Who really proposes with silver engagement rings?

Silver engagement rings are perfect for a suprise marriage proposal

Silver engagement rings are perfect for surprise proposals. You don’t have to ask her what style of engagement ring she likes because you can shop together later for the “real thing”.


“If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it” as the lyrics of Beyoncé hit song Single Ladies goes.

However, in 2020 that doesn’t necessarily initially mean a diamond ring.  Today anything goes.  The engagement ring choice depends on circumstances, often financial.  Sometimes diamonds can raise environmental or exploitation concerns.   Other times a couples sense of aesthetics or fun take priority and can lead to amusing results.    For the design crowd, there is a plastic ring in the shape of a classic Tiffany setting.  Brave enough to propose with a cutesy “Hello Kitty” band?  Some do.

One of the more recent trends is to consider silver engagement rings to pop the question.   We outline below five reasons why silver engagement rings have become popular rings for marriage proposals.


Five Reasons why Silver Engagement Rings are on-trend

1.    Cost

Due to the soaring price of gold these days, silver has become a popular metal choice when choosing an engagement ring.  Most cannot tell the difference between silver and white gold when the ring has a high polish finish.

Purchased wisely – we don’t recommend $29 rings from Amazon or Etsy – silver engagement rings can be of great quality.  Price is probably the biggest reason to choose silver over the traditional gold.  Silver’s price point is much lower but still offers the elegance of a precious metal.

Silver has the look and feel of gold, but is much easier on your budget.  Since rings are prone to more wear and tear than any other jewelry they will lose luster over time from scratches.  We recommend choosing a silver engagement rings with rhodium plating because this type of metal plating helps prevent the silver engagement ring from being scratched or tarnished and also further improves the rings color quality.

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Photo:  Look for silver engagement rings which have rhodium plating – it improves ring color quality and durability. [SOURCE:  Luxuria Diamonds]

A further benefit of rhodium is that is hypoallergenic.  All Luxuria® silver engagement rings are rhodium plated to help prevent scratches, improve colour quality and protect the wearer from possible allergies.


Many couples are opting for silver as a temporary engagement ring and will upgrade in the future.


Opting initially for silver engagement rings is a great option for young couples right now. This takes the stress out of a large purchase without losing the look and feel of the future.  It also keeps the spark going as you do not have to stop looking.

2.    You don’t know what she wants!

Are you seriously going to spend thousands of dollars on a diamond engagement ring without knowing whether she’ll like it?  If you are in the market for a diamond engagement ring, you’ll quickly realize that it won’t be cheap.  According to the Knot’s 2017 Jewelry & Engagement Study, Americans spent an average of $6,351 on engagement rings.

The internet is awash with forums and message boards where women vent their frustration and disappointment over their partner’s choice of diamond engagement ring.  “It doesn’t fit properly”, “the setting is old fashioned”, ”it doesn’t match my finger shape”, “I wanted platinum, not yellow gold”, “the style is all wrong for my finger shape, what was he thinking?”


If you step back and think rationally about it hows’ a guy who knows squat about Jewelry to begin with supposed to ace the perfect choice of diamond engagement ring for his beloved?


One look at the different styles online can give a small hint of just how many options there are.  From round-cut (the perennial favorite) to oval-shaped, emerald-cut, radiant-cut, and princess-cut to various settings; bezel, prong, tiffany and more.  The options and thus the opportunity to disappoint her are vast.

If the proposal is a surprise, you don’t know what she wants and the chances of you buying an expensive engagement ring she doesn’t like are very high indeed.

72% of women say they wouldn’t trust their partner to choose their engagement ring.  Don’t try and beat the odds Superman!


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Photo:  To avoid disappointing her, buy a silver engagement ring for the proposal then shop together later for a diamond ring

Enter the raison d’être of silver engagement rings.  It’s a ring to make the surprise proposal with.  Further, its for her to wear until the “real” ring is found – ideally together, because only she knows what she wants. Silver engagement rings simply say, ‘I want to spend the rest of my life with you and start this journey off right now. I want to make you happy.’

3.    Silver engagement rings enable a surprise proposal

“Will you marry me?”   Gulp.  Those four little words can turn the most levelheaded person into a ball of jitters—and who can blame them?  To say asking the love of your life to spend forever with you is nerve-racking would be an understatement.

Beyond hoping they’ll say “yes,” there’s pressure to have a great story to tell your loved ones (and future family) – and the key to that is to keep the whole proposal plan a complete secret and a surprise!

People love surprises, especially when it’s something they’ve been wanting for a long time. That’s why it’s vitally important that when you’re about to propose marriage, you keep your plans and the way you go about it a complete surprise.

With less worry about the ring purchase focus your attention on what’s really important.  A well-orchestrated surprise proposal!  Check out this creative one.

Video:  With less effort expended in buying the ring you can focus your attention on what’s really important, a well-orchestrated proposal! Check out this creative one.


