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IF YOU LIKE IT, PUT A RING ON IT — BUT MAKE SURE YOU LIKE THE RING, TOO
An engagement or wedding ring is a piece of jewellery you’ll likely wear more often than any other, so it’s important you adore it or risk a super awkward conversation with your significant other.
Michael Hill bridal buyer Emily Vukovac says modern brides-to-be are opting for more original styles to lock down their love.
“Brides are gravitating towards non-traditional rings for a variety of ethical, financial and expressive reasons,” Emily says.
“Many brides are looking for an engagement ring that represents their personality, whether that be a diamond ring or a coloured ring.”
A popular style that’s popped up in the modern era is a nod to the past, with intricate vintage shapes a strong choice among the soon-to-be-betrothed.
“Vintage hues have timeless elegance,” Emily says. “Features will include unique elements such as hand engraving, milgrain or ornate embellishment.
“The romance of a vintage ring could also be sentimental.” Teardrop or pear-cut shapes are other non-conventional ring styles seen on the fingers of fiancees.
“Pear cuts have extra impact,” Emily says.
“Celebrities such as Ariana Grande and Katherine Heigl have all been spotted with a pear-shaped ring.”
Coloured gems and bands are also proving popular, with sapphire or ruby stones and rose gold bands adding a personal touch.
“Coloured stone rings have gained popularity and are perfect for the modern-day bride,” Emily says. “It’s something a bit different and unique — the coloured stone rings are perfect for this as they’re different to a traditional diamond.”
Of course, Emily says there’s always the elegant solitaire ring — a single rock on a simple gold or white gold band. “A solitaire is a classic, timeless look,” she says.
If you’ve been talking marriage with your partner for some time, Emily says there are ways to drop sneaky (or not-so-subtle) hints to your loved one to let them know what kind of ring is your thing.
“(You can) circle designs in a catalogue and leave it lying around, send a dummy text that you were ‘meant to’ send to a friend, or tell your best friend to tell him in a subtle way,” she says.
“Not so subtle, tell him straight: ‘We are going to the shops to browse’.”