Published at Saturday, September 07th 2019. by Loring Michaud in Wedding Ring.
For many years, it was thought that diamonds worn on the left hand would ward off evil spirits and they signified betrothal to the public. Finally, those who could afford it began to call it a diamond engagement ring. The popularity of the diamond engagement ring really began to take off in 1938 when the advertising slogan, Diamonds are Forever, was coined and when De Beers introduced the control system that successfully worked as diamonds were withheld from the market by way of a monopoly. In the early 20th century, one of the chairman of De Beers Diamond Mining Corporation optimistically predicted that the diamond trade would prosper, ”so long as men are foolish and women are vain.”
The final decision is based around metal choice; ranging in price from platinum, white gold or yellow gold. All have their benefits and challenges but it is likely that your choice will be influenced not only by budget but by what existing jewellery your loved one is wearing. Choosing an engagement ring may be a once in a lifetime event, however, time invested on finding a quality handmade local jeweller will result in an established relationship, likely to last a lifetime. This relationship will allow confidence and trust in purchasing wedding bands, anniversary jewellery and subsequent gifts.
For many the starting point for purchasing a ring may well be budget setting. Conventional thought suggests that an engagement ring purchase should equal between one and two months’ salary, however, the far superior element is the thought and consideration put into finding your loved ones’ ring that they will likely wear forever.
Another important statistic is that even in this economy the groom hasn’t downsized the ring. In fact, only 14 percent of grooms admitted that they purchased an inferior ring due to the negative economic climate – about one-quarter of grooms said they spent more than they originally budgeted for. It is true that white gold is still as popular as ever, but a significant number of couples are studying alternative metals. For instance, in 2011, more than one-quarter (27 percent) of grooms opted for tungsten and 16 percent decided to buy a titanium ring.
Firstly, the big question: should you go shopping for an engagement ring on your own or with your future spouse? Obviously going alone means that you can surprise them, Going together obviously means that you will lose the element of surprise, but at the same time it means that you can make it an experience to remember as you both go about planning your future of happiness together. Also, remember, that no matter how well you may know your partner, there will always be a chance, even a remote one, that you may end up buying something that they do not like. And as it will be something that they will be wearing for a long time, it does appear to be best to let them come along as you choose it.
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