While the tradition of pearls and weddings continues today, the tradition of pearl engagement rings is less common, and that’s a shame because pearl rings offer a brilliant alternative to the more usual choice. Perhaps ‘diamonds are a girl’s best friend’ but pearls can be a fiancé’s companion for life.
With its traditional association with love and virtue, there is every reason for giving pearl rings to celebrate an engagement. And with a wide range of styles, types of pearl and varying prices, there are plenty more reasons for today’s bride-to-be.
The Romans viewed pearls as symbols of the moon and a source of power. Early Christians believed that pearls were associated with purity and innocence. In Medieval Europe, only wealthy people could wear pearls because of their value. There is evidence that pearl rings were given as love tokens, even if the formal idea of an engagement ring was perhaps unknown.
It may be that the idea of a pearl ring as a token of engagement is due for a revival. We live in an age which likes to do its own thing, as well as looking back to past traditions to revive. Perhaps we need a high profile engagement to kick start the tradition and encourage others to follow suit. It might take pop royalty or even near royalty [Pippa Middleton anyone?] to make pearl rings de rigueur again for engagements but it shouldn’t stop a wannabe bride who loves their stylish elegance from choosing one.
The pearl rings suited for engagements will include those made different precious metals such as Gold, Silver, White Gold and Rose Gold but choosing 18ct purity would seem to make sense. Choosing one that incorporates diamonds will add a sparkle to add to the pearls lustre – a perfect combination. From cultured freshwater pearls to stunning South Sea pearls – and plenty in between – part of the excitement is in selecting from the wide range of pearls on offer. There is a wide range of colours to.
As with any precious thing, a pearl ring needs proper care and attention but pearl rings are not difficult to look after and, of course, pearls can be replaced if accidents happen.
For those thinking of buying pearl rings – for whatever occasion – you should talk to an expert about specialist advice on the types available.