I'm somewhat confused by the system over here of getting married. I understand that it's accepted that an engagement ring (a legal gift-with-strings) is followed by a wedding ring. As far as I can tell, the engagement ring is typically expected to be a diamond (which we have no interest in), and the wedding ring is typically a plain band.
Has anyone had really good luck with finding non-diamond engagement rings with non-traditional arrangements (i.e. channel-set gems rather than a solitaire)?
I ask because I'd like to really have a good look around; neither one of us is certain of just precisely what we're looking for, and I'd like to narrow this to 3-5 rings before proceeding.
Oh, and the band: is it indeed the case that it's typically a plain ring?
The whole thing is somewhat confusing, and not helped by the fact that it is actually historically recent rather than an "ancient custom" as DeBeers would have us think. I'm also somewhat taken aback at the whole notion of a dowry existing still, but that's another issue.