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 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
Diamond 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 you.

  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 into.

  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 beautiful.

Why are the 4 C's important to you in buying your diamond engagement ring?

  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 
Diamond Engagement Ring selection

  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.

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  Diamonds-and-Engagement-Rings.com 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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