Engagement rings are meant to last you a lifetime of joy, challenges and experiences. When you make a rushed decision based on trends, inside jokes or impulsive statements, there is a very real risk that you may find that you fall out of love with your ring in a few years.
To avoid having to change or replace your ring, make sure that you stay well clear of these hit and miss engagement rings.
Stay Clear of These Engagement Rings
Some of the absolute worst engagement rings to avoid include the following:
While two tone rings have plenty of impact in all the right ways, the contrast is a good one. There is a huge leap from a contrasting rose gold and platinum band to a violent red metal band that clashes against a yellow gold setting. Choosing over the top statement metals is always risky. Even if the metal does not clash with the stone or other details on the ring, it may well clash with your outfit on a regular basis. You will certainly get lots of reaction from people… perhaps not the kind of reaction you are looking for, however.
Another thing to avoid is strange shapes that distort the size and dimensions of the ring. A StarTrek inspired ring may seem hilarious now, but it may not have the same appeal a few years down the line. Stick to classic cuts and shapes that will not go out of fashion in a year, five years or ten years from now. That will ensure that you don’t wake up to find yourself hating your ugly futuristic ring with a passion.
On a similar note, it is a good idea to think carefully about ring symbolism. There are many beautiful symbols that cannot be confused or misunderstood. The danger of custom ring design is that it leaves a fair bit to interpretation. To be on the safe side, always get expert advice from an experienced jeweller in Cape Town so that you are 100% sure that your ring symbols are chosen carefully.
The exception for this is, of course, any rings that you absolutely adore. Even if the ring makes your finger look smaller or bigger, if you love your ring, none of that will matter. If you are unsure about the ring however, how it looks on your hand should be a good deciding factor. Read our tips on choosing the right ring for your hand to find out what to look for when trying on rings.
Over the top designs.
That elaborate, massive ring may look good on paper. In reality, however, over the top rings only really work for celebrities. There are many risks to wearing ridiculously detailed rings. The more expensive and flashy your ring seems, the more carefully you will need to guard the ring. Very detailed rings can also be more likely to break, lose stones or be hard to clean, too.
On a similar note, you should also stay clear of impractical rings that are not easy to wear. These may look amazing, but they might not be comfortable. Some may snag on clothing and other fabric. Others may scratch surfaces with only the slightest pressure. A few may leave ugly impressions on your skin of your ring finger or even your adjoining fingers.
Now that you know what kind of rings to avoid, you can get to the fun part – finding rings that suit your style