To some cultures, engagement rings don’t exist, only wedding rings, representing the fact that those who wear them are married or going to get married. But to most cultures, especially the Western ones, an engagement ring is given by the man to a woman, asking her to marry him. Therefore, they are engaged to be married and the proof of agreement is that engagement ring on the hand of the woman.
Engagement rings can have many shapes and designs. They can be made out of gold or silver, most of the time and with the addition of gemstones, crystals or any other kind of precious stones.
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Of course, the complexity and luxury or the engagement ring depends on the budget of the person that is buying it. It is only natural that the more complex the ring is and the more expensive the materials are, the more expensive the ring is. But you usually don’t think about money when the love of your life is involved in this.
The engagement ring is the symbol of commitment, of a promise to be loved and cherished till the end of days. It is usually worn on the left hand, due to the fact that the heart is on the left side of the body. Some say that a specific vein that leads straight to the heart is passing through the ring finger on the left hand. And engagement ring might have a lot of significance, but the idea is that the ritual of getting married begins with the man giving the engagement ring to the woman he loves.
In most of the cases, the engagement ring is simple, bearing just one precious stone (for expensive tastes, that should be a diamond). But this is not necessarily compulsory, given the fact that many engagement rings are made with several stones. The color of the crystal or precious stone doesn’t really have to be transparent. Any color you like can be chosen for the engagement ring. The shinier it is, the more the woman that will wear it will love it. If you want not to obey the traditional rules, you will buy a special engagement ring. Don’t worry, if you don’t find an engagement ring that you think it is best, you can order it. Some jewelry shops are able to make custom engagement rings.
The condition is that you give them an exact picture of the ring you want, so that they try and make it exactly how you want it. And if you ask me, a custom made engagement ring is much better than a traditional one. Makes the future bride feel even more special for that certain man.
Therefore, an engagement ring is part of a ritual you surely need to respect. And the more interesting the ring will be, the more it will be appreciated!