roles, have different goals, concern ourselves with different values and live different lives when it comes to marriage. We're just as uniquely individual in our relationships as we are single. The extra person adds more complexity to your already rare personality. So why follow the same-old recipe for choosing a ring?
We believe tradition has its place at weddings, don't get us wrong. But the idea that a man has to spend at least three months of income on a traditional round brilliant cut diamond is outdated on so many levels. The amount of money you spend on your engagement ring is completely up to you and your budget. One of the most commonly asked questions I get from grooms-to-be is "how much should I spend on an engagement ring?" The answer is it's up to you. If you have three months of income saved and you want to splurge on a ring, go for it. Do you want to spend your money and take a trip for your honeymoon instead? Do that! The choice is yours to make.
When it comes to investing in an engagement ring, there are endless ways in which you can customize the ring. So don't fall into the trap that every engagement ring has to follow a strict set of what an engagement ring is 'supposed' to look like. We've broken down the different ways in which you can customize your engagement ring to be perfect for you or your loved one, down to the last diamond. Don't fret if you're on a budget, there is always a way to break down the cost depending on the gemstone, design & setting.
CONSIDER THE STONE FIRST
Before you get carried away by ring size, settings, or karats, be sure to know what kind of stone you're using. The stone is the centerpiece of your ring and you'll want to get it right. The stone will also determine what kind of setting you'll want, as well as the type of stones you want to accent it with.
It’s been said that diamonds are a girl's best friend. But, there are plenty of other stones to choose from, all for different reasons. Diamonds are typically used in engagement rings because of their hardness and durability. But they aren't the only stones we recommend for engagement rings. Sapphires, rubies, emeralds, and alexandrite are also beautiful and unique options that are available to you. So, do your research! If your spouse-to-be is obsessed with their birthstone why not see if it's a good fit for your ring? You can always choose a cluster of stones instead of just one. Spend your time focusing on which stones are best for you.
KNOW YOUR SETTINGS
Your ring's setting is probably the last thing on your mind, but it's important. Your engagement ring setting is what is going to determine the overall maintenance level of your engagement ring.
An important thing to take into consideration before choosing your engagement ring setting is your lifestyle. Are you or your fiance-to-be the stay-at-home-and-read-a-book kind of couple? Or are you more likely to find yourselves hiking the nearest canyon? If you're worried about what kind of damage your ring will face during your typical day-to-day activities, we highly suggest using appropriate settings. Bezel settings are more likely to protect your stones from potential knicks or scrapes and are perfect for active couples. If you are planning on having more than one stone, consider the fact that smaller stones are more likely to fall out and will probably need replacing over time.
THINK OF THE GOLD
Most traditional wedding rings don't stray from the usual yellow-gold setting, but you have options. White gold is a good alternative if you or your partner prefer a more subtle touch to their bling. Alternatively, rose gold displays that hint of lush femininity that you or your partner might crave.
If you're looking for something extra unique, Google 'green gold!’
CONSIDER THE CUT
The most common cut for diamond engagement rings has always been round brilliant. But the cut of the diamond is completely up to you/your future spouse. For those who don't already know the most popular diamond cuts are: Round, Princess, Cushion, Asscher, Radiant, Emerald, Round, Oval, Marquise, and Pear. We recommend consulting your spouse-to-be or their friends/family on what types of cuts they like best.
There are so many resources out there to help you decide. We highly encourage you to do as much research as possible before you invest in your engagement ring. We also recommend browsing Pinterest or Instagram for inspiration!