The tradition of a man presenting an engagement ring to his beloved dates back to the second century B.C. It was started by the Romans as an alternative to presenting the bride-to-be with money or larger objects of value.
However, the practice of using a diamond ring to symbolize an engagement started only in the 15th century in Europe. The trend quickly gained popularity among the elite and only became widespread after the Second World War after some ingenious marketing by diamond company, De Beers.
Before you buy your special lady the engagement ring of her dreams, you must understand the essentials of diamond quality – the 4 Cs – that determine the price of the gem. These four factors are:
- Carat weight;
The first of these, carat weight, is the most important. It tells you the size of the diamond on the ring. This may be the single diamond in a solitaire setting, or the combined weight of all the diamonds in a setting like the halo.
The unit of gem weight is the carat (ct), which is equal to 200 mg or 0.007055 oz. This means that a 2.5 carat diamond weighs half a gram or 0.01763 oz.
The cut of a diamond is its shape as viewed from above. Most popular are the round cut, princess cut and the cushion cut. While the cut of a diamond does not affect the cost as significantly as the other three factors, it is the element which is most open to personal preference.
Make sure to shop for a diamond cut which she will adore – ask her closest friends and family to be sure.
Adding Your Words
Some couples choose to have the engagement ring laser engraved. LA Laser Engraving in Los Angeles adds that final touch of personalization to imbue your rings with special sentiment.