Are you ready to pledge your love to someone, and spend the rest of your Earthly life with them? If so, congratulations! Also, don't stress about spending a fortune. Declaring your love and commitment shouldn't come with a hefty price tag.
Lifelong Commitment Doesn't Have to Cost an Arm and a Leg
The commercials are everywhere. You know the ones that tell us an engagement ring should cost about one month of your salary. The ones that say "she's happy because he went to...." I call bull. First of all, not everyone can afford to spend that much, and that doesn't mean you love your partner any less.
Secondly, what's the point? The cost of a ring doesn't prove your love. Yes, it's a symbol of it, but that's just the ring itself. You can purchase a ring containing one or more cubic zirconia's for a fraction of the cost of a "real" diamond. The difference? CZ looks just like a diamond, it even scratches glass like one. However, they're created in a lab, so they're man made.
But you know what? They're just as pretty, and way more ethical than a "real" diamond. Since they're created in a lab, they're sustainable. Also, diamonds come with conflict. Many of the African workers that mine them are abused, and have no human rights. So not only is mining them harming the ecosystem, but the people that do the work as well.
Cubic Zirconia is Gorgeous
I recently took my eldest son shopping for an engagement ring. We spoke in length about what the ring means, and that it doesn't have to break your account. Once we shopped around, we decided to come home and see what we could find online. When he saw this wedding set by Van Rorsi&Mo he fell in love.
It comes with the engagement ring, and the wedding band that fits beautifully against it. Made from pure 925 sterling silver, it's absolutely gorgeous. The engagement ring features a 1.2 CT cubic zirconia in a round setting. It is surrounded by forty sparkling zircons. The wedding band features sixteen sparkly zircons. No one will know that it's not a "real" diamond, unless you choose to tell them. As far as we're concerned, we tell everyone, because we believe in human rights, and don't support people being treated horribly just to mine "real" diamonds.