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How to propose with a temporary engagement ring

A placeholder ring for proposal: Why two engagement rings are always better than one

The engagement ring is, in many ways, the most important purchase a proposer will make. That includes your first home, your car, and your wedding cake.

It's a piece of jewellery that will be squealed over for many weeks, months, and potentially years. It may be handed down to future generations and will almost definitely be worn everyday for a long time. So you've got to get it right, right?

Not necessarily.

Here at Pearls & Pomegranates, we love the idea of a temporary engagement ring. We believe in peace of mind, bespoke pieces, and The One (engagement ring). For that reason, we suggest a temporary engagement ring for the engagement event so that you and your partner can then choose your full-time design together. We've put together this guide to help you choose the right temporary engagement ring for your partner's lifestyle and taste, whether they're a teacher or a mountain climber.

Our 6 favourite temporary or 'dummy' engagement ring ideas

A classic temporary engagement ring

Consider a classic temporary engagement ring that will stand the test of changing trends. A solid gold band will retain colour over time and a small but precious diamond or coloured gemstone means it's still highly valuable while being affordable. This option works well if you'd like to choose your engagement ring together at a later date or if your partner would prefer to wear a ring that's less expensive when travelling or for everyday. Choose a diamond solitaire gemstone for a timeless option or opt for a ruby, sapphire, or emerald for more razzle dazzle.

A temporary engagement ring 'with a twist'

If you're looking for a temporary engagement ring with a twist, opt for a style that's enduringly wearable but has details that elevate and allow your loved one to express their personal style. Instead of a traditional diamond or other clear gemstone like a white topaz, you might consider choosing a temporary engagement ring with a non-traditional gemstone. Options like opals, moonstones, or even brightly coloured gemstones can add a unique touch to your ring. 

Alternatively, a temporary engagement ring with mixed metals can create an interesting and unexpected look. For example, a white gold band with a rose gold setting can be a great twist on a classic engagement ring design. The most important thing is to choose a ring that you love and that reflects your personal style. Don't be afraid to get creative and try something new, and have fun with the process of choosing your temporary engagement ring.

A temporary engagement ring for adventurers

Adventurers might love a more statement engagement ring design but may also be after something practical. When trekking through rainforests and summiting mountains, a top- of- the- range diamond engagement ring may be better left safe in its box, but that doesn't mean a ring cannot be worn and loved for these adventures. 

For adventurers we recommend a temporary engagement ring that can be picked up for travelling the world. A bezel- set gemstone works well as there are no claws to catch against gloves or environmental surfaces and the gemstone is least likely to become loose— it's the most secure kind of stone setting out there. A smaller diamond or coloured gemstone works well as it is a less eye- catching option. A bezel- set solitaire ring works perfectly. 

A temporary engagement ring for doctors, nurses, teachers, and carers

Does your fiance(e)-to-be work in a hospital or school? We understand that choosing a beautiful but practical engagement ring for a doctor, nurse, teacher, or carer isn't an easy assignment. Claws and high-set diamonds don't usually make for a piece to pass a sensible dress code. This is what makes the temporary engagement ring a perfect solution for those with more practical professions.

The temporary ring can serve a dual purpose. It can be the ring you propose with and also the ring they wear to work. We recommend choosing a plain band with no gemstones to pass potential sector regulations but you could consider something with interest such as a wave, groove, or graduated form.

A temporary engagement ring with a statement design

If your loved one is fashion-conscious and likes to make a statement with their accessories, a temporary engagement ring that reflects their personal style and complements their wardrobe is the perfect choice. Don't be afraid to take risks and try something new, and remember that you can have fun with the temporary engagement ring.

A temporary engagement ring with bold, colourful gemstones can be a great way to express your personal style. Options like emeralds, rubies, or sapphires can add a pop of colour to your loved one's look and make a statement. Alternatively, if you're looking for something more unique, you might consider a temporary engagement ring with an unconventional design. Options like a twisted band, a geometric shape, or an asymmetrical design can add an interesting element to your look.

A temporary engagement ring for minimalists

For minimalists who prefer a more understated approach to jewellery and fashion, the perfect temporary engagement ring is a simple band ring in a precious metal such as gold or sterling silver. It's a classic and timeless design that won't go out of style, and is perfect for those who prefer a more subtle look. Ultimately, the best temporary engagement ring for minimalists is one that aligns with their personal style and values. Don't feel pressured to conform to traditional engagement ring standards if it doesn't resonate with you or your partner. Choose a temporary engagement ring that you know they'll love and feel comfortable wearing, and remember that it's the love and commitment behind the ring that truly matters.

Why propose with a placeholder engagement ring?

Proposing with a temporary engagement ring is a personal choice and there are many reasons why you might choose to propose with a temporary engagement ring:

  1. Symbolism and Surprise: Some couples choose a temporary engagement ring as a placeholder while they work together to select a more permanent and meaningful engagement ring. This can add an element of surprise, allowing the person proposing to pop the question without having to ask for their partner's exact ring preferences.
  2. Budget Considerations: Engagement rings can be a significant financial investment. Opting for a temporary ring can provide more time to save up for a higher- quality or more valuable ring without delaying the proposal itself.
  3. Ring Shopping Experience: The process of choosing an engagement ring can be overwhelming. Using a temporary ring allows couples to take their time exploring different styles, settings, and gemstones, ensuring they select a ring that truly reflects their partner's taste and preferences.
  4. Personalisation: Some people may want their partner to have a say in the final engagement ring choice to ensure it aligns perfectly with their personal style. Using a temporary ring until the final one is chosen enables both individuals to be part of the decision-making process.
  5. Cultural or Family Considerations: In some cultures or families, engagement rings are passed down through generations as heirlooms. A temporary ring could be used until the heirloom ring is ready to be given.
  6. Logistical Considerations: If the proposal is taking place in a location where the risk of loss or theft is higher (such as during travel), using a temporary ring might be a practical choice to avoid potential distress.
  7. Focus on the Relationship: Some couples prefer to focus on the excitement of the engagement itself rather than the material aspect of the ring. A temporary ring can symbolise the commitment without the pressure of finding the 'perfect' ring immediately.
  8. Sizing and Customisation: If a proposal is a surprise, determining the correct ring size might be challenging. A temporary ring can be used for the proposal moment, allowing the couple to then customise the final ring based on the correct size.