Apparently, millennials prefer THIS type of engagement ring

We learned from a young age that engagement rings usually contain a hefty diamond, and the bigger the diamond, the more romantic the proposal was. But times are changing, and many couples, particularly millennials, are saying no to diamonds when it comes to engagement rings. We simply don’t see the point in dishing out all our money on a piece of jewelry when we could be saving up for more important things.

Experts are reporting that millennials are more cost-conscious than ever before, and we prefer to save our money for vacations, a new home, or future school fees. Furthermore, we’re demanding that our engagement rings are ethically sourced, and we’re increasingly turning away from diamonds as a result.

Several decades ago, the De Beers diamond company released a marketing campaign that insisted a man should spend at least two months’ pay on an engagement ring. The rule stuck for a long time, but research conducted by Allianz proves that men are now spending, on average, about $700 on a ring.

A senior analyst at Kantar Retail, Anusha Couttigane, said couples are more concerned with finding an affordable engagement ring.

"A generation of marital age people are now prioritising other things such as weddings, housing and the cost of having children, rather than splashing out on a really expensive ring," Couttigane said.

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