Should You Propose with a Proposal Ring?

Deciding to take the next step in your relationship is an exciting moment.

When the magical moment arrives, you’ll want to communicate your intention for marriage to your partner with a beautiful gift that signifies your love and commitment.

A proposal ring can take the pressure off any man who is unsure of what engagement ring to choose. By choosing a proposal ring first, they can then have their partner be part of the process of choosing the engagement ring.

One way to signify your love and commitment to your partner is with a proposal ring. Different to an engagement ring, a proposal ring is a great way to make the moment special while allowing the recipient to be part of the process of buying the permanent engagement ring.

Given that over half of all engagement rings are now chosen by both partners, a proposal ring ensures the moment of proposing is as magical and special as ever – with the presentation of a ring.

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DR032 0.07ct Round Diamond Yellow Solitaire Ring

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But what is a proposal ring and why else should you consider giving your partner a proposal ring? We’ll explore the details of what a proposal ring signifies, as well as:

 

What Is a Proposal Ring?

History of Proposal Rings

How Long Is the Proposal Period?

Are Proposal Rings and Promise Rings the Same?

How Does a Proposal Ring Differ From an Engagement Ring?

How Expensive Are Proposal Rings?

Who Receives a Proposal Ring?

Proposal Ring Styles and Designs

Colored Gemstone Promise Rings

Reasons to Consider Buying a Proposal Ring

So, Should You Buy a Proposal Ring?

 

What Is a Proposal Ring?

A proposal ring is a symbolic gift representing an individual’s intention for marriage.

 

Proposal rings symbolize love and union and are used in a romantic gesture to communicate the intention of marriage.

History of Proposal Rings

Proposal rings have a rich history and have traditionally served as a gift to signify commitment and the intention of marriage.

 

Historically, the proposal and engagement periods differ, with the proposal period occurring prior to the engagement.

 

However, it’s become increasingly common for the proposal and engagement periods to coincide.

How Long Is the Proposal Period?

There isn’t any set timeline for the proposal period. However, engagement periods are typically 12-18 months, with the proposal period often being shorter than the engagement period.

Are Proposal Rings and Promise Rings the Same?

No, proposal rings and promise rings are different.

 

While a proposal ring signifies the intent for marriage, a promise ring symbolizes commitment and fidelity.

 

Promise rings signify commitment within a relationship, but do not signify the intention for marriage.

How Does a Proposal Ring Differ from an Engagement Ring?

A proposal ring and an engagement ring both signify an individual’s intention for marriage.

 

However, proposal rings were historically given prior to the engagement ring.

 

Because proposal rings were used as a placeholder and were typically replaced with an engagement ring, proposal rings tend to be less extravagant and less expensive than formal engagement rings.

How Expensive Are Proposal Rings?

Because proposal rings tend to be less extravagant than engagement rings, they are typically more affordable than engagement rings.

 

The average price of an engagement ring is €3,000. However, a simple and elegant proposal ring may cost as little as €490, making a proposal ring a great option for individuals saving up for the perfect engagement ring.

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Who Receives a Proposal Ring?

Proposal rings can be given to either or both partners depending on their preference. In heterosexual relationships, a proposal ring is given by the man to the woman while in other relationships it is a matter of preference for the couple; they may decide on one partner to receive the proposal ring or have both receive one.

Proposal Ring Styles and Designs

A proposal ring can look however you’d like. A few popular options for proposal rings include:

Solitaire Settings

Solitaire settings are a classic and minimalistic option that features a single gemstone in the centre of the ring.

 

Solitaire settings are timeless and always in fashion, making them a great choice for a proposal ring.

 

Additionally, solitaire settings are relatively affordable, with rings starting at under €500.

Simple Gemstones – Round, Oval, Princess Cuts

Another popular choice for proposal rings is a ring with a cut gemstone.

 

Princess cut gemstones feature a distinctive geometric square shape, unique pyramid elements, and sharp edges.

 

Round or oval cut gemstones pair well with a thin and elegant band and are relatively affordable.

Bezel Setting

A bezel setting is a great option for a proposal ring because it provides a simplistic and modern aesthetic.

