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Engagement Rings Create New Traditions

Throughout history, the engagement ring that accompanies the questions “will you marry me?” has become almost as significant of the life changing act of marriage itself. The engagement ring is worn as a symbol of love and commitment, but also that the significant other knows the taste of their partner. Displayed to all as the story of how the question was asked, where it happened, how you felt; all is important and tied to the ring on your finger. More and more brides, however, are opting for new and non-traditional ways of tying the knot, starting with the engagement ring.

With alternative jewelry becoming more popular, classic brides-to-be are being to search for rings outside of traditional diamonds and more for unique pieces. Brides have also begun to search for the perfect ring that fits their personality with their significant other, creating a memorable experience that is shared with the one you love. This also allows for the idea of a new family heirloom to be created, instead of passing down a family ring. Choosing a new ring with your partner opens the door to a new future, family and memories.

There are three important features to consider when selecting a ring: cut, color and stone.

Anne Sportun Pear-Shaped Diamond Ring in Rose GoldDoyle & Doyle Antique Three Stone Diamond RingThakoon_for_Tasaki_14

Cut includes the shape of the stone and the setting. If you prefer and love classic diamonds, choosing an original cut is a great way to get that statement and non-traditional look. Beautiful stones come in all shapes and sizes, including oval cuts, multiple stones, teardrop cuts, and triangle shapes.

Images above from top to bottom: Anne Sportun Pear-Shaped Diamond Ring in Rose Gold, Doyle & Doyle Antique Three Stone Diamond Ring, Thakoon for Tasaki from Stylesight.

Anna Sheffield Black Diamond Marquis Bea RingTodd Reed Raw Diamond RingGraff Diamonds Fancy Intense Pink Emerald Cut Diamond

Color is a fun way to grab attention and give a classic setting a special and personal touch. Pink and yellow tones maintain a certain femininity to an engagement ring, while black is very edgy. Another new trend are more natural looking diamonds that are left in the raw, creating a very earthy and definitely one of a kind ring.

Images above from top to bottom: Anna Sheffield Black Diamond Marquis Bea Ring, Todd Reed Raw Diamond Ring, Graff Diamonds Fancy Intense Pink Emerald Cut Diamond.

Anne Sportun Rose-Cut Ruby and Diamond Ring Tiffany South Sea Noble Pearl Ring Brilliant Earth The Elinor Ring

The stone of your engagement ring now expands into endless possibilities. Rubies, pearls, emeralds are all excellent choices and truly follow the idea of creating a new family heirloom. Regardless of what ring you choose though, be sure to love and treasure it as a physical representation of the love your share and will continue to create.

Images from top to bottom: Anne Sportun Rose-Cut Ruby and Diamond Ring, Tiffany South Sea Noble Pearl Ring, Brilliant Earth The Elinor Ring.

The author: Angeline Frame

Angeline is the owner/publisher of Virginia Bride Magazine and the show producer for The Greater Virginia Bridal Shows. She has a degree in Public Administration and Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. A former model and wedding venue owner- she loves all things wedding , fashion and decorating. In her spare time she likes to write, travel and get new ideas to share with brides.

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