The Diamond Engagement Ring
It is thought that rings were given as a symbol of being
taken or belonging to, as far back as the caveman days.
However, in recorded history, the first diamond engagement ring
was given by Archduke Maximillian of Hamburg to Mary of Burgundy.
Since then the diamond engagement ring has come to symbolize the
everlasting bond between husband and wife. The diamond is perfect
because it is very rare, beautiful, and the hardest substance on the ohms
scale symbolizing forever.
Many celebrities have made diamonds and their diamond engagement rings
famous. Richard Burton gave Elizabeth Taylor a 69.42 carat
pear shape diamond that was later named the Taylor-Burton diamond.
Napoleon gave diamonds to Empress Maria Louise, and diamonds have been
given as gifts of everlasting love throughout the ages.
Your diamond engagement ring is a special and important purchase
and you should be educated before making a decision. By far, the
best education should be given by the person whom you are buying it
from. Your salesperson should be able to offer you suggestions and
combine all your needs to help you make the best decision.
How to choose your diamond engagement ring
Engagement Ring selection
First, you should contemplate your budget. The industry
has set a standard that your budget should be about 2 months salary.
Since this is a once in a lifetime purchase and one to show your
commitment you can use this as a guideline, but budget is strictly up to
Second, are you hoping to make this a surprise or is she going
to be involved? This is important because of choose the right
engagement ring style. Since engagement rings come in infinite styles and
designs it may be difficult to find out what she likes without letting the
cat out of the bag.
If you are thinking about making your diamond engagement ring a
surprise you may consider the diamond solitaire. The diamond
solitaire is a simple ring designed to showcase a single diamond. In
choose the diamond solitaire you forgo what may be a difficult choice of
choosing the engagement ring design and present her with a diamond that
you have carefully chosen. Then, at a later date, the both of you
can shop for the engagement ring setting to have your special diamond set
As for choosing a diamond for your diamond engagement ring, this
can be a very confusing task. There are many things you can get
caught up in, but I suggest making it as simple as possible. Once
you have decided on a budget, or a range in budget, you can start looking
at the 4 C's of buying diamonds.
The 4 C's of buying diamonds and a diamond engagement ring
First, and most obvious is carat weight or size. 1carat is
broken into 100 "points." So 50 "points" is
equal to 1/2 carat. This will determine the size of your diamond.
The most important aspect of color is to have a
"white" or a diamond with little color. The closer to
colorless or colorless the better. Diamond that have a slight tint
of yellow or brown are less valuable and less attractive.
Clarity of a diamond is determined by using a jeweler's loupe
searching for "inclusions." Inclusions are the
natural imperfections found in all diamonds. The fewer the
inclusions in a diamond, the more rare, hence more valuable.
Some diamonds have inclusions that can easily be seen with the naked eye.
These diamonds are usually not attractive and are valued less than those
that are "eye clean."
The diamonds "cut" is the last and may be
considered the most confusing. This refers to the angles and proportion
that the diamond is cut into. To emphasize this first statement,
today in 2005, both GIA and EGL are redefining their cut grade scales to
be broader. What this means is they the industry is realizing
that two diamonds, even though may be cut very differently, can both be
Why are the 4 C's important to you in buying your diamond
In buying your diamond or diamond engagement ring there is a tradeoff
between the 4 C's and price. You must take into consideration size,
quality and price (or your budget). The higher the quality of
diamond the more expensive it will be. Also, the larger the diamond
the more expensive it will be, too. So you must determine at what
size and quality diamond you will be most happy with.
My suggestion is to speak with a diamond engagement ring expert who has
expertise in helping you make the best decision. We at Diamonds-and-Engagement-Rings.com
can help you make an educated decision and choose the diamond that is
best for you.
Diamond Engagement Ring Styles
There are many diamond engagement ring styles and the choices
are endless. Diamonds-and-Engagement-Rings.com
has choices in white gold, yellow gold, platinum, with our without side
diamonds, hand engraved antique styles, and fancy colored diamonds.
Side diamonds are set in many fashions and you may be attracted
to these individual styles.
has a huge selection of diamond engagement rings and can even custom
design a ring that is unique only to you.
Call today and speak with one of our diamond engagement ring experts to help you
make the perfect decision. Your diamond engagement ring is a
representation of you. Make it a once in a lifetime purchase,
presentation, and elation.
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