We live in a cynical world. We are jaded and have been exposed to all kinds of nastiness. This is not the world of Romeo and Juliet. Today Romeo and Juliet are thought of as fools who overreacted and are often the butt of countless jokes. But despite our cynicism romance is still not six feet under. People still fall in love, even if it is only for a few hours. You will still find the occasional man who will buy his lady flowers for no reason and pull out her chair. One romantic tradition that continues to thrive in our jaded world is the tradition of the proposal.
Even today men will get down on one knee and ask their loved one the eternal question Will you marry me? A significant part of this ritual is the engagement ring. The perfect ring is a much sort after item by both men and women, it is a symbol of their promise to love and cherish one another. When it comes to jewelry there is equal importance given to both design as well as the material used. After all not every woman would appreciate a large platinum ring if it is shaped like an apes head.
One of the most popular styles of engagement rings is art deco engagement rings. These are rings that were made between the 1920s and the 1930s. During this time emeralds, rubies and sapphires were very popular. A number of influences combined to create the art deco style. The Russian Ballet, King Tut and the Paris Exposition all contributed to the style of design that is now known as Art Deco. Such rings are very hard to find and some even see them as collectibles. There beauty and quaint charm make them the perfect engagement ring.
Art Deco engagement rings were traditionally designed for women. So what about the men? Men are just as particular about their engagement rings as their female counterparts. Engagement rings are now specifically designed keeping the male sensibilities in mind. There has been a marked increase in the popularity of men’s wedding band. Today more and more men are using the mens wedding band. From plain and simple gold or platinum to fancy designs with gemstones, men today are just as enthusiastic about their engagement rings as women.
Art deco engagement rings are the ideal rings to use when proposing. They are hard to find, so keep an eye out and make sure you pick one up if you ever get the chance. Women should also realize that the mens wedding band is a serious issue. After all an engagement ring and a wedding band is what will bind them, for as long as they are in love.