When choosing an engagement ring one should always be aware of the fact your beloved will most likely wear it forever. It used to be posited that nothing could compete with a big diamond. That was partly to do with the 1938 De Beers marketing campaign that encouraged consumers to see the diamond as the singular symbol of betrothal. They wanted people to think that a diamond engagement ring was a psychological necessity. Of course today we know better than to dismiss all alternatives, no matter how superlative the allure of a diamond ring might seem. For instance heirlooms are deeply personal and also very important to a family’s lineage, which is just one example of an alternative to the classic diamond engagement ring. Here are a few others:
There is a many-coloured world of stones beyond the classic diamond. Many of these gemstones have acquired different personalities relative to their properties. This means that one can choose a ring that reflects the recipient. For instance, if your girl/boyfriend loves water and is a keen swimmer they might prefer an ocean-coloured aquamarine. There’s also a variety of precious metal settings that can be chosen to complement your stones effusion, whether it’s a solitary stone or one that’s grouped in an arrangement.
A knot is an elegant symbol for infinity that doubles as a mark of eternal love.
A knot is an elegant symbol for infinity that doubles as a mark of eternal love. This design befits someone with simple yet sophisticated tastes. Alternatively there’s also the true lover’s knot which was popular among sailors who spent long periods away from their sweethearts. The true lover’s knot features interlocking, overhand knots fitted to wires that run parallel around the wearer’s finger. This curious style was popularised in Victorian times, when lovers would snap the small limbs off a tree and weave them together to make a lover’s knot. If the knot then held it was believed that their love would remain true.
The distinctive claddagh design is used for traditional Irish rings and is rooted in history and symbolism. In Roman times they were known as ‘fede rings’, derived from the Italian phrase ‘mani in fede’, meaning ‘hands joined in faith’. This bold, medieval design also benefits from an antique finish. It features two clasped hands, a heart and a crown and commonly used to symbolize friendship, love and loyalty. It is supposed to represent the pledge of a sacred vow and has been used for engagement rings since the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.