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Diamond – a sparkling, unique stone that is the dream of many women. It is the hardest mineral in the world, making it very durable and able to withstand high temperatures. Thanks to its wonderful properties and dazzling sparkle, it has become a popular element in jewelry, and its combination with gold creates a piece of immortal jewelry. Here’s a short guide to help you get the right diamond ring!

Whether you’re thinking of buying diamond jewelry for yourself or want to gift it to a loved one, it’s worth knowing what to look out for when shopping. The main diamond parameters that affect price are the so-called 4Cs: carat, color, clarity, and cut.

Carat:

The most well-known factor in determining a diamond’s value is its weight, measured in carats. As a rule of thumb, the larger the carat, the higher the value, with one carat (if the other 3Cs are of good quality) being the pitch limit, usually only broken after several years of marriage, and intended to express appreciation for a partner. For wedding rings, on the other hand, the average weight of a diamond is usually between 0.30 and 0.50 carats.

Colour:

Another factor that determines the value of a diamond is the color factor. The term ‘color’ does not mean a distinction between blue, black, or brown diamonds (yes, they exist), but rather its purity based on the light refracted by the diamond. For instance, a white or colorless diamond shines brighter than a lightly tinted diamond. The distinction between colors is based on the alphabet, where D stands for extremely subtle white, while stones marked J already appear yellowish. Since a solitaire ring lives by the sparkle of its stone, and you want to score points with your partner with a sparkly stone, in particular, it’s advisable to use at least one F or G color-coded stone for the ring.

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Clarity:

Diamonds are natural products and, as such, are rarely perfect. Many stones have what are known as inclusions, which appear as black dots within the stone when visible to the naked eye because light refracts differently here. To take this peculiarity into account in the stone’s value, a purity grade is used, ranging from flawlessly pure (IF) to coarse alloys (P3) and progressively measuring the diamond’s purity. Like the “color” factor, you should rely on a high “clarity” quality factor for your solitaire to maintain the stone’s brilliance. It is therefore recommended not to buy a stone below (SI) quality.

Cut:

The last 4C’s stand for cut and describe the type of cut (e.g., brilliant, princess or cussion). This criterion is fundamental because rough diamonds appear dull in their natural state and only acquire their brilliance with the right cut. Diamond cut is a real craft even today and can be done well or poorly. On the one hand, this gives the diamond an additional individuality, but on the other hand, it can also have a devastating effect on the diamond’s brilliance. If a diamond is not cut to the correct proportions, it will not shine properly, even as a flawless diamond.

Once you have taken these diamond characteristics into account, focus on the metal you want to combine the diamond with your jewelry. Classic lovers will end up with a timeless combination of diamond and yellow gold; younger generations may appreciate white gold, and if you’re looking for something new, try modern rose gold.

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Suitable Events

Diamond jewelry symbolizes luxury and is therefore suitable for the most formal occasions such as balls, weddings, or graduations. At the same time, decent diamond earrings and pieces in the form of minimalist diamond rings can be worn every day and still be unusual.

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That moment when you finally open that little box and see “the ring”, you know it’s when the ultimate wedding adventure begins. The engagement ring marks the beginning of all the preparations that will come after, and will probably be the jewel that you’ll wear with the most affection and love. However, that moment tends to catch many off guards because, if you’re not fond of jewelry, it’s a brand-new world with so many options that it can cause great indecision. But, such a thing doesn’t need to occur! We’ve put together the fundamental knowledge to get the perfect engagement ring right on the first pick.

There are certain things to know before getting one: the stone’s purity, its brilliance, and clarity (which will determine its value), its size, and the stone type. However, platinum or white gold is the most common metal, and other options such as yellow or rose gold are best for those looking for an original touch in their engagement ring. The same occurs with stone and diamond… the stone par excellence of engagement rings is increasingly giving way to another type with more color such as sapphires or emeralds. Discover with this guide, the engagement ring of your dreams…

White Gold, Yellow Gold, Platinum… Metals

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The ideal material for engagement rings is platinum or white gold. It is the one that best combines with diamonds, the most traditional stone in engagement rings. However, you will also find them in rose gold and yellow gold, two options in which you will find an original and most striking point if that is what you are looking for.

Precious Stones

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We could affirm without fear of being wrong that there is no engagement ring without a precious stone. It is one of the fundamental characteristics of this type of jewelry. And the diamond is the favorite. It is the hardest stone in nature, the most resistant and therefore durable, hence it is associated with eternity, the most characteristic attribute of marriage.

However, famous engagement rings, such as Kate Middleton’s, which once belonged to Diana of Wales, made up of a gigantic sapphire that has put different and varied options on the table. Those looking for a point of color or differentiating themselves from the classic engagement ring may choose other types of stones such as emerald or sapphire.

Characteristics of Diamond

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When choosing a diamond, four factors determine its value: size, clarity, color, and weight. The carving is one of the most important because a good carving will ensure that all its attributes stand out, getting the stone’s maximum shine. The proportion and symmetry of its facets are decisive.

Clarity measures the stone’s purity – the more imperfections, the less valuable the diamond will be.

The most precious color in diamonds is colorless, and the weight of the stones is measured in carats. Although you may think otherwise, it is not the weight but the three previous qualities that determine a diamond’s price.

Cushion, Princess, Round, Emerald… the Shapes of a Diamond

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Another factor that will determine your wedding request’s choice will be how the diamond has been cut. There are several shapes, and this will guide the design and style of the ring. The most common cut for solitaires, for example, is the round brilliant, whose setting creates the effect that the diamond is suspended in the air. There are variations such as the oval size or the pear, a shape reminiscent of a tear.

