Regardless of what the weather is doing, you know it’s finally spring – with the promise of summer – when your mailbox is suddenly bursting with weighty envelopescontaining invitations, RSVP cards, and driving directions.
It’s an exciting time full of magic and romance as well as many bits of glitter and shine.
Let’s take a moment to reflect on the iconic piece of jewelry that signifies love, union, and the promise of forever: the engagement ring.
For many individuals, this is the most expensive piece of jewelry they will own as well as the most precious. It’s also the most exposed and unconsciously neglected. More often set on a counter top – frighteningly close to drains – than tucked into a jewelry safe.
According to a detailed survey performed by XO Group Inc., in 2011 the average cost of an engagement ring was $5,200 (a luxury engagement ring ran an average of $13,500). Additionally, it took the giver around three months to choose it. Considering all of the emotion, time, thought and, if we’re honest, money that goes into choosing an engagement ring, keeping it safe is the most important thing we can do on its behalf.Continue reading