 

Bezel settings secure a centre gemstone using a metal rim instead of prongs, making it a great option for individuals who live active lifestyles or prefer a minimalistic look.

Coloured Gemstone Promise Rings

If you’re looking for a truly unique proposal ring, consider selecting a gemstone for the centre stone.

 

In some cases, precious gemstones will be more affordable than diamonds and make for a unique and stunning ring which could be transformed into a right hand ring when it is replaced by the engagement ring.

 

Popular gemstone options include:

Ruby

Ruby is a beautiful gemstone that features a distinctive red colour.

Ruby measures 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness, meaning the gemstone is incredibly durable and does not break, chip, or scratch easily.

 

The colour of a ruby can vary widely, with some gemstones displaying a pink-red colour, while others display a deep red colour.

 

Additionally, rubies can be light or dark in saturation and are available in a variety of popular cuts, including:

  • Oval
  • Pear
  • Oval
  • Heart
  • Round
  • Cushion
  • Emerald
  • Marquise

 

Because large carat rubies are rare, smaller carat weights of rubies are relatively affordable and work well in simple ruby ring settings.

Emerald

An emerald gemstone ring is a gorgeous option to use as a proposal ring.

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Emeralds are available in a variety of hues, including bluish green, green, and yellowish green, and vary in tones from very light to very dark green.

 

Emeralds can be cut into a variety of shapes, including oval, round, Asscher, and radiant cuts.

Sapphire

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Sapphire is a gemstone available in a variety of colours, including:

  • Blue
  • Yellow
  • Pink
  • Green
  • Purple
  • Orange
  • Black

 

Blue sapphire gemstones are the most popular colour of sapphire and are relatively affordable. Popular cuts for sapphire rings include cushion, round, and oval.

 

Additionally, sapphire is a 9 on the Mohs scale, making it a very durable gemstone that isn’t prone to chipping or breaking.

Aquamarine

Aquamarine is another affordable gemstone option for a proposal ring, with both natural and lab-grown aquamarine gemstones available.

 

Aquamarine is in the beryl family of minerals and features a distinctive blue colour that can range from light to dark blue.

 

Aquamarine ranges from 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale, making the gemstone mostly durable.

 

Additionally, aquamarine can be cut into a variety of shapes, including round, marquise, and heart-shaped.

Reasons to Consider Buying a Proposal Ring

Proposal rings are an excellent way to show your love and commitment to your partner.

 

There are many reasons to consider buying a proposal ring, including:

Tradition

Proposal rings are a great way to continue the longstanding tradition of celebrating your love and commitment with symbolic a gift to your partner.

 

Because proposal rings have a long tradition, choosing to participate in the proposal period allows you to share in the tradition of love and commitment while allowing your partner to be involved in the design and selection of their engagement ring.

Affordability

Because proposal rings are less extravagant than engagement rings, they tend to be more affordable.

 

Some individuals purchasing a proposal ring will choose to replace the proposal ring with an engagement ring, while others will include the proposal ring with the engagement ring and wedding band.

 

Because more of the budget is typically allocated to the engagement ring, a proposal ring is an affordable option that allows you to provide your partner with a sentimental gift that signifies your love without stretching your budget.

Surprise

If you’re looking to surprise your partner, a proposal ring is a great option that allows you to surprise your partner with a sentimental gift.

 

A surprise proposal ring also allows you to let your partner participate in the design of their engagement ring.

 

While you both work together to design the perfect engagement ring, your partner will have a beautiful proposal ring to wear until the engagement ring is ready.

So, Should You Buy a Proposal Ring?

Proposal rings are a great way to share your love and commitment with your partner while on a budget.

 

Proposal rings also allow you to give your partner something special and invite them to be part of the engagement ring design process.

 

Whether you’re following traditional timelines or merging the proposal and engagement periods together, a proposal ring can be a great opportunity to showcase your love and commitment with a thoughtful gift for your life partner.

Our Proposal Ring Collection

You can view our full range of proposal rings in our store at Powerscourt Townhouse where many are available to take away with you or can be resized within 2-3 days if needed. We also offer free delivery anywhere in Ireland and have a small fee for delivery anywhere else in the world. All of our rings are quality made in Ireland.