When most people think of engagement rings, the classic round diamond solitaire probably comes to mind. But I’ve really been loving the trend of simpler rings and alternative stones (including black/gray/brown diamonds, pearls and gemstones) in recent years. When a friend showed us her black diamond engagement ring a couple years ago, we all gasped because it was so beautiful, untraditional and it suited her so perfectly (she was never a diamond solitaire kinda gal).
Now that I’m older (married almost 10 years + 2 kids), a simpler ring would better suit my lifestyle because to be honest, I don’t wear my engagement ring anymore. Unfortunately rings tend to get in the way when you’re constantly using your hands, picking kids up, and washing your hands. I also have a problem with it snagging on my gloves in the winter, so I worry about the stone falling out, or even getting mugged!
If I were to pick an engagement ring today, I’d definitely go the more dainty/alternative route. The trend of smaller rings has been around for a while, and I love them as engagement rings because they can be stacked and styled many different ways, dressed up and dressed down. And of course because they use smaller stones and alternative stones, they cost much less than traditional diamond engagement rings.