Diamond engagement rings symbolize that the woman is “taken” and that she will soon marry her true love when she wears them proudly and traditionally. In addition to being an indication of love, faith, loyalty, and celebration, the ring also signifies wealth.
The groom demonstrates his love for his soon-to-be wife by placing the wedding ring on her finger, outwardly showing the world that he cares for her, but is also able to afford the costs involved in removing her from her father’s care. Symbolizing purity and eternal commitment, diamond engagement rings have become synonymous with the perfect clarity and indestructible nature of a man and his beloved.
About 150 years ago, the diamond trade industry used some very clever marketing to promote diamonds as gemstones for engagement rings. Some precious gemstones served as symbols of a marriage proposal, especially among royalty, such as sapphires, rubies, pearls, and emeralds. In the modern world, diamonds reign supreme as engagement rings.
Engagement Ring Variations
At present, the most popular bridal ring design is a solitaire diamond engagement ring, set in gold, silver, or platinum. Nevertheless, you have the option of selecting a ring from a wide variety or having one custom-designed. Your eyes may be drawn to a princess cut diamond, Tiffany cut, Cartier cut, square cut diamond, Pear cut diamond, Teardrop cut diamond, Bezel cut diamond, or round cut diamond – all are equally stunning and irresistible. Three diamonds of equal size make up the trilogy ring, which is said to represent the past, present, and future.
Several brides place importance on the clarity of their diamond engagement rings. SI-1 and SI-2 diamonds are clear and white, without blemishes or carbon specks. Diamond engagement rings that are certified IF-VS2 clarity and considered Ideal or Premium cut must pass rigorous tests by the Gemologist International Association. As an alternative, some diamond buyers would rather have a carbon speck embedded within the stone, to remind them that diamonds are a creation of nature, formed from the blackest carbon into a thing of natural beauty.
Diamonds come in several colors, including yellow, blue, and pink. Although traditionally thought of as clear diamonds, they come in a variety of colors. Natural diamond engagement rings with canary yellow diamonds are said to have some of the most exquisite diamond colors. Guests at weddings and friends of the bride are always delighted when they see colored diamonds as uniquely beautiful and meaningful.
Cubic zirconium and moissanite stones are becoming more popular in diamond engagement rings. These stones are considered fake diamonds of little or no worth by traditionalists in the diamond industry. Those clear white diamonds are real, as real as diamonds mined in Australia or Africa.
In addition to being made in laboratories, these diamonds are not formed in nature over hundreds of years. Carbon makes up both diamonds, and both are pure white. CZ and moissanite diamonds actually have a higher refraction than natural diamonds, which gives them a shiny brilliance that never dims. There is a significant difference in price between these diamond engagement rings and the highest-quality natural diamonds. Diamonds are more expensive than the bands in which they are set. If you want a large diamond but have a limited budget, CZ and moissanite diamonds could be the choice for you.