New Rules of Engagement Ring Shopping

There are many traditions being broken in the wedding industry. Women are opting to keep their last name, and some are keen on ditching the idea of a white dress. Here are a few new trends we’ve seen when it comes to engagement ring shopping.

It’s normal to shop for the ring together

As tradition goes, the groom-to-be takes up the responsibility of choosing the engagement ring for his future fiancé. With so many jewelry designs and styles available, this can quickly become an overwhelming task.

Shopping together takes the pressure off when having to choose the perfect ring without the insight of your significant other. Ring shopping together gives you an opportunity to choose specific styles that represents your everlasting connection.

Since this is a big investment, it’s a great idea to get exactly what you want the first time around. If you’re still looking to be surprised, suggest certain elements you MUST have, and leave the rest up to him!

The Center stone doesn’t have to be a Diamond

With cost-conscious movements like Tiny Homes, you can see there’s a big wave of people looking to save money on big investments. While diamonds are the most traditional route, a great way to save costs on your engagement ring is by choosing a Gemstone as the center stone.

Popular gemstones include (but are not limited to) sapphires, pink moissanite, and amethyst.  For those who lean towards very unique center stones, there are about 130 species of gemstones to choose from. While a gemstone can add a fun pop of color to your ring finger, it’s a smart way to save on costs.

Non-traditional Stone Shapes are Trending

Engagement rings have become a way to express your personal style. While Oval Cut and Round Cut diamonds will always be popular for its timeless aesthetic, it could be worth your while to choose a diamond cut that is less expected. Keep in mind, trending diamonds usually see a spike in price. As the market fluctuates, browse diamond cuts that have been overlooked.

Take for example the Marquise Cut diamond. This particular diamond cut has the illusion of appearing larger than its carat weight. Its unique shape is unexpected, yet elegant. Shopping for non-traditional cuts has the potential to save you money in the long run, and is a great way to express your individuality.

Splitting the Cost is an option

Engagement rings can be an expensive investment! While this is a controversial topic, more couples are having the conversation to split the cost. Some women agree to contribute, relieving their partner of any financial pressure. Other women don’t find it appropriate and see an engagement ring purchase as the duty of their spouse. Whatever your perspective is, it’s best to open the conversation and see what your partner stands on this matter.

Guys can wear engagement rings too

This switch in tradition has slowly gained popularity within the past few years. It has become more common to find men are equally as interested in showing off their commitment before the wedding day, just like their bride-to-be. The rise of “man-gagement” rings can surely be a new trend to come, as more woman want their partner to be more inclusive in the engagement process. And as an added bonus, the price for men’s wedding bands is far more affordable than an engagement ring.

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