While engagement rings are usually given as part of the proposal, many modern couples are changing how this tradition is celebrated. From diamond-encrusted bands to Mokume Gane rings to matching engagement bands, there’s more than one way to start “forever” together.
Whether you’re looking for something vintage-inspired, simple-yet-elegant, or completely unique, there really is something for everyone.
Who Should Wear an Engagement Ring?
Traditionally, women have worn engagement rings as a symbol of their upcoming nuptials, but there’s certainly no rule that says a man shouldn’t wear one either. With gender roles constantly being redefined and couples creating their own traditions, it’s definitely not unheard of for both members to wear them.
Which Hand Should You Wear an Engagement Ring on?
In the United States, it’s most common for future brides to wear an engagement ring on their left ring finger – but there are certainly exceptions to that practice. Firstly, it depends on what the wearer prefers.
Some brides choose to wear single bands on their right hand and simply switch them to their left hand after saying “I do.” In some Orthodox churches – and throughout Europe – engagement rings and wedding rings are often worn on the right hand. For many LGBTQ+ couples, a right-handed ring has historically been a symbol of committed relationships.
Do I Need Both an Engagement and a Wedding Ring?
While most people prefer wearing two rings, there are a few excellent reasons to buck the trend and wear a single ring:
- Couples can invest more money into a single, quality ring.
- Two rings may be cumbersome for people who work with their hands.
- A single ring is ideal for people who prefer simpler aesthetics.
- It’s one less thing to worry about should it ever be lost.
How to Buy an Engagement Ring
Before you start searching for your rings, it’s important to ask the right questions:
- What type of modern engagement ring are you thinking about?
- Is your partner involved in the decision-making process?
- Will both of you have an engagement ring?
- Do you want your engagement ring(s) and wedding rings to match?
- Are you interested in diamonds or other gemstones?
- Is a custom ring more suitable for your desires?
- Will you be buying the rings together or individually?
Who Pays for Engagement Rings?
For more traditional couples, the groom will typically buy the engagement and wedding rings. Non-conventional couples, however, tend to buy each other’s rings as a gesture of equality and love.
Engagement Ring Styles
The most popular engagement ring setting is a solitaire, round-cut diamond. Accounting for approximately 70% of all engagement ring purchases, they’re beautiful and flatter nearly every hand. Another popular choice is a three-stone band, typically with a larger central diamond and two smaller stones flanking either side.
Eco-Friendly & Sustainable Materials
Younger generations are more conscious of choosing eco-friendly materials, especially when it comes to conflict-free diamonds. Because of gold mining profound environmental impact, another major purchase point is the use of ethical gold and other precious metals.
Trends show that modern brides-to-be are increasingly interested in diamond alternatives. Firstly, these colored gemstones are better able to showcase an individual’s personality. Secondly, a flawless colored jewel is probably far less expensive than a diamond of a similar size. Why not consider the deep violet of a stunning amethyst or the rich golden-yellow of citrine (an Art Deco favorite)?
Unisex Engagement Rings
Another trend that’s seeing a massive uptick is unisex engagement rings. Many couples have long preferred non-traditional engagement bands, but the popularity is only expected to increase in the coming years. And – with the right band width – a more “masculine” style looks graceful and timelessly chic.
Mokume Gane Engagement Rings
Over the last year, Jaume Labro has received many inquiries about our bespoke jewelry designs, specifically our Mokume Gane engagement rings.
One of the most symbolic elements of Mokume Gane is how multiple pieces can be made using the same metal billet. Just like the love you share, we promise that your made-to-order rings will be the only ones of their kind.
Design Your Own Custom Engagement Ring
Whether shopping for his-and-his rings, hers-and-hers, or anything in between, there’s no wrong way to showcase the love you share.
At Jaume Labro, we produce the finest bespoke jewelry that is yours and yours alone. We look forward to helping you design your dream engagement and wedding rings. If you already have an idea for your modern engagement ring, we can help you to develop and bring your dream piece into reality.