Are you looking for a much more attractive cut? You can opt for the emerald or baguette shape – the diamond is cut with parallel cuts and rectangular, thus achieving an exceptional shine and a more contemporary air. And for an extra touch of fantasy, there are other sizes such as heart-shaped, romanticism squared.

Solitaire, Alliance, Lane… the Type of Rings

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Once you have chosen the metal, the type of stone, and the size, you have to decide on the ring’s design. The most classic commitment, the one we see in movies, is the lonely one. A band, usually of plain white gold or platinum, topped by a one-piece diamond, usually round cut.

The Alliance or Half Alliance Lined With Diamonds

Are you looking for a more versatile and discreet piece (without giving up the shine on your finger)? – The alliance or half alliance lined with diamonds is a great option! If the stones are set in a rail, the discretion is more remarkable! Why? Simply because the precious stones are surrounded by platinum and perfect white gold.

And Once I Have It, Where Do I Wear It?

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Although this protocol has already been lost and one can put it where it seems best, tradition dictated that it should be placed on the left ring finger, the side where the heart is located (many people believe that there’s a vein or nerve that connects the ring finger with the heart).

For as long as people can remember, the diamond engagement ring has been a symbol of love and commitment. Whether a classic solitaire or an antique cut, the giving of this precious gem from the depths of the earth is the most widely accepted symbol of being engaged. But have you ever thought about the origins of this tradition? And why is it that diamonds are the enduring gemstone of choice for an engagement ring? In this article, we dive into the history of the diamond ring and try to answer these questions.

Where did it all begin?

We have the ancient Egyptians to thank for the earliest known exchanging of wedding rings. Using materials such as hemp or reeds, the ancient Egyptians would fashion an item in the shape of a small circle – an endless ring – to signify eternal love.

The circle was the symbol of eternity, with no beginning or end, not only to the Egyptians, but many other ancient cultures. The hole in the center of the ring also had significance. It wasn’t just considered a space, but rather a gateway, or door, leading to things and events both known and unknown. To give a woman a ring signifies never-ending and immortal love.

The materials these rings were made of didn’t last very long and soon were substituted with rings made of leather, bone or ivory. The more expensive the material, the more love shown to the receiver; the value of the ring also demonstrated the wealth of the giver.

The Roman’s also eventually adopted this tradition but with their own twist. Rather than offering a ring to a woman as a symbol of love, they awarded them as a symbol of ownership. Roman men would “claim” their woman with the giving of a ring. Roman betrothal rings were later made of iron and called “Anulus Pronubus.” They symbolized strength and permanence. It is also said that the Romans were the first to engrave their rings.

Why are rings worn on the 4th finger of the left hand?

Wedding rings through different stages in history have been worn on different fingers, including the thumb, and on both the left and right hands. According to  a tradition believed to have been derived from the Romans, the wedding ring is worn on the left hand ring finger because there was thought to be a vein in the finger, referred to as the ‘Vena Amoris’ or the ‘Vein of Love’ said to be directly connected to the heart. However, scientists have shown this is false. Despite this, this myth remains regarded by many (hopeless romantics) as the number one reason rings are worn on the fourth finger.

Another theory thought to be behind the ring being placed on the left hand by Christians seems a little more plausible. Early Christian marriages had a ritual to wear the wedding ring in the third finger. As the priest recited during the binding ,”In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit”, he would take the ring and touch the thumb, the index finger, and the middle finger; then, while uttering “Amen”, he would place the ring on the ring finger, which sealed the marriage.

A more practically based theory is that the soft metal (traditionally gold for wedding rings) is less worn or injured on the finger of the left hand, due to most of the world being right-handed.  Further, the fourth finger on the left hand is probably the second to the least used finger on a person’s hands outside of pinkies.  Pinkies being small, making a small ring with little surface area to decorate, perhaps motivated people to then place it on the next least used finger, namely the fourth finger on the left hand, which is roughly the size of the other fingers.

So now that we’ve covered the band, why do we offer diamonds?

It was in fact a brilliant marketing campaign in the 1930s. The famous mining company De Beers opened up digs in Africa and uncovered a vast quantity of previously undiscovered diamonds. This sudden surge in availability shattered the elusiveness and exclusivity of the diamond industry. In an effort to reverse their declining sales, De Beers had to do something to change people’s perceptions, once and for all.

Most remarkably, De Beers manipulated not just supply but demand. In 1938, amid the ravages of the Depression and the rumblings of war, Harry Oppenheimer, the De Beers founder’s son, recruited the New York–based ad agency N.W. Ayer to burnish the image of diamonds in the United States, where the practice of giving diamond engagement rings had been unevenly gaining traction for years, but where the diamonds sold were increasingly small and low-quality.

Meanwhile, the price of diamonds was falling around the world. The folks at Ayer set out to persuade young men that diamonds (and only diamonds) were synonymous with romance, and that the measure of a man’s love (and even his personal and professional success) was directly proportional to the size and quality of the diamond he purchased. Young women, in turn, had to be convinced that courtship concluded, invariably, in a diamond. The results of the marketing were undeniable – an increase of 50% in the diamond sales sector in just three years. 

Does the expression ‘A diamond is forever’ ring a bell? The first time it was publicly introduced was in 1947 during another marketing campaign by De Beers, which boosted their sales even further.

While the origins of diamond engagement rings are fascinating, what’s undeniable is their continuing appeal today. Whether it’s because of a diamond’s durability, sparkle or simply its beauty, there will unlikely be anything that matches its symbolic value.

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