Marriage proposals come with all sorts of feelings of anticipation. The one proposing has to plan everything just right, especially when it comes to the big reveal: the engagement ring.

With so many elements to take into consideration buying an engagement ring can be a difficult task for anyone. You may feel the pressure to pick something with a giant diamond center, elaborate stones, and intricate patterns, which are always dazzling to see; but never forget that beauty is also in the eye of the beholder. In this enlightened age, we find that many women conclude that they have bigger things to worry about other than the size of their engagement rings, and many savvy ladies have now proudly declared that bigger isn’t necessarily better when it comes to that piece of meaningful jewelry.

Here are 5 of their reasons to go for smaller and daintier designs over big flamboyant blings:

  1. Whoever said bigger is better probably didn’t have a good jewelry designer. Engagement rings can be small AND pretty.
  2. This kind of jewelry is to be worn every day, so functionality trumps vanity, especially for the more active ladies.
  3. Be it that your budget is short or you would like to spend the money elsewhere, going into debt over a ring isn’t worth it.
  4. Valuing Quality over Carats is of greater importance since the size of the center stone does not make a ring, it’s the design and the meaning that is incorporated that make it unique.
  5. Some prefer to keep a lower profile. Many brides do not thrive on unwanted attention that may come with a big impressive stone, in fact, the shyer ones even dread it.

While a small engagement ring is much less attention-grabbing than larger cut stone, this by no means equates to a boring or less than extraordinary style. Teensy stones and delicate bands come with beautiful designs that can appear even more intricate than bigger baubles.

Here are 3 of our favorite small engagement rings by Barkev’s.

At the end of the day, Engagement rings may be small but they all symbolize big things.