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There’s a few things you may or may not have heard about engagement rings – Like how it should a diamond. Or that it should cost your man an arm and leg, alongside three months of his salary.

If you’re feeling concerned over the unspoken rules of what makes for an “acceptable” engagement ring, we are here to tell you that in the end, it is really all up to you (and maybe your parents but really, it’s just you).

The more or less flexible rules as listed below:

 

No, it doesn’t have to cost three months of your man’s salary

Instead, decide on a budget for your ring based on what you are comfortable with! The price point does not have to be set in stone.

Of course there’s nothing wrong with treating your engagement ring as a lifelong investment and splashing out a significant amount, just as there’s nothing wrong with picking out something that’s under $1k.

You’ll be the bearer of this ring and you can make the rules. Value and sentiment are inherently yours to decide.

Whatever it is, make sure that your partner is aware of your choice and both are happy with the final decision.

 

No, it doesn’t have to be a diamond

Don’t buy a ring unless it is you. Buy something you will love even 50 years down the line. And if you aren’t swayed by the sparkle of a clear diamond, then there are other gemstones that would probably be more to your liking.

Stones like emeralds, sapphires and rubies will look just as elegant set against your finger.

See also: CUSTOMISE YOUR OWN ENGAGEMENT RING WITH A GORGEOUS COLOURED GEM

 

No, it doesn’t have to look like an engagement ring

Don’t feel overwhelmed by terms like platinum gold, white gold, 18k, solitaire cut etc. While these are the usual options afforded for your ring choice, it doesn’t mean you have to adhere to them.

Take your time to learn about the different types of diamond cuts, metal bands, stones and settings.

Like a pear-cut diamond with a gold metal band? Go ahead and have it custom made if you can’t find one to your liking in-store.

The classic choices are gorgeous in their own right, but if those don't strike your fancy, there are always personalization options from jewellers.

See also: 11 ULTRA-CHIC GEOMETRIC WEDDING RINGS MILLENIAL COUPLES WILL LOVE

 

Yes, you can be there while your man picks out the ring for you

In fact, for many brides, ensuring their ring is picked exactly to their taste is infinitely more important than being surprised.

Many couples are now making trips to jewellers together to select the exact diamond and ring setting instead of risking the possibility of getting something unsuitable to the bride.

 

See also: FAIRY TALE TO CLASSIC: 36 BEYOND GORGEOUS ENGAGEMENT RINGS FOR EVERY BRIDE!