Debunking Common Myths on Engagement Rings

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It’s a sad reality that myths and misconceptions are most common among our most popular items or areas of conversation, and a great example here in the jewelry world is engagement rings. Because so many people are interested in engagement rings at various points in their lives, these are wildly popular items in our society — and as such, over the years, a number of myths ranging from silly to legitimately unfortunate have cropped up regarding them.

At AAA Jewelers, we’re proud to not only offer the very best engagement ring options in all of Utah, but also to ensure all our clients have correct, robust information while making their purchase. We’ve heard all the myths that have come up regarding engagement rings over the years, and we’ll help make sure they aren’t negatively impacting your buying experience. Here are a few of the most common such misconceptions, plus the proper information in each area.

Bigger is Always Better

While it’s certainly true that some people may enjoy a large, showy ring, it’s also true that the vast majority of people don’t want or need a large ring. The point of an engagement ring is to symbolize one person’s love for another, and there are many ways to express this love without needing to get a “bigger” ring. Such rings can even detract from some couples’ personal style, making it seem like a ring is being chosen to make a statement, not out of love and commitment.

In addition, there are several other key ring qualities that are just as important as size. For one thing, the overall style and design of a ring can make a world of difference in its look and appeal — so whether it’s halo setting or other settings you’re aiming for, we’ll help you find a ring that is both beautiful and meaningful. Material options are also critical; if you’re looking for a specific type of metal, we can help point you in the right direction so that you have the option to choose what’s most important for your style and budget.

Three Months’ Salary is Required

For some reason, there’s long been a silly myth within popular culture that anyone buying an engagement ring for their significant other should spend three months’ salary on it. The implication is that this amount of money somehow indicates how much a person adores their partner, and needless to say, the cost of engagement rings can vary wildly based on a variety of factors — so even if you were comfortable going to such an extreme in your spending, it would be patently unfair to expect your partner to spend the same on their ring.

The best approach is to simply be honest with yourself and your partner about what you can actually afford, and then make a point of keeping this information in mind during the purchasing process. Your budget will determine what type of rings (if any) are available for consideration, but if you’re able to move forward with a ring within your planned budget, you can have confidence that the decision truly reflects your love and commitment to your partner.

It Has to Be a Surprise

Once again, while some people definitely enjoy the idea of having a true surprise engagement, this isn’t something that works for everyone. For some couples, it’s important to discuss the idea before choosing a ring (and in fact, many of our clients come in with their partner in tow as they begin shopping).

It’s also important to know that not every person or couple feels comfortable keeping such an important secret from a partner. Some people might feel that having an engagement ring is similar to taking on a mortgage or other financial obligation, and others may simply be uncomfortable with the idea of keeping some aspect of their relationship a secret.

If you’re considering an engagement ring purchase and are wondering if it’s right for you, don’t hesitate to talk with us about it. We can provide honest advice and useful information to help you make the right decision for your situation.

Diamonds Are the Only Option

Many couples aren’t aware that there are other options when it comes to finding a ring they’ll love, and some may even feel that diamonds are the only traditional option. But in fact, there are many beautiful and visually stunning alternatives out there — whether you have your heart set on actual colored gemstones or feel like a more unique look with different materials or fancy settings.

Now, to be clear, it’s definitely true that diamonds remain a huge favorite in the jewelry world (especially when it comes to engagement rings), and they’re a classic option that’s hard to beat. However, there are also many beautiful gemstones like sapphires, emeralds, and rubies that can provide equally gorgeous looks — and really make your ring stand out from the crowd.

Custom-Designing a Ring is Prohibitively Expensive

There are some people who don’t even bother to look into customizing an engagement ring, simply assuming that it will cost too much and simply selecting something from what’s available in a typical store. However, even if the idea of having a custom-designed ring appeals to you, this doesn’t automatically mean that you won’t be able to afford it.

Not all jewelry stores require huge deposits or down payments to start work on a design (or allow you to pay in installments), and many designers also provide free quotes for their custom-designed rings, giving you a great sense of what all is involved.

You’ll Find a Ring on Your First Try

Finally, it’s a common misperception that an engagement ring is something you can simply pick out on your first trip to the jewelry store, set aside, and then present to your partner at the right time. In fact, many people go through several designs or gemstone options before deciding on what they love and what truly reflects the love between them and their partner.

If you feel that the ideal ring is something you may need to search for, don’t hesitate to speak with us about your needs and options. We always take into account what our clients are looking for in order to provide them with the best possible designs, as well as honest advice regarding any questions or concerns they have about their purchase process.

For more proper information to replace certain myths you may have heard about engagement rings, or to learn about any of our diamond jewelry or other products, speak to our team at AAA Jewelers today.