Female Empowerment And The Rise Of The Self-Love Ring

When I was on Twitter a few days ago, I noticed that a lady had Tweeted a picture of a ring. It looked like an engagement ring, but it was actually a self-love ring. I wish I could find the Tweet and post it here, but the lady proclaimed that she was showing herself love by wearing a self-love ring.
I first heard about the concept of 'marrying oneself' when I read about Sophie Tanner, an author who decided to marry herself. She wrote a book called I Married Me. I find the concept intriguing.

The trend of women marrying - also known as 'sologamy' or at least declaring love to themselves is a trend that is slowly emerging and gradually growing. It's all about self-appreciation and self-loving. It's the rise of the self-love ring. In collaboration with Angelic Diamonds - retailers of engagement rings and palladium engagement rings - let's look at the trend and how women are showing off their independence.

Where did it originate from?
The popularity of the self-love ring began to soar in 2016, as many women turned to jewellery stores to make a commitment to themselves. It is thought that the rise of social media platforms such as Snapchat and Instagram have encouraged women to love themselves and to proudly and boldly showcase that. I think that sometimes, social media can be a problem because a lot of people perfectly curate their feeds, but many people are happy to post photos of their natural selves too, i.e. in line with the 'no makeup selfies' trend. If anything, the selfie culture encourages women to appreciate their looks without photoshop or filters.

The influence of celebrities has encouraged women to love themselves too, with many publicly talking about their tough times growing up and how they've learnt to appreciate themselves. Some celebrities have even encouraged magazines and photographers to not edit their photos so that women can see that their bodies are not flawless.

The self-love movement has also seen the rise of meditation and mindfulness - taking time out of the day to be present within yourself, enjoying special moments no matter how big or small they are and spending 'me time.'

The self-love rings
Self-love rings represent one's commitment to oneself and a dedication to put yourself first and look after your own wellbeing. Contrary to popular belief, self-love rings don't represent anti-engagement or selfishness. A self-love ring is worn on your little finger to represent a 'pinky promise' to yourself.

It is thought that when you love yourself, you change the way you act and this can positively affect your relationship as you no longer rely on a partner to make you happy. I agree! Sacrificing self-love and putting your happiness into someone else is just a recipe for disaster. Self-love should always come from within. Over the years, I've learned to be content with who I am and I actually enjoy 'me time' and spending time on my own. Some ladies purchase a self-love ring with their best friends to focus on the importance of friendship and make a pledge that you'll both love yourselves. Alternatively, you can buy jewellery charms.

Marrying yourself
Some women take the concept of self-love even further by having a ceremony of self-marriage. However, it's not a legal process - you can't divorce yourself, claim legal fees and your marital status won't change. Instead, it's simply a celebration of self-acceptance and self-assurance, and a commitment to the health, well-being and happiness of oneself. Women are more likely to take part in this than men, possibly as a protest against the pressures that they often feel to be in a relationship. However, women in relationships can have a ceremony for themselves too. Companies such as I Married Me offer wedding supplies to one-person ceremonies.

Demonstrating to yourself that you're confident, worthy, special and empowered doesn't have to come in the form of a ring. There are other ways to show your love for yourself. Treat yo'self! Buy some clothing or a pair of shoes that you've been wanting for a while. Order a beauty box. Have a spa day. Have a day off and spend some time binge-watching Netflix programmes and YouTube videos. Have cosy night in. Pursue a passion. Whatever you do, make sure you are investing some time into yourself!

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*This post is in collaboration with Angelic Diamonds.

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