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Why it’s okay to break the rules when choosing an engagement ring.

During the 1950’s, the engagement ring became popularly defined as a diamond solitaire worth three months salary.

And there is a reason the diamond solitaire became the mid century classic engagement ring—it is a beautiful ring style that has both enduring beauty and enduring strength. And for a while, it seemed, it was the only engagement ring. It seemed traditional in capitol letters, although it was a tradition that extended only fifty or sixty years.

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In eras further past, people chose rings for many different reasons. Sapphires were extremely popular as blue was considered the color of fidelity. (The sapphire engagement ring is still extremely popular in England today.) Moonstones were popular during the Victorian era as their shimmery white color connoted purity. Birthstones were also popular for engagement rings as each stone was chosen as specific and unique to the couple. Even animal jewelry was worn. Queen Victoria and King Albert, famed for their love, exchanged snake rings as snakes symbolized eternal love in Victorian society.

And today we are lucky to live in an era in which we can again choose the ring that speaks to us. We can choose a diamond solitaire like couples in the fifties, or a snake ring like couples of the Victorian era. We can choose emeralds, aquamarines or diamonds in mountings that define convention, shaped in buckles and bows. Whatever speaks to us, we can choose.