Traditional vs. modern engagement rings
In the olden days, a marriage started with a proposal and an engagement ring followed by a wedding and a wedding band. The classically styled engagement ring is elegant and features a large central diamond. The diamond centerpiece is intended to indicate the groom’s affluence by demonstrating how much he was willing to spend on luxuries for his bride to be. An engaged woman could show off the ring and her friends would, at the very least, have an idea of her future husband’s financial standing. Modern relationships are not so narrowly defined, though. As a result of increasing equality of financial and familial responsibility between men and women in modern relationships, the once-implied bread-winner’s burden on wedded men is a relic of the past.
While the traditionally styled engagement ring is still very popular, many couples are opting for simple engagement rings instead. Modern engagement rings are adopting the design and functionality of wedding bands. The primary difference between traditional engagement rings and traditional wedding bands is that wedding bands don’t need to be as eye-catching as engagement rings. Engagement rings shine in order to notify others that a woman has recently been spoken for so that she might receive their congratulations. A wedding band, on the other hand, is meant to be comfortable and worn daily.
Adopting the simpler design of wedding rings, engagement rings have become less flashy. This is not to say that they are also less valuable, elegant, or elaborate. There is simply less of a focus on the size of the gem than before. While marriage is still a huge landmark in anyone’s life, it doesn’t carry nearly as much impact on status as it once did and hence, it need not be advertised so heavily.
No matter what the style, as long as there’s love and affection behind the purchase, it shouldn’t matter the size. What engagement ring styles do you have? Let us know in the comments below!