There are very few traditions that continue to be practiced today as they were decades or even centuries ago. The diamond engagement ring is one of the rare few.
Its first recorded use is by European nobility in the fifteenth century. Today, it is estimated that an overwhelming 80 percent of American brides receive a diamond engagement ring. If you are looking to buy your first diamond, a 1 carat stone might be the best place to start.
A carat, often shortened to ‘ct’, is the most common unit of weight used in jewelry. It is the equivalent of 0.007055 oz. or 200 mg.
When a ring is specified as being of a particular number of carats, this may be the weight of a single stone, for example, in a solitaire setting, or the total weight of all the stones as would be the case in a halo setting. So, a one carat diamond ring contains 200 mg of diamonds altogether.
Generally speaking, the number of carats is the single most important factor in determining the price of a diamond ring.
The other important thing to remember is the cut. This refers to the shape of the diamond, and some of the most common are:
- Princess cut – square or rectangular face;
- Brilliant cut – also called the round cut; has a circular face;
- Cushion cut – similar to the princess cut but with rounded corners.
In recent years, the heart cut, marquise cut and oval cut have also found widespread popularity.
Making the Ring Your Own
Diamonds are forever, and your diamond engagement ring symbolizes the longevity and strength of your relationship.
While there may not be as many diamond cuts as there are couples, you can personalize your ring with a laser engraved message. LA Laser Engraving in Los Angeles can etch the perfect message to make your ring truly yours.