For the creative, discerning and intelligent readers of this blog, a standard, traditional solitaire diamond engagement ring just isn’t going to cut it. Those who seek out interesting design, craftsmanship, uniqueness and a non-definable edge to everything they wear are not going to be happy with an average looking ring, however much it costs. Which makes the actual proposal a lot harder. But fear not: we’ve got all the options covered. And also some very beautiful non-traditional engagement rings that we helped to find in 2014 for inspiration…
Option 1: Go for it.
Fortune favours the bold. It’s true – for the numerous brave and bold boys (and girls) who wanted a bespoke, unique engagement ring made from scratch, the rewards will be reaped for many years to come. Incredible gemstones, use of colour, unconventional design and undeniable quality of craftsmanship are all within reach when commissioning a designer to make a one-off engagement ring. We helped many, many people find a designer whom they felt best represented their partner’s style and taste, and guided them through the options and ideas that eventually become a final, one-off piece of beautiful design. This option is best for those confident in their partner’s taste and ideas, as well as those wanting to take 100% credit for years to come and a story to tell.
Option 2: Stunt ring.
If you want to propose with a ring, but not THE ring, just in case your other half would want to be involved (it’s the 21st century after all) there are lots of options. Once we’ve helped find a designer who fits your style and taste, they can quite often produce a stunt ring, or a ‘maquette'; less precious than the final offering and easily changed or swapped. This is a great idea for proposers who want some input (and credit) but know their other half has an annoying habit of knowing what they like when they see it, rather than being explicit or single-minded in liking one particular style.
Option 3: No ring / crazy ring
Essentially the ring-pull/Haribo ring/sea shell proposal; you can propose with anything. A necklace, a pair of shoes (we heard of this last week) or a crazy cocktail ring – or nothing. Actual words may be hard to get out in the moment, but if you’re the erudite, eloquent type, the question, intention and reasons are all that really matters.
Life should be punctuated with big moments, moments when things change forever, and a proposal is your chance to try and tell or show someone how you intend to spend a long, long time with them. Happy new year.
For free advice, recommendations and engagement ring inspiration get in touch via email or call Kate on +44 7971 582 983.
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