The diamond engagement ring is a tradition that has been around for hundreds of years. But before you head into the jewelry store, there are a few things you should know about diamonds and how they affect the value of an engagement ring.
A Brief History of the Diamond Engagement Ring
Did you know that diamond engagement rings have been around since ancient times? The first recorded instance of a diamond engagement ring dates back to 1477. It was presented as a gift from the King of Portugal to his bride, Princess Isabella of Spain. The princess wore the ring for years, but never actually married her betrothed—instead becoming Queen Isabella I and marrying Ferdinand II.
The story behind how diamonds became associated with love and commitment is also quite romantic: it was said that Archduke Maximilian proposed to Mary of Burgundy (who later became part of history as Mary I) by presenting her with an exquisite ruby-and-pearl hair ornament that he had crafted himself using gold from recently discovered Brazilian mines. She accepted his proposal along with the gemstone token; however, before they could get married, she died suddenly at age 18 while visiting Mary Tudor's court in England. Her family retrieved her body from its resting place at Westminster Abbey and returned home so she could be buried there instead; when they returned home again after all the funerary ceremonies were complete...well, let's just say we're sure all those involved thought this was one very unusual twist in what should've been an otherwise fairly straightforward life transition!
What Shapes a Diamonds Value?
The value of a diamond is determined by four factors: the shape, cut, color and clarity of the stone.
The shape of a diamond refers to its outline or overall appearance. The most common shapes are round brilliant (the most popular), princess cut (with step cuts on both sides) pear shaped and emerald cut (square in profile).
The cut refers to how well polished and symmetrical it is. A good cut will display brilliance when light reflects from it – this only occurs if the proportions have been correctly calculated to bring out all the qualities of that particular stone.
Determining its color can be done by examining under magnification or using special equipment such as dark room lamps where certain colors show up more obviously than others. The clarity of a diamond refers to how many flaws or inclusions are present in the stone. A flawless diamond is one without any blemishes or internal flaws – but these are very rare and therefore extremely expensive. It is important to also consider the cut, color and clarity of your diamond when buying an engagement ring so that you get the best value for money.
The Four C’s of Diamonds
In order to understand the four C's of diamond engagement rings, you need to know a little more about what makes diamonds so special.
Diamonds are made of carbon atoms which are compressed at high temperatures and pressures until they form a strong, clear crystal. This process takes millions of years and results in one of the hardest substances known to man. Diamonds have been used throughout history for adornment and as an indicator of wealth due to their rarity and beauty. The most important component that determines the value of a diamond is its cut. A diamond’s cut refers to its proportions—the amount that it reflects light through its facets—which can dramatically change how much sparkle your stone will emit when it catches light from different angles (e.g., sunlight). A well-cut stone will be easy on the eyes because it appears larger than other stones without sacrificing size; however, if your stone is poorly proportioned or not symmetrical enough then you won't get as much beauty out of it as possible when wearing it with other pieces!
The most important factor in a diamond's value is its color. Colorless diamonds are rare, and hence expensive. Colorless diamonds are almost entirely transparent, which makes them difficult to grade accurately.
Colorless diamonds have very little color saturation, so they appear perfectly clear when viewed through an expertly cut gemstone that disperses light evenly across the surface of the stone (like a pavilion). When you hold up a colorless diamond against a white background, there should be no tinted areas or shadows visible through its body; if there are dark spots or shadowy areas visible through your stone's face-up appearance when compared with other similarly sized stones of other colors on either side of yours in direct sunlight (or under any sort of lighting), then it may not be as high quality as expected from its price tag!
Clarity refers to the presence of inclusions and blemishes inside a diamond. The fewer the inclusions, the more rare the diamond. The scale that measures clarity is called the ‘GIA Diamond Clarity Grading System’. There are 11 grades, ranging from flawless to single crystal (which can be seen only with an electron microscope). The grade you choose depends on how important it is to you that your ring has no visible blemishes at all (and how much money you're willing to spend).
For example, if you want an engagement ring with lots of sparkle and fire (that's what makes a diamond look shiny and beautiful), then it doesn't matter too much if there are some tiny flaws inside because they won't show up when people look at your ring—they'll see only those glints! On the other hand, if money isn't an issue but quality matters to you then opt for one from our A-F range—these diamonds tend not only have fewer inclusions but also reflect light better than lower-quality stones so appear brighter when worn as part of jewelry.
Cut refers to the shape of a diamond and is one of the most important factors in determining its beauty. Cut is determined by the proportion, symmetry and polish of a diamond, as well as by how light travels through it.
A diamond’s cut grade is based on its proportions, symmetry and polish. The cut grades are: excellent (excellent), very good (very good), good (good), fair (fair) and poor (poor). Only 14% of all diamonds have an excellent or very good cut grade.
Here's the big takeaway: Carat weight is not the same thing as quality. The carat weight of a diamond refers to its size, but it doesn't tell you anything about how much the diamond is worth or how long it'll last. That depends on other factors, like cut, clarity and color. But if you want to impress your significant other with an extravagant gift that will last forever—or at least as long as diamonds typically do—the bigger the better!
Buying an Engagement Ring Within Your Budget
When purchasing an engagement ring, it's important to know your budget—and stick to it. Diamonds are expensive, and the more you choose to spend on the stone, the higher quality and style of ring you'll be able to afford. Make sure that you're buying from a reputable source where they can provide information about their diamonds' qualities and styles, such as color and clarity.
Consider maintenance costs too; if you want an eternity band with a diamond center stone that is over one carat, but don't have thousands of dollars just lying around for upkeep, consider getting something smaller (but still beautiful) or opting for another type of gemstone altogether like sapphires or rubies instead!
If you want to buy an engagement ring for your loved one, there are a few things you should know about diamonds.
Diamonds are the most popular gemstone used in engagement rings because of their beauty and long-lasting value. But if you don't know how to buy a diamond engagement ring, it can be confusing and overwhelming trying to figure out what type of diamond is right for your needs. In this article, we'll discuss some important considerations when buying an engagement ring so that you make sure it's perfect!
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