Apologies in advance if this comes across as a rather shallow post. But I’ve noticed lately how bling is big at the moment. I’m not talking about diamantes from Diva, I’m talking serious bling: specifically, in the form of diamond rings. Is it the ‘in thing’ now to have a big rock on your finger, whether you can afford it or not?
I was a bridesmaid earlier this year and in conversation with the bride-to-be, asked about her ring. She replied, “Oh, it’s only a carat…but it’s almost flawless, so it’s a really good diamond. We did a lot of research and bought the stone separately, and now it’s being set.”
Back it up a minute. Only a carat?
Another friend of mine was married a couple of years ago. They did the same thing – bought the diamond first, then had it set. I was almost blinded when I laid eyes on her ring. I must say it was stunning. I think she quoted it being 1.37 carats, or thereabouts. In any case, she knew what the weight of that diamond was out to two decimal places.
Back to bridezilla the bride who I was bridesmaid for. At the hen’s night dinner, the girls started discussing their rings. We had 2 and 2.5 carat rings at that table…making the bride-to-be’s 1 carat ring pale in comparison. As for mine, well it was a mere drop in the ocean! A grain of sand on the beach! Needle in a haystack! If you get my drift…
To this day, I am still unaware of the specific details of my engagement ring…only that the diamond’s a good quality stone & is nice and sparkly. (As for size, it’s nowhere near a carat, it’s about half that.)
Unbeknownst to me, husband chose my ring after months of window shopping, and proposed with the little box in hand. I remember thinking it was sparkliest ring I’d ever seen and it was very simple – I’m a simple kind of girl – and I loved it. I still do.
When I was in New York in 2008, I noticed a lot of ring bling. Hello, Harry Winston. New Yorkers don’t do anything by halves, of course, and some of the rocks I saw on women lunching on the upper east side were am.az.ing. Diamonds so big, I’m sure they would weight-train those ladies’ fingers into shape!
Coming back home, I’ve noticed that trend here, more and more so of late.
I noticed when he presented it, Amanda didn’t take too much notice of the ring itself. Giving it a quick glance, she immediately said yes…and firmly fixed her eyes adoringly back on her husband-to-be.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t that the way it’s kinda supposed to be?
And after five years of marriage, I really couldn’t give two hoots about knowing what type of diamond is on my finger. Having kids has certainly taught me that there’s a few things in life a lot more important.
And anyhow. I’m a south-sea pearl kind of girl. 😉