If you are planning your perfect proposal, there’s a chance you have a few hard and fast things you know about engagement rings. Whether it be the best size, the ideal shape, or the rules for budget, we all have ideas of what is right.
An engagement ring is a big purchase— both emotionally and financially— so of course it is a purchase you will want to get right. Just like buying a car or putting a down payment on a house, it’s best to go into it informed.
We’ve pulled together ten of the biggest engagement ring myths— and what is actually true— for discerning brides- and grooms-to-be.
10 Engagement Ring Myths To Know Before You Propose
You have to spend XX% of your salary on the ring.
We’ve heard it all: that you should spent two months pay, three months pay, and a certain percentage of your annual salary on an engagement ring. This is a myth; the best budget is the one you come up with and that feels comfortable in your own financial situation. Remember, you can always finance, or pay with a credit card. Learn more about financing HERE.
Diamonds are indestructible and can’t be damaged.
While diamonds score a 10/10 on the Mohs Scale of hardness (meaning of all minerals, they’re one of the hardest and most difficult to destruct), it’s possible for a diamond to chip or crack if struck at the right angle with the right force. This is why it’s a good idea to leave your ring in a safe place when working with your hands or playing hand-contact sports.
Platinum engagement ring settings are indestructible.
Just like its white gold and yellow gold counterparts, your platinum engagement ring setting can be damaged through excessive wear or blunt force.
A solitaire is a ring with a single round shaped diamond.
Solitaire comes from the word ‘solo,’ meaning a single diamond when referring to an engagement ring. A solitaire ring can actually have any shape of center diamond. The only real criteria for a solitaire engagement ring is that it has no additional diamonds on the band. You can absolutely have a pear shaped diamond solitaire engagement ring, for example!
The engagement ring and wedding band should match.
Gone are the days of the engagement ring and wedding band having to be a perfect match (thankfully). There are endless opportunities to create your own unique look with a mix of metals and styles between your engagement ring and wedding band. If you really want to create a unique look, choose more than one wedding band for a stacked look.
Round diamonds appear the largest compared to other shapes.
While round diamonds have the potential to sparkle more than any other diamond shape, their symmetry also makes them appear slightly smaller in comparison to a fancy shaped diamond of the same carat weight.
The apparent size of any diamond, when viewed from the top down, can vary depending on the shape and size of the wearer’s hand. This is why it’s a great idea to try on different diamond shapes and setting styles when beginning your engagement ring search.
A true engagement ring has a diamond center stone.
While we love a diamond engagement ring, emeralds, sapphires, and other gemstones are stealing center stage in some stunning engagement rings. Each gemstone has its own beautiful hue and meaning, so there is no need to feel like you have to choose a diamond when finding or creating your perfect engagement ring.
The setting is just a stage for the center diamond.
While your center stone might be more expensive than the setting, both combine to make the whole package. If you view an engagement ring setting as simply a stage for the diamond, you could be missing out on some beautiful details. Give thought to the setting as much as the center stone.
The engagement ring has to be a surprise.
While most couples still prefer a surprise proposal, discussing what she likes and dislikes in engagement rings— or even stopping by the showroom to try on rings together— will help ensure your partner will love the final ring you choose. Don’t worry— the proposal will still be a surprise!
Designing your own engagement ring is hard.
While custom designing your engagement ring can be a tedious process, it can actually be very easy (and cost efficient!) to design the ring of your dreams. Our prices are the best, and the quality is unmatched. Creating a custom ring is no more expensive than purchasing a “designer” label. We suggest you do not pay for the designer name, but put your money into higher quality and color diamonds. Engagement rings and wedding rings are truly our favorite jewelry to create! Learn more about custom design HERE.
We invite you to explore our full collection of engagement rings at our Carmel, IN, showroom, or find a selection online HERE.
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