Is Diamond The Only Option For An Engagement Ring?

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Marilyn Monroe famously sang “diamonds are a girl’s best friend” but what if your beloved is not so much of a diamond lover? You’ve found the woman of your dreams and you’re ready to kneel down on one knee in front of her and ask her to be your one and only. What kind of a ring will you be proposing to her with?

Well, of course the answer is obvious.

A big and shiny diamond ring. The bigger, the better.

It wasn’t always the case though. The perception of engagement rings being that of a diamond was given birth from a marketing ploy by the De Beers company. Despite the origin, the expectation of a diamond engagement ring is now thoroughly ingrained in our culture. Even if your girlfriend is the non-traditional type in many aspects, she may surprise you with her desire for a diamond.

Be sure of what she wants before deciding to get a ring with a different gemstone. After all, it is the ring that she will be likely wearing for the rest of her life, so you want her to be proud of it and for it to elicit fond feelings whenever she looks at her hand.

Step into a jewellery store and you’ll be thrown off by the wide array of choices in front of you. That’s the paradox of choice, isn’t it? More choices are great but at the same time, they leave you feeling confused.We spoke with a jeweller and the owner of Gem by Gems, Tanweer, to help you make a better decision between diamonds and other coloured gemstones.

All eyes on the diamond: The Solitaire

With a diamond solitaire ring, the diamond steals the show. It’ll be the first thing you set your eyes on. It is strikingly beautiful and unmistakably stands out. It is usually set on either a plain band or a simply designed band but nonetheless, the stone stands alone which ultimately, makes it a showstopper.

Reasons to consider choosing a solitaire diamond ring:

If you’re not quite sure on what kind of a ring your significant other wants. This ring is timeless and it goes with almost everything. It can also be enhanced with a ornately designed wedding band.

You want to emphasise the beauty of the diamond on a ring. You’ll be investing in a beautiful diamond and the band or ring is simply a means to hold up this beauty.

This diamond ring matches her personality and style.

You know that she’ll want a diamond laden wedding band and this solitaire diamond ring will complement that perfectly.

Of course, the last reason being that you know your fiancé loves herself a diamond ring.

Beyond the classic and timeless: The Gemstone Ring

There are many beautiful gemstones other than diamond in the world. More often than not, they go unnoticed. They each have a traditional meaning and if you happen to find something that is in-sync with your significant other, why not take the bold step in being different?

Reasons to consider choosing any other gemstone ring:

You know for a fact that she doesn’t desire a diamond engagement ring.

You want to the ring to have a unique look that’ll be achieved through your bride-to-be’s favourite coloured gemstone or favourite gemstone.

You actually know what are the meanings behind the gemstones and the ones that’ll make for a great engagement ring.

You’re seeking a definitive style for the ring; something luxurious or something that looks a little vintage, etc.

Your fiancé and you understand the difference between a diamond ring and a coloured gemstone ring and also, the ways to take care of the ring.

In the end, what is it that truly matters?

While the gemstone may currently be at the whims of the diamond market, there is a large potential for growth in the gem stone market. Tanweer mentions how it is still quite rare for a gentleman to come in to his store and ask for a coloured gemstone engagement ring.

At the end of the day, the only thing that truly matters whether you go for the timeless diamond engagement ring or the bold coloured gemstone ring is that your fiancé appreciates the beauty of the ring and well, says ‘YES’ to you. Do your research, figure out what your fiancé likes and find the right jeweller who will be able to advice you on the right choice of ring.

Good luck, boys!


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