I have a problem. I’ve been engaged for over a year, but I can’t stop looking at engagement rings. Don’t get me wrong, I have the most beautiful ring in the history of rings and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. But I almost feel like I need to check every once in awhile to make sure that mine is still the prettiest. It is. But still, who doesn’t like looking at a little bit of sparkle every once in awhile? Since I’m officially no longer in the market for a ring, I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you folks. Perhaps you’ll store some ideas away for a rainy day?
2) Erica Weiner Five Opal and Pearl Ring: Originally, The Boy and I wanted to get a custom ring that had both diamonds and opals, my favorite stone, but we ultimately decided against it. Opals aren’t quite as hard as diamonds, and I’m a major spaz, so we wanted to go for durability. But for someone else…
3) Erie Basin Vintage Cluster Ring: SO MUCH SPARKLEZ. It’s like a mini constellation on your hand.
4) Vintage Sapphire Cluster: You know what’s awesome about this ring? It’s like a flower made out of sapphires and diamonds. Yeah.
5) Erstwhile Vintage Ring: Anyone got 9,000$ to spend? Incidentally, this one’s The Boy’s favorite.
The Boy and I picked out my ring together, which a lot of people think is tacky or lacking in romance. But we had so much fun doing it, and we have such different tastes that it was really necessary. Ultimately, we both ended up with a ring that we love, and I got two proposals out of the deal: one impromptu and ringless on a beach at 4 in the morning, and another on top of a mountain after we’d spent weeks hunting for the right ring and waiting for it to get resized in the middle of Hurricane Irene. Both proposals were heart-stopping and wonderful, and knowing they were coming did nothing to dampen that.
Incidentally, here’s a bit of fascinating history on the engagement ring.