Post # 17
One of the things that I liked most about having an engagement ring is it was right there every time I looked at my hand to see, reminding me of how much he loves me. I smiled every time I looked at it–still do. Sure we would have been engaged without one, but I’m so glad I have it to give me a warm fuzzy feeling every time I look at it.
Post # 18
I actually didn’t want an engagement ring and encouraged my Fiance just to a wedding band. I didn’t it necessary and though a plain wedding band would be better on all levels for me. However Fiance was not having it. He wanted to do what we now consider a tradition which is a diamond engagement ring and a wedding band. Not only that but he had a gem from a family heirloom and already had it in his mind that he would this diamond for an e-ring. He really pushed for it, so I have an engagement ring. If you want an engagement ring, go for it.
Post # 19
I have one because I’m a complete diamond whore and it’s an opportunity to bling out my left hand! I love my husband with or without this particular ring or diamond. I’m not all romantic and only really look of it as a symbol that I like sparklies. To me no material object will be able to serve as a “symbol of love”. Perhaps that’s why resets and upgrades don’t bother me in the least! Bling it on!
Post # 20
@Loribeth: Me too!
I love having the reminder of his love and all the effort that went into the proposal, it is pretty, and it is a quick and easy out when guys try to hit on me 🙂
Post # 21
@hay2214: Like others have said, an engagement ring symbolizes that you’re off the market. If you think about the meaning of the word “engaged” (to be actively involved in something) then the meaning of an engagement ring is a symbol of you being actively involved in the process of getting married.
Engagement rings have been around for many years but diamond engagement rings have only been around since the 1930s. That being said, if you choose to get an engagement ring, it can be anything you want. You can look into recycled metals or other metals that don’t heavily stress the earth. You could also look into other types of gemstones like moissanite or others that have been lab created. Like others have also suggested, you could look into antique/previously owned rings that don’t need new materials from the earth.
If that’s still not your thing, it’s perfectly fine not to have one and just have the wedding band.
Post # 22
For me I have many reasons. One its tradition & one I believe in. Weather it be a diamond, a sapphire, any stone or just a plan band. Another reason I love wearing my engagment ring & wedding band is they show the world I am married. I love that. & When I was engaged my engagement ring showed that I was engaged, which I also loved! And lastly everytime I look at them I smile. 🙂 Oh & they’re beautiful!
That being said, no one has to wear an engagement ring to be engaged. Its whatever you want. 🙂
Post # 23
I loooooooove jewelery!! It was my one excuse to have this kind of money spent on a single sparkling kick ass piece. And I guess the tradition, even though the whole diamond ‘tradition’ may be relatively new.
Post # 24
As some others have mentioned, going with an antique ring will definitely help you stay away from supporting the diamond industry. We got a sapphire for that reason. I know a bunch of people who just wore the same ring for their engagement and wedding without adding to it. That’s another way to keep costs down and not add more diamonds and gold to the equation.