Engagement rings come in all sorts of guises from the jokey jelly ring from a children’s sweetie bag, to the strip of plaster, ring pull from a can or of course the more usual diamond solitaire. Whatever ring you have in mind when you pop the question you will need to think about what it is going to cost for the ring that you expect your partner to have for the rest of their life.
There used to be a common assumption that you need to put aside at least three months’ salary to get anything that was worthwhile, but who can afford to do that these days? Let alone be prepared to wait until they had saved that amount before announcing their intentions, let’s face it, it could take years! The good news is that a beautiful conflict-free diamond ring might cost less than you think as jewellers compete to bring stunning designs at prices that couples can afford, offering interest free credit along with their professional advice.
Couples don’t want to start their married life heavily in debt so a more realistic budget of around a month’s salary for the engagement ring seems to be the norm these days, unless you have a family heirloom that you can use instead like prince William did. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a diamond that takes centre stage either if you like another stone better; aquamarine, sapphire, emerald, ruby, tanzanite or topaz would all make stunning engagement rings. It was the prestigious diamond company De Beers that made diamonds seem like the ultimate in rare gemstones through their marketing of the stone from the 1880’s onwards, particularly when they came up with ‘a diamond is forever’ as a tagline in the 1940’s. There is no denying the sheer beauty of a diamond, but feel free to consider other options for what is one of the most important purchases you will probably ever make. Speak to a specialist jeweller about your ideas for a design and let them make you something truly unique, bringing your ideas to life and giving you something that you will absolutely love from the moment you slip it on to your finger.