Have you ever been attacked by Harpies?
Just walk into a jewelry store and mention wedding rings, they’ll be coming out of the woodwork in droves.
When Hubby-to-be and I went looking for rings, we decided that we would just get a band with some sort of design. Do you really think we could find anything? Even plain Jane was expensive and considering that, I have metal allergies, even more so.
After visiting several stores as well as their websites, we gave up and decided to use an heirloom ring. My mother’s ring is a beautiful emerald cut diamond and the band is platinum.
That left Hubby-to-be’s ring. (My father’s ring was stolen twenty odd years ago.) We considered having a ring custom made but one day while perusing the internet he spotted a dragon. Yes, I said dragon, trust me, its nice looking.
My Hubby-to-be has loved dragons ever since he was a kid and so every time one of the Harpies asked what we were looking for, he would say, ‘I want a dragon.’ We received some very interesting looks.
Well he found his dragon ring, but he wasn’t going to get it because it wasn’t a ‘traditional’ ring. It took both me as well as my Maid of honor to convince him otherwise and eventually we managed to talk him into buying the thing. Who cares if it’s not a traditional wedding band, it fits our personality and he loves it.
Consider this, up until the early to mid 20th century ONLY the rich bought wedding rings. Not too long ago I heard that a prospective groom needed to spend at least three to twelve months salary on an engagement ring. Excuse Me? What crazy marketing person came up with that? Do you have any idea the mark up on jewelry? It’s not the gem that costs so much, it’s the setting, and for every grand you spend, resale (if you’re lucky) is $25.
Some of the money spent on rings can be used as a down payment on a house.
So my question to you is this; do you want bling and live in your parent’s basement, or live in a house and have something that is really you?