Anything goes when it comes to engagement rings these days, and Irish couples are doing things their own way. Stonechat Jewellers in Dublin spoke to 1,300 Irish people about what women want in an engagement ring, and the results prove that Irish women are bucking tradition. Here are where Irish women stand on seven of the most important factors when picking their ring.
1. How much should you spend on The Ring?
According to this survey, 75% of people will spend up to €5,000 on the engagement ring. Imagine the bling!
2. Should the ring still be a surprise?
These days, 80% of women would like to choose their own ring. This makes sense, especially if most couples are willing to invest €5K in the ring, they'll want to be sure she likes it!
3. Are diamonds still a girl's best friend?
Maybe not, as this survey found that 44% of women prefer coloured gemstones over diamonds. And when it comes to the different stones, the soft pink hue of Morganite rings are becoming more popular than traditional rubies and emeralds.
4. Is yellow gold making a comeback?
Apparently not. While costume jewellery and the stacking trend have seen gold jewellery becoming particularly trendy for everyday wear, just 23% of women opt for traditional bands in yellow gold, with white gold or platinum preferred by 60% of women.
5. Are we still keeping things traditional when it comes to the style of ring?
Times are changing, with 40% of women now favouring a minimalist or contemporary ring design over traditional styles.
Chocolate Diamond Stockholm Engagement Ring, Stonechat Jewellers (€3,080)
6. What about vintage lovers?
There is still a strong proportion of women who want their something old to be their engagement ring, with one in five people opting for vintage or antique style rings.
Kate Flower Diamond Ring, Appleby (€3,995)
7. Is a classic solitaire a safe choice?
One in four people do still favour a classic solitaire, however halo settings are taking the lead with a 25% majority preference over other more traditional styles.
8. Are princess cuts the way to go?
While the Meghan Markle-effect is having a big influence on brides, you don't have to think royalty when it comes to the cut of your ring. 40% of women favour round stone cuts, with just 25% choosing a princess (square) cut.
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