Counterfeit engagement rings are on the rise due to financial pressures

As weddings make a comeback after COVID-19 and the cost of living rises, couples are beginning to understand the most important thing – the engagement ring.

Before the pandemic, many women set their sights on the perfect ring, usually a large, expensive stone.

However, as couples seek to break social norms and curb spending, they are looking for an alternative.

Fake rings are making a comeback not only for fashion purposes, but also as a symbol of the promise of marriage as more and more people propose.

Jewelry company Sterling Forever posted a video on Instagram explaining why more men and women are proposing with fake rings.

The video shows how more couples are embracing the trend to avoid mistakes like sizing issues or the recipient not liking the ring, as returns or exchanges can be expensive and difficult.

As weddings make a comeback after COVID-19 and the cost of living rises, couples are beginning to understand the most important thing – rings.
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The video ended with the idea that after getting engaged, couples can go together and buy the perfect ring.

While this may seem counterintuitive, especially to some disgruntled recipients who have been proposed with a fake engagement ring, there is a lot of support for this practice.

“I think this (idea) is much better, but to be honest, a fake ring can look like a ring or even a paper ring with a love note hidden in it, much cheaper and super cute,” said one commenter in response to publication .

Another replied: “I’d rather have a ‘fake’ and then we can save the money for something more important.”

And the third answered: “Why should I buy an expensive engagement ring and an expensive engagement ring? You see the prices (of petrol) and the prices of bread, just call me.’

Other viewers of the video offered their own speculations as to why women might prefer fake rings over the real thing, including the practicality of not losing an expensive ring and the guilt of “accidentally” proposing.

“I think people do this too if they lose it on the deal sites, many of them on beaches or tourist spots,” one Instagram user suggested.

While this trend may be more popular now, some commenters said their parents used a similar approach in the past for personal reasons.

“My dad gave my mom a ring with a garnet. It is her favorite and her birthstone, engraved with “will you marry me” and the date. They bought her ring together and I think it’s beautiful. I always wanted to inherit it,” one young woman commented.

“My dad proposed to my mom with a Minnie Mouse ring so she wouldn’t feel pressured and I think it’s the cutest thing ever,” said another.

But not everyone sees the convenience of the fake ring trend, with some saying it goes against the ring’s purpose as a symbol of eternal devotion.

Jewelry company Sterling Forever took to Instagram to explain why more men and women are now proposing with fake rings.
Jewelry company Sterling Forever took to Instagram to explain why more men and women are now proposing with fake rings.
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“If she doesn’t like the ring, she’s not the one,” said one commenter.

“This is bullshit, a real man should know what his wife likes and what jewelry she wears,” wrote another.

“There is no such thing as a fake engagement ring, only a fake stone,” said a third.

But a fake engagement ring isn’t necessarily a sign of less commitment, as some proposers buy a “promise ring” or a cheaper alternative with the goal of purchasing a better one that later matches their partner’s wishes. Other fake rings are homemade.

Regardless of the ring choice, couples who have already embraced the trend of buying a ring together said they highly recommend the experience.

“Choosing an engagement ring together is an amazing experience and shows a very high level of compromise, which is what my fiancé and I did,” said one commenter.

Another said: “My fiance and I bought my ring together and it was the best thing ever. We fell in love with (this) ring together.”

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