You’re ready to ask the person you love to spend the rest of your lives together. This is a momentous occasion, and also a stressful one. You want to make sure the time is perfect and that you can have your dream wedding. The engagement ring is the symbol that represents all of that, and when you’re buying diamonds to signify your love to another person, you need to have everything in place. So what questions should you be asking before buying an engagement ring?
Just got engaged and looking to plan your wedding – although it’s exciting – there are so many different things you need to think about in terms of budget. Whether it’s ensuring your venue is affordable, finding the right dress for your price or ensuring you don’t overspend on bridesmaids dresses, there’s always something to worry about.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Meghan Markle has become a worldwide fashion icon. Transitioning from ‘Suits” star to Duchess of Sussex has given her the voice to raise awareness about many of her passions, such as women supporting women, education and animals. But her platform has also constantly put her in the public eye…making her fashion choices and statements a popular topic of discussion.
During an outing on January 10th, 2019, Markle’s simple black dress was the perfect outfit for the occasion. As one of her four new patronages, Smart Works is a charity that helps prepare women for the workplace. During Meghan’s visit, she helped pick out outfits for the women to wear during interviews and even sat down with some of the ladies to discuss interview advice. Since joining the royal family, Markle has often used her clothing and accessories as more than just a fashion statement. By supporting brands such as Turquoise Mountain, Meghan uses her outfits as a way to bring awareness to incredible nonprofits, organizations and companies around the world.
With so much news surrounding lab-grown diamonds and the negative side of the mined diamond industry, it’s no surprise that Meghan decided to accessories her Smart Works outfit with a pair of gorgeous Kimai ear climbers featuring man-made diamonds.
“Aside from the design being less royal and more catwalk, press are picking up on the fact that these earrings are sustainable – a hot topic in the fashion world right now.” Source
Based on Markle’s previous influence in the fashion industry, many are saying that they will not be surprised to see a spike in the sale of lab-grown diamonds after this appearance.
Other than the ethical benefits of lab-created diamonds, these stones are also an environmentally friendly alternative — another interest of Markle’s as seen by the 7 charities she and Prince Harry chose to support through donations at their royal wedding. When comparing lab-grown to mined diamonds and their effects on our environment, the statistics are staggering. For starters, mined diamonds are obviously dug from the ground or sea, while lab-created diamonds are grown in a lab. So, for every 1 carat of mined diamond, nearly 100 square feet of land is disturbed and almost 6000 pounds of mineral waste is created. To put that into perspective, a white rhinoceros also weighs 6000 pounds. On the contrary, 1 carat of lab-grown diamond disrupts just 0.07 sqft of land and only 1 pound of mineral waste. So we’re comparing rhinoceroses to mice…
But the disrupted land and mineral waste aren’t the only effects of mining for diamonds. Large amounts of water are not only used in the mining industry but also polluted. Not to mention the 125 pounds of carbon emission (per 1 carat of mined diamond) created. In total, air emissions on a single carat of mined diamond are 1.5 billion times higher than those of a lab-grown one.
And, although many celebrities in the past have opted for “ethically sourced” mined diamonds, more and more information surrounding these diamonds has been revealed. Unfortunately, there’s no way to tell 100% where a mined diamond was sourced. And, there has been problem after problem surrounding the Kimberley Process and the specifics surrounding regulations of mined diamonds.
A recent study on the Kimberley Process and promise of a conflict-free industry states:
“The most glaring problem is the certification scheme’s narrow terms of certification, which focus exclusively on the mining and distribution of diamonds, leaving broader human rights issues around worker exploitation unaddressed.”
With so much information out there and so many individuals (such as Leonardo DiCaprio) devoting their life work to changing the problems that taint the mined diamond industry, it would not be surprising to see more and more celebrities choosing lab-grown diamonds. As we’ve seen time and time again (Lady Gaga’s meat dress), Markle isn’t the only celebrity who chooses to raise awareness of topics she’s passionate about through their clothing.
Lab-grown diamonds are the future. Celebrities are often some of the first individuals to set trends — whether that be for fashion or a social issue — but in this case, it’s for both. There’s no longer a need to harm our earth to have gorgeous diamonds.
Asking the person that you love to marry you isn’t something you do every day, and popping the big question should be a display of your affection and commitment to the other person. In other words, it needs to be special and a day to remember. Once you’ve summoned the courage to ask, you’ll want every single part of the day and the scene to be just right. If you have a happily nostalgic place that both you and your partner love to visit, then consider taking them here to set the mood – you’ll also be able to reminisce later on and return on anniversary dates too. You needn’t break the bank when planning your proposal, as small, thoughtful, and considerate gestures communicate that you know your future (hopefully) fiancé and how to please them.
Having your partner choose your engagement ring is a big leap of faith. If you’re the sort of person who knows what you like, or you have a particular idea in your head of what you want your engagement ring to be, it can be disappointing when they get it wrong. An engagement ring is a big investment after all, and if you’re planning on wearing it for the rest of your life – it should be what you want.
For some reason, an engagement or wedding ring always seems to be an area of speculation amongst folk. If you see a celebrity get engaged and they have a tiny diamond, you start to wonder why, and this can lead to us forming opinions about the people themselves. The question we really need to ask is why? Why does a piece of jewelry say something about us! Well…
Your wedding day should be one of the greatest experiences ever. It’s a celebration that sees you make a lifelong commitment to your lover, and is also a day that you’ll share with friends and family. Ultimately, it’s a magical moment that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.
While you deserve to have the day that you’ve been dreaming about for years, you can’t let it stop progress in other parts of your life. Given that the average wedding costs upwards of $35,000, those financial impacts can be a major problem. The key to finding your happy medium is to reduce the costs without sacrificing your vision.