Engagement rings are now an essential part of the big proposal, and for a lot of buyers, it must be a ‘worthy’ gift: REAL jewelry is made up of big, natural rocks set in gold. It should be big, blingy, and flashy. And, of course, it should come attached with a shocker of a price tag - or should it?
Producers of such pieces have, of course, used these myths to their own advantage. If you look at any ad, it can practically convince you that a 5 carat natural diamond ring in 22k gold is the only way to prove your love is real! Is it really worth spending several and even tens of thousands of dollars, or are you a victim to old-school thoughts and clever marketing techniques? Many people have wisened up and are thinking twice about investing in such a piece today.
In 2014, a joint research study was undertaken by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore and Emory University, to examine the link between wedding spending and marriage duration. After surveying over 3,000 people who were either married, divorced or separated in the U.S the results were in – divorce rates were indeed higher in men who spent over $2000 on an engagement ring compared to men who spent much less. Almost one and a half times more likely to divorce. So, spending less might just in fact be saving your future marriage!
In addition to the price, have you thought about the past of expensive jewelry items? That extravagant diamond ring you have your eyes on might have come from places that have been ravaged by war. Many metals and natural stones are extracted under poorly regulated practices, which damage the environment and pose a risk to the health of underpaid workers.
In recent years, a wave of ethical consumerism has highlighted that we not only buy the jewelry, but we also ‘buy’ the damage caused to these workers and the environment. More and more people are now on the lookout for jewelry pieces that reflect ethical and sustainable practices.
Today, a lot of jewelry is being crafted using alternative stones and other metals, which are just as long-lasting and lustrous as your conventional diamond-and-gold pieces. At the same time, their production protects the safety and health of both workers and the environment. In particular, sterling silver is being used to produce both trendy and classic, timeless pieces of jewelry, which are socially and environmentally sustainable.
Jewelry made from sterling silver is extremely durable and can last you for several decades. So, you can actually buy your significant other a ring that can achieve heirloom status in your family, without having to max out your credit card.
Jewelers love working with sterling silver as it is easy to mould, so there are plenty of designs and styles available, and you are bound to find something that fits your personal style. This, coupled with the reasonable price attached, means that you can easily build your jewelry collection without having to save for it for years. The pieces are also incredibly versatile, so you can wear it to a wedding party and also to a brunch!
So, don’t give in to the superficial idea that price is equal to self-worth. If you are looking for the perfect silver ring to give to your significant other, or to spruce up your own jewelry collection, you can explore the ethically produced, timeless pieces by Jewels Sage and wear it with confidence.