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What’s the Importance of the Bling in YOUR Engagement Ring?

Jan 29, 2013

Here in America, we expect a wedding proposal to go down on one knee and of course, include a big, sparkling ring. But did you know that in Scandinavia–as well as some other European countries–this is not the norm? Rather than an engagement ring featuring a central stone and wedding bands for both the bride and groom during the ceremony, the custom is almost the opposite. Instead, gold bands are used at the time of the engagement (for each person, yes), and a second ring is given to the bride on the wedding day.

This practice is quite unlike the tradition here in the West. For many American brides, the biggest value is set on the engagement ring, but is this materialistic? We decided to ask our readers. Just how important is it to have a lot of bling in the ring? Is the phrase “quality over quantity” true for engagement rings? Do most brides prefer a rock they can show off to all their friends, or is it all about the “3 C’s” – clarity, cut and color?

Most of our brides to be said that quality over quantity is definitely more important. “Bigger isn’t always better,” said Courtney E. of MA. Penny W. of OK agreed, saying that “the ring should be about detail and great accents.”

Yet most of our readers went a step further and elaborated on the true meaning of an engagement ring, like Marissa B.,

“I think all that matters is the fact that my husband asked me to marry him! The engagement ring (as well as our wedding rings) was just a symbol of the two of us committing our lives together.”

“The ring shouldn’t matter to a girl if she’s really in love,” added Courtney. She wasn’t the only one who came out to say that the importance is what matters. Penny also said, “you should love anything he can afford to give you. The engagement ring represents his intention to spend the rest of his life with you.” Her husband used diamonds that belonged to both of their grandmothers. “It saved a bundle and there is so much love and family behind his design.”

Tiffany F. from OH provided some more insight by saying,  “people are forgetting the real meaning of the ring. It’s a life long commitment given by your significant other. I think too many women put emphasis on cost, appearance, and diamonds. Your significant other should know you well enough to pick out a ring that is your taste and his. The ring is a reflection of how he feels about you. It shouldn’t be jaded. That is selfish. It’s a gift and a commitment for life.”

With that in mind, we’re glad to see that so many brides reflect upon the sentimental value of the ring rather than the monetary value. Like your choice in a partner, it’s what’s inside that counts!

~ Kelsey

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Erica is an 11 year veteran of the wedding industry and is the owner and founder of LittleThingsFavors.com.Her advice has been featured in the books: How To Plan Your Wedding and Enjoy It! Experienced Wedding Professionals Share Their Secrets and Planet Wedding.Follow her on Google +
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