Alternative engagement rings… ask 10 people what that means and you might get 10 different answers, from sustainable gold and diamond rings and skinny hammered gold bands to gems from space and gold versions of acrylic silhouettes. And then, of course, there’s the beautiful Twistie’s silver frog! Some might say that any non-diamond engagement ring counts as alternative, but in this day and age? Really? (A sapphire engagement ring should not be considered out of the ordinary.)
Heck, there’s no rule stating that an engagement ring has to have a stone at all, much less a clear one – preferably a diamond or something close to it – in a solitaire mount. Or that the man has to give the woman a ring. Some women just don’t wear rings or can’t because of their professions. And there are women who do the proposing, and maybe they give their partner a ring, maybe not. There are couples who can’t afford a pricey ring and would prefer not to buy something cheap. Couples who would simply rather spend that money on something like a new washing machine for the house they bought together years before they got married. Some people like the look of that traditional big rock; some people would rather wear an onion ring than be caught dead in one.
Personally, I like alternative engagement rings. Actually, I just like rings. I’m not going to make any judgment calls when you come up to me with your Ring Pop and announce that you’re engaged. If it works for you, I’m thrilled on your behalf. Now you tell me: Did you or your intended choose an alternative engagement ring? Are you someone who strongly believes diamond engagement rings are the only ‘real’ engagement rings?