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The Family Stone: Wedding Ring Shopping is Joint Venture

10/11/2013 5:37pm EDT

Wedding ring shopping

As the warm wedding season is coming to a close, we can look back and see all of summer 2013 and its wedding trends. As couture gowns and yellow canary diamonds steal the bridal scene, a new engagement ring trend is also catching the attention of many bride-to-be’s. The tradition we all are fully aware of is the grooms surprise proposal with a gorgeous diamond ring he chooses for his lady, but now that may not be the case.

So when does it become a 'joint venture' to shop for a wedding ring? Today’s economy hasn’t left the average Joe with much wiggle room in the bank. Although at times it may be seen as completely untraditional and far too modern, it is actually common these days for a bride to split the cost of her engagement ring with her new fiancé (or family) in order to receive the ring she has always longed for. Women tend to know exactly what they want on their left ring finger and they may not be willing to give that up.

Bride-to-be Miranda Row gave a little input on her choice to pay for a part of her diamond ring. “I don’t always wish for expensive things, but I do want to love the diamond that I will see every single day for the rest of my life,” says Row. “My fiancé is an entrepreneur and when the economy is bad, it can be difficult to make a stable income. As a nurse, I am consistently bringing in money so I don’t see it as a problem to contribute funds toward my dream ring.”

If the bride is willing to forget about the element of surprise in the act of the proposal, this may not be a terrible idea. They receive the engagement ring they have always wanted and their fiancé doesn’t have to break the bank to do so. It can also be considered somewhat romantic considering they are able to shop for something incredibly meaningful together at the start of their betrothal. Agreeing on the perfect ring size, cut, clarity, and of course the dreaded price tag cannot be considered an easy task. Perhaps it could be said, a couple that purchases a diamond together, stays together.

With his beautiful jewels being seen on superstars such as Rachel Bilson, Naya Rivera, Becca Tobin and Avril Lavigne, well-known Canadian celebrity jewelry designer, Mark Lash (, sees these oh-so-exciting engagement ring purchases on a regular basis. When it comes to the new trend of splitting ring costs, Mark states that he “often has the bride buy the groom his wedding band and the groom buys her wedding band as a gift to each other.” In this case, the bride is still contributing to the purchase of rings, however the traditional sense is still in place.

When not splitting the hefty price with their bride-to-be, many men will find ways to include his woman’s side of the family in this big decision. The act of involving important members of his lifelong partner’s family is a good way for the groom to ensure their support and blessing over their relationship. Mark Lash once again informs us of how he sees this played out with his jewelry. Mark often sees “parents and grandparents providing the center stone for the engagement ring.” In this romantic circumstance, the bride-to-be will be starting her new life with her fiancé with a piece of her family forever. Her family stone, holding them all together.

So take note ladies and gentlemen, 2013 is here, and 2014 is on the way... new traditions are coming our way!

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