Rings That Make You Go “Wow”

May 15th, 2012

Wedding eye candy time! Recently I saw the most awesome ring that could ever, and I mean ever grace a pillow on a girl’s wedding day (in my opinion). If I were a little spunkier and a lot braver, I’d have chosen it to grace my second finger on my wedding day. (What can I say? In days gone by, I was much more of a traditional gal. Well, okay…so I still am. You’ve dragged it out of me.)

I won’t play favorites but — shh — it’s one of the ones shown below. Nope, not the big one, so that narrows it down.

But you know, here’s a thought. What is “traditional?” Historically speaking, and depending upon the place and culture, the diamond hasn’t always been the last word in marriage proposals. Sometimes it was only used as a garnish, with a small chip on either side of a garnet, ruby or emerald. Other times it wasn’t there at all. (Gasp!)

Some cultures never used rings to symbolize their union; they made a public announcement (as in much of northern Europe during the lower Middle Ages) or exchanged some other gift to announce their intentions. Some had just the woman wearing a ring; many exchanged rings only on the wedding day, leaving an engagement ring out of the equation entirely.

Bottom left: platinum diamond leaf and vine engagement ring, Etsy seller anajaydesigns; top left: vintage golden topaz ring, Etsy seller SimpleDaisy;  top right: sapphire carved curls with tapering stones, krikawa.com;  bottom right: Tips on Selecting a Unique Engagement ring, overstock.com; center: bridalmusings.com

Okay, so we’ll get off the fascinating but distracting-from-the-subject history of engagements, jewelry and promises and mosey along to the present.

What do you want in a ring? Seriously. Have you thought about it? Generally, when we think rings today, we imagine an engagement plus wedding ring for the bride, a matching wedding ring for the groom, and at least one huge diamond. And all that’s lovely; in fact, this motif embellishes my and my dear hubby’s fingers right now. But you don’t have to stick to that not-so-old tradition. The pic above proves that. Check out the choices. And those are mild when it comes to “unique” wedding jewelry.

Your ring or rings symbolize your union, your love, your forever. Is it bright and beating like a happy heart? Why not a heart-shaped stone or a ruby? Is it “happily ever after“? How about a Renaissance or Victorian/vintage style? Does gold make you look icky? Try silver or white gold. Or combine two different colored metals. It’s all good.

While you’re making your decision, have a look at the oh so awesome rings above. But don’t stop there. This is your jewelry. It’s your marriage. It’s your forever. Pick what you want, exactly what you want.

And wear it happily ever after.