You’ll be surprised (and maybe delighted!?) to know that it’s not the presence of a diamond or a 3 months salary price tag! Over the next few posts I’ll be exploring why people have become addicted to diamond rings and will be sharing with you a pick of the best alternative engagement rings for any of you nontraditional couples who want to go against the norm!
The giving of an engagement ring symbolises the agreement of a future marriage between two people. In fact, it has the same meaning across all cultures and religions in the world. Despite this, there are no rules to say what this ring should look like, what it is to be made from or even that one needs to be exchanged at all!
In the past, the value of an engagement ring symbolised a proposers status and wealth. This was important in a time when marriages were arranged as they were sadly often based on a families status rather than love.
Moving forward to the present day, when people can marry for love, an engagement ring has other representations. Persuasive marketing campaigns have convinced people that the size and value of an engagement ring is relative to how much they love their partner. They can spend years saving up for the sparkliest, largest diamond to show off their ‘love’. Yet surely love shouldn’t be measured by a materialistic object? Alternatively shouldn’t it be based on small, meaningful actions? And wouldn’t it be much wiser to save money for a future life together instead?
As times have changed, women no longer need a ring as a form of insurance or dowry. As a result couples are allowed to decide for themselves what the meaning of an engagement ring is to them. (Learn more about this here).