True love is supposed to last forever and diamonds are the symbol for that flame. The tradition of diamond engagement rings has been around for a long time and is now a part of the engagement ceremony. Designs have evolved over time and are been showcased by the goldsmith’s craft. Diamonds were quite rare back in the day and are now more easily accessible and 80% or more women get a diamond engagement ring these days.
Couples now have a wide range of choices in shape, size, quality and settings to suit their budget. Like any other piece of jewelry, diamond engagement rings can be found in any style and also choice of metal. In fact, jewelry stores even offer an option for the couple to design their rings to make them special. In North America, the tradition is for the woman to wear an engagement ring. Diamond solitaires became all the rage and set a trend since the mid-20th century. Tiffany & Co has introduced the first solitaire ring.
There are a few things to consider before you buy a diamond for your engagement ring – cut, clarity, and color and carat weight. This would determine the price of the ring. There are several styles in the cut of the ring – round, oval, marquis which is elongated, pear, heart shape, princess which is square to name a few. People are now choosing platinum or white gold to make their diamond engagement rings truly special to let their partner know how they feel about them.
Jewelers have designers on hand to make rings, especially engagement rings beautiful so they can be passed down as heirlooms. They use computers to design the rings and then hands carve wax models. The next step is to make a rubber model which along with the master design has specifications to fit any size diamond for that special piece. The model is hollow and cast in several sizes to determine the weight of the gold or platinum necessary to make the final piece.
As you can see, a lot of work goes into design. Diamond engagement rings are available in various settings and band styles. The choices are truly endless and many stores offer the option of designing their own rings. Rings with a 3 stone setting, the stones in varying sizes are popular and are known as Trinity rings. This signifies the past, present and future of the couple’s relationship. Some others assign religious connotations to the same. This is a popular choice for people – with a little bit of time and effort, one can find that perfect ring which delivers the message to that special person in your life.