Do it with a ring!  In a recent survey conducted with more than 19,000 couples, “proposing with no ring” was ranked number one as the biggest engagement faux pas.

Sure, your declaration of love and request for a lifetime commitment should be more important than whether or not you’re bearing jewelry, but you have to understand that to many, an engagement won’t seem 100 percent legit unless she’s got an engagement ring to show for it.

Some men try and beat the odds by buying an expensive diamond engagement ring for the proposal by approaching her best friend, sibling or mother for help with the choice. Don’t!  Not only is there a strong chance they will spill the beans and ruin your “surprise” proposal – her best friend, sibling or mother are NOT her and only she knows what she wants.

Silver engagement rings are perfect for a surprise proposal; offer an exceptionally good substitute for gold; don’t cost the earth and they give you some breathing space after the proposal is accepted to shop for the forever ring together.  This way she gets a ring which perfectly suits her tastes.


4.    So you can shop for the ‘forever’ ring together

Women are the driving force behind the subtle changes to wedding traditions.  Whereas a bride previously cooed over whatever she was given, nowadays she knows what she wants “and insists on getting it.”

Its’ therefore no surprise that over 50% of engagement ring customers would now rather choose a ring with their fiancée after she has said ‘yes’ according to a Knots 2017 Jewelry & Engagement Ring Study.


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Photo:  Congratulations!  She said YES to your proposal with a silver engagement ring, now shop together for the real thing

The purchase of a silver engagement ring allows you to propose now but importantly shop later TOGETHER for the real thing – when finances allow.  Here’s a hint – she really likes the together bit.

It’s ‘her’ finger, its empowering and can also be quite romantic to go ring shopping together and these days, this doesn’t mean you have to head to your local jewelry store to pick out the rock of your dreams.  You can ring shop together from the comfort of your couch.

5.    Silver engagement rings are useful for travel

Money spent on silver engagement rings is not wasted because the ring can be repeatedly used for travel purposes.

How many times do you hear about a bride who’s come home from her honeymoon devastated that her new diamond ring is now floating at the bottom of an azure blue sea in the Caribbean somewhere?


Silver engagement rings are perfect for those who don’t want to risk taking a valuable diamond ring abroad, or pay higher insurance premiums for the privilege to do so.


Silver engagement rings therefore make great traveling companions.  Many people who’ve had expensive diamond jewelry stolen either couldn’t afford to replace it or didn’t want to repeat the risk.

With today’s complex travel security, the chance of having your jewelry stolen is higher than ever before.  With silver engagement rings there’s no need for costly insurance or to worry about loss or theft.


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Photo:  Silver engagement rings are perfect for use as travel rings.  Don’t risk losing your precious diamond ring on vacation!

Furthermore, if she is travelling alone a silver engagement ring can help ward off unwanted attention from men.  More often than you realize, after spotting an engagement or wedding ring, men will avoid harassing her because her fiancé or husband might be just around the corner….


Who really proposes with silver engagement rings?


So, who really proposes with silver engagement rings?   The answer is a very sensible man – for the following reasons:

First, sales of silver engagement rings (sometimes referred to as temporary or placeholder rings) have dramatically increased in recent years as more prospective grooms seek to eliminate the risk of buying the wrong ring.   A diamond loses 50% of its value upon leaving the store.   You might not get a full refund if she doesn’t like the design.

Second, silver engagement rings are perfect for surprise marriage proposals.  Since you don’t need to ask anyone for ring advice your proposal can be a complete surprise.  Trust us, surprise is still important and one of the first things everyone asks her after you get engaged is, “Were you surprised?”  You can feel them waiting for her to say, “Yes!” so that they can giggle with glee and tell you congratulations.

Third, silver rings are an affordable alternative to white gold or platinum for many couples.  When plated with Rhodium silver rings look a lot like white gold.   While silver is a precious metal it is an affordable and workable metal.   This gifts jeweler’s and designers alike with greater artistic freedom to create new styles and keep up with the latest trends.

Fourth, silver engagement rings also make great travel companions as there’s no need for costly insurance or to worry about heart breaking diamond loss or theft.

Finally, a silver engagement ring may save her from unwanted advances or workplace harassment.

All summed that’s a lot of benefits for a typical investment of less than $100!


Shop for yours now.


Would you like to learn more?  

Sales of Silver and fake diamond engagement rings have skyrocketed in recent years.   In this article we discuss why.   One key reason is that prospective grooms are seeking to eliminate the financial loss of buying the wrong natural diamond engagement ring.

Be aware that not all silver engagement rings are created equal.  Check out our 5-step guide to picking a great diamond simulant ring. 

Need some help in picking a ring to suit her finger?   In this article we provide some tips on matching engagement ring shape and cut to her hands.   Different size hands and fingers should influence your silver engagement ring choice.

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