As post-Covid weddings make a comeback and pressure on the cost of living eases, couples are becoming more savvy about that all-important thing – the engagement ring.
Before the pandemic, many women set their sights on the idea of the perfect ring, typically a large stone with an expensive price tag.
However, as couples seek to break social norms and curb spending, they are looking for an alternative.
Fake rings are not only making a comeback for fashion reasons, but also symbolize marriage vows as more and more people are proposing with them.
Jewelry company Sterling Forever posted a scroll on Instagram explaining why more and more men and women are proposing with fake rings.
The video outlined how more and more couples jumped on the trend to avoid mistakes like sizing issues and the recipient not liking the ring as returning or exchanging it can be costly and difficult.
The role ended with the idea that once couples got engaged, they could go out together and buy the perfect ring.
Although it may seem controversial, especially for some dissatisfied recipients who have been proposed a fake engagement ring, there is a lot of support for the practice.
“I think this one (idea) is so much better but honestly the fake ring could be like a ring pop or even a paper ring with a love message hidden inside, much cheaper and super cute,” said one commenter in response to the post .
Another replied: “I’d rather have a ‘fake’ one and then we can save the money for something more important.”
And a third replied: “Why do I buy an expensive engagement ring and an expensive wedding ring? You see the (gas) prices and the price of bread, just give me a ring.”
Other viewers of the video offered their own suggestions as to why women prefer fake rings to real ones, including for practical reasons, not to lose an expensive ring and not to feel guilty about a proposal after an “accident”.
“I have a feeling that if people lose it on the suggestion sites, too, many of them are on beaches or hiking areas,” one Instagram user suggested.
While the trend may be more popular now, some commenters said their parents took a similar approach in the past for personal reasons.
“My father gave my mother a garnet ring. It’s her favorite and her birthstone, engraved with “Will you marry me” and the date. They bought her ring together and I think it’s pretty. I always wanted to inherit it,” commented one young woman.
“My dad proposed to my mom with a Minnie Mouse ring so she wouldn’t feel pressured and I think that’s the cutest thing,” said another.
But not everyone saw the practical nature of the fake ring trend, and some say it defies the purpose of an engagement ring as a symbol of eternal commitment.
“If she doesn’t like the ring, she’s not the one,” said one commenter.
“That’s stupid, a real man should know what his wife likes and what kind of jewelry she wears,” posted another.
“There’s no such thing as a fake engagement ring, there’s just a fake stone,” said a third.
But a fake engagement ring isn’t necessarily a sign of less commitment, as some vendors will buy a “promise ring” or a cheaper alternative with the intention of later buying a better one that suits their partner’s desires. Other fake rings are homemade.
Regardless of ring choice, couples who have already jumped on the ring-buying trend said they highly recommend the experience.
“Choosing your engagement ring together is quite an amazing experience and shows a very high level of compromise, that’s what my fiance and I did,” said one commenter.
Another said: “My fiance and I bought my ring together and it was the best thing ever. We fell in love with (the) ring together.”