t he engagement is the good part: post joyous shock, pre double-checking, triple-checking mania. And then there’s the ring. For weeks you’ll be holding it up to florescent lights at the supermarket, the glare from your office computer, and the flashlight you use to check out the busted fuse. You’ll be stopping at every store window, hand not so subtly on your chest or brushing back your hair, to admire the new, totally taken you. It’s all part of reveling in the romanticism the ring connotes: a palpable shout out to and showcase of your oh la la love. Technically, the perfect ring is the one pres
a n engagement ring says he’s ready to settle down, making it jaw-dropping even under the gaudiest of circumstances. But an engagement ring that doesn’t clash with your closet or personality- that says he knows exactly what he’s getting into committing to such a demoiselle. When flaunting your engagement ring to co-workers, cousins and random passers-by, you want its style to shout yes, I’m getting married, but make no mistake, I’ve always been fabulous.
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m ulling over your engagement ring setting may not be as flashy a task as sifting out the bedazzling, light-catching cut, but it’s just as imperative. Some settings enhance the pretty; some diminish it. Some have the illusory power to slim stones down; others plump them up Houdini-style. Basically, you’re making or breaking a wow thing when settling on a setting, so tread lightly. A metal border envelopes the gemstone, protecting it from scr
p ersonal taste is as multifaceted as any gem available on today’s market. Nowhere is it carved in stone that a bride-to-be must don a diamond ring. As an ultra-unique individual, you’ll want a band capable of capturing such a chic reflection. That’s not to say that diamonds aren’t elegantly timeless. But if you just so happen to have your heart set on a rock that’ll give you more bang for your buck, go ahead and explore such sparkling alternatives. Aside from affordability, personal preference and symbolic resonance are all perfectly good incentives for choosing a semiprecious stone over a comfy-conventional