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If you're in a long term relationship you may have already started a dialogue with your partner about next steps a.k.a. engagement and marriage.
It can be an awkward thing to bring up because you don't want to come off as pushy but at the same time if you love a specific design, colour or brand, it's important to let your partner know that. You could always try the whole "oops, I meant to text that to my friend Amber, not you!" and wait for their reaction.
According to The Knot, the average price of an engagement ring is $5,500 which sounds like A LOT of money, right? Luckily you can find more affordable options online in Canada from places like Vrai and Mejuri.
The Elle Ring From Brilliant Earth
Price: $955 (setting only)
Details: A ring for three figures? Score! Everything on the company's website is customizable. Even better, all their diamonds are sustainably sourced or grown in a lab as opposed to being mined. You can select between four different band colours (white gold, rose gold, yellow gold or platinum) and over ten different diamond shapes but the price will vary.
The Three Stone Ring From Vrai
Price: $1,652 and up
Details: This California company makes simple, sustainable lab diamond rings that they ship all over the world. Everything is customizable, too. You can even upgrade to a pavé band (which means there are tiny diamonds all around it) but the price will vary.
The Linear Cluster Ring From Mejuri
Details: This isn't advertised as an engagement ring but it very well looks like one. It's 14k yellow gold with an emerald-cut peach morganite diamond attached to smaller diamonds. You can browse the rest of the ring collection on Mejuri if you haven't found a favourite yet.
The Emerald-Cut Aquamarine Ring From Peoples
Price: $1,359.20 (
Details: If you get an emerald-cut diamond ring, you and Beyonce can be twins. Other celebs that are a fan include Jennifer Lopez, Amal Clooney and Paris Hilton. You'd be in good company if you go for this ring that's on sale until June 6.
The Antique Emerald Gold Ring From Etsy
Details: This 14k gold ring with an emerald stone and diamonds on the sides is made to order from here in Canada. It looks expensive when it isn't! One happy customer wrote that it's "dainty and delicate yet sturdy". Please note that the price varies depending on the size of the band.
The Pear-Shaped Diamond Halo From Blue Nile
Details: Like a lot of other sites, Blue Nile lets you create your own custom ring or browse ready-to-wear pieces. A pear-shaped diamond halo like this one goes for two grand. if you've never checked out Blue Nile before, the brand has a 30% off sale on select jewelry until June 27. Use the promo code BLUE2021 at checkout.
The Champagne Diamond Ring From Ecksand
Details: Champagne diamonds are very trendy right now and you can find a lot of them at Ecksand, a jewelry company based out of Montreal. Meghan Markle is a huge fan! You can select between four different shades of champagne from lightest to darkest.