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Acrostic Engagement Rings – DEAREST and REGARDS

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If you’re looking for an engagement ring for your loved one, you would ideally look for a ring that not only looks pretty but also holds meaning. There are many ways to choose a meaningful engagement ring, including a special engraving or choosing a gemstone whose symbolism resonates with your relationship. While these are thoughtful and creative ways to stand out, why not consider an acrostic message using gemstones?

Confused?

Acrostic rings simply use gemstones to represent a letter of the alphabet. D for diamonds, E for emeralds, A for Amethyst and so on. When you put them altogether, in the correct order, you spell a word!

In the Victorian period, acrostic rings were extremely popular and were seen as expressions of love.  They were quite valuable due to the series of precious and semi-precious gemstones used in the design and were sometimes given as engagement rings. Even today, you may be lucky enough to find gorgeous Victorian acrostic rings in antique shops.

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The two most popular acronyms were the words DEAREST and REGARDS. Sometimes the acronym ADORE was used, but this was less common. Variations such as the word LOVE also became popular and were frequently used. These words were ‘spelled out’ in the following ways:

DEAREST: diamonds, emeralds, amethyst, ruby, emerald, sapphire and topaz (also tourmaline or turquoise)

REGARDS: ruby, emerald, garnet, amethyst, ruby, diamond, sapphire

ADORE: amethyst, diamond, opal, ruby, emerald

LOVE: lapis lazuli, opal, vermarine, emerald

What makes these rings so amazing is their gorgeous color, with all the gemstones working together in unison to create a perfect cohesive look.

DEAREST and REGARDS rings were commonly designed with the gemstones in a straight line, placed in the appropriate sequence to spell the word. The stones could also be placed in the shape of a simple flower, with the gemstones for petals and the first stone as the center.

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Today, with antique and vintage designs in high demand, jewelry styles from the past are making a triumphant comeback. The acrostic ring is currently a trending style for engagement rings and give couples a unique way to express their love.

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You don’t have to limit yourself to the words used in the Victorian era. Instead, you can opt to choose words and names that hold meaning for the two of you.

With plenty of gemstone options available to spell out even the most bizarre words, get your creative hats on and come up with your very own unique and stylish acrostic engagement ring!

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