Summer is the most popular time of the year for getting married, but before the big day, there will be a proposal and almost certainly an engagement ring. The most popular stones that are used in engagement rings are diamonds, sometimes combined with other stones. However, would you know why diamonds are used for engagement rings and what you should be looking for in an engagement ring?
On Saturday 19th May, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot in a spectacular Royal Wedding. However, when they first announced their engagement, all eyes were on the ring. According to the Telegraph, the central diamond came from Botswana, where the couple had spent time together, while the two outer diamonds belonged to Prince Harry’s late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. Prince Harry designed the ring himself, but if you are buying one from a store, it is good to know why diamonds are used and what you should be looking for.
Engagement rings were traditionally given by men to their ‘brides to be’ as a sign of ownership and were originally plain gold or metal bands, while diamonds were originally supposed cure diseases and repel evil spirits. However, when it was discovered that there were lots of diamonds in South Africa, these became a popular addition to the plain band. Today, diamonds are the most popular choice for engagement rings, although some people choose to have other stones incorporated as well.
Buying the ring
Where couples are waiting longer to get married, then it is more likely that the ring chosen will have had some input from the recipient. When you are buying a diamond engagement ring, the key things to look for are the ‘Four Cs’. They are cut, clarity, colour and carat. If you are looking at buying diamond engagement rings online, then sites such as https://www.comparethediamond.com/diamond-engagement-rings are available which enable you to see photographs and even a video of the diamond ring you are buying, so you can be sure about the ‘Four Cs’ that you need to look for.
So if you’re planning a proposal or you are the recent recipient of a diamond engagement ring, then hopefully this has helped you to understand the history of diamond engagement rings, as well as some of the things you should be looking for.