Did you know that Christmas Eve is the most popular day for marriage proposals? So, with that noteworthy day just one week away, we thought we’d write a post about the most important aspect of the proposal – the ring, of course! Fortunately Cape Cod offers not only a great location (one of the most popular in the world) for nuptials, but also for purchasing the ring finger bling!
We checked in with some of the best jewelers and jewelry stores – Forest Beach Designer Goldsmiths, Stephen Gallant Jewelers, and Jewelcraft – across Cape Cod to get their thoughts on current engagement ring trends…and a few stories about unique proposals in which their rings have played a key part.
Casey Gallant of Stephen Gallant Jewelers in Orleans says “the big trend of the last five years has been ‘halos,’ small diamonds set in a circle around a center stone,”
and although this trend is still going strong, “people are [now] choosing halos with a twist” such as a different color like white or rose gold, or platinum metals, in multiples instead of just one halo of stones, or with an alternative to the traditional diamond like sapphires which come in nearly every color of the rainbow are more durable and affordable. Sarah Framson of Jewelcraft in Hyannis agrees “gemstone engagement rings are always beautiful options for the girl that loves something different.”
Regardless of the overall trends in the industry, customers usually go to these smaller, local jewelry boutiques for something different than you might find at stores that are nationwide and certainly if they want to create something more personal. Steve Wardle of Forest Beach Designer Goldsmiths in Chatham says that over the past year they “have made wedding rings in gold that are twigs, bike tires and tide pools.”
And we couldn’t resist sharing some of our favorites from each of the stores:
Of course the proposal wouldn’t be complete without, well, the actual proposal, so we asked our shopkeepers to share their favorite Cape Cod engagement stories:
“A local photographer came to us to create an engagement ring for his then girlfriend, it was simple and classic, but his presentation was what wowed us. He ran the entire Boston Marathon with the ring pinned to the inside of his running shorts. He even arranged for his love, a nurse, to be a volunteer at the finish line. That’s where, after finishing the race, he got down on one knee and said something like, ‘The only thing that could make this day better would be if you would marry me.’ She said yes, and jumped up and down. ”
“A customer came in and picked out the perfect ring for his girlfriend. He took her to a path they always walked and got on one knee in front of their favorite tree into which he had carved ‘will you marry me?'”