This is a story about my big (fake) engagement ring, and why it doesn’t matter.

If you want to read about the love story between Eric and I, click here.

If you want to read about our incredibly romantic (and oh so perfect) wedding day, check out this link.

All caught up?


Now I can start talking about my ring (or as I like to say, my bling blam!)

My Big Fake Engagement Ring

When we got engaged, Eric really, Really, REALLY wanted to get me a Verragio engagement ring. He spent weeks looking at the different styles, asking me what I liked, and creating the most perfect ring for me.

However, I don’t know if you’ve looked at the price of those bad boys, but they are quite expensive.

At that time, we were blending our families and homes, and were about to move into our house.
For anyone who’s ever bought a new house, you know that is where you spend all the money… literally every penny we put into restoring/updating our new place.

Eric really wanted to buy me a big fancy ring, but I adamantly told him no because there were WAY too many other expenses that were more way more important.

So he ended up getting me this engagement ring, which was gorgeous, and beautiful, and perfect for me.


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And obviously I wasn’t the only one to think that, because this photo got featured online in the Huffington Post in 2015 (whoot whoot!)

However, that ring wasn’t a real diamond.

Yup, you read that right.

This gorgeous stunner, was really my big (fake) engagement ring, because it was a man made stone.

Now let me be clear: I have loved that ring for years.

When I looked down at it, I saw a reminder of how much my husband loves me.

I have never once felt slighted that I didn’t get a real diamond.

In fact, I was really the driving force behind not getting a real diamond ring because there were so many other things that we could use that money for!


But since then, things have changed.

We have been working really hard at building our business, Eric has changed careers and now teaches at a college, and we are in a better place financially.

Eric has said so many times that he didn’t care for my engagement ring because it wasn’t the one he wanted to get me.

So finally, this past summer, he went to Diamond’s Direct and purchased the Verragio ring that he wanted to get me from the start.

Eric tried so hard to hold out and wait to give it to me until our anniversary today, but he was just too excited! He gave the new ring to me last week, and I was in serious awe of how gorgeous it was!


Verragio Engagement Ring


When he gave it to me, I literally teared up because I didn’t feel like I deserved something this extravagant! Seriously, it seemed like such a luxury to spend on just me.

But Eric reassured me that I deserved this ring, and so much more! He told me that it was something he wanted to get me from the start, and he was so glad that he could finally give me the ring I deserved (his words, not mine).


So why, you may ask, am I sharing about this here with y’all on the blog today?

Well I first wanted to share how gorgeous my new ring is (it’s so sparkly!), but also to talk to those gals who don’t have a diamond engagement ring.

I think that it’s becoming more and more acceptable to have something other than a diamond ring these days. There are so many beautiful options out there (hello moissanite!) for couples to truly create the ring of their dreams.

I don’t ever want anyone to feel ashamed or embarrassed because you do/do not have what society says is the perfect ring.

As long as it works for the two of you, who the heck cares what anyone else thinks?!


As for my husband Eric, I love you more than words can say.

You are truly the heart of my heart, and I am so thankful that you (finally) found me and that you love me unconditionally.

Cheers to being married for two years, and here to many more anniversaries and adventures together!


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Oh, and if Huffington Post wants to pick up these ring shots too, I’d definitely be okay with that 😉 

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