In the opening scene of “Fiddler on the Roof,” we hear the music: “Tradition!” It sets the stage for the rest of the musical that focuses on the traditions of weddings and cultures.
There are a lot of traditions that are worth keeping. These traditions often have cultural or family origins, and it’s okay to adhere to these ideas such as having the father of the bride place a penny in the bride’s shoe on her wedding day or giving the bride “something borrowed something blue, something old, and something new.”
But when it comes to your engagement ring, something else should sometimes step in where tradition fails us. Sometimes tradition can also be too restrictive for reality. After all, isn’t the most important thing that you get the best engagement ring you can afford and have the best wedding possible?
In this post, we’ll take a look at five engagement ring rules that were made to be broken.
- Engagement rings should cost you at least two months’ salary. This used to be the idea among jewelers and people involved in the wedding business, but this is no longer the case. Budgets between couples are often unpredictable, and the cost of fine jewelry fluctuates too, depending on the current diamond market and other factors. So this rule should not be considered the standard when choosing your engagement ring. Instead, pick a ring that truly reflects your personality, style, and budget, as well as the amount you feel comfortable spending on a ring.
- The man should purchase the engagement ring on his own. Another tradition that has been passed down through many generations is the idea that the man should buy the ring. While this is indeed fine if the man wants to do this for the element of surprise if the couple understands they are nearing engagement, it is also okay if the woman helps choose her ring. After all, it is she who will be wearing the ring for the rest of her life.
- Diamonds are the only choice for engagement rings. While diamonds are still the traditional stone for engagement rings, it is perfectly fine to choose another precious stone instead. There are also variations of the diamond that vary in color or style. Sapphires, rubies, and emeralds are often selected as alternatives for diamond jewelry today. But the quality of the stone is always superior when you genuinely care about the quality of the ring.
- Stick with a particular style when choosing an engagement ring. Just like the other ideas above, no set style of engagement ring is required. When selecting a ring, the key is to find the color, style, size, and weight that you want and that makes it uniquely yours. Some people love the look of rose gold while others prefer white gold. There are no rules when it comes to choosing your ring style so feel free to tap into your imagination and sense of beauty to make this choice.
- Selection of the ring is all you need to worry about. People often become so obsessed with ring selection that they forget to ask about other valuable information such as how to take care of their ring once they have purchased it. An engagement ring is usually a significant investment, so it’s important to find out what is required to keep it in the best condition possible. You’ll have it with you for a long time!
Traditions are nice. But choosing your engagement ring is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Proper selection and maintenance of your engagement ring are one of the most important things you will do in your life. Choose the way you do it and customize your selection by dealing with us at The Diamond Reserve. We understand the uniqueness you want, and we have a wide variety of gemstones, cuts, sizes, and styles to choose from.
Make an appointment today to learn how you can create your perfect engagement ring and throw tradition to the wind when it gets in the way of your dreams.