Photos feature model Kodi Nelson, Kim Dawson Agency. Hair and makeup by Yvonne Coan, Kim Dawson Agency. Photography by David Dobson. With special thanks to William Noble Rare Jewels for the loan of all rings featured herein.
Toni Munoz-Hunt's Model Behaviors offers stylish solutions to your relationship dilemmas. Visit ModelBehaviors.com to explore Toni’s new website and join the conversation! Ring Pop partially responsible for the engagement ring’s ability to distract an otherwise sensible woman. As children, we were fascinated by their fanciful colors and gigantic size. Not to mention, that sweet candy kept us quiet for hours. Has the engagement ring turned into a giant pacifier for grown-up girls? The fact is, engagement should be a step toward marriage. Otherwise, both parties should be able to keep their options open. Did you know that European women don’t wear engagement rings? They recognize that the emphasis should be on the marriage, and if he doesn’t have to wear a ring until the knot is tied, then why should she? In your situation, I prefer to see the ring as an investment. He invested in your stock, and earned plenty of dividends (or borrowed them, as it were). Now, it’s time to cash in the ring and take your cut. Afterwards, you should consider reimbursing him for his initial expenditure. Remember, today’s woman is just as invested in the relationship as the man, and her investment also needs to be protected. Forget the old rules, and take it from someone closer to your generation. Sell the ring. Miss Manners might not agree, but it’s the right thing to do. Until next time, Toni