A Diamond Engagement Ring is Alaways a Sure Winner
Get the Stress Out
Getting engaged is a big step in a couple’s life but buying a ring shouldn’t be as stressful as waiting to hear “yes.” Diamonds are the preferred choice for engagement rings and have been in use for hundreds of years. Diamonds were not the only gem used but in recent history, beginning with the De Beers Diamond Mine merger, they have been the traditional symbol of an engagement.
Jackie Kennedy was given a record breaking diamond engagement ring from a stone that was cut on live television, due to being famous for its size. In ancient history, the Egyptians were the first to give diamonds on rings for engagements. The diamond engagement ring remained in use, with other gems for thousands of years.
In the 1930s, the diamond became more accessible as new diamond veins were discovered in South Africa. Once the De Beers companies in South Africa merged their mines and began advertising, more and more people wanted the diamond as the gemstone for their engagement. The diamond has since been the go-to gem for a brilliant declaration of commitment.
Diamonds can be cut in a variety of shapes and sizes. When shopping for a ring, you’ll choose from round, pear, emerald cut, and others, all known as “fancy” shape. The round is the most popular due to its brilliance and reflective quality. The round shape offers the best facet sides for reflection but all the fancy types are just as appealing.
After choosing the shape, you will want to look at the cut, or facet work. The cut is graded according to independent laboratories and will impact the shine, reflective power and quality of the diamond. The cut ranges in categories from Fair to Super Ideal.
Most diamonds worn as engagement rings are colorless or white. Colored diamonds are less common and can be beautiful but for the purposes of an engagement ring, it is traditional to look for a clear stone. If you are looking for something that is less traditional without changing stones, diamonds do come in variations from brown to pink. Your jeweler will be able to show you options if you choose that route.
It is a mark of how many inclusions or how clear the diamond is. It is not normally noticeable to the wearer and is meant for grading the diamond only. As long as the inclusions are not visible, this will have less bearing on the overall look of the ring.
Diamonds are not that complicated to select from. Make your diamond selection the easy part on the path to “I Do.”