Over the last few years, we have seen a lot more flexibility with wedding trends and traditions. No everyone has speeches or seating plans. Some prefer a pink or blue dress, while others choose locations like the Space Centre or Kew Gardens instead of a traditional church. Others choose to head off to a beach, or even to Las Vegas to tie the knot! Some people even choose a ruby, opal or emerald engagement ring. But diamonds still remain the most popular symbol of engagement and here’s why.
Diamonds more so than pearls or rubies or sapphires are highly prized in the jewellery market. They are beautiful clear colour jewels with a crystal structure. They are, in fact, one of the rarest jewels that you can find on Earth. They are actually produced over million of years when carbon comes under pressure. Or they can also be made in a lab environment, although these are often not as expensive as the naturally made kind.
You should consider a diamond engagement ring because of the expense. Yes, there is no getting away from it. Diamonds are expensive. But why is expense important when you get engaged?
Well, traditionally it plays into the seriousness with which the groom is proposing. It’s almost like security. You know that if he has spent a lot on the ring, he is or likely to go through with the wedding and that he can provide for the future.
Another old fashioned reason is that it can symbolize how much the bride means to her man. An expensive ring shows that he holds her in high regard and will do what he can to make her happy during their married life.
Diamonds are also one of the hardest materials on earth. Which make them practically indestructible. That means that they are a symbol of lasting commitment you are making by getting engaged.
Are these traditions outdated?
The thing is that we don’t often talk about these traditional conventions. So people aren’t always exactly aware of why expensively is better. Also, there are a little outmoded now women are out there making their own money and paying their own bills.
You have to remember too, that these days most people haven’t just got money to throw around. So they may be looking for a stylish but cheaper option when it comes to getting engaged. That why other stones are becoming more popular.
Of course, it is still nice to have the symbolism of eternal love represented by the diamonds. Luckily, it’s possible to find some gorgeous preloved engagement rings from designer jewellery companies. So you can get the look without spending all of the money you have in reserve for the wedding.
Diamond or nope?
So times have changed. Getting a diamond engagement ring is no longer about providing security for the future or proving the depths of your love. But they are still meaningful as engagement jewels because they symbolise the everlasting nature of love.