We don’t know many girls who’d ditch jewelry for a love tat. But after careful consideration and a bit of research, we realized that the idea behind getting an engagement tattoo is actually pretty sweet. It symbolizes the permanence of the bond between husband and wife, and it’s a trend that wasn’t just started by Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo. In fact, we’ve found 32 couple tattoos that take the place of — and even sometimes complement — engagement rings.
Some designs are small and simple; some are bold and reflect some sort of secret message. But one thing’s for sure — all of the tattoos here beautifully illustrate the strong, unwavering sort of love we’d take over a shining accessory any day. Keep reading to see them all.